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Beware, unlike smoking weed, the effects of edibles take a while to kick in. Typically you'll feel it after one or two hours but after consuming a brownie it can last for up to eight hours. You don't want to consume an entire tray of brownies because you don't feel anything after the first half an hour. Whilst no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose, you're bound to feel pretty sleepy once the canna-oil/canna-butter takes effect! If you're serving edibles to guests, make sure you choose the right environment, that allows people to relax and enjoy the experience. If you or a friend consumes too much, lie down in a bed, and simply ride it out.
The amounts of cannabis used in recipes may need to be altered to your own taste, also you must consider what strain you're using, for a stronger edibles, you're going to need stronger weed, we'll show you how to measure accordingly. It all depends on the amount of THC present in each different strain. If it's not green don't worry! The lack of green colouring only indicates the lack of chlorophyll present and not the potency!
When attempting to gauge how much weed you need for a recipe, start by calculating the amount of THC in milligrams before each serving.
One serving is approx 10mg, that's 1 teaspoon of canna-butter or canna-oil. This amount is tried and tested as a good high for an occasional smoker.
If you get your stash from a dispensary, the amount of THC will be on the label. For people who use alternative methods of attaining their stash will have to calculate it themselves. Dispensed cannabis usually has a potency of 15-20% THC.
Strains higher than 21% are considered to be stronger strains.
If your cannabis has over 10% THC 1000 mg of cannabis would have 100mg of THC.
For 10mg per serving, weigh your ground cannabis to the milligram and divide by the serving size, and you can get an idea of the dose per serving.
Always start with a low dose, and increase once in future recipes to allow your body to get used to the high. Panic attacks can be pretty intense if you ingest too much THC.
We've tried to keep all of our recipe's simple! Not every stoner has Gordon Ramsey's kitchen. So make sure you're prepared with some of the essentials before you try to tackle a recipe, make sure you've got the following:
An airtight container
Making cannabis fused food isn't rocket science, but before you attempt it, there are few things you should swat up on. We'll be with you every tap of the way to make sure you don't throw your hard earned buds down the pan. Check out our Edibles 101 page before attempting any of the recipes for the first time.
Before you try to get your head round cannabis infused recipes, you'll need to know that cannabinoids are not water soluble. They require fats that you find in butter and coconut oil to transfer into a liquid state. Therefore to prepare most edibles, THC must be extracted into a canna-butter or canna-oil before starting any recipes. You'll live to regret it if you throw your buds in any old dish and chow down. You'll find recipes on our app on how to prepare canna-butter and oil, as well as other tasty creative infusions.
Be aware that infusing cannabis can be a lengthy progress, taking many hours to fully activate the THC without scorching the herb so make slow and low your motto and don't desecrate your buds. If you're tempted to decrease the prep time, don't. Make sure the THC is fully extracted into the liquid before using in a recipe.
Never use temperatures above 170 degrees when infusing weed into butter or oil!