Why Infuse Cannabis?
Learning to infuse at home empowers one to capture the full spectrum of cannabinoids and other plant compounds from the plant.
Unfortunately, so much is missing from edibles sold at stores. Typically made from distillate, store edibles are stripped of terpenes and all the beneficial compounds of cannabis. The primary objective is to “get one high”.
Store bought edibles are expensive and are often extremely high in calories and sugar.
Infusing oils such as coconut oil bring the full entourage effect of all the minor cannabinoids and can be used in one’s favorite recipes. And just a word to the wise, the full entourage will include smells and tastes of cannabis.
Why Infuse Coconut Oil?
Cannabis infused coconut oil should be every edible maker’s pantry.
It can be used in place of butter or other vegetable oils in nearly any recipe. Add a spoonful to your hot coffee or tea. Spread on your toast
Coconut oil has a higher smoke point enabling it to be heated at a higher temperature.
It also remains solid at room temperature, making it easy to store.
High Fat Content
Coconut oil will make the most potent edibles due to its high saturated fat content.
Coconut oil has been demonized in years past due to its fat content. Thankfully now people are learning the benefits of these healthy fatty acids.
And it’s because of this high fat content that it’s preferred and prized in cannabis infusion.
THC and CBD love fat. The higher the fat content, the better the absorption and effects of your edibles.
Coconut oil is about 80% saturated fat. In contrast, olive oil is only 20%. Thus olive oil is significantly less effective at absorbing THC.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are actually tons of benefits from this versatile oil even before it’s infused.
It's vegan without animal fat.
Coconut oil can give a boost of energy. It gives us healthy fatty acids our bodies naturally need and crave. The body uses the saturated fat as a quick source of energy, perfect to eat just before working out.
Coconut oil also offers health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease or Alzheimers.
It’s also ideal for hair, skin and teeth
Before you begin infusing, make sure to read up about lecithin, an important staple to any cannabis kitchen.
Or if your already familiar with lecithin, see our Coconut Oil Infusion Recipe