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The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with cannabis, but there are definitely some key pieces of information to know first. So before you dive in, make sure you are aware of the following factors, which when taken into consideration, will ensure an enjoyable edible experience.

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 Cooking With Cannabis 101

Cooking With Cannabis 101

By The Stoner's Cookbook

If you're new to the world of edibles, then it's important to understand some basic know-hows first. Here are some tips to ensure a successful cooking experience, and remember, practice makes perfect.

  • 1. The Importance of Using Fat

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Because THC is fat soluble but NOT water soluble, it's important to incorporate some form of fat, like [making your own cannabutter](http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/how_to_make_cannabutter.php), in order to release the desired psychoactive effects. 

  • 2. The Optimal Amount to Use

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Depending on your personal THC tolerance, the optimal amount of weed to use may vary. General starting points include 1.5-2 oz of leaf, 1 oz of trim, or 0.5-0.75 oz of buds per 1 lb of butter.

  • 3. Triggering Weed's Psychoactive Effects

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Consuming cannabis raw won't release any of its relaxing effects. Therefore, it's important to cook it out in order to activate its "high" inducing ingredients in a process known as [decarboxylation](http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/how_to_decarboxylate_weed.php). 

  • 4. Don't Overheat

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    While heating your weed is necessary to release the THC, overheating can result in a degradation of key cannabinoids, and nullify the psychoactive effects. [Click here for a temperature break-down](http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/how_to_decarboxylate_weed.php).

  • 5. When Do the Effects Kick In?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The effects from edibles are generally more intense, but can also take much longer to kick in depending on your digestive condition. Usually, this can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. 

  • 6. What Happens If I Eat Too Much?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Since effects take longer to kick in, be patient and don't overdo it by eating too much! However, if the effects do become too intense, you can try consuming citrus fruits, pistachios or pine nuts.

  • 7. Don't Combine With Alcohol

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Alcohol and edibles do not mix well, and it's especially important to gauge how your body reacts to edibles first, before combining with any other substance. If you must drink, forego the hard liquor.

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