Virgin coconut oil on its own is one of the most amazing products for health care and beauty regimens.
I use it to deep condition my hair, moisturize my skin, bake delicious cookies, wipe makeup off, apply as a lip-balm, etc. I use it to deep condition my hair, moisturize my skin, bake delicious cookies, wipe makeup off, apply as a lip-balm, etc.
Coconut oil has tons of health benefits and uses both internally and externally. It can be applied externally to heal skin and hair from damage, or ingested to help improve memory, fight cancer, ease digestion, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, cure UTI’s, eliminated kidney infection, protect the liver and more.
One way to make coconut oil even more useful is by infusing it with the medicinal properties of marijuana. Marijuana and coconut oil, when combined properly, create a symphony more beautiful than chocolate and peanut butter (it’s just so much sexier than PB&J, people).
Coconut oil is full of natural saturated fats. Don’t worry, these are the ones that increase the HDL (good cholesterol) in your body and help convert the LDL (bad cholesterol) into HDL, a key ingredient to a healthy heart.
The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in marijuana, the two cannabinoids that give marijuana its healing properties, are very fat soluble. The high concentration of fatty acids present in coconut oil creates a perfect adhesive for the cannabinoids, that bond with the fatty molecules.
Decarb the Marijuana Before Making your Oil
Decarboxylation is a super simple process. Whenever you use marijuana for cooking or recipes like the one below, make sure you follow these easy steps:
Preheat the oven to 240° F. / 115° C.
Break up cannabis flowers and buds into smaller pieces with your hands. We use one ounce, but you can elect to do more or less.
Put the pieces in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure the pan is the correct size so there is no empty space on the pan.
Bake the cannabis for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that it toasts evenly.
When the cannabis is darker in color, a light to medium brown, and has dried out, remove the baking sheet and allow the cannabis to cool. It should be quite crumbly when handled.
In a food processor, pulse the cannabis until it is coarsely ground (you don’t want a super fine powder). Store it in an airtight container and use as needed to make extractions
How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil
In order to prepare Cannabis Coconut Oil, place one gram of de-carboxylate marijuana for every ounce of virgin coconut oil. Place the crushed marijuana in a glass jar and add the coconut oil. Put the lid on the jar, seal it well and put it in a pan full of water. Slowly heat the water and keep it on a below-boiling level for 60 minutes.
In this way, you will keep the oil safe from overheating.
Next, use a strainer to strain the mixture to eliminate the solid elements. Make sure to squeeze the juice from the cannabis. Some people use cheesecloth to strain the mixture properly.
Once you are done with this procedure, you can eat the cannabis coconut oil like that or use it in other foods or apply it as a lotion. Feel free to cook with this treated oil, only when the temperature is lower than 315 F. That is the temperature of the point of boiling of the active compound of marijuana. Obviously, if you use higher temperatures the effects will be gone.
Written by Nicolette Aolani Kineret. Read the full article that was originally published by http://wisemindhealthybody.com