Expect to see coconut oil remain a staple in future cannabis infusions across the market. As major brands continue to innovate, coconut oil should thrive on the ingredient lists of more products to come.
Once you’ve got an infusion of coconut oil, the uses are endless!
How to use cannabis coconut oil
If, however, you don’t have access to a dispensary near you or want to try a fun DIY with your own material, you can always make your own at home. Trust us, you’ll go coconuts for this stuff!
For those who don’t want the effects of THC in their infused coconut oil, you can infuse it with CBD instead. Simply follow the recipe above but use CBD flower instead of THC flower to get the health benefits of CBD.
Another fantastic benefit of using coconut oil is it will remain solid at room temperature. This makes it a great medium for using as a topical agent. Furthermore, its solid state allows the oil to be easily stored via gelatin capsules, a widely popular and highly effective method of consuming cannabis.
Coconut oil also contains other sets of beneficial acids that have been known to have a list of potential health benefits. Lauric acid is a great example—when digested, lauric acid creates a monoglyceride that acts as an antimicrobial.
For cooking, you have various options: use a slow cooker on low heat for about 4-6 hours while stirring occasionally. If you choose a double-boiler on low heat, the cooking can last up to 8 hours, with occasional stirring. You can also cook in a regular saucepan on low heat for about 2-3 hours while stirring frequently. In all these cases, you can add a small amount of water to the mixture to avoid burning the contents. Whichever method you choose, ensure that the oil temperature doesn’t exceed 245 degrees Fahrenheit.
It can also be used to improve your massage therapy experience as it helps moisturize your skin while potentially addressing your symptoms of chronic pain. Further, you can use it in place of cooking oil to make a range of infused dishes. Or, just put it into capsule form for easy dosing.
By itself, coconut oil has various skin benefits, and mixing it with CBD oil only makes for a superior product. Here’s why CBD coconut oil is great for skin care.
Next, place the coconut oil on the slow cooker, double-boiler, or saucepan and allow it to melt. Add the ground hemp plant to the oil and leave the mixture to warm on low heat. This allows for the decarboxylation of the cannabinoids without destroying any active ingredients or compounds.
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help soothe skin that is prone to acne and other conditions like eczema. Therefore, CBD coconut oil helps combat these conditions, reducing breakouts and skin redness.
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To activate CBD efficiently and to get the most from your plant material, you’ll need a precision cooker (also known as a decarboxylator) which can maintain exact temperatures needed for the full activation of CBD and other cannabinoids. With precision heating, decarboxylators extract a higher percentage of beneficial plant compounds than cruder methods and are a worthwhile investment for anyone who takes CBD oil regularly or wants to make a consistently good product.
If you’re looking to make cbd oil, you’ll need just two ingredients: hemp and a carrier oil like olive oil. The result is a vibrantly herbaceous infused oil with soothing anti-inflammatory properties.
What you’ll need to make CBD oil
To make CBD oil at home, you’ll need to follow a simple two-step process: decarboxylation and infusion. While it sounds complex, decarboxylation is a simple process of precision heating that activates beneficial compounds in cannabis. The second step, infusion, releases those compounds into a carrier oil. Infused oils are easy to take, and oil makes these compounds easier for your body to absorb, too.
A carrier oil is an oil that you use for herbal infusions. Coconut oil and MCT oil (which is derived from coconut) are popular carrier oils both in commercial and homemade CBD products.
Rather than smoking, you can activate these compounds through other means of heating. Some people bake hemp flowers in a slow oven for about an hour or use a slow cooker. These methods are inexpensive, but they’re also imprecise and may not activate all the CBD.
Where to Find a Decarboxylator. Commercial CBD oil producers use huge decarboxylators capable of activating the cannabinoids in several pounds of cannabis; however, if you’re making it at home, you’ll need a smaller version.