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.
Coconut oil has managed to infuse its way into some of the cannabis industry’s most sought-after products, including edibles and topicals, but why?
Recipe for cannabis coconut oil
Aside from the fact that you can purchase coconut oil relatively inexpensively from just about anywhere, the process of decarboxylating and infusing cannabis into coconut oil requires only a few simple ingredients and can be done at home with minimal effort.
Gelatin oil capsules are so simple and easy to make at home—the ingredients can be purchased from just about any pharmacy or online, making for a fun and simple DIY project.
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.
To make CBD oil you only need two primary ingredients: hemp and a carrier oil. Hemp flowers that are high in CBD will yield the best results, and if you can’t find them locally, you can order them online. After decarboxylating the hemp flowers, you can then use them to make a CBD-infused oil.
Where to Find High-CBD hemp flower. Since hemp flower is non-intoxicating with negligible to no-detectable THC content, it is legal on a federal level. You may be able to find it locally; however, your best bet is to purchase it online.
Many people use CBD oil to reduce inflammation, soothe pain, or improve their body’s response to stress. And it’s super easy to make at home, too. Plus you can use healthy fats and you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your bottle, avoiding the refined oils and additives that commercial producers sometimes add.
What you’ll need to make CBD oil
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.
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.
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.
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.
The B complex vitamins in it also help in the reconstruction of your skin and hair and may prevent hair loss, dermatitis, and other skin conditions.
Now that you know the various requirements for the process, what ingredients will you need to make CBD coconut oil? Here is what’s necessary:
It can also be used in beverages such as coffee and hot chocolates. Besides boosting the flavor and nutritional value of your hot beverage, it offers a nice flavor change from your ordinary routine.
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.