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My First Time……trying Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis Edibles, Mary Mart

Way back in 2013 when Washington state first legalized recreational marijuana I decided it was high, pun intended, time I tried some cannabis edibles.  I was living in Tacoma and for anyone who has visited or lived there, 6th Avenue is kind of the drag, or it was in 2013.  I knew there were two dispensaries within a few blocks of each other and having just visited one early in the week for some flower, had heard of a Friday Happy Hour at Mary Mart Dispensary.  The perfect opportunity to try out some cannabis edibles for free and as I had smoked all the bud I bought on Tuesday, stock up on more flower in one trip.

I was living 8 blocks away from 6th Avenue at the time and walking was my main form of exercise so I waited until a little before 5 and set out.  I saw a neighbor on the way who wanted to join but she needed an hour or two to get some work done.  Having no patience, which in retrospect was a terrible decision, I told her I was going solo.  I arrived at the first marijuana dispensary, Emerald Leaves which I think was at one point a microbrewery, it was big cavernous and had a lot of concrete.  Not super inviting visually but product wise they did not disappoint.  I tried some delicious lemonade in a tiny little one ounce cup, still thirsty I tried some raspberry lemonade for good measure.  I wandered aimlessly around the dispensary, spent an excessively long time looking at the cannabis edibles menu.  I decided I wasn’t feeling much of anything and it had been about 20 minutes, time to push on.  First I bought some sweet Obama Kush and a few prerolls from their mystery cannabis section and was headed to the next dispensary Mary Mart.

Now Mary Mart was only two blocks away and despite the name, was a cozy little dispensary with super happy and helpful budtenders.  I think I was expecting a sterile vibe with a slightly convenience store look based solely on the name, not at all.  It was a chill little place.  Their happy hour offerings consisted of some phenomenal salted caramels and brownie bites.  I ate one of each and took another caramel…for the road.  I chatted with a budtender about the whole cannabis life, bought another gram of flower that was on special, took a free mini joint and decided I should start heading home.

As I began the now 10 block walk home it had been close to an hour since I had quickly downed the lemonades and about 20 minutes since the caramel and brownie bite consumption.  10 blocks though, for me that’s a short walk, all downhill.  After two blocks, I noticed the texture of the sidewalk felt strangely different under my feet.  I decided either the soles of my shoes or the sidewalk or some bizarre combination of the two must be made of marshmallows.  Cool?  Yes except for the walking part. 8 blocks left and walking was now something I had forgotten how to do correctly.  I’m not sure who I looked to the casual observer but in my mind, I was living in marshmallow land and each step was more and more bouncy.  To this day I’m surprised I didn’t get some air.  Everything was technicolor and Washington, even most urban areas are already pretty green, now the grass, the flowers, were all technicolor.  Amazing visuals and the feeling of euphoria was off the charts from my previous flower cannabis experiences.  I made it home, not sure how long it took, could have been 15 minutes or twice that.  I did not care!

Once I got inside my place, I hit the couch and fairly quickly began to feel a little too high.  Looking back, I should have had this experience with my neighbor, it would have made the walk back even more entertaining and I definitely should have asked the budtenders questions about the cannabis edibles, how much THC was in each little lemonade, caramel, brownie bite.  I was overly excited to try out literally every edible I could get my hands on and forgot to be a smart cannabis consumer.  I believe I consumed about 80 mg total, which was way too much for me but made for a rollercoaster of a first edible experience and I’ll never look at a marshmellow the same way again.

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How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter or Cannabutter

cannabis butter

This is a beginners guide to making cannabis butter or cannabutter. Once you master the process, you will be able to make all sorts of edibles from brownies and cookies to dousing your favorite vegetables.

This recipe roughly translates into 30 milligrams of THC per tbsp of cannabis butter or oil. Your ideal dose will vary, but 10 mg is standard.Begin by testing 1/4 teaspoon of this weed butter you create and wait for about an hour. Observe how you are feeling and let your body tell you if this is an excellent amount, if you want more, or if you need less. Erring on the side of care will make certain you really enjoy yourself and have a positive experience.

Step 1: Decarboxylation

The first thing you are going to need to do is decarboxylate your own cannabis. Also called”decarbing,” this requires you to bake your marijuana, allowing the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to trigger. Additionally, it allows for lipids in oil and butter to readily bind to your weed to your best cannabis infusion.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 oz of marijuana
  • Hand grinder or scissors
  • Glass baking dish or sheet pan
  • Oven

Things to do for Cannabis Butter:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220° F.
  2. Gently split apart the desired quantity of weed using a hand-grinder, scissors, or with hands till it is the perfect consistency for rolling a joint– nice, but not too fine. Anything too fine will slide through cheesecloth (or a joint, for that matter). You need your cannabutter and oil to be clean and as clear as you can.
  3. Evenly disperse your plant material on the glass baking dish or sheet pan. Pop in the oven on the middle rack for 20 minutes if using old or reduced quality weed; 45 minutes for treated, high quality cannabis; or one hour or longer for anything that’s been recently harvested and remains wet.
  4. Check on the marijuana regularly while it is in the oven, gently mixing it every 10 minutes in order to not burn it. You will see that the color of your herb will vary from bright green to a deep brown green. That is when you know it’s decarboxylated.

Step 2: Cannabis Butter Stovetop

What You Will Need:

  • 11/2 cup water
  • 8 oz clarified butter, melted butter, or oil
  • 1/2 oz decarboxylated cannabis
  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Thermometer, discretionary cheesecloth and/or metallic strainer

What to do for cannabis butter:

  1. In a medium saucepan on very low heat, add butter and water.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis, mix well then cover.
  3. Let mix gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every half hour to ensure that your cannabutter is not burning. For those who have a thermometer, check to be certain that the temperature does not reach over 180°.
  4. After simmering for 4 hours strain with a strainer or cheesecloth into a separate container. Allow the butter cool to room temperature. Use immediately or keep in fridge or freezer with a well-sealed mason jar. You should be able to store your cannabis butter for up to six months.