Cooking with marijuana is usually cooked with baked goods and the first step to preparing cannabis for baking is to make “Cannabutter.” Once you have prepared your own marijuana bud butter, you can use it as a replacement for regular butter. Cookies, brownies and many other delicious treats have butter as a major ingredient.
To prepare marijuana as an edible, it must be heated first. This is why marijuana cannot be directly ingested, as the digestive system is unable to process THC. By using ingredients that are high in fat such as butter, milk and oil, the THC will bind to it as a fat soluble molecule. This is why milk must first be added to marijuana teas and other beverages that do not have fat.
Medical marijuana edibles provide different effects than smoking. Generally, the psychoactive effect will last longer and it can be more prominent. After eating the edible, it will take longer for the effect to start. Being patient is really important because some edibles aren’t felt for as long as 2 hours. If you take too much, the experience can be very uncomfortable so start slow and don’t eat more until you have waited to feel the effects.
The psychoactive effect generally starts with feelings of relaxation and heaviness. You probably won’t want to leave where you’re sitting and you’ll experience a strong body sensation.
Eating too much
Medical marijuana edibles in Spokane can be very potent. If you eat too much, it can get intense and cause paranoia. You can start to feel extremely tired, sick and unable to move. Coordination starts to get heavily affected in large dosages and you can struggle to do normal things like bend down or pick something up.
If you feel the effects coming on too strongly, you can try eating pine nuts or pistachios and drinking the juice of citrus acid fruits such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons. If you have CBD oil on hand (marijuana’s second most common cannabinoid), you can take this to reduce the effects. High CBD marijuana strains are often much less potent because of this.
How much marijuana to use
For every 1 pound of butter:
The amount of marijuana to use depends on the potency of your bud. If it’s large bud of a good strain, as little as half an ounce is enough. However, if it’s trimmings or mostly marijuana leaf, 1 to 2 ounces is needed. If you’re cooking with marijuana concentrates like kief or hash, you can use as little as 3 to 4 grams in your butter.
If you want to feel the full effects of the medical marijuana you are cooking with, you must first decarboxylate your supply. When you heat cannabis in a vaporizer or by smoking it, this “decarbs” the marijuana and makes it psychoactive. In marijuana’s raw state, the THCA within it is not psychoactive. Before you cook with Spokane medical marijuana, you should decarboxylate it to bring out the potency.
Have at least 1/4 of an ounce of cannabis bud, finely ground using a grinder.
1/2 cup (a single stick) of salted butter
Get a medium saucepan, spoon, metal strainer and a container to hold the butter together.
Step 1: Start melting the butter using a low heat setting.
Step 2: Once the butter is mostly melted, add the marijuana bud to the butter, bit by bit. Don’t add too much at one time and stir afterward.
Step 3: Allow the butter to simmer on a low heat setting for about 45 minutes.
Step 4: Use your metal strainer to strain the butter into a container. The metal strainer will filter out the bud.
Step 5: Press your spoon against the top of the ground bud inside the strainer and drain the excess cannabutter into the container.
Step 6: You’re done! You can use the butter in cookies, brownies and other medical marijuana cooking recipes.