Introduction To Marijuana Edibles
Cannabis medication is incredibly diverse, allowing us to use it in multiple ways including inhalation, topicals, and edibles. Cannabis edibles are one of the most popular forms of consuming cannabis medicine. Edibles are food and drinks that have cannabis infused into them. Popular preparations include products containing high levels of infused cannabis ingredients known as cannabinoids (for example THC, CBD, and/or CBG). Cannabis is easily infused into almost any type of food or drink that you can think of. Many cannabis retailers produce ready-made edible products including chocolate bars, gummies, and more. With cannabis medication being so expensive many consumers have turned to making their own edibles at home. CannaCook is designed with this home “CannaCook” in mind.
Newcomers to cannabis medication need to be aware of several factors when making and consuming cannabis edibles (especially when it comes to dealing with the psychoactive effects of THC). This includes the basic pharmacology of how cannabis is absorbed by the body. The amount of time until the “effects” of a cannabis edible are felt varies widely due to genetics and many other factors like food intake and other medications. This timeframe (called the onset of action) generally ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating it. Inexperienced users often find themselves “overdosing” by taking an additional dose because they believe it hasn’t worked. In reality, the body may still be digesting and absorbing the cannabis and the effects just have not had time to take effect. Medicating with cannabis is best approached in a systematic fashion using small increases in dosage until you determine your ideal strength. General dosing guidelines can be found here. Always start with a low dosage and increase it gradually to better identify your target dose. A good rule of thumb for any medication is to only take the minimal amount or dosage necessary to control your symptoms. Taking more leads to unwanted side effects and more rapid development of medicine tolerance (stops working as well).
Overdosing on cannabis sounds lethal but history shows that cannabis has never caused a human death. That said, the experience can be quite uncomfortable as the effects can last for hours while the cannabis is processed by the body. This is a second especially important pharmacology fact to know. How long the cannabis effects last is called the duration of action. The average range is again quite wide: anywhere from four (4) hours to up to ten (10) hours in some people. Inexperienced users can easily find themselves in the predicament of feeling the effects of too strong a dose and may benefit from having a few items on hand to help reverse some of the psychoactive effects of THC (if present in your product) including CBD oil or other suggested “antidotes” found here.
Warnings aside, cannabis edibles are an excellent way to add long lasting effects to your cannabis therapy. These longer lasting effects can help patients stop “chasing” their symptoms. It can act as an excellent base to a layering of different methods to gain better control of hard-to-treat health conditions. A regular intake of cannabis edibles along with a shorter acting method such as vaping or sublinguals under the tongue for acute episodes may provide you the control you need to gain the upper hand with your health issues.
Cannabis recipe favorites
Ask anyone who uses cannabis edibles, and you will usually find there are a few recipe favorites common to all for making and consuming at home. These recipes are patient favorites for a variety of reasons but mainly because they are tasty and quite easy to prepare. Each recipe requires a simple process to be done before including in your recipes. This process is called decarboxylation, or “decarbing” for short. It is vital that you complete this process before infusing cannabis into your recipes (that is if you are not looking for the “acidic” cannabinoids, but that is another tale). Decarbing your cannabis “activates” the active ingredients inside (cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and CBG). Not performing this step prior to infusing into your dish will cause incomplete activation of the naturally occurring acidic cannabinoids inside the cannabis material (meaning it will be much less potent). A quick, easy video on how to decarb your product with a mason jar and your oven (with minimal smell!) can be found here.
Cannabis gummies are incredibly popular and easy to prepare! Budding CannaCooks everywhere can be found experimenting with the fantastic array of gelatin flavors that are now available on the market. Older recipe standbys of Jell-O brand gelatin flavors like cherry, orange, and lemon have been joined by newer and taste-intense offerings by conventional candy makers like Jolly Rancher and Starburst. The entire, step by step process for making cannabis gummies can be found here.
No home CannaCook’s recipe book is complete without a cannabis infused brownie recipe. Combining the sweet, decadent taste of chocolate with the health boosting effects of cannabis is a sure winner in our book! Using a dark chocolate-based recipe like the one found here offers its anandamide-boosting effects to your arsenal. This article tells you the basics of dark chocolate’s health boosting benefits.
Infusing cannabis into butter allows home CannaCooks to be incredibly versatile in how to incorporate cannabis into regular home recipes. This cannabis infused butter, aka cannabutter, can be substituted in whole or in part for most of your regular recipes that call for butter. This quick and easy cannabutter recipe featured on our website offers the ease of using a crock pot combined with a smell-reducing mason jar is sure to quickly become your go-to butter infusion recipe!
Cannabis Infused Oils
Another basic staple in most home CannaCook’s repertoire includes infusing cannabis into cooking oils. Like cannabutter, cannabis infused oil is incredibly versatile and allows substitution for the oils called for in your favorite home cooking recipes. Not sure where to start? Infuse oils such as EVOO or coconut oil and substitute in your favorite recipes or drizzle over salads as a dressing ingredient.
Adding cannabis into your everyday cooking or preparing infused edibles for your regular medication needs is much easier than you think (and much cheaper than purchasing commercially). Here at CannaCook our goal is to team with other chefs and cooks (rather than compete with them) to provide our viewers with the most best cannabis cooking and nutrition info available. If you are interested in learning about how to get your recipes or education on CannaCook, contact us here. Don’t see a recipe you are dying to try and don’t feel comfortable trying on your own? Contact us here for recipe requests. Quick links on how to figure the dosage on your home cooked edibles along with a handy dosage calculator that takes all that math and headache out of the “equation” are provided as well. Happy Cooking from all of us at CannaCook.com.
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