Cannabis consumption is on the rise ever since many states and countries have legalized its use. More people than ever before are curious about using cannabis and are keen on giving it a try. But not many like the idea of smoking it. The good news is that there are many ways to consume cannabis. While smoking and vaping are the most common forms of cannabis consumption, eating edibles are becoming more and more popular.
If you’re looking to transform the cannabis you bought from a Canada online dispensary or purchased in person at a dispensary in the US into delicious edibles, here are the steps to take.
- Use the entire marijuana plant
When people smoke marijuana, they prefer to burn the nuggets along with the buds, but not the stem. When creating infused marijuana food, don’t be scared to use the entire plant, including the stem. As you know, the cannabinoid compounds are present in all parts of the plant so you want to get as much of those compounds as you can. We won’t put all the parts into the food we’re making but we want to extract all the cannabinoids.
- Decarboxylation (aka slow roasting)
A little background information about cannabis; there’s a reason why marijuana is traditionally smoked because, in its raw form, it is non-psychoactive. In order to “activate” the compounds in weed, you’ll need to heat it up first, or what’s referred to as decarboxylation, to release some of the compounds. In cooking with cannabis, this involves breaking down the plant into smaller pieces by chopping it or hand shredding it, placing it in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking it at 200 degrees Fahrenheit (or slightly hotter) for at least 40 minutes until the plant material is golden brown and not burnt.
- Pay attention to the strains
There’s no doubt that when it comes to the strength and affects, the type of strain is everything. If you are hoping to create food that has a more mellow effect, then you might want to go for an indica variant of the plant. If you are looking for more fun and trippy food to enjoy with friends, then going for the sativa-heavy strain will be your best bet. You might also want to pay attention to the proportion of THC vs CBD in a given strain, especially if you’re using a hybrid strain.
- Infusing decarbed cannabis into oil or butter
Infusing cannabis into oil isn’t that complex but you do have to take into consideration the quantity of decarbed cannabis as it will affect the potency of the oil you’re making. With your decarbed cannabis on hand, place it in cheesecloth and let it simmer in a pot of oil or butter for about an hour. Now, you have cannabis infused oil or butter you can use for any recipes. If you start with 7 grams of decarbed cannabis that has 15% THC (or CBD) and simmer it in 2 cups of oil, you get the following potency: 25 mg THC (or CBD) per tablespoon or 8 milligrams THC (or CBD) per teaspoon.
Edibles have a completely different effect than that of smoking or vaping cannabis. Newbies to this method of consuming cannabis, even those already familiar with smoking or vaping, should take it slow the first time they try edibles as its effects take a while longer to be felt and lasts for up to 8 hours.
The internet is filled with tons of cannabis recipes you can try. A popular site for cannabis recipes is www.ourcommunityharvest.com. They have a ton of recipes for you to try. They also teach you how to do infusion and calculating for the dosage.
Lily Brooks, an avid blogger, and frequent traveler loves to write about little-known facts and fun stuff about travel, health, and food. She is currently working with TheGreenAce, the Best Online Dispensary Canada, which offers legal, safe access to high-quality Medicinal Marijuana.