As scientific research takes small steps into the medicinal qualities of cannabis, we find the door opening to an infinite view of what this extremely powerful plant can do for our health.
There is now no question that cannabis can be used to treat and even cure many of our ills.
What can we do with this knowledge? Why, make cannabis coconut oil of course!
Fortunately, the governments in North America are loosening restrictions on the medical use of marijuana based on recent research and it is becoming easier to obtain. If you can, get some, store it in a cool, dry, dark place, and use it when you need it.
Cannabis undoubtedly treats many illnesses, so if you prepare this cannabis coconut oil, you will reap all its benefits!
The oil can be used for:
- Easing digestion;
- Fighting cancer;
- Improving memory;
- Reducing inflammation;
- Curing UTIs;
- Boosting immune system;
- Protecting the liver;
- Eliminating kidney infections.
The cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is full of nutrients, and acts as a carrier, as it is a flavorful oil, so it is ideal for spices and herbs which are used medicinally.
It has potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties and cleanses and hydrates the skin.
Every single body cell benefits from its consumption, and it also balances hormones, soothes inflammation, regulates cholesterol levels, relieves pain, boosts metabolism, promotes brain and digestive health, treats depression, and destroys cancer cells.
These incredible health benefits are mostly due to the medium-chain fatty acids.
On the other hand, cannabis has been used as an alternative medicine in the case of pain, nausea, asthma, and anxiety for thousands of years. It soothes inflammation, which is always a precursor to illness and disease.
In the last decades, studies have shown that it is extremely useful in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease and other immune system-related digestive disorders, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, and more.
Its benefits are a result of the fact that human cells have receptors specifically for cannabinoids, even in the brain, meaning that it can also be used to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases.
Cannabis and Coconut Oil
The combination of these two oils is much potent than other oils, butters, and margarines, highlighting the medicinal properties of the flower. One can use cannabis to treat many types of illnesses, depending on the strain, however, you will need to know how to choose the right one.
The strains which are heavy in THC are the best for treating:
- Sleep disorders;
- Lack of appetite and eating disorders;
- Neurodegenerative disorders;
“Some cannabinoid agonists (WIN 55212-2, anandamide) have demonstrated, in experimental studies, to act as «ideal drugs» in the management of glaucoma, as they have been shown to have good tolerability after topical application, efficiently reduce intraocular pressure, and behave as neuroprotectors on retinal ganglion cells.”
The increased concentrations of CBD show better results for the treatment of seizures, tumors, cancer, chronic pain, seizures, psychological and neurological disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
“CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.
CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.
Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.”
Sativa family flowers are higher in CBD, while the indica varieties are higher in THC.
Namely, raw cannabis has no psychoactive qualities, but while heating, a chemical reaction occurs in which the tetrahydrocannbinolic acid (THCA) in cannabis loses a carbon atom, and thus forms THC.
This decarboxylating procedure prior to its use in food, tinctures, or a skin balm, provides most protective effects, as THC more readily attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the body than THCA.
If you would like to try the effects of cannabis, we give you a simple recipe. It is easy to make, but it might be more difficult to find the cannabis variety that suits you the most.
Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe
Initially, you need to decarboxylate the cannabis, meaning that you should heat marijuana to release its THC and activate the healing compounds.
You will need:
- One ounce of cannabis buds
- A baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Preheat the oven at 115oC / 240oC;
- Break up the flowers of cannabis along with the buds into smaller pieces with the hands. One
- ounce will be enough, but you can use more or less;
- Take a rimmed baking sheet and put the pieces in one layer, making sure the pan is the correct size, so that there is no empty space on it;
- Bake it for 30-40 minutes occasionally stirring every 10 minutes so that it can toast evenly;
- When it becomes darker in color, a light to medium brown, and has dried out, remove the baking sheet, letting the cannabis cool off. When handled, it should be quite crumbly;
- Pulse the cannabis until it is coarsely ground in a food processor. Do not make a superfine powder.
- Take an airtight container and store it in it, using it as needed to make extractions.
Here is how to prepare the oil:
1 gram decarboxylated marijuana
1 ounce cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
In a glass jar, add the crushed marijuana and the coconut oil, tightly fit the lid and place in a saucepan full of water. Over a low heat, heat the water slowly for an hour, without boiling.
Next, strain the solids in the oil with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and transfer it into another sturdy glass jar. Then, just squeeze the liquid from the cannabis into the oil.
You can either consume the oil or use it topically. You can eat the solids you have removed as well, cooked or baked in your meals. Also, you can use this oil in cooking. Yet, make sure you avoid high heat, in order not to cook out the active marijuana compounds.