Cannabis-infused coconut oil is a natural therapy that not only tastes good but is also good for your body. Coconut oil allows the cannabis to reach the right spots immediately, without losing any quality. As the health industry grows and people become aware about the value of eating coconut oil as part of a balanced diet, so too is medical cannabis becoming more accepted and part of daily medication plans.
Coconut oil extraction for cannabis oil is not the only method used. But using coconut oil to extract cannabis oil from the raw plant is a healthy way of getting your natural therapy. The bioavailability is rapid because the cannabis is absorbed by the body’s circulatory system easier when it is carried by the saturated fat, coconut oil. When cannabis is extracted using butane or carbon dioxide (CO2), there are hazards involved – dangers and toxins.
You see, cannabinoids are soluble in fats, breaking down easier than when in water. Taking your cannabis oil with coconut oil means you get all the benefits of both oils, and more. The coconut oil also extracts all the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis, resulting in a strong and quality product. The saturated fat happens to be a good cholesterol which boosts heart health – in moderation of course!
What Makes Coconut Oil Healthy?
It is important to understand the innate health benefits of coconut oil before realising how good this natural saturated fat is as a cannabis oil extraction method and carrier. The oil contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and Vitamin E which together fight toxins, bacteria and fungi, balance cholesterol levels and provide sufficient antioxidants to fight any dis-ease.
Coconut oil comprises plenty of useful medium chain fatty acids which the body breaks down far easier than other fats or oils. These medium chain fatty acids go straight to the liver where they are metabolised as energy and used right away.
Coconut Oil and Cannabinoids
Coconut oil binds better with the cannabinoids in cannabis oil, thanks to its quality saturated fats (more than 80%). It is also able to hold more cannabinoids after extraction than other carrier oils or methods. When blended with cannabis oil, coconut oil can help ease pain, inflammation, cancer and improves memory. It immediately boosts the immune system, increasing metabolism and protecting the heart from disease.
When someone takes tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-infused coconut oil orally, it is metabolised by the liver and gives the user an immediate high. So, you can cure a medical condition, improve your health and feel a little euphotic at the same time! Coconut oil is used immediately by the body, so is not stored as fat on your waistline. You feel energetic and healthy. In the case of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD), this would mean instant relief from the illness that you are taking it for.
Other Methods of Extraction
What are the differences between CO2 and Butane extraction? Are they harmful to the manufacturer and user? Are they effective medical options?
A cannabis oil extraction is a blend of concentrated cannabis oils for use in medication – packed with healing cannabinoids. The two most common, and most powerful, cannabinoids are CBD and THC. If the extraction method is good, these cannabinoids will occur in quality and quantity, unchanged and ready to boost health. Specific extractors are used to separate the oils from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant.
Using Solvents to Remove Oils
Solvents are often used in order to melt resin glands known as trichomes. These trichomes are lipids which are fats which cannot be taken out with water. So, manufacturers use butane, carbon dioxide (CO2) and alcohol to remove the oils in a concentrated form.
There are varying results: butane hash oil is removed using butane and is more likely to be used for dabbing; CO2 oil is removed using CO2 and is commonly used in vape pens – people inhale it without damaging their lungs.
Butane Extraction Makes Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
Using butane to extract cannabis oil from the cannabis plant is just plain dangerous. This gas comes from petroleum and is used in aerosol sprays and as fuel for cigarette lighters. When someone tries to make a cannabis concentrate at home using butane, they could blow their entire home up!
The problem is that butane hash oil (BHO) is very popular and is packed with THC, therefore packs a punch when consumed. Butane hash oil lovers say that the numerous terpenes found in the end product boost the taste and aroma of their oil.
There is a big problem though: BHO often contains remnants of the solvents which lead to lung irritation and can pollute the body. Professionally extracted BHO is better than homemade varieties which still contain residues bad for the health. BHO is not a very environmentally-friendly product which does it no good in the marketing arena these days.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extraction Makes a Honey-Type Oil
Using CO2 to extract popular cannabis oils from the cannabis plant takes its toll on the plant. This technology needs high pressure which strips the plant of everything, even the important terpenes which add flavour to the final product. These terpenes give each oil its unique aroma and taste.
CO2 oils are usually stronger in humulene and limonene terpenes which give the oil a citrusy aroma, but BHO oils have many terpenes so are known for their fragrances and tastes. Terpenes also add quality to the medicinal effects of the cannabinoids, which is vital if the oil is being used for health reasons.
Many people prefer CO2 extraction to BHO extraction as there are less residual toxins in the final product. They like the fact that CO2 extraction is more environmentally-friendly, less toxic cannot catch alight or explode.
Coconut Oil is Better than BHO and CO2 Extractions
BHO is used for dabbing but recent studies have found that it contains a very high level of cannabinoids. This can be overwhelming for the user, especially if it is mainly psychoactive THC. Deaths have been recorded where people died in explosions while making BHO at home – it is dangerous. It can also be toxic and damaging to the body.
Studies have found that some terpenes used in vape pens are toxic when used at high temperatures. When people have made dabbing using benzene, they have found carcinogens in the product at a higher level than polluted air. Using CO2 for cannabis oil extraction is safer and less toxic than butane – carbon dioxide is seen as a common, normal gas that people breathe out. The extraction process does not harm the environment or cause explosions.
Having said that, coconut oil still wins first prize – an organic, natural oil that is safe for the body and environment, boosting the immune system at the same time! And it retains more cannabinoids for longer, side stepping the liver for rapid assimilation by the body’s cells and tissues!