Cooking with Marijuana | Cannabis OIL Infusion
Florida's Cooking with Marijuana | Cannabis OIL Infusion
Consuming cannabis is a great solution for those who don’t want to smoke it or those who want to use it for medical use. When cooking with cannabis most recipes call for a certain amount of cannabutter or canna oil, which is used in place of standard butter or oil. In order to get the psychoactive effects of cannabis when eating it, it needs to be heated in some way. It won’t work if the weed is eaten straight without preparation (plus it will likely taste disgusting!) because the digestive system is unable to digest THC (the stuff that gets you high) directly. When cooking with cannabis, it is very important to use fat (oil, butter, milk) because THC is fat soluble and not water soluble. What this means is you must cook the cannabis with a fat, like butter or oil, and when cooked and heated, this will release the THC from the cannabis and into the butter or oil.
There are several different methods of extracting cannabis, ranging from simple, do-it-yourself extractions to more involved extractions which are best left to the professionals. Home cannabis extractions usually take the form of cannabis-infused fats, most commonly butter or oil. The THC in cannabis is almost entirely insoluble in water but is very soluble in fat. Because of this, heating cannabis in butter or oil breaks down the THC and allows it to bind to the fat, creating an easy vehicle for introducing activated, terpene-rich cannabis into any meal or dish. CANNA - BUTTER
Coconut oil is a very effective way of extracting THC due to its high saturated fat content. It is capable of absorbing much more cannabinoids than butter or other oils.
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In order to release the full potential of marijuana’s psychoactive effects, you must first go through a process called decarboxylation. It is highly recommended you do this before you begin cooking with cannabis.
Raw cannabis contains a lot of THCA which is not psychoactive (meaning it does get you high.) However, when you apply heat, such as a flame or vaporize, cannabis becomes ‘decarboxylated’ by the heat and at this point becomes psychoactive (get’s you high.)
So, if you ingest cannabis and want the full psychoactive effect, you need to first decarboxylate before cooking with cannabis.
One difficulty when cooking with cannabis is measuring how potent the final product will be. You don’t want to eat one weed brownie and get way too high for hours!
You can determine how potent your edibles are by the amount of THC, in milligrams, in each serving. As a guide, a good amount per serving is 10mg, which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of cannabutter or canna-oil. This will give the occasional cannabis user a significant high.
The best way to control potency is to know how much THC is in the cannabis you are using. When buying from a dispensary the THC percentage is often listed on the package.
Typically, strains with 15%-20% THC are above average, and strains with 21+ are considered very strong. If you are obtaining your cannabis from less desirable sources, it can be difficult to know how potent the cannabis is.
For the purpose of standardizing the dosing, we will assume your cannabis has 10% THC. Based on this, 1,000mg of cannabis would contain 100mg THC. If you want 10mg per serving, get the weight in milligram of your ground up marijuana and then divide it by the serving size. This will give you an idea of the THC dose per serving.
If you are consuming marijuana for the first time, we suggest 5% per serving. To do this, just have the numbers used in the example above.
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