Coconut oil is all the rage in health food circles right now and for good reason! There are over 1500 studies available to prove it’s multitude of health benefits. From improved digestion to beautiful, moisturized skin, coconut oil has been shown to improve your all-around health and has a ton of uses! Coconut oil is comprised primarily of medium-chain fatty acids which are easily converted into energy and not readily stored as fat, making it a great source of energy that won’t pack on the pounds.

Additionally, these fatty acids are anti-microbial and anti-fungal!  Coconut oil not only helps to increase your body’s HDL or “good cholesterol” but also helps to decrease LDL or “bad cholesterol” within the body, promoting heart health. Studies have even shown that coconut oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antiviral! With so many health benefits, it only makes sense that we would get around to combining this powerhouse oil with cannabis, right?

Cannabis and Coconut

Turns out, coconut oil is the perfect partner for cannabis too! Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, meaning that, when consumed rather than smoked or vaped, they must be combined with a fat in order to be effective. Combining cannabis with a healthy fat like coconut oil increases the bioavailability of cannabinoids, making them easily accessible to your body and enhancing the benefits of each cannabinoid.  Due to its high concentration of fatty acids,

Coconut oil is a particularly well suited binding agent for cannabinoids too, creating a more potent end product and getting the most out of every ounce of cannabis

Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature and a great substitute for butter in baking, it’s also perfect for topicals and edibles. Coconut canna-oil can be used just like butter in many edible recipes. However, you should be aware that due to its superior binding capacity, your coconut Digestive_System coconut oil canna-oil will be far more potent. So, take it easy with your initial dosing of any edible made with coconut canna-oil until you know how it will affect you. As far as topicals go, you’ll find coconut oil to be the perfect medium since it will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized and it will help ensure the cannabinoids permeate the cell membrane efficiently to provide maximum relief.

Coconut cannaoil can also be used by itself by adding a bit to a fresh smoothie or stirring it into your coffee to create your own spin on “Bulletproof Coffee.”

Coconut canna-oil can even be used to create your own canna capsules! Because of it’s versatility and it’s reduced likelihood of going rancid, coconut oil provides numerous opportunities to mix up your cannabis intake and find the method that works best for you.

Now, I bet you’re wondering how you can hop on the coconut oil bandwagon. Lucky for you, it’s super easy to hit the kitchen and mix up your own coconut canna-oil! Here’s a great how-to to get you started!

Coconut Cannabis Ingredients

16 oz organic, unrefined coconut oil

1-3 oz of cannabis that has been soaked in water overnight and dried

* Exact amount depends on how potent you want the end product to be

Purified water
Crockpot
Large bowl

Large rubber band
Cheese cloth
Thermometer

*This reduces the “grassy” taste that can be prevalent in many edibles.

Preliminary Preparation

You will want to make sure your cannabis has undergone decarboxylation prior to making your oil. To do this, spread your cannabis across a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 245 degrees for 60 minutes. I recommend doing this after you’ve soaked your cannabis overnight as instructed above.

Method

Step 1: Grind the cannabis extremely fine. Stop before it becomes powdery though as this will make it very hard to strain from the end product.

Step 2: Set the crockpot to HIGH. Add the coconut oil and enough water to allow the oil to float at least ½ inch above the bottom of the crockpot.

Step 3: Stir in the cannabis slowly. You may find you need to add more water at this stage to keep everything floating above the bottom.

Step 4: From here, you will want to check the temperature with the thermometer periodically until the temperature reaches 250 degrees.

***It’s very important to check the temperature frequently and do not let the temperature exceed 270 degrees.***

Step 5: Once you’ve reached 250 degrees, reduce the heat on your crockpot to LOW.

Step 6: Allow to cook for 12 hours.

Periodically add water to keep the mixture at least ½ inch from the Making_Oilbottom and keep the cannabis submerged.

Step 7: Turn off the crockpot and allow the mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Step 8: While the mixture is cooling, place the cheesecloth over the large bowl and secure with a large rubber band.

Step 9: Pour the mixture slowly over the cheesecloth and allow it to drip into the bowl. This will strain out all of the plant material leaving you with liquid in the bowl.

Step 10: Place the bowl in the fridge overnight to allow the oil and water to separate. The pure coconut canna-oil will rise to the top, leaving any additional plant material and water by-product at the bottom.

Step 11: Separate the hardened coconut canna-oil from the top and store in wax paper in the fridge.

Amber Faust

About the author: Amber Faust is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in natural lifestyle pieces and sociopolitical commentary. Amber is a lifelong activist for social justice and environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, drumming, meditation, and yoga.