Cooking With Cannabis

Learn How From Cannabis Educator Tyler May

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Posted on March 4, 2019 By Tyler May, Cannabis Educator at Synergy Health Services
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As a Cannabis educator, some of the most common questions I get around Cannabis consumption involve cooking. While buying and selling cannabis-infused foods, also known as “edibles”, is currently illegal in Canada (set to change later this year), it is legal to create your own infused foods at home using legally purchased cannabis.

Before putting on your apron and preheating the oven, it is important to know how Cannabis works with food and understand proper dosing to ensure safety.

How do Cannabinoids Work With Food?

  • Cannabinoids by nature are not water soluble
  • Cannabinoids will bind and infuse well with oils like coconut oil and foods high in fat like butter
  • Infusing foods with cannabinoids that substances higher in fat will work better than ones with lower fat content
  • You want the right type of fat. Medium chain fatty acids like coconut oil will metabolize and break down easily in your body.

What Is Decarboxylation?

  • Decarboxylation is a reaction that causes the removal of a carboxyl group, converting THCA to THC
  • Preheat oven to 230 F
  • Place lightly chopped cannabis on to a baking tray
  • Cover the cannabis with aluminium foil and place tray in the oven for 40 minutes
  • Note that decarbing cannabis has a strong smell and you might want to turn on a fan and open a window 

How do I Properly Dose Edibles?

  • THC% ÷ 100 = THC per gram of cannabis
  • Example: 12%THC ÷ 100 = 0.12g of THC in a gram of Cannabis
  • 0.12g = 120mg
  • 10 grams at 12% potency has 1200mg of THC
  • 1200mg into 500ml of Solution
  • 1200mg ÷ 500ml = 2.4mg/ml

Don’t forget, Cannabis-infused foods can have a delayed effect. It is very important to consider dosing to prevent consuming more than intended.

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