- Weedguru Higher
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Smoking anything is almost certainly not good for you. However, there is an alternative for people who don’t want to smoke but still want to enjoy the effects of cannabis.
Cannabis can be added to a wide range of foods and drinks - everything from brownies to pot pasta and cannabis vodka! Using it this way is called “ingestion” and perhaps explains why ex – US president Clinton managed to “try it on several occasions but never inhaled”.
THC, the main psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, is soluble in non-polar liquids – bet you never knew that! What this means is that you can extract it into fats, oils and alcohol but not into water, in English, it doesn’t dissolve in water but does dissolve into fats and oils … or alcohol. Most recipes call for the manufacture of a certain quantity of marijuana (bud) butter, which is then used as butter would normally be used in a cooking situation.
Oh and yes, we have to remind you that eating it is just as illegal as smoking it, but it is a lot less obvious and so perhaps you’re less likely to get busted for possession of a cake than a hash pipe.
The potency of the finished product will be determined by the quality of the cannabis you started with. Stuff that doesn't get you high when smoked will not produce potent marijuana foods unless you use large quantities and concentrate any active ingredients.
The important thing to know about ingesting cannabis is that it takes a while to have any effect on you (30 minutes to 2 hours), due to the last time you ate, and how you eat the marijuana, it will last 4-10 hours. Eating marijuana’s effects are the same as smoking it, but often last 2-3 times longer, and usually require more marijuana than you would need while smoking it. If you eat a lot of marijuana food you can expect to easily be high all day, so if you have something important to do later, make sure you ration your food and don’t eat it all just cause you don’t feel it right away. Don’t eat cannabis without a little bit of planning, including where you are and who you’re with, the so-called “site and setting”.When prohibition ends, cannabis foods will no doubt be available in known doses, just like alcohol is today. Until then we have to live with this uncertainty.
There is an additional problem caused by the prohibition (illegality) of cannabis
Cannabis which you grow yourself or which was grown by someone you know will be OK But it’s important to realise that cannabis is supplied by an illegal economy and the so called “black market” weed and hash may be very contaminated. Eating/drinking cannabis can be extremely dangerous due to the presence of contaminants and/or pathogens, given the high possibility of adulterants in imported cannabis, you should really think twice before using a nonsmoking method.
There is no reliable way to clean contaminated cannabis, for example, boot polish will survive and this will screw your liver in no time and may lead to permanent damage. If your grass comes from sprayed crops there’s nothing you can do about that. Crops in the producer countries are being sprayed by the US government (and probably by ours as well) with cancer causing herbicides.
Cooking at a high temperature will kill most pathogens, but maybe not all of them – if you crank up you’re oven too high you’ll nail the THC too… not to mention burning the brownies!
At the very least, NEVER eat street cannabis which hasn’t been cooked, e.g., hash which has just been crumbled up and sprinkled on a sandwich; you’ll probably be ok, but you might just end up with the runs – you could conceivably end up with hepatitis.
The obvious answer to all this is the end of Prohibition and the introduction of quality controls, but meanwhile please be careful regarding the eating/drinking method. It’s generally good advice not to buy cannabis supplied by organised crime, get to know someone who grows at home.
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