Cannabis cooking is more popular than ever before, as newcomers and experienced stoners alike experiment with new and interesting edibles. It’s just that some recipes are more appealing and accessible than others.
We believe that the best cannabis recipes out there are those that open the door to any number of additional cannabis recipes. Not to mention, the kinds of cannabis recipes you don’t need a pair of Michelin Stars to make at home.
A prime example of which being cannabis coconut oil, which has thousands of everyday uses and really could not be easier to put together. An excellent alternative to traditional cannabis butter, cannabis coconut oil is far subtler and suitable for almost any recipe you can think of.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are various health and dietary benefits to coconut oil what are well documented. From weight loss to improved brain function to reduced Alzheimer’s risk, there’s evidence to suggest coconut oil is about more than its practical applications alike.
Hence, logic would lead you to believe that mixing coconut oil with cannabis is something of a no-brainer. By way of enjoyment alone, it’s a quick and easy process well worth trying out.
DIY Cannabis Coconut Oil
Along with being exceptionally easy to make, you won’t need any specialist equipment to produce a batch in no time. The recipe technically takes a whole day from start to finish, but there is a relatively little work involved on your part.
It’s also a process that produces a relatively unmistakable aroma throughout, so you’ll want to think carefully whether discretion is a priority.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your DIY cannabis coconut oil:
- 1 cup of ground and decarboxylated cannabis
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon lecithin (optional)
If you’re not familiar with the process of decarboxylating cannabis, it’s as simple as heating it gently on a baking tray for approximately 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 110°. This activates the THC in the cannabis, without taking it so far as to burn it and adversely affect its cannabinoid content.
On to the method, making cannabis coconut oil at home is as easy as this:
- Place your coconut oil in a suitable pan or a slow cooker and heat it slowly and gradually.
- When it has melted, grind your THC activated cannabis to a course consistency (not too fine) and stir it into the mixture.
- Heat the melted coconut oil to approximately 110° to 120° - under no circumstances should it be allowed to exceed 130°.
- Leave the mixture to stew at a control temperature for approximately 8 hours, coming back every now and again to stir it and adjust the temperature if necessary.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and give it a while to cool, before straining the mixture into a jar or suitable receptacle through a cheesecloth.
- Do not squeeze the cloth to extract the residual oil, as doing so will force chlorophyll into the mixture and affect its flavour.
When fully cool, your cannabis coconut oil is ready to use in any way you’d use generic coconut oil. Only with one hell of a kick as an added bonus.
Speaking of which, it’s important to remember that cannabis edibles and cuisine in general that include infused coconut oil as an ingredient take some time to kick in. The quality and potency of the cannabis you used will affect the strength of the resulting product, but it is always a good idea to start with small amounts and gradually increase if necessary.
Overdoing it with cannabis edibles isn’t considered dangerous, but can nonetheless be quite unpleasant to say the least.