Cannabis oil (THC oil) is a very versatile way to consume cannabis plant. If you are looking for ways to get the medicinal benefits of marijuana, then cannabis oil (THC oil) might be the right choice for you!
In recent years, enough research has been done on the health benefits of the cannabis plant, and it is now recognized as a perfect cure for several medical conditions.
However, cannabis oil is considered illegal in many parts of the world due to its THC content and efforts are been made to legalize the product in various countries around the world.
The places where cannabis has been legalized, it has proven its value by doing wonders in the field of medicine.
Cannabis oil holds the ability to treat cancer patients, diminish inflammation, decrease the onset of seizures, quell nausea and reduce discomfort in people with severe chronic arthritis.
What Does It Mean By Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is a natural and perfect remedy for various medical conditions. However, what exactly does it mean by cannabis oil?
Cannabis Oil (THC oil) is extracted from the cannabis plant, so it contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD.
CBD and THC are both components of cannabis; however, THC is the substance that has “high” or psychoactive effects on the users. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive substance, which does not give a natural high to users. The intensity of the symptoms produced varies from person to person and depends on an individuals body composition.
Due to the psychoactive properties, cannabis oil is illegal in various countries. Therefore its purchase or use is considered as breaking of law where marijuana is not legal.
Endocannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body. THC oil works by binding only to the endocannabinoid receptors present in the CNS and brain producing both positive and negative outcomes for the user.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil has a long list of health properties making us able to classify it as a “superfood.” Here is a list of all the health benefits coconut oil provides us:
- Coconut Oil contains healthy saturated fatty acids with numerous medicinal properties.
- Populations consuming coconut oil in excess have excellent health.
- Coconut Oil fights obesity by increasing fat burning.
- Coconut Oil contains lauric acid, which has the ability to kill harmful microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
- Coconut Oil has an appetite reducing effect hence helping you eat less.
- Coconut Oil controls seizures and raises HDL levels.
Why Choose Coconut Oil While Making Cannabis Oil?
The high saturated fat content makes coconut oil the best oil for topicals and medicinal edibles.
The surplus of fatty acids creates a stronger binding agent hence absorbing more Flavinoids, THC, Terpenes, and Cannabinoids.
As compared to coconut oil, olive oil contains just 20% saturated fatty acids while butter has 60% saturated fat.
Ninety percent fat content of coconut oil makes it arguably the best choice for providing numerous medical benefits by extracting more cannabinoids.
Benefits of Cannabis + Coconut Oil
Cannabis and coconut oil are the perfect pair. Combining cannabis “nature’s miracle plant” with coconut oil “a vegan-friendly superfood” makes a lot of sense.
The endocannabinoid system of the body plays a vital role in maintaining health by regulating homeostasis and overall well-being of the body. Endocannabinoid system is comprised of a network of biochemical messengers and receptors to which the cannabinoids bind.
The natural cannabinoids present in the body play an important role in the signaling mechanism. However, some bind to the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, modulating the activity in this network.
Research has proved that mixing cannabis with coconut oil has the following medical benefits:
- Improves Heart Health
Coconut Oil contains some beneficial form of cholesterol, which can help lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in your body. THC also contributes to boosting cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure.
- Reduces Inflammation
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that counteract tissue damage caused by inflammation like in Arthritis. It is also useful in clearing up irritation on the skin.
- Improves Metabolism
Cannabis Coconut Oil stimulates metabolism and maintains the biological balance of the body. Research has proved that energy expenditure is around 3-4% higher in those consuming coconut oil, which is equivalent to 100 calories a day.
- Prevents Cancer
Canna Oil has a potential effect on preventing the onset of cancer. THC and other cannabinoids not only help in preventing the spread of cancer but are also effective in decreasing the pain.
- Treating Neurological Conditions
Canna Oil helps to control seizures in epilepsy, diminishing neuropathic pain and treatment for Parkinsonism.
Recipe for Making Cannabis Coconut Oil
Here is how you make the best medical cannabis oil.
- Metal strainer/sieve.
- Bowl or large measuring cup.
- Jar or bowl to store the canna oil.
- Double boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc.
- 14 grams of organic leaves and buds of CBD.
- Unrefined coconut oil (1 cup).
Step 1: Decarboxylation: Converting THC-A to THC
The first step in making the Cannabis oil is to decarboxylate the dry buds obtained from Cannabis. It is a highly recommended step as it makes the oil potent and activated. It’s a very easy process and includes the following steps:
- Preheat the oven to 240°F.
- Spread the buds on a pyrex baking dish or baking sheet.
- Cover them with tinfoil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Cool and store the decarboxylated buds in an airtight container until use.
Step 2: Combine the Coconut Oil and Cannabis
In the next step combine the decarboxylated cannabis and 1 cup of coconut oil in your double boiler or slow cooker and heat the two together on low for few hours.
Step 3: Simmer
Once the oil has completely melted, simmer the mixture for an hour. Keep stirring slowly.
What Color To Expect At This Step?
The canna oil might turn out dark green, or it may not take any green color at all. The green color shows the presence of chlorophyll in the mixture and does not relate to the strength of Cannabis Coconut Oil.
Step 4: Strain
In the next step strain out the buds using cheesecloth. Follow the following steps for straining:
- Cover the fine mesh sieve with two layers of cheesecloth and place it over the measuring cup.
- Pour the heated mixture of cannabis and coconut oil into the placed cheesecloth.
- Allow it to drip through the cloth for almost an hour and squeeze the remaining mixture by hand.
Highly fragrant and beautiful Cannabis coconut oil is now ready to be used!
If you want to make a super strong Canna oil, place the second round of decarboxylated buds into the coconut oil and repeat the process.
Step 5: Cool And Store The Oil
Pour the cannabis coconut oil into a bowl or glass jar. Leave the mixture uncovered until it starts solidifying after reaching the room temperature. If the mixture is not left uncovered, it will form condensation in the glass jar.
Once it has completely cooled, close the lid of the container tightly and store it in a cool dark place. The Cannabis coconut oil can be kept in the fridge for use up to a year.
How Will The Extract Look Like?
The extract takes a green color on solidifying. In case of rough handling, the color of the mix might be more green.
Step 6: How To Use Cannabis Coconut Oil
Once you have made this Cannabis coconut oil, the uses are endless.
- You can combine your oil with beeswax and aloe to make an infused cannabis topical.
- Cannabis Coconut Oil can be used in a variety of dishes like hot cooked pasta, cereals, and vegetables.
- Canna oil can also be used as a lubricant in bedrooms.
- Enjoy an infused cannabis tea latte by using cannabis coconut oil.
- Put your cannabinoid coconut oil into capsules for easy dosing.
- Canna oil can be added to smoothies, coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Choosing The Right Dose
Choosing the right dose of cannabis oil is important as it is quite potent and can make you very sleepy.
It is recommended to take just ¼ to ½ tablespoon orally in the start and to wait for 3 to 4 hours before you take any further dose of the Cannabis coconut oil. You can decide how many doses you have to increase or decrease depending on how you feel after the initial dose.
When making edibles, always try to use recipes you have already tried before. Once you know the exact number of muffins or slices of cake, etc. The recipe will produce; calculating the amount of THC per serving will become much easier. To make edibles less strong, it is good to mix half Cannabinoid oil and half butter.
Never try a new dose to avoid any obligations later. To combat sleepiness, use only Sativas in your cannabis coconut oil, or choose a strain high in CBD. However, it might still get you a little tired and sleepy so always use caution.
What To Do If You Take Too Much Canna Oil?
Don’t worry if you ever take too much of Canna oil while trying to figure out the proper dose for yourself. You will feel very anxious and think why did you ever think of doing this but the good news is that the symptoms will pass away producing numerous benefits.
It is best to drink a glass of water and lie down in case you have taken too much dose. Sleeping is the best way to handle the overdose.
If you are finding it hard to sleep, put on some light music or TV. Talking to someone close can help too. Just try doing things, which will help you relax and remember the effects of an overdose will pass in just a few hours.