How To Infuse MCT Oil With THC
As cannabis culture continues to evolve, the methods of implementing THC into a wide array of products has reached the peak of innovation. Edibles, sprays, numerous other over the counter THC products are widely available through recreational and medical dispensaries.
One of the newest trends involves the combination of MCT oil and THC, creating an easily digestible tincture for cannabis consumption. We’ll go over all of the benefits of implementing MCT oil with cannabis, as well as how you can create your own mixture from your home grown cannabis.
What Is MCT Oil?
Commonly used in a number of food items, medium chain triglycerides are a type of fat derived from coconut or palm kernel oil. A smaller fat molecule, this makes them easier to digest and perfect fat additive to a number of food items.
Among the benefits as a food additive, numerous health claims are associated to this oil. These health benefits include:
- Aiding in weight loss
- Controlling your appetite
- Treating inflammation
- Treating low energy
- Increasing overall fat and nutrient intake
Because MCT oil is touted as a mostly beneficial dietary supplement, you will often see it implemented in organic and health conscious food items. While some of the health benefits are yet to be fully researched or confirmed, MCT oils have definitely found their footing as a well rounded additive for a number of food items.
Combining MCT Oil And Cannabis
Due to the fact MCT oil is easily digestible and multifaceted, combining it with cannabis to create a THC tincture has proven itself to be an easy way to take THC outside of the traditional methods of smoking. In addition, the notable benefits of eating THC and your liver processing it into 11 Hydroxy THC will provide a similar high to that of eating edibles.
While the effects are often delayed, the high is significantly more intense and unique in comparison to smoking or vaping cannabis.
Furthermore, when you combine MCT oil and cannabis it becomes much more flexible in its use. Because MCT oil has a fairly inoffensive taste and profile, combining it with normal food items such as coffee, using it as a replacement for butter in recipes, or using it as a replacement for normal oil are all great ways to use MCT oil in your daily routine.
In addition, MCT oil can also act as a topical lotion to treat a number of medical issues. Anecdotally beneficial for muscle aches, sunburns, skin moisturizing, or use through massage, the THC can be absorbed through the skin as opposed to the normal ingestion.
How To Make Your Own THC Infused MCT Oil
Assuming you already have the basics of growing your own weed at home, the process of combining MCT oil and cannabis can be accomplished through household items and a bit of know-how.
MCT Oil Infused With Concentrates
In contrast to using traditional cannabis plant products, which will be touched on below, using THC concentrates such as Crumble, Shatter, and Sugar can be quickly mixed into an MCT oil tincture with minimal effort.
You will need the following materials:
- Small microwavable container or shot glass
- THC concentrate
- MCT Oil
With a 10% ratio of THC concentrate to MCT oil, you will first heat your MCT oil in the microwave for around 1 minute. After the oil has been properly heated, take your concentrate and stir it into the oil until it has fully dissolved.
If the concentrate doesn’t break down completely, reheat the oil in microwave until it has fully dissolved. Adjusting the ratio for stronger or less potent oil, repeat the process until you are happy with the quantity.
Slow Cooker Process
A more time consuming method, using the slow cooker method is essentially steeping weed into the MCT oil at high temperatures until the THC is infused. To accomplish this you will need a few things:
- Slow cook pot or “Crockpot”
- Container for storage
- Cloth strainer
- Cannabis plant material
- MCT Oil
The first step is preparing your cannabis, choosing which parts of the plant you would like to grind up to begin the cooking process. While technically you can use any part of the plant that will have THC or CBD, the buds will obviously have the most potency.
Although if you do not want to waste too much weed, or are looking for a less potent oil, you can also include broken down leaves and stems into the mix.
Next, evenly spread out the ground weed into the base of your slow cooker. You should end up with about one ounce of material, with about 2 cups of MCT oil that you will then pour over the top of this in the slow cooker.
Once your weed has been fully covered and soaked, the cooking process will begin.
Covering your slow cooker and setting the temperature to 200 degrees, you can now let it cook for approximately 5 hours at a minimum for the THC to be fully released. This is crucial for the decarbing process, heating the weed until it converts into THC-A.
This result is what gives you your “high” when ingesting cannabis, only occurring once the THC has reached the necessary temperatures. While the 5 hour mark is the minimum for the THC to fully release and infuse into the oil, extended lengths will allow more of the cannabinoids to be released through the cooking process.
After you are satisfied with the length of the cooking process, let the oil cool off for around 30 minutes before beginning the straining process. Use the cheese cloth or strainer mentioned above to strain the oil from the plant material.
You can then pour your concentrated oil into a jar or container for storage. Your oil should be completely smooth and absent of any plant particles, so use multiple passes through the strainer if any remain.
Decarbing Your Cannabis
Due to the fact all of the benefits of cannabis come with the transition of THC into THC-A, it needs to be “burned” or raised to an ideal temperature for this process to take place. Traditionally, smoking weed through a joint or pipe will naturally raise the temperature high enough for this process to take place.
However, if you plan on decarbing your weed for edibles or non-traditional methods of consumption, you will have to manually complete this process. The steps are as follows:
- Step 1: Heat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (accuracy is very important, so be sure to correctly measure this with an external thermometer if needed)
- Step 2: Place your cannabis evenly on a parchment paper covered baking sheet
- Step 3: Cook for 40 minutes, stirring around halfway through
- Step 4: Remove cannabis once it has become lightly toasted
Once this process has been completed, your cannabis should be completely decarbed and ready to be used without the need for cooking or heating.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best oil to infuse with THC or CBD
As mentioned thoroughly above, MCT oil (typically coconut oil) will be far and away the best substance to use when infusing THC into a tincture. It isn’t associated with any health risks and acts as a great carrier for both THC concentrates and normal cannabis.
Is CBD oil with coconut oil bad for you?
The combination of coconut oil and CBD is far and away one of the best methods to create easy to consume THC tinctures.
Because coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, as opposed to long chained triglycerides, the fat is relatively safe for consumption.
Does decarbing your cannabis damage it?
As long as it is done properly, decarbing your weed is a vital step in the process of creating edible THC products that will get you high. Being sure not to overcook or burn your weed, the conversion of THC to THC-A will give you a base to create cannabis products that no longer need cooking.
Creating your own cannabis infused oils and food items is a relatively straight forward process as long as you follow the steps accurately. Decarbing your weed, whether through an oven or oil cooking process, and then using the resulting product is a perfect way to implement cannabis into a plethora of different everyday items.