May 2014

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Cannabis Kitchen: Coo-Coo For Coconut Oil

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Cannabis Kitchen: Coo-Coo For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a vegan “super food.” It is beneficial whether it used orally or topically, and can even be used as a daily detox. Coconut oil is comprised of 90% saturated fat, which once gave it a bad reputation. However, unlike the saturated fat found in red meat, this oil in no way clogs our arteries and provides the body with a readily available source of healthy energy.

In fact, this high fat content is the key when using coconut oil to infuse edibles, topicals, and more.Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a fat-soluble molecule and must bind to fat in order to be absorbed into the oil. So, the more fat, the more room for cannabinoids overall. When compared to other butters and oils, infused coconut oil offers you the biggest bang for your buck for potency and nutrition.

 

Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and is in the diets of the most heart-healthy populations in the world. As a ketogenic rich food, it can directly decrease seizures in epileptic children and has shown signs of helping with symptom management for Alzheimer’s patients.

 

When you consider the natural benefits of coconut oil, cooking cannabis into it only increases the medicinal advantages: cannabis has demonstrated a tremendous ability to reduce seizure occurrences in epileptic children, and it has also shown positive results in treating Alzheimer’s Disease.

What Materials Do I Need To Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil?

coconut oilFirst, you will want to choose your preferred type of coconut oil. If you like thecoconut flavor and aroma, choose unrefined virgin coconut oil. Go with the refined oil if you want a more mellow taste.

 

Your next choice will be determining what strain(s) of cannabis you plan to cook into your oil. You’ll need to decide if you want an Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid strain. Of course, it always helps to know how different strains affect you.

 

It’s advised that you NEVER use cannabis if you don’t trust the source or if it hasn’t been lab-tested for safety. The important part is not to ingest any impurities like mold, bugs, or pesticides.

“I will suggest that any first time cook would want to add, at minimum, a quarter of high quality flower (15%+ THC) into two cups liquid oil.”

 

Deciding how much cannabis to cook in your oil depends on how much and what strength oil you would like to make. Don’t forget to consider how much oil will be needed in your recipe and how strong you want each bite or serving to be! This will require some math on your part.

 

I will suggest that any first time cook would want to add, at minimum, a quarter of high quality flower (15%+ THC) into two cups liquid oil – use at least one ounce if the bud has a lot of seeds or a low trichome count. Keep in mind this will create low doses – you want to make sure you are giving yourself a dose with which you’ll feel the effects of your coconut oil, but wont be incapacitated by it.

How Do You Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil?

magical butterIf you plan to make medicated oil regularly, consider investing in a Magical Butter product. My partner and I chose to use the Magical Butter 2 when making our medicated coconut oil we use in our vegan edibles at CANServe – it is such a time saver! Of course you can also infuse your coconut oil using a stovetop and a double broiler, in which case you won’t ever need to turn the dial past three.

 

Once you have warmed your liquid coconut oil, add your ground up plant matter. There is no need to add seeds, but stems are welcome!

“The goal is to keep the oil just below a simmer with regular stirring to prevent any burning at the bottom of the pan.”

 

The goal is to keep the oil just below a simmer with regular stirring to prevent any burning at the bottom of the pan.

 

It is vital to remember that THC activates as low as 160 degrees F, and it starts breaking down at 350 degrees F, which is also the smoking point of coconut oil. Once the THC begins breaking down, the effects are less noticeable and you are receiving less benefits.

 

After about an hour, you should notice the oil has turned green – this let’s you know it is done. Let it sit longer if you’ve got the time.

 

When you are ready to jar the oil, prepare a large mason jar with a secure cheesecloth around the lid – a tight rubber band will do the trick. Then pour the green oil slowly into the jar. Be sure to leave enough room for the cheesecloth to hold all the plant material, yet not so deep into the jar that the liquid will rise to reach the base of the cheesecloth.

Once the oil is cooled, squeeze the ball of cheesecloth-wrapped plant matter to get the last few drops of infused coconut oil. Cap the jar and label it so that you don’t forget how potent the oil is. Coconut oil is stable at room temperature or in the fridge.

You now have available medicated lotion, cooking oil, or spread for bread – the possibilities are endless.

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Why Decriminalization Isn’t Good Enough

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To say, “We have won once the Country decriminalizes cannabis,” would be to neglect her greater call. The medicinal benefits should be in the spotlight. When life and adolescent brain development (epilepsy) are on the line, nothing else matters. If we only ‘decriminalize’ the plant, we are likening it to alcohol or some other social party favor. This is a wonder drug and the world needs to know! The brilliant minds of this country must be unafraid to innovate and improve the cannabis industry.

 

By demonizing cannabis, brushing the medicinal benefits under the rug, and creating the Marijuana Excise Tax of 1937, the U.S. Government drove the discussion off course and the advancement paused.

 

Patients and industrial companies had to pay a special excise tax to continue usingBenjamin cannabis and hemp. By the 1950’s, patients were cut off when it became a crime for anyone to possess cannabis. This schedule 1 drug helps the ill eat, sleep, and numbs their pain. Instead of this drug being a blessing in his time of hardship, it now came with the fear of arrest and consequent jail time: a penalty most patients won’t survive. So, they suffer and die earlier than they would otherwise.

 

In 1976, a judge ruled in the favor of a glaucoma patient making him the first legal pot smoker during Prohibition. As a compromise to other glaucoma patients who also expressed that cannabis was the only drug that aided their pain, the federal government allowed thirteen other participants to join the program. Only four remain and the government continues to provide their medicine. No more patients may enter. If you’ve ever tried the G-13 strain, you are sampling the genetic lineage developed by the US government.

 

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Nothing positive has come of Prohibition. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said it best on NPR.org when asked if he thought Marijuana should be legalized, ” Yes. I really think … and recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally… not worth the cost. And I really think in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”

 

When bright minds like Justice Stevens impart irrefutable logic upon us, we must listenrGJaOid7-Lubwp-moZgILOmBJ8oLsvB_GCHm7Lw6FO69lh_XWSLi9gH3Pf_t and act. Our country is finally starting to recognize the illegitimacy of our past lawmakers’ move to smear the image of cannabis. While cannabis has been inaccessible to legal testing and research by non-government scientists and doctors for almost 80 years, modern science has improved light years. If we stop at decriminalization, our scientists may never tap into the reservoir of medicinal miracles just waiting to be discovered. A revolution is bubbling like a volcano eager to explode and the federal government acts as if they can just plug it with a cork. Decriminalization must be just the first of many steps on the trail we are so freshly blazing.

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