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Cannabis edibles are one of the most popular, effective methods, of consuming marijuana. What many people don’t realize is that in order to cook with cannabis, you must combine it with a fatty-substance. Butter is the most commonly utilized product, and with it, you can make cannabutter! This cannabutter recipe takes 6 hours but only requires 3, simple ingredients!

Once you have your cannabutter, you can cook-up and bake all kinds of dishes! Cannabis treats don’t always have to be sweets (although who doesn’t love a yummy pot brownie?) You can make salad dressings, sauces, marinades and more!

For this cannabutter recipe, you will need:

  • 2 Cups of unsalted butter (NOT margarine)
  • 8 Cups of purified water
  • 3 Ounces of marijuana (trim, bud or kief – DO NOT GRIND)

The tools required for this recipe, include:

  • Large Crock-Pot
  • Cheesecloth (for straining)
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Plastic wrap / foil
  • Knife
  • Airtight container(s)

Step-By-Step Cannabutter Recipe

  1. Pour the 8 cups of water in the crock-pot, covered, and heat on low for 1 hour.
  2. Add in the 3 ounces of marijuana and heat for another hour, keeping it covered.
  3. Melt the 2 cups of butter in the crock-pot, keeping the heat on low.
  4. Let it simmer for 4 hours. This will give the cannabis time to combine with the fat in the butter.
  5. Place the cheesecloth over a heatproof bowl and pour the liquid from the crock-pot into the bowl. This will separate out all of the plant material.
  6. Wring-out the cheesecloth to get as much of the extract into the mixture as possible.
  7. Cover the bowl (with plastic or foil) and refrigerate overnight.
  8. The following day, you will see a solid layer of butter on top of greyish-green water. Use a knife to cut around the edge of the bowl. Pull the butter layer out and discard the water.
  9. Cut the butter into a few smaller pieces, separate into airtight containers and store in the freezer for future cooking and baking enjoyment!

Since marijuana flower is now available to patients in Florida, you can create your own cannabutter and cannabis recipes, at home! Edibles are one of the lowest risk methods of marijuana, and not to mention, one of the most effective!

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If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.

Smoking and vaping are the two basic inhalation methods for using marijuana. Both of these methods are popular, however they differ slightly in terms of health, discretion, convenience, flavor, and potency. Learn more about each and you’ll be able to choose which one is right for you.

5 Factors

Health

Health is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to smoking and vaping. We all love marijuana for its awesome health benefits, but is one method safer than the other? Smoking marijuana may leave tar and carcinogens in your lungs. Vaping releases the essential oils, and allows you to enjoy cannabis’ cannabinoids and terpenes without these negative factors, because it is heated below the combustion point. Smoking should be avoided for those suffering from lung issues, or with compromised immune systems.

It must be noted that some vaporizers (mostly made in China) have been found to contain harmful chemicals, glue, and metals that when heated can be inhaled along with marijuana. Most are safe, but if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a vaporizer with a ceramic or titanium heating element.

Discretion

When it comes to using marijuana discreetly, vaporizers win again. They produce a soft-smelling, quickly dissipating cloud. Better yet, because there is little to no odor, no one will know what you’re smoking.

Although vaping is permitted in more places than smoking is these days, you should still be courteous to the people around you. There may be parents of children, or people with compromised immune systems around that don’t want to inhale your vapor. While you should absolutely have the right to use your medicinal marijuana when you need it, common courtesy should not be thrown out the window.  

Convenience

You may think that vaping is also more convenient, but most marijuana users would actually disagree. Although rolling a joint is slightly time consuming, you must remember that vaporizers have to be charged, loaded and cleaned regularly. Smoking, on the other hand, is a quick and reliable method of use.

Flavor

Heat is a big factor when it comes to the flavor of your marijuana. On one hand, vaping is a good option for maintaining flavor because you can adjust the temperature. If you overheat cannabis, it can destroy some of the beneficial cannabinoids and aromatic terpenes. While smoking presents a greater chance of overheating, it typically provides a much richer flavor. Depending on the quality of your vaping pen, your cannabis may taste weak. If you’re using flower, smoking is the way to go. If you choose to vape, use a concentrate instead of flower as the flavor will be much more consistent and apparent.

Potency

When it comes down to it, smoking yields stronger effects. Smoking marijuana in general offers strong effects, with a very rapid onset. Again, the potency while vaping largely depends on the quality of your pen and whether you’re using flower or concentrate.

Which is Right for You?

It’s largely a matter of preference. If you are more health conscious, and looking for a cleaner way to consume, you may consider vaping. If you don’t mind the stronger smells or effect, or are looking for a less complicated and time-consuming method, you may enjoy smoking. Regardless of which method you choose, smoking and vaping are both relatively safe, effective methods for the using marijuana.

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If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.

By now, we are all well aware that marijuana has the potential to treat a vast array of illnesses and symptoms. Often times, when we think about medical marijuana, THC and CBD come to mind. While it is true that many of the medical properties of cannabis stem from these two main compounds, they are not the only two found in the plant. There are over 100 other beneficial compounds in Marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities when compared to THC and CBD. While they are not as prevalent, they still have a huge impact on how THC and CBD affect us.

First, we’re going to examine the medical properties of THC and CBD, and then we will look at some of the lesser known cannabinoids to better understand how medical marijuana can help us!

The Two Most Well-Known Cannabinoids

THC

This compound is the most well-known component of marijuana. It’s most notable effect is the mid-altering, euphoric feeling that it can provide to the user. This compound:

  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Protects against Sleep Apnea
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pressure in the eye associated with Glaucoma.

CBD

This compound is the main reason why cannabis is such an effective medical treatment. CBD continues to prove its worth, as studies continue. It can:

  • Relieves pain
  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Treats Psoriasis
  • Reduces blood sugar levels
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions
  • Manages psychosis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of artery blockage
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Suppresses muscle spasms
  • Relieves Anxiety
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Reduces function in the immune system (helpful for autoimmune diseases)
  • Decreases contractions in the small intestine (helpful for GI disorders)
  • Protects against nervous system degeneration
  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Minimizes organ rejection

Important Cannabinoids You’ve (Probably) Never Heard of

While these are found in much smaller concentration in the marijuana plant, they can have a huge effect on health benefits and the way that THC and CBD affect us. For instance, CBC, CBG and CBN can lessen the effects of THC while aiding the benefits of CBD. THCV also has the opposite effect of THC, when it comes to appetite.

THCV

  • Suppresses appetite and aids in weight loss
  • Reduces seizures and convulsions

CBC

  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fungal infection
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth
  • Increases blood pressure (vasoconstriction)

CBG

  • Kills or slows bacterial growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells
  • Promotes bone growth

CBN

  • Relieves pain
  • Acts as a sleep aid
  • Suppresses muscle spasms

Why are These Important?

Three words: Whole Plant Therapy. This is the form of medical treatment that uses the entire plant, as it is believed to have a stronger effect when all of the cannabinoids work together. You can learn more about it, HERE.

Many products on the market are THC isolates or CBD isolates, meaning the compounds have been extracted to be on their own. While these isolates can be effective, whole plant therapy may be even more beneficial. The bottom line is, the medical properties of cannabis are vast, and will continue to grow as research progresses.

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If you’re a Florida resident, and believe that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, today.

One of the most popular products on the medical marijuana market today are edibles. As the industry continues to grow, cannabis infusions are also becoming more popular. While you can purchase premade edibles from dispensaries across the nation, more people are beginning to venture out and create their own cannabis-infused recipes.

What

A cannabis infusion is the end result of the process of infusing another product with the flavor and aroma of cannabis. Unlike extracts and concentrates, infusions are made specifically for cooking and baking. They are usually more diluted than extracts and concentrates as well, however, they are still quite strong (as far as effects go).

Why & Who

Cannabis Infusions are a good alternative to smoking. You will still enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana, without the risks associated with smoking. If the patient is a child, infusions are a potential, lower-risk option. Keep in mind that the effects of this form of medical marijuana take longer to set in, last longer once they do, and are typically quite strong. If this is your first time, start slowly, with a low-dose.

Cannabis infused edibles are also the tastiest option. THC infused Edibles are an excellent option for night time treats, as they can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s important that you choose the right strain for you and your medical needs, as each will have a different effect.

2 Main Strains

THC is the most well-known compound found in marijuana. It produces the mind-altering, sleep-inducing effects. It’s used for: stimulating appetite in cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation, calming anxiety, suppressing spasms associated with Parkinson’s disease, and more.

CBD on the other hand is a close second to THC in its popularity. This compound can actually counteract and lessen the effects of THC. CBD will keep you more alert and focused, making it a great choice for day-use. It is used to treat illnesses such as Crohn’s Disease, PTSD, MS and many more.

How

If you choose to make a cannabis-infusion, at home, there are a few simple steps you need to take. First off, it’s important for you to know that cannabis typically needs to be infused with a fatty-base. This doesn’t just mean butter, although butter is the most common for baking, but other popular options for cooking are olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or bacon fat.

NOTE: This is where we want to point out that cannabis edibles do not have to be sweets (brownies, cookies, candies…) You can turn any healthy food into a cannabis infusion!

Step-by-Step

1. Grind flower or whole plant, whichever you prefer, into small pieces. Avoid grinding the cannabis too fine, as you will have to strain it later.

2. Combine the flower with your choice of fatty-based product, over a low heat. The two most popular ways of cooking a cannabis infusion is in a slow cooker or a saucepan.

  • If you choose a slow cooker, turn the temperature to low and heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • In a saucepan, you’ll also want the heat on low, but you’ll cook for 3 hours and you’ll need to stir it frequently.
  • Heating the cannabis infusion will allow decarboxylation to take place. This is the process where all of the special cannabinoids “come to life”. A low heat will also keep it from burning and destroying the medicinal properties. Keep in mind that the oil should never rise above 245 degrees fahrenheit.

3.Once the heating process is complete, strain and enjoy! If you have leftovers, (which you most likely will) they will typically keep for 2 months. Refrigerating the product can make it last, even longer.

Assorted Flavors

Cannabis comes in a variety of different flavors. Terpenes, or the aromatic compounds, of the plant are largely responsible for these flavors. You can find cannabis in flavors including, but not limited to:

  • Pine
  • Cloves
  • Earthy
  • Herbal
  • Citrus
  • Pepper
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Floral
  • Sweet

Think about the flavors that would pair well with the food that you plan on making. For instance, if you’re going with a fish dish, you may want to use a lemon-y strain. If you’re making chicken, choose a spicier strain and pair it with spanish rice. You can also make cannabis-infused salad dressing with olive oil and a sweet or earthy strain of marijuana. The options are endless!

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If you’re a Florida resident suffering from any of the illnesses above, or feel you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, set up your free consultation today. You can call us at (786) 224-4005, or schedule your appointment ONLINE.