Boulder, Colo. -- Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night pork belly poutine. But cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit.
In Colorado, which has issued more than 160 edible marijuana licenses, skilled line cooks are leaving respected restaurants to take more lucrative jobs infusing cannabis into food and drinks. In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, a large cannabis bakery dedicated to affluent customers with good palates will soon open in Seattle.
The exact science of decaboxylliztion is more of an art. I've never read a study done with a mass spectrometer to determine the optimum time or temperature. I've found it's less about following an exact time and temperature for all types of bud, trim or extracted oil/kief - than starting somewhere in the middle (where your resin won't be vaporized but it's still hot enough to decarboxylize) and adjusting from experience.
223F for 15 minutes for dry trim does a great job for me, as does stuffing my toaster oven full of fresh cut leaves and baking for an hour at 225F. I cook my brownies at 300F to 350F, with an oven thermometer to guarantee temperature. The higher the temperature the less time you want to bake to avoid damaging the THC. Its always better to under heat than over heat.
The 1 - 3 hours in the crock pot is for extraction mostly, the decarboxylization is a serendipitous side effect but again with the process you will need a thermometer to check the temp and I never let it get any higher than 260F - 275F.
If there are any more opinions please add them..... The more information on this subject the better. Medibles are selling like crazy right now and those of us who do cook appreciate sharing info ; )
Is there a way to apply for a license that would allow someone to obtain product from another state and sell it (or provide it for dispensaries to sell) here?
For example, low THC products can be very hard to find. If there is a product that is in compliance with another state's requirements and ours (like a low THC chocolate that is tested, wrapped properly, made in an appropriate setting (clean, commercial kitchen) and labeled) can someone apply to bring that product here fill a void?
New Device Tests Marijuana Using an App
As the American marijuana culture becomes more mainstream, the modern-day stoner becomes increasingly more conscientious about the quality and overall safety of the weed he or she purchases. Recent reports of marijuana being contaminated with mold, E. Coli and other wicked toxins has caused concern within the cannabis community; and the piece of mind that comes with stringent testing has become invaluable to the consumer.
Unfortunately, without government regulations to help guide the marijuana industry, there is an abundance of the weed purchased across the United States that is untested.
However, an innovative new company has launched a product aimed at eliminating the risk of smoking dope laced with questionable materials like fecal matter, or even worse. MyDx is a handheld marijuana-testing device that allows cannabis users the flexibility of examining the purity of their pot before smoking it… better yet, before paying for it.
This high technology, which was developed by the California-based CDx Life, operates by communicating with a downloadable smartphone app that detects potency levels and other pertinent information.
For about $399, stoners can stroll into a dispensary, pop a small nugget into the device, and walk out feeling confident that they were not just railroaded by some fly-by-night operation slinging ditch weed.
“When presented with a sample of cannabis, MyDx will deliver a strain analysis revealing the abundance of medically-relevant cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, whose ratios have been shown to play a key role in how a specific strain makes people feel,” according to the company’s website.
The Canna sensor is also being programmed to look for terpenoids, which give each strain of cannabis its unique smell, and in synergy with the other compounds found in weed, further contribute to the overall medical effect of the plant.
MyDx co-founder Daniel Yazbeck says his product will do away with the marijuana consumer being forced into making purchases based on blind faith. "What people are inhaling today is more or less a black box,” he said. “MyDx is a device that will improve consumer's health and empower an industry with the science it deserves to achieve true and practical quality control.”