Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
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This easy, step-by-step beginner’s guide will teach you how to make cannabis coconut oil at home. It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make a cannabis-infused coconut oil that is dairy-free, plant-based, and can be used as a base for many cannabis-infused recipes and self-care products.
- Dairy-Free Cannabis Coconut Oil
- Before Getting Started, Decarboxylate The Flower
- If You Forget to Decarb (It’s OK-ish)
- Cannabis Oil For Your Health
- Important Factors to Consider
- Temperature Controls
- The Strain of Cannabis Used
- The Freshness of Product
- Equipment Variability
- What Type of Coconut Oil to Use
- Virgin or Unrefined Coconut Oil
- Refined Coconut Oil
- MCT Coconut Oil
- Can I Infuse Coconut Oil with FECO or RSO?
- Should I Add Lecithin?
- Sunflower Lecithin vs. Soy Lecithin
- What Can I Do With The Leftover Pulp?
- Recipes To Make With Your Cannabis Coconut Oil
Dairy-Free Cannabis Coconut Oil
Cannabis coconut oil can serve as a cannabutter alternative and is an important staple recipe for any cannabis consumer to master alongside cannabis-infused olive oil.
Making infused cannabis coconut oil is a fairly straightforward process that uses both heat and fat to decarboxylate the cannabis flower and extract the cannabinoids from the plant.
This process extracts a full-spectrum of cannabinoids and other plant compounds from the plant.
The final product is a cannabis-infused oil that can then be used to make more specific cannabis recipes like the ever-popular cannabis brownie, cannabis chocolate chip cookies, and more.
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Before Getting Started, Decarboxylate The Flower
Before getting started it is important to note that consuming dried or raw cannabis flower buds will provide little to no intoxicating effect at all.
This can be good or bad depending on your desired experience.
If you do not decarboxylate, you may reap the health benefits of CBDA or THCA.
However, most cannabis consumers want to feel the full effects of activated CBD flower or THC flower when making edibles.
In order to reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC, cannabis decarboxylation must take place before cooking, baking, or extracting oil from the dried flower buds of the cannabis plant.
For this recipe, we decarboxylated our cannabis flower in the oven before combining it with the coconut oil and placing it into the crockpot, therefore, we can have a shorter cooking time, about four hours.
If You Forget to Decarb (It’s OK-ish)
While I recommend going through the full decarb process for maximum benefits, truthfully, you can skip the decarboxylation process altogether.
You will simply increase your cooking time which will help you achieve decarboxylation over time.
If you don’t decarb first, I recommend infusing the coconut oil for longer than the typical 4 hours, going for at least 8 hours.
This longer cooking time helps to decarboxylate the flower for you.
If you accidentally forget to decarb, you can relax, all is not lost.
Cannabis Oil For Your Health
As a certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, I now help educate my Cannabis Compass Online Course students about how they can learn to confidently use cannabis to improve their quality of life.
Many of my students follow a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, which is why I needed a cannabis-infused butter alternative that was dairy-free.
Coconut oil is the perfect substitute for butter when making dairy-free and vegan cannabutter.
The coconut oil performs similarly to the butter in regards to extracting the cannabinoids from the plant matter, and it remains solid at room temperature like butter.
Coconut oil is naturally dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, and allergen-friendly and this is the product we use and recommend when making our own at home.
This cannabis-infused coconut oil is a great option for anyone who is following a specialty diet or just looking for an alternative to traditional cannabutter.
Important Factors to Consider
If you asked 100 different Chefs, you would likely get 100 different variations on how to make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter at home.
There are a lot of factors that can affect your end results when cooking with cannabis.
Here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind:
It is important to keep tight temperature control applying cannabis to various culinary applications.
While heat is needed to decarboxylate the acids into the active form of cannabinoids our bodies can use, extreme temperatures can destroy many important plant materials that contribute to positive health outcomes, like terpenes.
Each individual terpene may have it’s own therapeutic health benefits, but also carries its own sensitivity to heat.
If cannabis is heated above 300 degrees Fahrenheit for a prolonged period of time, you run the risk of denaturing many important plant compounds.
For this reason, we recommend using an instant digital-read thermometer during your cooking process to ensure you never go above the safe temperature threshold.
The Strain of Cannabis Used
The strain of cannabis flower you are using will impact decarboxylation time and temperature recommendations.
Each cannabis strain contains varying amounts and ratios of different cannabinoids and terpenes.
Because each cannabinoid and terpene decarboxylates at a different temperature, you will want to consider the best temperature and cooking time for your particular strain.
Additionally, the final potency and intoxicating effects will vary depending on if it is a THC or CBD dominant strain.
There are CBD dominant flower options and THC dominant cannabis flower options to choose from.
The Freshness of Product
You will have noticeable differences in the final product depending on the freshness of the material you start with.
Cannabis coconut oil can be made with raw cannabis leaf trimmings to make a CBDA dominant oil and it can also be made with traditionally dried and cured flower buds.
The concentration of cannabinoids will vary with the freshness of the starting material, the cannabinoid concentration of the material, and this will ultimately impact the potency of your final product.
You can make cannabis coconut oil with various pieces of equipment like a crockpot or slow cooker or instant pot, but there will be small variables in the cooking equipment which may impact your final product.
Different crockpots will have different temperatures when setting to the same setting, which is why we recommend a digital thermometer be used throughout the cooking process.
What Type of Coconut Oil to Use
There are many different types of coconut oil on the market today, the three most common being unrefined coconut oil, refined coconut oil, and MCT coconut oil.
It is ultimately your decision on which type of oil you want to infuse, but here are some important considerations when making your decision.
Virgin or Unrefined Coconut Oil
Virgin or unrefined coconut oil is about as close to the natural substance as you can get.
Unrefined coconut oil is made from the ‘meat’ of fresh coconuts and then cold-pressed, leaving just the oil which has a pure coconut flavor.
Unrefined coconut oil has a more natural, more prominent, topical coconut taste and smell.
Like refined coconut oil, unrefined coconut oil is 63% MCTs and 50% lauric acid, meaning it infuses exactly the same.
If you choose to use unrefined coconut oil, this is the organic virgin unrefined coconut oil we recommend.
Refined Coconut Oil
Refined coconut oil is an oil made from dried coconuts that have been put through additional processing.
Some companies use harsh chemicals to bleach the coconut to remove the taste and flavor, while others use steam to refine the oil.
The biggest draw to refined coconut oil is that it has a very neutral taste and flavor, making it easier to work within certain recipes where the coconut taste is not wanted.
Many people prefer refined coconut oil because it has a less prominent coconut taste.
Like unrefined coconut oil, refined coconut oil is 63% MCTs and 50% lauric acid, meaning it infuses exactly the same.
If you choose refined coconut oil, you will always want to make sure you choose a sustainably farmed organic steam refined coconut oil like this one we recommend.
MCT Coconut Oil
MCT coconut oil is a type of saturated fat extracted from coconuts that are rapidly digested and absorbed by the body.
Many people prefer liquid MCT coconut oil for infusions because it is tasteless and some people find it easier to digest.
“Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique type of fatty acid naturally found in coconuts that support the metabolism and are easily digested and burned by the body for energy and fuel” (1).
The process for infusing MCT cannabis oil is exactly the same as refined or unrefined coconut oil.
One important thing to note is that MCT oil in large amounts may cause digestive distress in some individuals.
If you choose to use type oil, this is the MCT oil product we recommend.
Can I Infuse Coconut Oil with FECO or RSO?
Yes, you can infuse coconut oil with full-extract cannabis oil, FECO (or RSO), instead of cannabis flowers.
Because of the sticky, molasses-like texture of the FECO, many people prefer to mix in a carrier oil which will help to dilute the FECO and make a more viscous, tincture-like oil.
One of the most popular carrier oils to mix FECO with is the MCT coconut oil mentioned above.
I recommend mixing 1mL of FECO with 30mL of MCT coconut oil for a strong batch, but you can choose to mix 1mL FECO with your desired amount of oil.
If you want to infuse with this type of oil, here is our guide on how to make FECO.
Should I Add Lecithin?
Lecithin is a natural phospholipid substance derived from soybeans, sunflowers, eggs, and avocados.
Traditionally, lecithin is used as a binder to keep opposing ingredients together in recipes like olive oil & vinegar dressings.
Many at-home cannabis chefs swear by adding lecithin to their infusions to make them stronger or the cannabinoids more easily absorbed by the body.
In theory, using lecithin will make valuable cannabinoids like CBD and THC more bioavailable, or ready for use by the body, ultimately making the edible stronger.
Alternatively, other chefs only use lecithin as a binder when combining oil with other ingredients to make recipes like homemade gummies.
Like MCT oil, some people anecdotally report that lecithin causes digestive issues.
You will definitely still have a great infused cannabis oil if you don’t use lecithin, it’s not a make or break ingredient for this recipe.
If you do use lecithin, we recommend working with a liquid lecithin option, rather than a powdered or granulated version, as it will mix in easier.
Sunflower Lecithin vs. Soy Lecithin
As a registered dietitian nutritionist, my vote is for choosing sunflower lecithin over soy lecithin.
Soy is a heavily genetically modified crop that often exacerbates health problems in certain individuals.
Sunflower lecithin is available in powder and liquid form, but the liquid is easier to work within this recipe.
If you choose to use sunflower lecithin in this recipe, this is the sunflower lecithin product we recommend.
What Can I Do With The Leftover Pulp?
After the straining process to separate the plant matter from your infused oil, you will be leftover with a ball of spent cannabis flower, also called leftover pulp or sludge.
While some folks say it’s garbage and simply throw it away, we’ve heard too many success stories of people using the pulp in many awesome pulp recipes with great results.
It would be extremely difficult to guestimate the potency of what is leftover in the cannabis pulp.
An educated guess as a registered dietitian tells me that at the very least, there would be important plant nutrients like dietary fiber.
Anecdotally, many people have reported still receiving pleasant, intoxicating high effects when consuming the pulp, supporting the theory that at least some percentage of cannabinoids are left behind in the plant matter.
We believe in both nutrition and sustainability and appreciation for the beautiful cannabis plant, so we keep our leftover pulp to use in any one of these 15 Recipes To Use Up Leftover Cannabis Pulp.
Learn how to make cannabis coconut oil at home. This dairy-free, plant-based, cannabis-infused oil can be used as a base in recipes and for beauty products.
Benefits and Difference Between CBD Oil and MCT Oil
There are two main sources of natural oils to come across the healthcare market lately: CBD oil and MCT oil. They both are different products and consumed in their own way. Sometimes the consumer gets confused with terms like “cannabis oil” and “marijuana oil” but here we will learn how to distinguish them.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol is the natural component, which is extracted from the cannabis plant and termed as CBD oil. This oil is made from flowers, leaves and stalk of hemp but not from seeds. CBD oils are used for common ailments, and therefore is very much a natural remedy.
CBD oil became popular in the medical industry because it helps in treating many severe conditions. It gives relief from chronic pain and anxiety. CDB also helps control your body systems like the nervous system and immune system etc.
Benefits Of CBD Oil
Reduce Chronic Pain
Our human body performs different functions such as sleep, appetite, pain and immune system etc. Whereas CBD helps reduce chronic pain which impacts on endocannabinoid receptor in the nervous system for pain-relieving effects. With the help of studies, we found that CBD treatment can reduce static nerve pain and inflammation.
Reduce Anxiety & Depression
Most people use pharmaceutical drugs to treat anxiety and depression, as we know this is a mental disorder that impacts our health. Drugs are not a good option as it can cause many side effects like drowsiness, insomnia, headache or agitation. For a more natural approach, CBD oil can help treating insomnia, anxiety and stress disorder. This also regulates mood and social behavior.
Can Treat Acne
Acne is found most commonly in youth which affects and causes anti-inflammatory skin problems. Our skin has a sebaceous gland which releases oily sebum, and consequently we can see acne bumps on our skin. CBD oil has the power to cure anti-inflammatory skin and reduce sebum production.
Prevent Heart Disease
To control circulatory system and high blood pressure, CBD oil is the best treatment to get rid of from heart disease. Heart risk shows a number of symptoms like stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome. According to the study it proved that CBD is so effective in treating heart diseases. Moreover, CBD is so responsible to lower blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT oil stands for medium-chain triglyceride which is a fat known as triglycerides. This fat is found in coconut oil, dairy products and palm kernel oil which is also used in supplements. Many health benefits are linked to MCT oil which helps people to lose weight and boost energy while workout.
According to Keto Vale’s guide, MCT oil is added to many food items like smoothies, salad, coffee etc. MCT oil is liquid at room temperature which is colorless, odorless. MCT fats are digested more quickly than other fats and easily processed by your body.
Benefits of MCT Oil
Help Lose Weight
When we make use of MCT oil with regular exercise that gives us many benefits in losing weight. Food such as olive oil, nuts and avocados have MCT oil which has lesser calories than long-chain triglycerides(LCTs). When we intake MCT oil it gives the feeling of fullness in the body. It also prevents obesity and gives an instant source of energy when you take food having low carbs and high in fat.
Boost Energy Source
MCT oil is a super fuel and our digestive system can absorb it more rapidly as it contains more carbons in their fatty acid chain. MCTs has shorter chain length due to which it does not require bile to break down food and travel straight from gut to liver. It is best for an instant source of energy because MCT easily enters your cells without any breakdown. When we are on a ketogenic diet, our brain cells pass ketones and boost energy.
Reduce Yeast and Bacterial Growth
Mostly we see fungal and bacterial infections on the skin to cure that we try different oils. Here coconut oil is best to control antimicrobial and antifungal growth because it contains a large amount of MCTs. MCT has lauric acid which reduces yeast and bacterial growth instantly. A disease like Clostridium can be cure through coconut oil. 50% of hospitals are infected with fungi and bacteria, human study is needed for a final reason behind it.
Control Sugar level
Diabetes patient can have great benefits with MCT oil this reduce fat storage and increase burning of fat. There are two types of diabetes one is due to overweight and another is obese. If you are consuming MCT oil daily that can help you reduce your weight and control your insulin level. When taking MCT oil you should be very much particular about your food timings.
There are two main sources of natural oils to come across the healthcare market lately: CBD oil and MCT oil. They both are different products and consumed in their own way. Learn more here…