We bet you’ve noticed the coconut oil trend that’s dominated the holistic scene. While overhyped, it is one of the best carriers for cannabis concentrates, especially because of its dual-use as a topical and an edible.
A Chemical Attraction
Without knowing cannabis or coconut oil well, you would guess they’re together because of the cannabis high and the coconut flavour. Sure, that’s true (although perhaps a little superficial) but there’s also some deep down chemistry behind their love affair.
Cannabis compounds are fat soluble, meaning they break down in fat much better than water. This is why weed butter and oils are so common. Coconut oil is considered superior for nutrient absorption because of its high saturated fat content compared to most oils (around 80% for saturated fat compared to around 20% or less in olive oil). The higher quality fat or oil used, the better it works with THC.
Coconut oil is mainly made of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), while common oils like canola or sunflower are mainly long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). The human body can break down MCFA much more easily than LCFA. This lets you both absorb the THC and break down the fat more efficiently. These MCFAs include lauric acid and caprylic acid, both known for their antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. This perfect fatty-acid marriage provides two wonderful categories of benefits to you: topical and edible.
Topical Uses and Benefits
Coconut oil already has some lovely topical use and a subtly pleasing aroma, made even better with the benefits of cannabis. Coco oil is already a natural moisturizer that provides relief from skin irritation and sunburn. Combined with the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving properties of cannabis it can also help alleviate soreness, swelling, acne, psoriasis, and signs of ageing. For thorough and effective muscle or joint pain relief, check out our Pain Cream which features deep-penetrating DMSO.
Get creative with the coco oil and use it as a massage cream or lubricant (but note, it’s not condom-safe like our exclusive Orgasm Oil). It also makes a relaxing combination with our Melt bath salts. Unlike most oils it’s solid at room temperature making it less messy, easy to apply, and store.
Edible Uses and Benefits
Coconut oil is a popular cooking oil. It has a light but tasty flavour and can stand high temperatures, making it great for frying vegetables and meat. It can also be a healthy fat ingredient for sauces or dressings like curry, pasta, and salad. You can also toss it in smoothies, hot chocolate, or your own homemade bulletproof coffee. It’s also a popular non-dairy substitute for butter.
Touted as a healthier fat, it’s said to give energy while reducing hunger. One small study on women found it increased healthy cholesterol while reducing unhealthy cholesterol when compared to soybean oil. It’s fatty lauric acid and the monolaurin that result from digestion has shown to provide antimicrobial effects, which help prevent infections.
Now, onto what cannabis adds to the mix. Compared to smoking, ingesting THC has a milder, longer-lasting high and smoother comedown for most people. It can help relieve anxiety, nausea, and insomnia. It can help with various types of pain, such as headaches, PMS, muscle pain, or joint pain.
Our Pure Coco is a favourite with our Vancouver clientele. It features organic oil infused with fully-activated THC distillate, make sure to check it out. What are your favourite ways to use THC-infused coconut oil? If you have any go-to coconut oil recipes to share, we would love to hear them
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