Coconut oil is greater than most oils for proper absorption of nutrients. This also is the case with cannabis and fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotene and vitamin E. When cannabinoids are mixed with fat, the fat works to help cannabinoids travel into the digestive tract to be broken down and used by the body. Coconut oil’s high saturated fat content provides sufficient opportunities for cannabinoids. It has about 90% saturated fat, which is much better than olive oil (15%). Do not worry, this fat isn’t artery-clogging and will not make you gain weight. Below we will discuss this in detail to prove its benefits.
Since cannabis is fat-soluble, the higher the quality of the carrier fat, the better the extraction will be. The abundance and purity of the fat in coconut oil gives cannabinoids like THC and CBD have plenty of material to work with. This means that infused coconut oil provides the greatest bang for your buck.
Types of fat
Different fats are in many different shapes. Coconut oil has a high level of pure saturated fats. Mostly, coconut oil is abundant in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAS). Oils like sunflower and canola oil are made up of long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). Our body can break down MCFAs within coconut oil easily than with LCFAs. Long-chain fatty acids need certain enzyme proteins to break them down. MCFAs are metabolized and converted into energy by the liver.
Liver metabolism makes for a stronger psychoactive experience. When consuming cannabis via an edible or infused oil, greater amounts of THC is converted to the psychoactive metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC. Edible cannabis is much more potent than vaporized or smoked cannabis. 11-hydroxy-THC travels easily into the brain than THC. Using coconut oil or products with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oils) evokes a fast release of cannabinoids when put into comparison with other oils.
It also puts a limit on how much fat is stored into your waistline. Coconut oil delivers a fast boost of energy to free up fat to be used up. When using canola oil, you are storing fat away, as the body will recognize it as oil, making the body take more time to metabolize the fat.
Benefits Of Cannabis Coconut Oil
Improves Heart Health
The healthy fats found in coconut oil are actually beneficial forms of cholesterol, and can help lower your levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body. THC is also known to lower blood pressure, making this combination an all-around boost for your cardiovascular health.
One of the main applications for THC and cannabinoids is inflammation associated with arthritis, injuries, and other conditions within the body. Similarly, coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help it soothe the stomach, and when topically applied, cannabis-infused coconut oil can help clear up irritation on the skin as well.
Coconut oil is able to stimulate the metabolism, as research has shown that energy expenditure is roughly 3-4% higher in those who regularly take coconut oil, which is equivalent to more than 100 calories every day!
THC has long been associated with improving cognition, reducing oxidative stress in the brain, and even preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Combined with coconut oil’s antioxidant properties, this can be a powerful boost to your brain.
One of the most exciting developments regarding cannabis oil is its potential effect on cancer prevention. THC and other cannabinoids are being researched heavily in terms of their effect on the spread of cancer, as well as for pain treatment.
As mentioned, THC is considered an extremely effective painkiller with very few side effects, unlike pharmaceuticals and morphine-derived pills. Coconut oil allows more THC to bind to the fat cells, making the cannabis oil more powerful and better able to function as an analgesic.
Some of the constituents in coconut oil can help regulate hormones, due to the release of ketones in the liver. Similarly, THC is closely linked to reductions in anxiety and stress, and can also help with sleep disorders and insomnia.
Cannabis Coconut Oil Uses
The uses for cannabis coconut oil are endless, including adding it to your morning coffee or herbal tea, stirring it into your smoothie, drizzling it over pasta, adding to sauces, salads and dressings, putting it in soups or stews, preparing meat dishes or frying bananas, fish or even scrambled eggs. Basically, anything that you would normally use cooking oil for in your cooking can be switched out for cannabis-infused coconut oil.
There are a few other reasons to choose coconut oil. Not only is it a rich source of metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids, but some of these fats have specific health benefits:
- Lauric acid
Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid with antimicrobial properties
- Caprylic acid
Caprylic acid is another MCFA with anti-microbial properties.
- Vitamin E
Coconut oil contains small amounts of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that is excellent for skin and hair.
However, it is important to remember that pure THC can be very powerful, and will give you the same effects as smoking marijuana. While adding this oil to your life can be hugely beneficial, as the list above shows, it is also a drug with mind-altering effects. You should never operate heavy machinery or drive a car while under the influence of cannabis. It is also essential that you create a cannabis coconut oil that is safe to consume, so it must be in the proper measurements and ratios. Following a strict recipe is highly recommended, particularly if you are making cannabis coconut oil for the first time.