In this video, our friend Chef Cody Lindsay, aka The Wellness Soldier, turned himself into a cartoon to teach you more about cooking with cannabis.

But before you start cooking, it helps to know a little bit about this amazing herb and the video starts off with the basics, beginning by looking at smoking cannabis versus eating cannabis-infused foods. Did you know when you smoke cannabis, the effects kick in faster but they don’t last as long compared to edibles? Part of the reason for that is due to the digestion process, which can take anywhere between 40-60 minutes after eating the edible before you feel anything.

That’s why it’s so important with edibles to dose correctly, and actually wait for it to kick in. Many have made the rookie mistake of eating an edible and, thinking it’s not working, eating more only to end up much higher than they were planning to.

You’ll also learn how trichomes protect the cannabis plant, in addition to containing terpenes (aromatic compounds that give cannabis its distinct smell) and cannabinoids. The most famous cannabinoids are THC and CBD.

The THC percentage of cannabis flowers are calculated by the number of trichomes on 1 gram of flower and generally ranges from 10-30%. The THC percentage will determine how strong your cannabis cooking will be.

Decarboxylation is the process by which THCA becomes THC, and it occurs through heat. That’s why cannabis is so commonly smoked. It’s a fast and easy way to activate the THC. But you can also decarb THC at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes.

For CBD, it needs to be heated at 250 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

The most popular ways to use cannabis in cooking is to infuse the decarboxylated cannabis in a medium like butter, oil, tincture, honey, syrup, sugar, or cream.

[Check out our recipe for infused weed butter here]

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