Coconut oil comes from the kernel (meat) of mature coconuts, and this “good-for-you” fat seems to bring out the best in marijuana. Coconut oil is a carrier oil with an exceptionally high-fat content—99% fat, mainly saturated fats (82% of its total volume for most table brands)—which THC loves to cling to, making coconut oil extractions delightfully more potent.
Here are three crucial ways that coconut oil and cannabis make an unbeatable healthy power couple.
1. Heart Health
When it’s combined with the blood pressure lowering effects of cannabis, coconut oil and weed could help your heart. Even though coconut oil is very high in fat, it does not harm the heart. On the contrary, this saturated fat is one of the good ones. Like olive oil, it is a part of a balanced diet and linked to longevity.
Coconut oil is a moisturizing agent when applied topically and goes on smooth and light, albeit a little greasily. A cannabis coconut oil tincture can quickly turn into a topical for use on arthritis pain, skin irritation, and muscle soreness.
The antioxidant properties of coconut oil, plus the neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are beneficial for cognition. Studies are being done on marijuana for the treatment and prevention for such ailments as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s disease. CTE is being brought further into the spotlight as NFL players, and other athletes come forward about it, and Alzheimer’s is considered a crisis on the rise—every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.
Because of its fat content, coconut oil is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at about room temperature without spoiling. Its this surplus of fat that makes it work so well with cannabis. No other oil can compare. Whether topical or imbibed, you’re going to get more relief with the combo than with one or the other on its own.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.