Cooking with cannabis doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating! The first skill to master on your cannabis culinary path is creating a solid base for your edibles. Typically cannabis has been infused with butter, however, if a plant based option is more your style, you’ll definitely want to try making cannabis infused coconut oil.
Benefits of Cannabis Coconut Oil
These are some benefits when it comes to cannabis coconut oil. Coconut oil is quite arguably one of the best oils for creating strong cannabis infusions, salves, topicals and medicinal edibles because it has a high saturated fat content. Coconut oil is naturally high in fat and is a great alternative to animal products such as butter (no shade, I still love making medicated ghee). What makes cannabis coconut oil so potent is the unusually high amount of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) found in the oil, which is a great binder for the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and is an excellent “driver” of nutrients to the body. What does this all mean? The coconut oil makes it capable of absorbing more THC, Terpenes, Flavinoids and Cannabinoids than the traditional route when using butter or other types of oils for medicated infusions. While butter has a saturated fat of about 60%, coconut oil is about 90% saturated (GOOD) fat.
Dosing & Potency
When it comes to cooking with cannabis and cannabis infusions- dosage is an important factor. Too much THC can lead to an overwhelming feeling of anxiety or paranoia – yeah, not fun. In this recipe, I use 7 grams of flower to 1 cup of coconut oil. Keep in mind that this is an estimation, as potency can get lost in the process of making your infusion. It also depends on the strength and potency of the flower you choose.
Example Break Down: Every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000 mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10% THC, 10% of 1,000mg would be 100mg. For cooking with cannabis and baking at home you can assume that a gram of cannabis contains about 100mg THC.
In this recipe, the potency breakdown goes as follows:
- THC % = 24.09% ( In this recipe I used Amnesia Haze strain which was testing very high)
- THC in entire infusion = 1,686.30 mg
- THC per teaspoon of infusion = 35.13 mg
- THC per ml of infusion = 7.12 mg
***These numbers and potency will vary depending on the strain of your cannabis, cook time, and decarb. As a rule of thumb, whenever I’m cooking a recipe with medicated oil for the first time, I test it out by adding 1-2 tbsp and go from there.