Cooking with weed
Even for experienced smokers, eating foods containing marijuana can be a whole new experience. It is the perfect solution for those who don't want to smoke, or those of you who use marijuana for medical use.
Most weed-related recipes call for the making of a certain quantity of "Cannbutter" or "Bud Butter", which is then used as a replacement for standard butter. To prepare weed 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 (the stuff that gets you stoned) directly. When cooking with weed, it is very important to use fat (oil, butter, milk) because THC is fat soluble and not water soluble. It is therefore impossible to get high from pot tea, for example, without adding some milk.
Eating marijuana is a little different from smoking it. The effects last much longer, and the experience can be a lot more intense. The effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to start. So if nothing happens for a while, don't get too impatient and eat more. We recommend starting with a low dose, and increase it the next time until you are happy with the high.
When the effects do kick in you will start to feel very relaxed. If you are sitting in a comfy spot, you may not want to move! Many people refer to the effects as ‘Body Stoned’ because your body will feel very relaxed and heavy.
Eating too much weed-infused food can be quite intense for some people. You may feel sick, confused, unable to move or talk, and your coordination may be heavily affected. If you eat too much and you feel the effects are too strong, you can try:
1. Drink the juice of or eat citrus acid fruits such as lemons, oranges or grapefruits.
2. Eat pistachios or pine nuts.
3. Use pine essential oil topically or inhalation.
4. Use a product rich in CBD (cannabidiol).
One difficulty cooking with marijuana is measuring the potency, which is governed by how much weed you use. The following amounts of marijuana are estimates. We recommend experimenting to find what works best for you.
For 1 pound of butter (0.4kgs), use:
- Leaf - 1.5 to 2 ounces
- Trim - 1 ounce
- Smal or large buds - 0.5 to .75 ounces
- Kief and hash - 3 to 4 grams
Raw cannabis contains a lot of THCA which is not psychoactive (and what's the fun in that?). When you smoke or vaporize marijuana, the cannabis is "decarbed" (decarboxylated) by the heat and becomes psychoactive. If you ingest cannabis, and want the full psychoactive effect, you need to first decarb your cannabis before you cook with it. Learn how to decarboxylate your weed
Learn how to make the perfect Cannabutter following our easy guideSee our Cannabutter Recipe
Learn more about making and using other marijuana extraction methods
We have selected some nice and easy stoner recipes for you to start with:
Be sure to check out our Bud Butter / Cannabutter recipe first.