One of the most subtle ways to consume marijuana is to include it as an ingredient in foods. However, marijuana must be activated through a multi-step process; raw marijuana has no effect. For chefs experimenting with marijuana, we’ve compiled a list of tips to maximize the effects of marijuana in food.
Select the Correct Strain
It is important to know what the desired effect is and which strain is best suited to achieve the targeted effect. Sativa strains are favored for those seeking stimulating effects. Indica strains are the best choice for those seeking a relaxing experience. Hybrids combine both effects when used properly.
High concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and cannabidols (CBD) can yield unwanted side-effects, especially for consumers with low tolerance to marijuana. Ensure that the concentration levels of THC and CBD are appropriate for the target consumers.
Allocate Enough Time for the Effect
Unlike quick-acting forms of marijuana – such as smoking or tinctures – edibles have delayed reactions and extended effects. It can take one or two hours for the effects to start, then up to three hours for the effects to fade. Consumers seeking quick activation or brief experiences should seek alternative forms of marijuana.
Do Not Use Raw Marijuana
Marijuana that has not been treated does not have any effect. The marijuana plants must be dried and cured in order to activate their active chemicals. Fortunately, most marijuana dispensaries dry and cure their flowers, saving time and money for their customers.
Decarboxylate the Marijuana
Decarboxylation is the process of applying heat to marijuana. Consumers who want to include marijuana into food should refrain from excessive heat which can destroy the TCH and CBD. Setting ovens to 230 degrees Fahrenheit and baking the marijuana for 35 minutes is sufficient to activate the chemicals in the marijuana.
Grind the Marijuana
Grinding the marijuana releases the active chemicals, increasing the potency of the marijuana. Grinding should follow decarboxylation.
Add Butter or Oil
Butters and oils are effective at releasing the cannabinoids in marijuana. And some marijuana dispensaries sell cannabutters and cannaoils which can be applied as an ingredient directly during baking.
Medicine Man sells a variety of marijuana edibles and beverages in our four Colorado locations. Our budmasters can help both new and experienced customers find the right edible or beverage to achieve a stimulating high or a relaxing session. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form. You can also call or visit one of our four locations.