Coconut oil is one of the products of the moment, having come out of nowhere to become a top-seller all over the world. It’s been around in one form or another throughout history, though has really begun hitting its stride as of late.
Of course, it was therefore only ever a matter of time until cannabis made its mark on the coconut oil craze. By combining the benefits of cannabis and coconut oil, you come up with a final product that’s far more than the sum of its parts.
Buying Vs Making Your Own
For one thing, you know exactly what goes into it - including how much THC makes it into the mix. In addition, making your own always turns out to be exponentially cheaper than buying the commercial stuff. Despite the fact that your DIY cannabis coconut oil will be superior in quality, it will also be far less expensive.
Plus, there’s the freedom to experiment with all manner of different recipes, concentrations of THC and inclusion of CBD. Coupled with the fact that it really couldn’t be easier, it’s a weekend project you may as well have a stab at!
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
The good news goes on, as there’s no need to worry about weird and wonderful weights and measurements. For the best possible results, keep things to an approximate 1:1 ratio - 1 cup of ground cannabis flower to 1 cup of coconut oil.
As always, the quality and potency of the cannabis you use will have a major impact on the final result. This can be a great way of getting rid of cannabis shake and leftover plant matter, but quality cannabis flower breeds quality results.
Other than this, all you’ll need is a decent grinder, a large saucepan and a strainer or cheesecloth.
Here are the basic steps to follow when cooking up your own cannabis coconut oil at home:
If you haven’t already done so, grind your weed to a relatively fine consistency. Not to such an extent as to pulverize it into powder, but small enough to ensure optimum extraction of the THC, terpenes and beneficial compounds.
- Remember at this stage that it’s not strictly necessary to stick exclusively with premium cannabis flowers. You can also include spare matter from the entire plant, as a means by which to make the best of everything you have available.
- Place the coconut oil in a pan and melt it gently, unless it is already in a liquid state. Once it has liquefied, add the ground cannabis and heat gently until just below simmering. Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature never exceeds 245° F, which will ruin the cannabis.
- Let the whole thing stew and simmer gently for a good three hours, or up to eight hours if using a slow cooker. Stir on occasion and add a drop of water here and there if it looks as if the mixture is at risk of burning.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly, before slowly straining it through a cheesecloth or something similar. Let it drain naturally, avoiding the temptation to squeeze or push it through - doing so will impair the flavor of the final product.
- Place the mixture in an appropriate container and allow it to cool at room temperature. It can then be used for at least two months without refrigeration, or even further if kept in the fridge.
Infused cannabis topicals, delicious edibles, capsules for easy dosing - you’ll never run out of creative ways of making use of your DIY cannabis coconut oil!