Cannabis glandular material is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb all on its own, even when it's activated, even when it is in the form of a sticky concentrate.
We use the edible solvents we do, not only because they are effective at breaking down cannabis glandular material into a size that can pass through cellular walls, but because they dramatically enhance cellular permability once a solution has been created, the solvent being the oil, the solute being the cannabis glandular material.
This is how it works...
Without something to effect and enhance cellular permeability, on their own, cannabinoids for the most part just bounce off
our cellular walls (going 'in one end, and out the other' through our tract, without absorption), rather than being absorbed on contact, and passing through them. When you drop your material directly into a food item, whether it's candy, brownie batter or mashed potatoes, whether it's herb, or the same glandular material contained on that herb in the form of hash or an extract, you're missing out on a HUGE amount of potency.
Sure, these methods 'work', but they rely heavily on whatever lipids, or even alcohol, that may already be present in your system from a previous drink or meal, and these methods only work best for those with very low tolerances, and still only by over-consuming the amount really required.
The above 'water' could be brownie mix, it could be hot cocoa, it could be gravy for your mashed potatoes.
It represents whatever you just added your canna oil to, and it displays how your glandular material responds when properly made into a solution;
it responds by maintaining
a thin 'coat' of the solvent.
Our bodies simply are not capable of either breaking down, or absorbing much cannabis glandular material, in the amount of time it takes to digest and then pass that material.
When we use an edible solvent, it not only breaks down and dilutes glandular material into particles small enough to be absorbed, before they are even consumed, but it also provides that coating or 'vehicle' for cannabinoid delivery.
The oil you choose, specifically dictates where in your body the material will be absorbed
, you need to process your glandular material and the required oil of your choice, with gentle heat, for long enough
, to create a bioavailable solution.
Activation also plays a huge roll in how your meds will effect you. The more activated, the more narcotic the sensation (this is what most recreational users are after), and the more pain-relief you will receive. Less-active material, in a bioavailable solution, can effectively provide anti-spasmodic help, some pain relief, anti-mutagenic/anti-cancer benefits, while leaving the patient much more functional (this allows people to increase their dose, and their exposure to cannabinoids and terpenes, exponentially, if they otherwise feel uncomfortable with too much 'active' THC).
Back to the oil source...
Most patients and recreational users require short and medium-chain triglycerides
(in coconut oil, and butter, with coconut oil being far superior
, having a much higher medium-chain content, three to four times higher
than butter) to experience the most from their medicine. This is because those fatty acids are absorbed via the portal vein and liver, which allows for the liver conversion to take place, converting much of your D9-THC, to the more powerful 11-OH-THC.
The long-chain triglycerides contained in most kitchen oils, only promote lymphatic absorption
, which bypasses the liver.
In patients whose livers over-metabolize cannabinoids, regardless how little or much they've eaten and how recently they last ate, they need to rely on that lymphatic absorption in order to become medicated. By avoiding medium and short chain triglycerides they can absorb their meds; it provides a weaker, and shorter-lived experience
, at least they can benefit from their meds, in the form of the remaining terpenes and activated D9-THC.
You can try it both ways, with both kinds of oil... but try it by processing exactly-the-same-way-both-times
. You won't know why one oil worked, and the other didn't, if you get 'creative' while comparing the two and change things between trials.
If you feel your liver is doing more harm, than it is doing good for your meds, then olive oil
is the long-chain containing oil that I would recommend. Otherwise, unless you have an allergy to coconut, then coconut oil is the way to go.
As I've done for the last decade or so within the cannabis community, both online, and on various continents around the globe, I am only trying to help you to get the most from your material, by sharing the same techniques and the same reasoning the experts use professionally, in the medical community.
But in the end it's your material, so feel free to continue using it however you like. We all have different expectations and requirements from our meds, I like 'making the most of things', for my patients, so they receive the most medicinal benefit, and 'the most bang for their buck'. Improved bioavailability and enhanced cellular permeability, and proper activation, provide much greater healing capacity (and the same increased benefits can also be had by recreational users).