One of the healthier alternatives to smoking your cannabis is to eat it, and no I’m not talking about Super Trooper’s “eat your stash so you don’t get busted” eat it. Instead of chewing on your buds like a wad of tobacco it is more practical to make a THC infused butter, oil or flour.
There are many different recipes out there to make cannabutter, cannaoil, or cannaflour. Just like growing and making concentrates, everyone likes to add their personal touch to the way they go about the process.
When making cannabutter you need to first grind up your herb (buds or trim it’s all personal preference) and then boil it in butter. Once the butter and the weed have cooked together long enough you strain out the leafy material and let the butter chill and solidify. To make cannaoil you grind up your herb and soak it in cooking oil for an extended period of time and then strain. Cannaflour only requires that you grind your herb into a powder and mix it with flour, typically 1 cup of flour for every 1/2 cup of cannabis.
Once you have your cannabutter/oil/flour there are endless possibilities to what you can make. You can go down to your local groceries store and raid the baked goods isle. All you have to do is replace the butter, oil, or flour that the recipe calls for with the cannabis infused alternative that you cooked up. Now if you chose to make cannaoil you could potentially take an even healthier route to medicating and drizzle some cannaoil and balsamic over a nice garden salad.
One of the benefits to eating your herb instead of smoking it is the obvious lack of smoke inhalation. Though the effects of eating foods cooked with weed take longer to kick in, usually anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes, the effects last much longer. When you smoke you feel the high within seconds of inhalation and the high lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour but when you eat your weed the effects can last several hours.