Populated by Alice B. Toklas, also known by the movie “I love you Alice B. Toklas” from 60’s, the explorer, the author, she gave a cookbook to the world as an ultimate summary of her adventures. The book includes a hashish recipes among other yummies, and is also a biographic cookbook. Might be dope!
Moroccan Hashish Candy
However many link this Alice B’ Toklas recipe to the Moroccan traditional candy, and we know or at least we have heard thousand times how rich with hashish is the Moroccan dessert, supported by Berber culture: people live in desert, smoke dankest dank, they call it kif, make candies and ride camels over sand dunes glowing orange in the sunset, and no single stranger around – totally romantic. This is what she says in her book about that hashish love candy:
Euphoria and brilliant storms of laughter; ecstatic revelries and extensions of one’s personality on several simultaneous planes are to be complacently expected (from Alice B. Toklas cookbook)
The candy named Majoun, some say it is in Arabic a “love potion”, I do not know Arabic, let us believe it’s a true translation, no problem, sounds trustworthy enough. In Sri Lanka, in their Ayurvedic, they also use cannabis for aphrodisiac, and many stoners know for sure why it is so, haha.
Here’s the recipe of Majoun Hashish Candy
1) Take dry marijuana bud, or shake (stems and leaves, but you’ll need a double amount of it rather if buds) and toast them over very low heat until the aromas are released. It is a good idea to use a cooking thermometer, if you’re up to cooking, and to cannabis cooking specifically, the thermometer is the tiny investment which helps you to master the THC output off your cannabis cookies. The process is called Decarb, which is the most important thing in cannabis cooking, it makes your weed POTENTIAL.
2) Mix the leaves with raisins, walnuts, nutmeg, anise, ginger, honey, and water, adding more water if the mixture is too dry and crumbly.
3) Simmer together until the mixture is soft and thick. Mash by hand. Some sources recommend a food processor to blend, using several short pulses, however cooking marijuana edibles is a mystery and a joy for the heart: like rolling blunts manually you enjoy it the best, when grinder is the only allowed machinery, cooking by hands always give fruits. Doing any cooking, even if not cannabis, by hands you feel it better, you are part of the process, and you master it every single time. Also you lose an amount of bud material in a blender.
4) Stir in cannabutter, spoon into a jar, and refrigerate for storage. Spread on crackers or plain cookies, or use as a filling for stuffed cookies. Majoun will keep for about 2 to 3 months refrigerated, people say.
(always careful with edibles, they are as potent as they are tasty)
Decarboxylate weed is the crucial step, especially if you are about to cook your buds (or shake – stems and leaves) to make weed edibles, which are a lot of varieties: CBD or THC tinctures, or THC infused candies, brownies, cheesecakes or whatever else eatable: find weed recipes in our cookbook app – anyway they all require the weed, the buds or shake – stems and leaves and they work good too, to be decarboxylated in advance, and packed into a butter or oil for storage and for further use in weed edible recipes.
Decarboxylation (as it follows from the name) is a chemical process that removes a carboxyl compounds and mainly releases from the cannabis plant carbon dioxide which is CO2. The reverse reaction is called carboxylation and is basically a part of photosynthesis, which is the addition of CO2 to a compound.
When you cure cannabis it is decarboxylation that happens, when the THCA acid (where “A” stands for “acid” and it is not yet a THC) which dominates in trichomes in a raw plant, slowly turns to be a THC. You smoke – this is the same chemical process, but we need now to make the half-way, to generate THC, and keep it, but not to burn or otherwise destroy it. This is a simple yet comprehensive guide on how to activate THC in your stuff for cooking the best cannabis edibles from it.
Why do I need to Decarboxylate weed?
Sometimes referred as “to decarb” – sort of a fancy word:
— Hey dude! for how long d’you decarb in the oven, man?
It is already a very well known information that it’s heat you need to activate THCA in cannabis, by burning it down you convert THCA into THC, consequently the latter one is affecting the consumer’s brain in the desirable way but not THCA itself. Technically speaking there are two processes running when you bake it, firstly the THCA-molecules turn to be a THC (decarboxylation) and then secondly under more heat THC changes from solid state into gas (vaporization) and you puff it and it absorbs into body and then blood delivers it into brain and finally it hits into your mind! Bham! The same release of water and carbon dioxide naturally occurs during the drying process (curing) and the same runs but instantly when you burn one down.
It’s alright when puffing, yet it’s still recommended to decarboxylate weed for smoking too, and this is called to cure. Why so? Because it’s a waste of material: burning in flame in a blunt is too fast and too hot, a whole lot of your THCA does not react. When you cure before smoking you get more of THC in the same blunt, which evaporates completely kind-of skipping Phase-I. It’s also important to worry about trichomes’ colour when you grow as it is milky or amber by the reason.
For the edibles decarboxylation is even more critical, and without it it’ll be waste of time and material. Unless you want just a yummi, but obviously you’re not for that reason here. Long story short, the Decarboxylation will allow your edibles and tinctures to be potent.
How to Decarboxylate weed?
Basically it’s heat that your need. Not too hot to prevent THC from being destroyed and this temperature limit is 350℉ (176℃), neither too cold in order to ignite the THCA conversion into THC compound. And you wish to hold it around 220-235℉ (105-112℃) during the entire process. Because the heat regime is sooo critical, I’d recommend using your own calibrated cooking thermometer (the one used for candy-making or steaks) and be in charge when doing, consider rolling in advance before you start, hahahaha ))
The note is that the main factor is temperature. Prepare everything ready in advance, grind buds gently, do everything with care – and keep an eye on temperature. Since its value lies between 220-235 Fahrenheit (104-112 Celsius) and all will be fine. Do not hesitate to use a cooking thermometer, maybe the most useful gear for cannabis edibles. And a quick stir every 10-15 minutes may be helpful for the best decarboxylation too.
To start it – Grind your stuff. Unless this is a trim or shake by itself already, which btw can fit to all your CBD/THC edibles very nicely (and recommended at times!) with the pretty same effect but just a bit more of stuff you need to get the same high amount of THC or CBD whatever of these two you’re chasing, or both XD
Preheat the oven to 220 Fahrenheit which is about 105 Celsius. It is always preheated for marijuana edibles. For regular edibles it is very often too (as soon as you start being a gourmet, and you are! because you read this page). Some sources state 240℉ as the main temp, anyway it is lower than a cannabis vaporization point. Keep it below 240℉, and starting from 220℉ is just safer.
Cooking slowly is always the proper approach for the cannabis edibles as soon as they are sooo critical to heat you’d better still do experiments bravely but applying some caution. Keeping notes is another perfect idea to master your skills.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on your baking sheet and spread your cannabis trim out over it into a one fairly thin layer. It may not dry out properly if you crowd it.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and let it hang out for 25-35 minutes. Always stay below 235℉ (112℃) it’s important. If a trim is dry enough it rarely takes longer than 20-25 min, but for a completely raw plant, it may take even a double amount of time. As many 420 Chefs, as many tricks and opinions, and you try experimenting by yourself to discover the best way of your own. It’s only you who knows your stuff well, an it’s you having preferences for your favourite CBD edibles.
Once the cannabis appears nice and dry in the oven, take it from there, and let it rest in room temperature until being entirely cooled. Now you can use your great decarboxylated weed for whatever cannabis cooking application!
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The abundance of methods to use cannabis that have come up recently can even put seasoned cannabis users in a dilemma. While there are conventional methods like smoking the herb straight away or using its oils or butter-based products, the next generation is getting more experimental with methods like vaping and edibles, that let you discreetly enjoy the benefits of CBD. If you are not able to decide which is the most suitable method for you among the two, here is all you need to know.
What Are Edibles?
The term edibles can have a wide array of meanings, but what exactly is a cannabis edible? In simple terms, a CBD edible is any food item or drink that has CBD in it. The market is brimming today with alternative food products infused with CBD that may help you reduce stress, or something. The ones who are new to it, ideally prefer to start consuming cannabis through edibles. On the other hand, the people who have a keen interest in cooking and cannabis, decide to combine it together. They make food dishes of their choice and then add CBD oil to it. If that’s not enough, restaurants are opening up in the States where it is legal. They offer an entire menu of cannabis-infused food and drinks. All you have to do is place your order and enjoy the delicacies with the goodness of some CBD.
Edibles give a lasting high
If you are seeking a more prolonged high, edibles are certainly the best way. When you ingest CBD (or THC) with food, your body takes time to digest the edible. After that, the THC (or CBD) goes through the liver and then into the bloodstream. It ensures that their effect lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 hours, many sources suggest. A medicated brownie however starts hitting in about 40-60 mins, that’s from personal tries, yet it holds long. As for a Cambodian happy pizza, it starts slower, indeed, and it reaches its best in, yes, about 3-4 hours. And it’s really-really high!
You get a variety of them
From gummy bears to chocolate, coffee to beer, cheesecakes, pancakes, pretty everything, and even smoothies; you can get some cbd ideas here, for example: cbd-infused products.
Edibles suit the medical purpose
Are you suffering from asthma? Or maybe you are not comfortable smoking? Edibles can become the best way for the people who cannot smoke the plant either due to health issues, age, or maybe by personal choice. It is a completely discreet method: From the looks of it, no one can tell if you are eating a typical thc-brownie or one that has CBD in it. So, edibles allow you to get your daily dose of CBD (or THC, or both) discreetly, even if you are in public.
Takes longer to show effects
Since your body first has to digest the food, before the cannabinoids can get to your bloodstream, it can take a long time until you see the effects of CBD or THC. It can get a little troublesome if you are using the edibles to treat pain.
Difficult to regulate dosage
You can never accurately know how much CBD is there in the readymade edibles. And even when you make it yourself, it can get accumulated in a particular portion while the other might not have any CBD. Keeping a tab on the dosage is tricky with edibles.
There is a chance of over-indulgence
Do you love brownies and tend to finish the entire box in one go? Well, you can’t do that with cannabis-infused brownies, so you have to stop yourself from overindulging, which we all know is quite a challenge.
Vaping is the latest trend among teenagers. A vaporizer is a tiny, compact, electronic device that lets you inhale the vapor that consists of cannabinoids. It consists of a rechargeable battery, a coil, and has a compartment that holds your weed, CBD oil, or vape juice. The vaporizer heats up the material to a temperature that it starts producing vapor that you can inhale.
What are the pros
Gives an instant effect
A vaporizer can provide immediate relief. When you inhale the vapor, the cannabinoids go first to your lungs and then into the bloodstream, pretty immediately, and it helps to relieve whatever you have to relieve.
Allows you to measure dosage
With a vaping device, you can measure the level of CBD you are going to smoke. It is solely upon you to pick a vape juice, decide the content of CBD, and how much time you are going to smoke it for. Once you start feeling the effects and get better, all you have to do is press a button to turn it off.
To start vaping, you have to invest in a quality vaping device that will last for a good time. The only recurring expenditure is of vape juice or CBD oil, but if you use it smartly, even that can go on for months. So, in the long run, a vape will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Takes time to get used to it
A vaporizer is a unique product based on technological advancement. While some are basic, many new devices have high-tech features as well. It can take a little time to get accustomed to the basic functioning and then make use of the many features.
CBD is a versatile compound, and the ways to consume it far exceed the benefits that it offers. Nonetheless, if you are looking for long-lasting effects, you can always either opt to buy it or make edibles. But, if you are using as a cure for pain, then you may choose to go for a quick hit of CBD, and a vape can give you exactly that. You can get a high-grade marijuana vaporizer from online stores and enjoy the therapeutic effects of CBD.