Introduction to baked goods
Marijuana baked goods are any kinds of baked products that are infused with cannabis. The recipe usually includes either cannabutter or cannabis oil. The most well-known type of a baked good is a brownie, though modern cannabis market is full of new baked edibles, the assortment of which is growing daily.
This kind of edible can be produced either at home or on a commercial basis. Homemade products are certainly preferred for the absence of unhealthy additives, their natural taste and aroma. Such products are consumed only when they are fresh so it is not necessary to use preservatives. On the other side, commercial products also have their winning points: clear dosage, even distribution of primary components, definite composition, trusted ingredients.
History of baked goods
Cooking with cannabis is not a novelty. The roots of this tradition date back to ancient times, but the first bakery experience happened only after the appearance of the famous recipe of brownies by Alice B. Toklas. One of her friends, the artist Brion Gysin, sent her the recipe, and she decided to mention it in her cookbook. The publication of «The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book» in 1954 was a huge success due to this only recipe. Soon after the book, there appeared a film called «I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!,», which has strengthened the brownies position once and forever.
Since that time, brownie has become the number one product among edibles. Only after the legalization of recreational marijuana, there appeared new types of baked goods that were different in technology, flavor and shape.
Start low, go slow
This phrase is a motto used by edibles manufacturers. It is a golden rule for all edibles, which means that it is necessary to start with minimal doses and increase them step by step. Why is it important?
That is because most edibles are digested through stomach and liver and the process to get the baked goods metabolized takes certain time, usually from 45 min to 3 hours. The exact numbers differ depending on the consumer`s individual peculiarities. The main recommendation is to take the recommended portion and to wait a few hours before evaluating the final result.
A study proves that youth often disregard the danger of overconsuming marijuana and take much greater doses at a time (for example, consume a full chocolate bar, a pack of gummies or few pieces of brownie at once). The result is getting the so-called «unexpected high» that frequently ends up with psychoses and harm to the person or his surroundings.
The other type of high?
One more reason for a smoker to try edibles is to experience the other type of high, different from the one he has during smoking or dabbing.
With smoking, the effect comes within first ten minutes and stays with you for about an hour. This state is described by cannabis consumers as the «head high», because the change mostly concerns your brain, not your whole body.
With edibles, especially the ones like baked goods, which cannot be sublingually absorbed, the process of digestion takes place in the gastrointestinal tract and thus causes different feelings. When THC is processed by the liver, absolutely new chemical compounds appear, so the general state of consumer is usually more relaxing than with weed smoking. The effect of consuming edibles is called a «body high».
Baked goods VS candies
Do you think it is just a matter of personal preference? No, that is not so. Though having much in common, these two kinds of edibles certainly produce different effects on your body. Read along to learn the key differences and make the right choice.
As you already know, cannabis in baked goods is absorbed through the digestive system. The action is delayed, but the effect is more long-lasting: the high might still be felt even in 5 hours! As for candies, the participation of a digestive apparatus is minimal, because cannabis oil gets absorbed via mucosal membranes under the tongue. As a result, the high is produced almost immediately, just as it happens with smoking, but the duration of effects is lower.
Choosing between cannabis candies and baked goods, ask yourself whether you prefer the immediate action or the long-lasting effect, and select accordingly.
Prohibitions on consuming baked products with cannabis
Marijuana being a drug, there certainly are limitations of the use of cannabis products. Baked goods, as well as the other edibles, can be discreetly consumed at home, but what about public places? Check the list of rules that determine the way to treat weed edibles:
No public consumption. You cannot eat your brownies in public places if they contain marijuana because this action is considered to be a drug promotion.
- No driving. As cannabis products are intoxicating, they definitely make changes in your way of thinking. The brain does not work properly and the reaction is delayed. That is why driving after edible consumption is prohibited.
No weed during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For medical reasons, edibles cannot be consumed during pregnancy and breastfeeding period. Otherwise, they might be harmful for both a woman and a child.
No accessible storage places. Keep your baked cannabis products far from anyone`s reach. This rule especially concerns children, which might mistakenly take weed products for ordinary bakery.
How to make best cannabis brownies
Brownies are the all-time classic. There are plenty of recipes for this popular product. The one given below is based on using a cannabis oil as the main ingredient.
What you need to make best cannabis brownies:
2.5 oz. of water;
2.5 oz. of cannabis oil;
The cooking process is the following:
Making the cannabis oil. This product is based on any ordinary oil like olive or coconut oil. Before you infuse it with cannabis, it is necessary to decarboxylate your weed. To do so, place it in a thin layer and expose to heat at 230-260 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes. Mix one ounce of decarboxylated cannabis with two cups of oil, cover, and heat for 6-8 hours using low temperatures. Add water to prevent oil burning. Cool the ready substance and strain the plant material using a cheesecloth. Cannabis oil is ready.
Cooking the brownies. Mix cannabis oil with eggs and water, and add brownie mix and pecans. Stir intensively to get the even distribution. Set the resulting substance into the brownie pan, and bake for half an hour at 330 degrees Fahrenheit.
Decorate. Melt chocolate either using a microwave (melting time is about 20-30 sec) or over a pan of hot water (up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit). Decorate your brownies.
When the delicacy is ready, cut it into small pieces. Do not forget to calculate the THC amount in each to understand your dosage.
Three tips for making perfect baked goods
Everyone who tried to make homemade edibles knows how their quality differs from commercial products. To make your baked goods truly perfect, follow three simple recommendations:
Try before you DIY. To understand what result you want to get, you need to try the actual product at least once. Look for top quality baked goods from a trusted supplier to have understanding of the taste and consistency of the desirable dish.
Pick up the right strain. Do not neglect the choice of a strain because it determines the effect you will get. You do not bake cannabis brownies for the taste only, right?
Do not forget to decarboxylate. Without decarboxylation, all potency of your weed will be left unnoticed. THCA turns into the psychoactive THC compound when cannabis gets heated at low temperatures, so do not miss this important step.
Marijuana has been long valued for its psychoactive properties and therapeutic qualities. Edible products with cannabis are even more attractive to the customers; though, they bring serious risks to the society. The main proven negative consequences of using edibles are the following:
THC overdosage. Most users assume that if you buy cookies or brownies, you can safely take one piece at a bite. It is truly so, but for experienced consumers. The cannabinoid amount in one cookie is usually bigger than the recommended dosage for a newbie. But the greatest problem is no one stops after the first bite. Baked goods look safe, why not try a little more? Unfortunately, THC overdosage is more than unpleasant; it is mainly followed by psychoses and anxiety attacks that are difficult to bear.
Appeal to children. Baked goods are irresistible. What if they come to appear within children`s reach? A study proves that marijuana overdosage by children is much more dangerous as it leads to respiratory insufficiency.
Reduction of initiation age. Due to the availability and attractiveness of most edibles, the marijuana initiation age is slowly getting reduced.
Baked goods: legal framework
The presence of the listed problems has caused the governmental reaction in four states: Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon. The newly created laws have specific requirements concerning the baked products infused with marijuana;
Universal Symbol for cannabis on the pack to prevent accidental consumption;
Nutrition Facts on each pack to demonstrate the true product value;
disclosure of pesticides used in production process;
a limit of 10 mg THC in a single serving;
packaging that is not appealing to youth.
Most of the measures are directed towards treating baked edibles different from ordinary homemade delicacies and promoting careful attitude to cannabinoid content.