There is a big difference between smoking or vaporising cannabis and consuming it in food.
That is why it is very important to pay attention to the amount of marijuana used to prepare any cannabis recipes. Too much could produce a very strong effect, possibly even an unpleasant experience, while if there is too little, you might not even notice any of the desired effects.
One way of finding out how your body assimilates marijuana when digested in food is by trying low or medium amounts, then waiting long enough to see how your body reacts to the THC and other cannabinoids.
Cooking with marijuana
If you decide to prepare a cannabis dish, there are five very important points to remember about THC (the main psychoactive component in marijuana) and the other cannabinoids.
- THC is lipid soluble; this means it is soluble in fatty substances (oils, butter, cheese, etc.).
- Choose a good quality cannabis.
- Check the percentage of THC in the marijuana.
- THC is activated by heat.
- It is better to cook for longer and at lower temperatures (no more than 170 °C).
How long before you notice the effects after eating marijuana?
When you vaporise or smoke marijuana, the cannabinoids and THC in the plant are absorbed through the lungs and quickly transferred to the blood, so you can feel the effects of the THC almost immediately.
However, when you eat marijuana edibles, the cannabinoids and THC are absorbed through your digestive system, which means it takes longer before you notice the effects of the THC (from 30 minutes to 1 hour).
How do I calculate the correct amunt?
First of all, you need to know the THC content of the type of marijuana that you are going to cook with, as there is a large variety of strains and different THC levels. For this example, let’s say we are using a strain of marijuana with 10% THC.
Points to consider:
- 1 g of marijuana in dry weight is equivalent to 1,000 mg.
- 1 g of marijuana with 10% THC is equivalent to 100 mg of THC.
So, to prepare 20 portions, the amount can range from 4–16 grams of cannabis, or 20–80 mg of THC per portion, depending on the experience of those who will eat it.
Effects of eating marijuana
When people first eat cannabis edibles, they often think it is not having an effect; however, the body absorbs THC slowly, but it is much more potent and the effects last a lot longer. In fact, the effects of the cannabis appetisers can last up to 24 hours if consumed in large amounts.
If you are thinking about starting out in the world of cooking with cannabis, remember it is a good idea to:
- Inform all your friends about your secret ingredient – the marijuana – to avoid any unwanted “surprises”.
- Use top-quality strains of marijuana.
- Be patient and wait until you feel the effects of your marijuana edibles.
- Control the amount you eat to make sure you have a good time.
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