The world of edibles can be a fascinating place to explore, but there's one big problem: For the most part, baked edible goods call for cannabis-infused butter. For a number of reasons, that puts some people right out of the running. Whether it's lactose intolerance, veganism, or any other reason, there are lots of would-be edible eaters for whom cannabis butter just isn't a viable option. But fear not, because cannabis coconut oil can fill the void that cannabutter leaves – and it even has a couple of significant advantages over the yellow stuff.
Bioavailability of Cannabis Coconut Oil
THC (the stuff you want in your edibles because it gets you stoned) is fat soluble, which means its molecules break down in fat instead of water. The more fat content your cannabis carrier has, the better it binds to cannabinoids. Since butter is the most common source of fat that you can mix into nearly anything, it's been the go-to infusion material for decades. However, coconut oil contains about 90% saturated fat as compared to butter's 65%, making it much more attractive to THC. That means using coconut oil for your infusion will result in a more potent product than any other fat.
Health Concerns of Coconut Oil
However, this also raises some health concerns. Saturated fat is known to raise your LDL or "bad" cholesterol levels, and that puts you at increased risk of heart disease. On the other hand, coconut oil also raises your HDL or "good" cholesterol levels at the same time ? which butter does not do. Current evidence is rather inconclusive, but the risk is enough that the American Heart Association took notice and cautioned consumers that it's not a health food, and may even be bad for you.
In moderation, coconut oil is almost certainly fine to indulge in. And since its potency factor is higher than butter's, you may find yourself using less.
Skin Benefits of Infused Coconut Oil
One thing you definitely can't do with cannabutter is rub it on your skin. In contrast, cannabis coconut oil is the perfect remedy for multiple skin ailments. Dry skin? The coconut oil can take care of that on its own. Have a bruise or ache that's bothering you? THC can permeate the skin fairly easily and deliver fast pain relief. THC works wonders for inflammation too, so swollen joints can get some relief. Since coconut oil stays nice and solid at room temperature, it's ideal for use as a topical. If you want a smoother and more refined application, adding beeswax in with the coconut oil during infusion is a simple way to elevate your experience.
Using Cannabis Coconut Oil
Your infused product, aside from being good from your skin, can also be cooked with, or taken orally. While you wouldn't want to use coconut oil in a dish in something like an Italian chicken dinner, the flavor melds well with many cuisines and nearly any baked good. A multitude of Thai dishes actually call directly for coconut, and a coconut curry shrimp dish can quickly become transcendent with the help of infused oil!
It's just as easy as making cannabutter, and has many more applications. If multipurpose infusions are your thing, coconut oil should definitely make it onto your experimentation list.