The entourage effect is a phenomenon of chemical synergy that occurs between various cannabis compounds when ingested together. This applies to THC, CBD, terpenes, as well as the other myriad compounds in the plant.
Take a small teaspoon of your newly enriched fat as a personal dose. Wait an hour and gauge the effects. This will help you determine how strong the batch is.
Cooking at home with cannabis does not have to be a game of Russian roulette. It is crucial, especially if trying a new recipe, to test the octane. Check out how potent your infusion is before you cook.
9. IGNORING PORTION SIZE
When adding infused oil or butter to a recipe, you will also need to make sure it is distributed evenly throughout. Otherwise, some people will feel nothing and others may end up in space. Stir your recipe. And then stir again.
Another alternative is to add your infusion as a topping or drizzle over a recipe at first. This is an effortless way to control the dose and gauge the effects when taken with food, and to determine how long it takes to kick in.
There are so many inventive ways to enjoy cannabis, and edibles is one of our favourites. We run through some of the most common mistakes to avoid below, so you can make delicious, potent edibles every time.
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To avoid burning the marijuana, just add equal parts butter and water when creating the infusion. This will both prevent burning and improve the flavor of the edibles. Adding water helps to prevent the strong, grassy flavor sometimes associated with homemade marijuana edibles and can remove some of the green color from the final product.
Whether home chefs are cooking with trim or bud, they need to grind up their cannabis before decarbing it. Don’t grind it up too fine, though. Pulverizing it into a fine powder will introduce chlorophyll into the infusion, creating a strong, grassy flavor. It will also make it impossible to remove all the unwanted plant material. Instead of using a food processor, just grind up the marijuana using a regular old grinder and aim for a texture similar to that of coarse salt.
Not Adding Water to Cannabutter
Some specialized edibles, such as cannabis gummies, should be made with tinctures instead of infusions. Tinctures are harder to make, so it’s best for chefs who want to experiment with complex recipes that require marijuana tinctures to purchase them from the local dispensary.
Few cannabis consumers will turn down free edibles in trade for some sage advice, and knowing how the recipe tastes, how potent it is, and what kinds of effects consumers should anticipate is especially important for those who plan to sell or share their goods. Don’t just leave it up to chance and risk ruining an otherwise positive reputation. If the recipe isn’t quite right, keep experimenting until it is and don’t settle for anything less than delicious and perfectly potent.
Recipes that work well with cannabutter or weed-infused oils cook best at low temperatures. THC breaks down completely at 393 degrees Fahrenheit, but it starts to degrade at just 185 degrees. At this relatively low temperature, the THC loss is minimal, but the problem worsens as chefs turn up the heat. If it’s possible given a particular recipe, adding water can help. Water has a boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well below the point at which THC starts to break down. If a recipe calls for cooking at high heat, try altering it to cook the food for longer at a lower temperature, or look for a different recipe.