Words By: Andrew Macfarlane, budding horticulturist and coconut fan.
What can’t you do with coconut oil? It can be turned into butter that can be used as a baking ingredient, body care product, or a sensual spray. Infused with some lovely cannabis it’s a real treat.
In the edible market, coconut oil is a winner. The main reason is that it has one of the highest concentrations of fatty acids (saturated fats). These fatty attributes help it create a stronger bond for the cannabinoids. So, it’s a perfect agent for cooking.
There are a number of other benefits, such as it being in a solid-state at room temperature, making it perfect for capsules. But for now, let’s just get onto making it.
What you’ll need is:
- One cup of ground cannabis;
- One cup of coconut oil;
- Strainer or cheesecloth;
- A grinder (may we suggest our own)
- A candy thermometre;
- And a saucepan.
Now that you have everything you need it’s time to grind up the marijuana. Make sure not to grind it too finely, as if the pieces are too small it’ll get through the strainer and land up in the final product. Melt the coconut oil in the saucepan.
Now it’s time to add the cannabis to the oil in your saucepan. Let it simmer at around 120°C and make sure to stir regularly over about three hours. The low temperature allows for the decarboxylation process to happen, AKA, how you get access to that sweet THC. Also, make sure not to burn it, if your oil does start to smoke add a little water to the mixture.
Once done, strain the oil. If you are using a cheesecloth don’t squeeze it as you’ll just be adding chlorophyll to your final product. No one likes green butter.
Discard all the rest of the plant matter and you’re done! Make sure to store in the fridge.
The uses for coconut butter are endless! Pretty sure we’ll be suggesting what do with it in another blog soon.
Zootly Says: “Did you also know that coconut shells are used in our soil substrate and are really good for your plants? One thing we’ve not done with it yet is to use the shell as a bowl…”