Cooking With Canabis
An excellent alternative to smoking or vaporizing Cannabis is, well eating it. Consuming Cannabis in this manner provides surprising benefits when compared to other ways of ingesting this substance. Not only do you get the same benefits to your endo-cannabinoid system, that is the part of your brain that the cannabinoids in the Cannabis bind to and provide the beneficial effects, but it lasts much longer in your system than when smoked or vaporized. This also means you will not experience some of the negative harsh aspects of burning plant matter and smoking it, meaning all the cancer and respiratory benefits will not be partially offset anymore. Though, one must be aware that the body cannot digest THC directly and certain preparations must be made to full enjoy the benefits cooking with Cannabis.
THC is a fat-soluble substance, you may already be aware of this if you have research Cannabis drug testing. It binds with the fats in your body upon smoking or vaporizing, but with eating Cannabis it must already be bound to a type of fat for your body to be able to process it. This means that the chemicals in the Cannabis must be extracted into a type of oil, milk, or any other fat-rich substance before eaten or cooked with.
Another important note in the process of cooking with Cannabis is the process of decarboxylation. When home grown cannabis derived from good cannabis seeds is raw it contains a lot of the chemical THCA, which is an inert form of THC. When heated, most commonly through the use of a flame or vaporizer, the THCA becomes “activated” and turns into normal THC. To properly replicate this process while cooking with Cannabis one must be sure to first heat the Cannabis at a low temperature for a period of time before the cook. This process also brings out other aspects of the Cannabis chemical make-up, known as terpenes. These also offer a wide array of medical benefits, such as stress relief and focus, and are responsible for the different smell and tastes in Cannabis. Decarboxylation at higher temperatures degrade the terpenes, so for full benefits from your Cannabis always remember “low and slow”. Ideally a temperature of 115C/240F cooked for 30-40 minutes and stirred to gain an even toasting to the Cannabis will set you right.
Probably the most common form of Cannabis extraction for use in cooking is known as “Cannabutter” or “Cannaoil”. This process entails one to take one’s plant material and cook it at a low and slow temperature in butter, infusing it over the course of several hours making sure to never let it boil or burn. Be sure to finely grind your Cannabis before using it to cook, as this ensures everything will be evenly extracted in your final product. Most recipes call for a good three to five hour simmer on low with the butter and cannabis mixture, making sure to stir every hour. After this process, strain the ingredients through a sieve or cheese cloth. The resulting mixture will be butter that has been tinted green due to the chemicals inside of the Cannabis. Any type of butter or oil works, but the more pure the better quality the resulting recipe will be.
A common problem faced by the amateur Cannabis chef is how to calculate how potent your resulting product will be. A miscalculation in this step can result in one of two things. Number one, if you calculate your proportions too low you will find yourself waiting hours upon hours attempting to get to the correct level of THC in your system as it can take up to two hours for eaten Cannabis to kick in. This will waste your time, and be a deterrent to wanting to try this again. The second, more frightening aspect to this, is that if you calculate your proportions too high you will find yourself in a situation where are way too “stoned” for hours upon hours as it can take up to 8 hours for this high to wear off. Neither situation is fun, and can easily be fixed by measuring your doses properly.
A good guideline to follow is that 1 teaspoon of “Cannabutter” or “Cannaoil” is equal to about 10mg of THC. 10 mg of THC is a medium dosage serving size that is perfect for the majority of Cannabis users and patients. This is an estimate, and if you are buying from a dispensary you can find the THC content in your Cannabis to ensure accuracy. For instance, Cannabis that is 10% THC means that in every 1,000 mg of Cannabis there is 100 mg of THC. In this scenario one simply grinds up and weighs out 1,000 mg of Cannabis, giving you 100 mg total of THC or ten 10 mg servings in your “Cannabutter” or “Cannaoil”.
After successfully creating your “Cannaoil” or “Cannabutter” you may be curious as to what to do with this greasy green substance. Well, the answer is anything you would normally use butter or oil in.One are aslo able to purchase cbd direct from cbd vape oil product line , read carefully as some are not meant as food consumption but rather as something to smoke.
Commonly Cannabis brownies or “Space Cakes” are the classics but anything from pizza to pasta to just spreading it on some toast are all viable options for Cannabis ingestion. Always be sure to be patient while eating these foods, as eating too much can be a negative experience for many people. Lack of coordination, unable to move, even hallucinations have been reported by those a bit too impatient for the Cannabis goodies to kick in.
Cooking with Cannabis is an excellent way for both medicinal and recreational users to gain their fill of the plant without having to worry about the harmful effects of smoking or dealing with the inconvenience of redosing. Understanding these basic principles of cooking with Cannabis with ensure a great experience for oneself everytime. Remember the key is patience with this substance, both in the cooking – low and slow – and eating it as to not accidentally over induldge in the amount of THC in one’s system.