Slowly, but surely, scientists validate the medicinal properties of the use of cannabis; however people all over the world are already very much familiar with this fact, and because of that they use it for the treatment of certain ailments.
Thanks to its beneficial properties and as a result of recent researches, the governments in North America have loosened up the bans on the medical use of marijuana.
You can gain all the benefits from cannabis if you combine it with coconut oil. This combination becomes very powerful and hence very effective in treating illnesses
The virgin coconut oil needs to be cold-pressed which is packed with nutrients thus making it an ideal carrier for spices and herbs used for medicinal purposes. Likewise, it incorporates potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties and as well as cleanses and hydrates the skin.
The body obtains great benefits from its use, in fact it balances hormones, normalizes cholesterol levels, alleviates inflammation, soothes pain, enhances metabolism, improves brain and digestive health, treats depression, and above all kills cancer cells. All these remarkable health advantages come from the medium-chain fatty acids.
Cannabis for years has been utilized as an alternative medicine for nausea, pain, asthma, and anxiety. It has the ability to soothe the inflammation, a predecessor to an illness and disease.
Recent studies have proven that it can be very helpful in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn’s disease and other immune system-related digestive disorders.
Namely, it is effective because the human cells have receptors particularly for cannabinoids, present also in the brain, which means that it can be as well as used in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
Cannabis and Coconut Oil
Cannabis is consisted of many ingredients, and as any plant in the nature it exits in many forms. The two most prominent phytochemicals in marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both of them are fat soluble and because of that coconut oil is ideal for this combination.
The psychoactive component of cannabis is THC, which is not the case with CBD. Marijuana strains high in THC are better in the treatments of asthma, glaucoma, pain, nausea, digestive and sleep disorders:
“Some cannabinoid agonists (WIN 55212-2, anandamide) have demonstrated, in experimental studies, to act as «ideal drugs» in the management of glaucoma, as they have been shown to have good tolerability after topical application, efficiently reduce intraocular pressure, and behave as neuroprotectors on retinal ganglion cells.”
On the other hand, CBD is better in the treatments of tumors, cancer, seizures, chronic pain, psychological and neurological disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
“CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia. CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness. Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.”
Indica varieties of cannabis are higher in THC, and on the other hand sativa family flowers are higher in CBD.
Note that raw cannabis has none psychoactive properties, however during the process of heating, a chemical reaction appears in which the tetrahydrocannbinolic acid (THCA) in cannabis loses a carbon atom, and thereby forms THC.
Yet, when used in food, skin balm or tinctures it offers the most protective effects since THC more readily attaches to cannabinoid receptors in the body than THCA.
In this article we shall present you a simple recipe of cannabis use, it is not time consuming, but maybe the most difficult part would be to find the cannabis variety which will suit you at most.
Recipe for Cannabis Coconut Oil
Prior using, you need to initiate the decarboxylating process of cannabis which means that you need to heat marijuana in order to release its THC and thus activate the healing compounds. Here it is how it goes:
- 1 oz. of cannabis buds
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
First preheat the oven to 240°F/115°C. After that, break up the cannabis buds by using your hands into smaller pieces, and then spread one layer on a parchment-lines rimmed baking sheet.
There should be no empty spaces between the marijuana. Start the baking which lasts for 30-40 minutes, but do tossing every 10 minutes. Once the cannabis appears darker in color and becomes dried, take it out of the oven, and let it cool off.
Next, ground it coarsely in a food processor. Store it in an airtight glass container.
Now, you can prepare the oil:
- 1 gram of decarboxylated marijuana
- 1 ounce cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
Place the crushed marijuana and the coconut oil in a glass jar. Tightly close the lid of the jar, and then put it in a saucepan filled with water. Put it on a low heat and heat the water slowly for one hour, without boiling.
Afterwards, strain the solids present in the oil by using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and put it into another glass jar. Then, just squeeze the liquid from the cannabis into the oil.
It can be used topically or simply consume it. The removed solids can be used as well, cooked or baked in your meals. This oil can be used in cooking. However, you need to avoid high heat as not to cook out the active marijuana compounds.