Excuse me, Your Majesty,
For taking of the Liberty,
But Marmalade is tasty,
If very Thickly Spread.
Nobody could call me a fussy man
But I do like a BUTTER
To Royal Slice of Bread!
(by Alan Alexander Milne, 1882-1956).
Cooking Medical Marijuana
Well, this blog-post is not an instruction or call to action in any way, neither a scientific information, but a very personal feeling and a personal opinion — think twice before you step onto the path of cooking cookies infused with cannabis, because it is kind-of “dangerous” (some of weed-related media call it “tricky”). Or better say may turn to be dangerous if body systems are not strong enough.
The Slow-pok Digestion
When it comes to digestion the effect is not that immediate comparing to traditional means of consumption. It can possibly happen to be too much, but then it is already too late when you feel it, and the thing is already in the system, making way, only half-digested, and the effect keeps growing, and in the next moment you are already a Frodo going down to Mordor and you cannot help it. Because it is not a puff with immediate effect and immediate stop, it’s digestion! It’s a little bit hard and absolutely unpredictable. Besides, the brave idea of embarking for any challenge straight away is not for everyone we must admit.
However, for the sake of bare facts, there are different studies and various arguments that the laboratory mice by far cannot be stoned to death with reasonable amounts. It’s easy to find and make your own opinion, which is the best one always.
Is It The Baddest Thing Then?
Not Exactly So.
Some people try and love to try a home-crafted alcohol, and we can spot couple of places on Earth where it is so magnificent, but also it does suggest quite a high risk. Some distilleries (we heard) even practice to add a very small bit of medicine into licensed strong drinks to make you vomit from “overdose” rather than die. Home-makers however do not normally follow neither this idea nor having proper knowledge in chemistry or technology.
What a Dangerously Wonderful World! Is it indeed?
There is a game that students play and it perfectly explains the situation around the digestion. They put thimbleful of strong drink (whiskey or wodka) in a form of thimbles on every step of a staircase, and a player steps and drink this thimbleful, steps and drink next thimbleful, steps and drink, every step. People say that nobody could pass a standard staircase (say, with a dozen stairs) in full. And no witness claims the winner ever existed in this game.
Behind the scene
The key is the amount, which is too small to be swallowed in full, it stocks mostly in the mouth and the mucous membrane is more efficiently take it rather than the one in stomach. Therefore you get the dose more immediately than normal: through membrane in the mouth. Then then the blood running from the physical exercise (stepping-n-drinking) delivers even more buzz strait into the brain. The stomach however contains only a miserable amount of alcohol and you are deadly drunk but no hangover in the morning. That’s the magic and it is simple. Be careful with the heart if you ever decide to practice the said, there is always a back side of the Moon.
Eating cannabis may bring same problems like alcohol. Think, that there might be a good reason why people smoke for 12,000 years. For a science purpose try not inhaling at all when you smoke MMJ and your membrane shall perform a thimble-effect.
It looks like enough and this is the end of the warning. The wrap-up is that we do not encourage and totally disagree with the idea of amateur cannabis butter or oil but just recommend stay reasonable by yourself. And leaving it to professionals is always a relatively safe solution of course!
What Is Cannabutter?
Technically speaking it is not exactly a butter or oil. It is more like a normal milk-based or whatever-based butter or any cooking oil but stuffed (or infused) with a portion of marijuana flowers. If you add Rosemarie to a steak it is still a steak made of cow, but not yet a “rosmacow”. Got that? Only a cooking recite, and a spice in it, nothing more!
Canna Problem #2
THC vaporises in a relatively low temperatures, the optimal range is about 180 to 200 Celsius (350-390 Fahrenheit). By cooking that you destroy the most desirable element out of your cookie simply by temperature. Of course there are plenty of other cannabinoids inside, if you go specifically for it, but for many it is a problem.
Here we go – a couple of external cooking recites then for your judgement:
Isn’t it nonsense to eat what you smoke, and smoke what you eat!?
For The Love of God: Why Then?
Easy to imagine plenty of reasons why people start cooking cannabis. One may be in having a wish not to smoke, it’s hard to smoke for someone, or impossible or simply no wish, to sum up — pretty same reason (or reasons) why people go for vaporization.
Another may be in getting bored, especially if you’re stock with it by health reasons, and looking desperately for a new idea how else to consume the MMJ.
We can guess that less smell may also be quite a reason if having a bun in a pocket as an emergency medicine while the public is not yet much ready for, being kind-of locked between the health need and the popular ideas of XX century with all the respect to a human right of everybody not to stimulate nor alter the brain or body activity.
“The Lesser of Two Weevils”
The Editorial choice however is this, unless the infused food is served by professionals. And of course the self-responsibility really rocks. And the whole situation with the self-responsibility reminds us and brings us back to 1947 to a song by Tex Williams:
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That cigarette
Puff! Puff! Puff! And if you smoke yourself to death
Tell Saint Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you got to have another cigarette.
P.S. Feel free to use the images for private wallpapers. They are full size published. They are unique and hopefully they could make you smile =) Happy New Year, Folks!