The cannabis plant has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. In 2900 BC Chinese emperor Fu His was a big fan of its powers and energy. Ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks used the plant to treat earaches and inflammation. Even early Americans used cannabis to treat various ailments – it was even added to the 1850 edition of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a medicinal bible of sorts.
Marijuana can be ingested in various ways: smoking, infusing it into food or drink. What you might not know is that one of the most potent and effective ways to ingest marijuana is to infuse it into coconut oil.
Coconut oil is very healthy in its own right and has gotten a lot of attention lately from the media and health-minded individuals – becoming a trendy product. It’s often used for skin care, stress relief, cholesterol maintenance, weight loss, immune system strengthening, high blood pressure, diabetes as well as tooth and bone care. It’s all thanks to the lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil, and their respective antibacterial and antioxidant powers.
The infusion of marijuana into coconut oil provides you with a highly powerful ingredient that can be incorporated into just about any type of food, dissolved in a warm drink or applied topically. There are two popular methods for infusing coconut oil with marijuana: in a crock-pot, or using the “Magical Butter Machine,” a device manufactured specially for making pastes and creams.
Each one has its positives and negatives: the crock-pot process is messy and the MBM device is quite expensive.
You are advised to decarboxylate medical marijuana before using it for infusion by roasting it in the oven at a very low temperature. The chemical process of decarboxylation releases carbon dioxide and converts the non-psychoactive THC-A into THC, the compound in the cannabis plant that has psychotic properties and creates a “high.” If you are not interested in the plants psychotic powers, you can skip this step.
1. Preheat oven to 240°.
2. Break up but do not grind marijuana
3. Lay out marijuana on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil.
4. Cover the marijuana with a second layer of foil.
5. Bake for one hour at a low temperature
(This process creates a strong odor, so be careful about curious neighbors)
Any kind of marijuana can be used for infusion, from a strong sativa, to a sleep-inducing indica or hybrid strain. For the following recipes you should ideally use marijuana flower, or a combination of flower and trim. Also feel free to add lecithin to the infusion – it improves the substance and has lots of health benefits.
Crock-pot Method Recipe:
1.Combine 1 cup of organic coconut oil with1 tbsp sunflower lecithin (liquid or granules) in a crock-pot
2. Set the crock-pot at 150° -160° F
3. Add 14 grams of dry marijuana
4. Cover and stir every 30 minutes
5. Let simmer for 2-3 hours.
Once the marijuana has cooled down, strain it using cheesecloth.
Magical Butter machine Method Recipe:
1.Combine 2 cups of organic coconut oil with 2 tbsp sunflower lecithin (liquid or granules) in the device.
2. Add 14-28 grams of marijuana (the MBM has a built-in blender that will break up any pieces)
3. Set to 160° F and set the device for one hour of cooking.
4. When the timer alerts you that it’s done, let the substance cool down and then hold the filter bag over a bowl and pour the contents of the MBM into the filter bag.
5. Thoroughly squeeze the paste out of the bag, into the bowl.
You can use your new cannabis-infused coconut oil in sauces and dressings or dips of all kinds. Many people chose to fill gelatin capsules with the substance and have a more regimented method if consumption. Start out slowly and incrementally in order to get a sense of the effects of different amounts.