By now you should know that you don’t have to smoke marijuana to experience its effects. You can eat food items that contain marijuana instead, and a quick search online will lead you to thousands of recipes.
But here are some tips you need to keep in mind, regardless of which recipe you use:
1. There’s no such thing as marijuana tea. Marijuana isn’t soluble in water. It’s only soluble in fat. That means you have to mix it with butter, oil or other dairy products.
2. Always grind marijuana. It has to be ground to a fine powder to maximize the surface area of the weed matter. You can use an herbal grinder, but for larger amounts of marijuana a food processor may be better. With a food processor, wait for the cloud to settle before you open it. Then scrape off any matter that sticks to the lid or to the sides.
3. Don’t trust the oven gauge when determining the temperature. Many recipes specify a certain temperature for cooking. You shouldn’t exceed the temperature recommendation, as overheating may degrade your marijuana. So use a thermometer to make sure you’re using the right temperature. Better yet, stick to a limit of 17o degrees Celsius (338 degrees F) and cook for a longer period of time.
4. Don’t use a microwave. This is especially true if you are a beginner. Microwave ovens are simply unreliable.
5. Use a cheese cloth for straining. It’s cheap, and you can easily find one in any grocery store that sells baking paraphernalia. Don’t use paper coffee filter.
6. Eat pine nuts if you eat too much food laden with marijuana. You know you’ve had too much when you can’t move or talk, you feel sick or confused, or you become really clumsy. You can also eat pistachios. Another option is to eat or drink the juice of citrus acid fruits like grapefruit, orange, and lemon.
7. Taste your marijuana dishes before you serve it to guests. Usually, marijuana can be used like other herbs such as sage, basil, and oregano.
8. Serve it only during certain occasions. Don’t serve it during religious holidays, and you certainly should not serve it when you have overly conservative friends and family coming over for dinner. So you may want to hold off when Grandma and Grandpa are around, or if you have a relative who works in the FBI!
And of course, make sure you don’t surprise people by serving them marijuana dishes without their knowledge. That’s not just rude, but it may be dangerous as well if they’re allergic to the substance.