In the past the marijuana was considered only as a light drug forbidden for use, but thanks to the numerous scientific researches it has been proven to be very beneficial for the health. Once this was determined the question poops up: for which ailments is marijuana good?
The best use of marijuana for medical purposes is in a form of oil and the best option is cannabis coconut oil. The restrictions toward the use of cannabis loosened up due to the recent researches proving its benefits and thus making it more available. Therefore, if you can, buy some, and store it in a cool, dry, dark place. Use it only when you need it.
Health Virtues of Cannabis Coconut Oil
The best health benefits of marijuana you will experience when combined with cold-pressed virgin coconut oil that acts as a carrier. Coconut oil is well known for its numerous health advantages so the combination will offer you countless benefits.
Coconut oil can be consumed and in that way you are lowering the “bad” cholesterol levels, enhancing metabolism, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. Furthermore, it balances hormones, supports the function of the brain and the digestive system thanks to the content of medium-chain fatty acids. According to scientific research it is very helpful in the fight against cancer as it destroys cancer cells and also battles against depression.
This oil is packed with antibacterials and antioxidants, and due its moisturizing and cleansing properties it is ideal for your skin and hair. It can be applied on hair to thicken and promote new growth. In addition to this, thanks to its amazing flavor, it is a perfect versatile carrier for herbs and spices used medicinally.
Although forbidden in the past decades this plant has been used as a medicine for millennia in the treatment of asthma, pain, anxiety, and nausea. The inflammation in the body is a trigger of many ailments, and cannabis has the ability to reduce it thanks to its potent antioxidant properties.
In recent years it has been found that it can significantly help in the treatment of Crohn’s disease and other immune system-related digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, it is very beneficial for cancer patients, and people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, etc. The reason for its potency lies in the fact that the human cells contain receptors specifically for cannabinoids that are also present in the brain, which helps in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative disease.
There are many varieties of cannabis, and because of that you need to choose the right one for your specific ailment.
Coconut Oil Improves Absorption of Cannabis
The two most active phytochemicals in marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and both of them are fat soluble. Therefore, they need a delivery partner like coconut oil so that the body absorbs them.
The coconut oil is with saturated fat content and that is particularly effective when it comes to extracting THC since it is capable of great absorption of many cannabinoids and it is more effective than butter or other oils. Plus, the saturated fat content of coconut oil is based mainly on medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) that is being quickly metabolized by the body.
The Difference between THC and CBD
In the past marijuana had been related only to its psychoactive effects and not many have been aware that THC represents the psychoactive component of cannabis, and not the CBD. However, each component can contribute to the treatment of certain health condition. Namely, marijuana strains high in THC are better for asthma, glaucoma, pain, nausea, and 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, rich concentrations of CBD are good for the treatment of cancer, tumors, seizures, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic pain, and psychological and neurological disorders.
“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.”
As we mentioned before there are different varieties of marijuana, the sativa family flowers have in their content higher levels of CBD and the indica varieties are higher in THC.
Have in mind that raw cannabis is not psychoactive, but the heating triggers a chemical reaction in which the tetrahydrocannbinolic acid (THCA) in cannabis loses a carbon atom, thus creating THC. By decarboxlyating marijuana the active ingredient gets its most protective effects, and this process happens before used in a tincture, skin balm, or food. Moreover, the THC attaches more readily to cannabinoid receptors in the body than THCA.
How to prepare coconut cannabis oil?
The process is rather easy, and before finding the right plant variety you will need some time to experiment because everyone’s personal body chemistry is unique. No matter of the variety you chose you are doing great things for your body and overall well-being.
An interesting fact about the marijuana is that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has held patents on “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” for almost twenty years .
Recipe how to prepare coconut cannabis oil
First of all you need to release the psychoactive component, the THC, and for that purpose you need to apply the process of decarboxylation, which means heating marijuana. By doing so, the healing compounds in the cannabis get activated. Here it is how to do it:
The process of decarboxylation
1 ounce of cannabis buds
A baking sheet
First, you need to preheat the oven to 240°F/115°C. Next, by using your hands break up the cannabis buds into smaller pieces. In a baking pan spread a single layer of the buds on a parchment-lines rimmed baking sheet. The whole baking sheet must be filled with marijuana having no empty spaces.
Then, bake the cannabis for about 30 to 40 minutes, but make sure to toss it every 10 minutes so that it bakes evenly.
Once the cannabis gets properly dried and darkened in color, starting from light to medium brown, remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it aside to cool down. It is properly dried out when it gets crumbled.
Transfer the toasted marijuana in a food processor or blender, but make sure that is blended till it is coarsely ground. Have in mind that it should not be turned into fine powder. Keep it in an airtight glass container and use it when you need to prepare your medicines.
The preparation of thecoconut cannabis oil
1 gram of decarboxylated marijuana
1 ounce of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
*This ratio is applied when using other amounts.
Put the previously toasted and crushed marijuana in a sturdy glass jar and then pour in it the coconut oil. Tightly close the jar’s lid and after that put it in a saucepan full of water on low heat. It is important to heat the water on low, below boiling, for an hour. In this way you are preventing the overheating of the oil.
By using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the solids from the oil into another sturdy glass jar. The solids from the oil can be used as well, in baking or in another recipe that includes herbs. Then squeeze out the liquid from the cannabis into the oil. Now, your cannabis coconut oil is ready for consumption, and it can be used as a topical lotion as well.
Remember that when you use the oil for cooking it needs to be processed only at medium heat as if heated too high, the active compounds of the marijuana will burn out.