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Getting ready to cook with cannabis

Decarb & Extract

In this section we are going to get you started on the road to being an at home cannabis cook. Before you get to cooking I strongly advise reading the About Edibles section as well as the section on dosages.  Also in this section you will find information about the various extractions available commercially. Though not available in Canada yet, edibles should start hitting the shelves by April 2019, perhaps as late as Oct 2019. The latest reports are saying that oils should be available for the Oct 17, 2018 legalization date.

In Colorado and California legal weed market edibles account for 75% of sales, that's a lot of green. Canada should see similar numbers once edibles are also available. The Federal Liberals are saying that cannabis buds will be sold for $10/gram, likely before taxes, expect something closer to $12.50 all in, that's roughly $44 for an eighth, you can see why the blackmarket is still doing very well in the US.

Making edibles at home


A quick overview

Step 1: Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is the key to consuming your weed as edibles, that is if you want the full effects of the herbs. Some health benefits can be had with raw cannabis, however it is hard to digest and an expensive way to consume. There is a whole lot of conflicting (or just bad) information regarding the process. There is a very complete albeit very scientific paper on decarboxylation published in Dec 2006 here. The basics, you need to convert THCA into THC for your body to absorb it when eating weed. Typically there is more available THCA than THC, by heating the weed carefully over a period of time the THCA is converted into delta-9-THC, the psychoactive component.

Decarb Methods

There are a few options to consider when getting ready to decarb your cannabis. The key to successful decarboxylation is heat and time. There are a few methods you can use.

  • Oven method (quick and fairly easy)
  • Boiling Water (slower and very easy)
  • Decarb appliances (very good but can be expensive)
  • Using your vaporizor (if you vape, save it and eat it)

Step 2:  Extracting

This is the easy part. Extracting is also a matter of heat and time. To reduce time you increase heat. There are trade offs however, THC will breakdown with too much heat or by decarbing for too long. 

Decarboxylation


Now head to our step by step decarb page.

Extracting


Now head to our step by step extraction page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you taste the weed in these recipes?

Sometimes Yes, sometimes no. It really depends on what you are using to infuse your food. Most oil extractions will have the distinctive cannabis taste, you can reduce the flavor by washing your oil.

Does weed taste good in food?

This is a matter of personal preference. Some people like black licorice I don't. I enjoy tasting the weed a bit, others if they get a whiff  are put off by it. This is for some the downside of DIY extraction. I hope that by April 2019 THC and CBD oil, distillates, and other consumables will be available for The home cook.

Is it worth the effort?

Yes. If you enjoy the effects of edibles and have the time to follow the steps go for it. A jar of infused coconut oil can last a few months in the fridge, can be used in just about anything. Replace some butter in your brownies, or pop some popcorn, or in a stirfry. It a good time to go green.

All information provided is sourced from around the WWW and while we try to verify everything it is important to understand that this information may be incorrect or incomplete.

We do not promote illegal use of cannabis. Please adhear to the laws in your area.

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