Cannabinoids: The Basics
Before we get into the world of edible cannabis, we need to understand cannabis in general. It’s no secret that the cannabis plant hosts a wide array of health benefits. It contains hundreds of cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies. In turn it then produces wonderful effects like relief from chronic pain, nausea, muscle spasms, and loads more. Most people associate this with feeling high, which is generally a product of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That is not necessarily the case for all cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid that has positive health effects without the high. Also on this spectrum are the aromatic terpenes, which affect the smell and flavor profile of cannabis. All of these factors together determine the effects of a strain of cannabis.
Armed with this knowledge, we can begin to make a more informed decision on how to consume our cannabis. Smoking is of course the most common method of consumption. However, this is not the optimal choice for people with lung problems. Apart from that, there are a myriad of reasons someone might not want to smoke their cannabis. They might live somewhere that disallows smoking, or not want to invest in the glassware that most use to smoke. They might just dislike the smell of burning flower.
So, what are the options for those that don’t want to smoke?
By using these alternative consumption methods, you can still enjoy the many health benefits of cannabis without smoking. It’s important to note that cannabis should only be consumed under the guidance of a healthcare provider, and that different consumption methods may have different effects on the body.
Tincture is derived from activated cannabis plants. The THC or CBD are generally carried in Glycerine. Tincture can be consumed orally by placing a few drops under the tongue or adding it to Prepared food or drinks. Depending on the delivery method the onset is more like vaping when taken sublingually, or edibles when added to food or drink. Tincture is a discreet, and effective solution for those that do not want to smoke.
Edibles are food products that contain cannabis. They come in a variety of forms. These include gummies, chocolates, baked goods, even Tacos. Cannabis used in edibles is decarboxylated. This means that it has been preheated to activate the psychoactive compounds. Usually the cannabis comes in the form of infused oil, but occasionally ground flower is used. Medicating with edibles leads to longer lasting, stronger effects than smoking or vaping. The trade off is that they take longer to kick in.
Topicals are cannabis-infused products that are applied directly to the skin, such as balms and creams. They are commonly used for pain relief and skincare. One does not generally feel high after using topicals. This makes them a great choice for people that want to experience the healing power of cannabis without the high.
Vaping involves heating cannabis oil or flower to a temperature that vaporizes the essential oils, which are then inhaled. The effects of vaping are comparable to those of smoking but with considerably less smell. It should be noted that whole flower vaporizers give off more smell than oil vaporizers.
Diving into the World of Cannabis Edibles
Edible cannabis products are a popular and delicious way to consume cannabis without smoking. Unlike smoking, which can be harsh on the lungs, edibles are ingested orally and enter the bloodstream through the digestive system. This leads to longer lasting, and often stronger effects.
Commercially available edibles come in a range of THC and CBD content. This means you can find the ones that work best for you and your specific needs. They also come in a variety of forms, such as gummies, chocolates, and baked goods, making them a tasty and convenient option. Many edibles are available that contain only CBD or have a very low THC content. Consuming edibles with high CBD and low THC content can provide the many health benefits associated with CBD, such as anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, without any psychoactive effects. It’s important to note that not all edibles are created equal, and it’s important to choose products from reputable sources that are accurately labeled and tested for potency and purity.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own cannabis-infused edibles at home. However, it’s important to note that making edibles can be a bit complicated. They require careful dosing to avoid overconsumption and potential negative effects. Dosing formulas can be found in Higher Learning by Nicki Foxx, which is available through our online store.
Cooking Your Own Cannabis Edibles
With the increasing popularity of cannabis use for medicinal and recreational purposes, there has been a surge of interest in cooking with cannabis. As a result, there are now many cookbooks and online resources available that feature recipes for cannabis-infused foods and beverages. Higher Learning by Nicki Foxx is a quick and easy guide to gourmet cannabis cooking for novice chefs, and covers all the basics of cannabis cuisine.
These recipes can range from savory dishes like Peanut Sesame Noodles and Bruschetta to sweet treats like Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Peach Shortcake. If you’re willing to get into different infusion methods, you can even make beverages like this Terpene Spritzer. Some popular ingredients used in cannabis cooking include cannabis-infused butter or oil, as well as tinctures and concentrates.
Cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter, is a great starting point for cooking with cannabis. This versatile ingredient can be added to almost any recipe that calls for butter, providing a cannabis kick that tastes great and can provide relief from symptoms like pain, inflammation, and anxiety. Recipes for Cannabutter are widely available online, but we suggest using the recipe presented in Higher Learning, as it also includes a handy formula for calculating dosages.
When used responsibly, cannabis-infused cooking can be a fun and delicious way to experience the health benefits of cannabis without smoking. Before you head to the dispensary and bust out the double boiler, it’s important to remember that cooking with cannabis requires careful dosing and should be done with guidance from a healthcare provider. Overconsumption of cannabis can have negative effects, so it’s important to start with small doses and gradually increase as needed.
The raw cannabis plant and its seeds are highly nutritious and contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals. Additionally, the plant’s anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties make it a potent superfood with a range of potential health benefits. Juicing or consuming the raw plant is a great way to access these benefits without feeling high. This is because the raw plant does not contain the psychoactive compound THC but rather THCa. THCa must be activated via heating to become THC. This allows individuals to reap the full nutritional benefits of the plant, receive a concentrated dose of cannabinoids, and to do so without the high. It’s important to remember, however, that consuming raw cannabis should only be done under the guidance of a healthcare provider. While the plant is generally safe for consumption, overconsumption can have negative effects, and it may interact with certain medications.
Edibles seem intimidating at first. When you break it down, however, it’s easy to see that they are just another way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Often, they are the easiest way to get a consistent dose. Edibles are discreet, efficient, and above all delicious. They are even fun to make. It doesn’t matter if you are here for the health effects of THC, CBD, or raw cannabis, edible can be the ideal delivery method.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you’re interested in learning more about cooking with cannabis, be sure to stay tuned for more recipes and tips. With a little experimentation and creativity, you can create delicious and effective cannabis-infused dishes that are sure to impress!