Written by Kim, Executive Director of Mother Earth Co-op
Civilizations throughout the world have realized the benefits of cannabis since the inception of time; it is actually documented in the bible.Â The medicinal benefits are practiced in several cultures and cannabis has been used for centuries as a staple crop, source of fiber, and food.
For centuries cannabis and food have been paired together just as cannabis and smoking have. Cannabis can have a strongly distinctive and spicy taste that lends itself well to certain types of foods.Â However, cooking with cannabis is undoubtedly an art and not like other kinds of cooking.
Thankfully, with the recognition of medical marijuana and its place in herbal healing and alternative medicines, we are striving to move forward with the multi purpose herb. The mere idea that someone can deny another person access to a plant is absurd! Cannabis, also known as marijuana or hemp, was not illegal in the United States until 1937.
There are numerous ways of optimistically reaching a more natural cure for certain ailments, making some medical treatments further humane and tolerable.Â Our purpose is to support patients to find hope and alternatives, to ease the pain of their illness, and to help improve the quality of life.Â For optimal outcome medical marijuana should be used in context with a natural nutritious diet, exercise, and rest with a balanced lifestyle.
Ingesting marijuana or its active ingredient THC is different than smoking it and it has diverse effects. Smoking produces a fairly immediate and controllable high that possibly will last a couple of hours. When the high declines it only takes a couple more tokes or inhalations to get back to the desired medical state. When individual capacity is reached in smoking, the patient will undoubtedly know almost immediately.
The high from consumption of cannabis edibles is far from instantaneous, even on an empty stomach. The process of digestion can signify a wait of an hour or more before an appreciable high or medicinal effect is experienced. When the stomach has other food it is digesting, the wait can be up to four hours or longer. The high will take at least an hour or possibly two hours to develop fully and will last between four and eight hours, or longer.
Patients need to be very attentive and wait at least one hour before trying to ingest more. It is best to start with an undersized portion and wait an hour and try more if the desired effect is not felt. Taking it in sensible amounts is much safer than trying too much and wishing you had not. Even for an experienced smoker, the wait for the medicinal relief can seem forever, especially for those used to an instant hit from a water pipe or vaporizer. It is imperative to wait patiently for at least an hour for the medication to take effect.
The tendency of a possible cannabis overdose is virtually unheard of in the smoking world, however when it is eaten it comes down to the way the substance is absorbed into the system. People have reportedly gone to the hospital thinking they were overdosing after eating too much cannabis.Â To date in the history of the world no one has ever overdosed or died as a result of marijuana compared to medically legal prescribed pharmaceutical drugs which result in 250 deaths daily.
There are different types and strains of marijuana with each strain or plant type having their individual effects. The two main types are indica and sativa. There are numerous combinations of both indica and sativa in many varying percentages; what is known as hybrids.Â Indica flowers or the buds are typically more dense and tight. The aroma is generally intense and ranges from acrid, musky, pungent or skunky. Smoking indica is frequently lung expanding and cough inducing, with a heavy body lethargic pain reliever. Sativa characteristically grows with longer slimmer leaves that are lighter green than the indica variety. The flowers or buds are commonly airier and lighter with smoke that has a sweet, fruity, spicy taste inducing a soaring, uplifting feeling.
The methods described will detail preparation of edibles with cannabis. We must stress the methods described are optimized for medicinal use with purity and potency in mind.Â Medical grade cannabis is always organic and clean.
Traditionally, cooking with cannabis involves sautÃ©ing the cannabis in butter, oil or milk. The simple rule here is too much heat can destroy THC potency while normal temperatures can increase it.
Cooking cannabis in an oily medium is not only for the conversion of acids. It is also a big aid to the assimilation of the active ingredients. THC is always much more easily assimilated if it is dissolved in fats or alcohol first. When fats or alcohol are taken into the digestive tract, the digestive processes are naturally stimulated. Without that stimulation there may not be enough digestive fluids in the stomach to break down the substance containing the THC. The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has spurred innovation and variety in cannabis products.
Numerous patients are looking for an alternative to smoking. Weâ€™ve received numerous inquiries about how to make butter for all of these recipes. We have been making butter from cannabis for quite an extensive period of time now and have tried several methods. There are several ways to make cannabutter or cannaoil and we have compiled the easiest way to make the butter or oil that is the key ingredient for most cannabis recipes. We will be featuring a few special recipes that you can try in each issue. All recipes involve slow and low cooking of dairy butter or organic coconut oil and cannabis chopped bud (in roughly equal proportions) to produce a deep green butter. Always use high quality products for great results.
Making Cannabutter / Cannaoil:
1 oz cannabis (medical high grade)Â Â Â 1 lb butter or coconut oil
Using portions of one to four ounces of cannabis bud trim to one pound of dairy butter or organic coconut oil (vegetarian) will produce tremendously powerful butter. We recommend using bud and trim, not the whole leaves of the cannabis plant. The whole leaf includes too much chlorophyll from the plant, giving the butter or oil an unpleasant taste. The higher grade the butter or coconut oil is the greater the application.
Melt the unsalted organic dairy butter or organic coconut oil in a crock pot set on low. Manicure and dry flowers and/or bud trimmings. Grind slightly for a few seconds to separate buds with an electric coffee grinder. Gradually add the trim or flower with constant stirring. Cook in crock pot covered on the lowest setting with frequent stirring for two to four hours. Before the dark green butter cools, pour through a cheese cloth or French press and squeeze into containers. Once the butter cools cover containers and place in the refrigerator to finish cooling.
Storage: Butter can be kept in the refrigerator as you would normally store butter or frozen in airtight containers for a few months.
Space Blaster Cookies
1 cupÂ Â Â Â honeyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 cupÂ Â Â nuts (almonds, walnuts)
1 cupÂ Â Â Â brown sugar (packed)Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 cupÂ Â Â chocolate or peanut chips
1 cupÂ Â Â Â cannabutter or cannaoilÂ Â Â Â Â Â 2 pkgsÂ Â Â chocolate (Hersheyâ€™s kisses)
1 cupÂ Â Â Â peanut butterÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 largeÂ Â Â eggs
2 tspÂ Â Â Â vanilla extractÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â¼ cupÂ Â Â milk
3 Â½ cups flourÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 tspÂ Â Â baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Blend honey, brown sugar, cannaoil or cannabutter (see recipe above) and peanut butter together well. In a separate bowl; beat eggs, milk, and vanilla, mixing well together.Â Sift in flour and baking soda and stir into milk mixture. Blend in the chocolate chips, peanut chips, and nuts. Mix all ingredients together. Make dough into small golf ball shapes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and gently flatten cookie with the back of a spoon.Â Bake for approximately 10 to 13 minutes. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, immediately place a Hersheyâ€™s chocolate candy on top of cookie. Serve warm and enjoy!
Wishing you a happy journey to a healthier you
Peace & Love
Kim from Mother Earth Co-op