Cannabis Infusion: What, Why, Who, and How?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
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.