Day 51: Making Medicine

As the weather cools off, breathing becomes challenging for me. I have struggled with sinus infections and bronchitis every winter that I’ve lived in New England. And I don’t expect this season to be any different. Medicating with cannabis via inhalation must be reduced so that I don’t inflame my throat and breathing passages. So I infused cannabis into coconut oil last night so that I don’t have to administer cannabis via inhalation.

This particular batch was made with Girl Scout Cookies – a lovely hybrid strain. I started the process by dropping about 6 grams (little less than a quarter of an ounce) of cannabis in my Nova Precision Decarboxylator by Ardent Cannabis. In the simplest terms, decarboxylation is a chemical process that implements heat to convert non-psychoactive cannabinoids into psychoactive ones. Decarboxylation happens when cannabis is smoked, and also when cannabis is heated in a vaporizer. This process needs to occur when making edibles so that the psychoactive benefits of cannabinoids, specifically THC, can be enjoyed. The Nova allows me to decarboxylate cannabis effectively without degrading the cannabis, which certainly effects it’s potency. It also helps me to save time and allows me to make small batches of medicine as needed, which saves money.

The end result after 90 minutes of decarboxylation, followed by 90 minutes of infusing coconut oil with the potentiated cannabis in a double-boiler, yielded about 14 ounces of cannabis-infused coconut oil. There is about 1345mg of THC in the entire batch, or about 8.5mg per 1/2 teaspoon. A little bit goes a long way! So this breaks down to be about 158 doses for about $0.63 per dose. Not bad! Of course, there may be days where two or three doses is necessary, but it’s still very affordable.

Well dear readers, I hope you have a beautiful day as always! Please reach out if you have any questions about anything I post about! Much love, many hugs. Namaste ❤

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Day 51: Making Medicine

  1. Thanks for your post. How much coconut oil did you use? And did you strain the final product? And just one more, will you store this at room temp or in fridge? Thanks for your help.

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  2. Hi There – I used about 14 ounces of coconut oil. I did strain the final product by pouring the coconut oil into a jar covered with cheesecloth. I store my coconut oil in the fridge – it’ll last about 12 months in the fridge. You can store it at room temp in a dark cabinet which keeps for about 6 months. Sometimes longer. Hope this helps!

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