For some patients the idea of smoking their medicine just doesn’t work. They may have an aversion to smoking, or were a previous smoker who doesn’t want to trigger their addiction. Patients who have a diagnosed lung disease should probably stay away from inhalation, as their lungs are already under stress. Oils may be a good option, but again they are not for every person.
Another option may be creating your own edibles! Using dry herb to create edible medicine has been around for ages. It takes a bit more preparation, but with a good freezer and storage you can create a batch of medicine to last you a while.
The first step in cooking with cannabis is the process of decarboxylation. This is probably going to be the strongest smelling phase of your cooking journey. Decarboxylation allows for the compounds of THCA and CBDA to transform into the compounds THC and CBD. Any process that uses heat to consume (joint, vaporization) will decarboxylate immediately before inhaling. There are are few ways to go about decarboxylation, below is the most common.
Temp: 245°F (120°C)
Tools: Cookie sheet, parchment
- Take your cannabis from your Licenced Provider and spread the buds evenly on your parchment lined tray
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and carefully break into smaller pieces when cool enough to touch
- Bake for another 10 minutes
- If there are any remaining larger chunks, break them up. Stir.
- Continue to bake the bud for another 20 minutes, stirring after 10.
- Remove the tray from the oven. Once cool grind the cannabis coarsely (with a hand grinder or using your own hands and scissors)
Once your marihuana has been decarboxylated you are ready to make some CannaOil! For this step you need a ratio of 1 cup ground cannabis to 1 cup oil. The type of oil you would like to infuse is your choice. Both butter and coconut oil work well.
Temp: Low (slow cooker or stovetop)
Tools: Slow cooker or pot, cheesecloth, strainer, bowl
Although you can use the stovetop and a pot, the slow cooker is an easier option as the temperature stays relatively consistent. Note though you will want to dedicate a slow cooker to this process as the scent and flavour will absorb over time. You want to steep your cannabis in the oil for three hours. If you are using a stovetop, check that the temperature stays around 160-200°F.
After you have steeped the cannabis for three hours transfer to a cheesecloth lined strainer that is resting over a large bowl (make sure you choose a bowl big enough to hold whatever size batch you decided to make). Let gravity slowly work the oil through the strainer.
There are many recipes online for using your infused oil. Some patients like to experiment with their own traditional recipes. The key with edibles is to portion your dose. For example, if you made a Banana Bread Loaf you would start with an eighth of a slice of the bread. If you are not getting enough relief in a half hour you can add another eighth, and so on. Until you know exactly how your strain and recipie work together it is better to take a little at a time.
Once you are confident in the size of your portion needed for relief, portion the remainder into singular servings. These can then be easily frozen in a single layer on a tray, and transferred to an airtight container once completely frozen. Label your container well!
Your CannaOil can be used as an addition to your savory dishes as well, but always test a small portion of the finished infusion before adding so that you know your proper dosage.
Happy taste testing!