Even for experienced smokers, eating foods containing marijuana can be a whole new experience. It might the perfect solution for those who don’t want to smoke, or have trouble smoking, i.e. people with asthma. There are virtually no health risks, as you are not smoking and there is no subsequent damage to your respiratory system.
Cooking with Marijuana
Most weed-related recipes call for the making of a certain quantity of “Marijuana Butter” or “Bud Butter”, which is then used as a replacement for standard butter in a cooking situation. To prepare pot for eating it has to be heated in some way. It won’t work if the weed is eaten without preparation, because the digestive system is unable to digest THC directly. When cooking with weed, it is very important to use fat (oil, butter, milk) because THC (the stuff that gets you stoned) is fat soluble and not water soluble. It is therefore impossible to get high from pot tea, for example, without adding some milk.
How to make Bud Butter
Cooking with weed offers an alternative to inhaling marijuana smoke to get high. By using “Bud Butter” in your recipes you can consume the marijuana in a tasty way.
Here’s one recipe for Bud Butter:
1 lb. of butter (not margarine!)
1/2 ounce of finely ground marijuana
Melt the butter in a sauce pan until it’s simmering.
Add the marijuana and let simmer for 30 minutes or so until the butter has turned green from the marijuana.
Pour butter through a strainer to remove all the pieces of marijuana.
Chill until solid.
Methods of THC extraction
- cooking oil (soak in for a week)
- flour – Another method that doesn’t require cooking is cannaflour. Grind the cannabis up as fine as you can get it, and mix it with the following ratio: for every cup of flour, mix in a half cup of powdered cannabis. Your final product is cannaflour, and you can use it in just about every baking recipe.
- weed – If you’re in a hurry you can also do the following: melt some (dairy) butter in a pan and throw in some weed; stir a bit, and then fry an egg (or a pancake or whatever) in it. Don’t throw the weed away, it will still contain some THC. Eat the egg or whatever you made. Sweet stuff (honey, syrup, marmalade) tastes good with weed.
What are the effects?
It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to even up to 4-5 hours for the effects to set in. The biggest problem here is to find the right amount. When smoked, the effects set in almost immediately, so it is easy to judge how much you need. After eating some weed, some users are too impatient, and they think they need more. While it is not possible to overdose on weed, the effects of eating too much cannabis are not pleasant. You may feel sick, confused, unable to move or talk, and your coordination may be heavily affected. These effects may last a long time, much longer than when smoked. It is therefore important not to eat too much. Start with a low dose, and increase it the next time, if needed. Experiment to find the right amount. If you eat too much, a high dose of vitamin c (200mg or more) may help to make you feel better.
When eaten, pot takes longer to work, depending on: the amount and quality of the weed/hash, the rate of your digestion system, and the amount of food you’ve eaten beforehand. For best results, we recommend not eating anything at least 2-3 hours before eating your marijuana.
How much weed do I use?
Since weed is not an “officially regulated” product it’s hard to recommend an amount to use as the strength of the weed will vary greatly. Many people prefer to use “cabbage,” or the leafy, low quality type of weed, in their cooking. Buds are usually reserved for smoking, but of course you’re free to cook buds, but any cooking disasters will be a lot more expensive!
Trial and error is your guide here. If you’re making bud butter, you might go through a few saucepans full of cabbage before the butter is green and smelly enough to be useful for cooking. It’s a good idea to note down how much you’ve used so you know for next time.
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