Reading While High – Elevate Your Mind

The concept of reading and smoking weed together seems like an unlikely pairing, but for some, reading while high is a very unique, entertaining, and rewarding pastime. 

It’s true that for some, weed can make it more difficult to concentrate or decipher words when reading. Still, many others are coming to find that once you muster up the energy to start reading while high, it improves reading abilities.    

In today’s article, we will discuss why reading while high is a must-try experience and how you can reap the benefits for yourself. 

Keep reading!

Reading While High 

When you think about it, it kind of makes sense. 

Marijuana has a famous reputation for being linked with creative expression, not to mention reading while high can be the impetus for augmented imagery. 

Cannabis allows creatives to better visualize vivid concepts or scenarios happening in the story, which keeps the reader more focused and engaged. 

Furthermore, reading while high can also help certain individuals learn a foreign language, but before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s first explore the three most common mistakes people make while trying to read when high.

Common Mistakes

Reading while high promotes introspection, enhances imagery and helps you to concentrate better on the story. However, if consumed improperly, it can lead to a negative experience. 

That said, here are three common mistakes people make when trying to read while high.

1. They Smoked too Much

When you get high, and you find yourself having trouble reading or remembering what happened — it’s because you smoked too much. 

This is known as a green out. Greening out happens from consuming too much THC and exceeding your tolerance level.

There are levels of being high, so of course, when you’re entirely faded, you won’t be able to do much besides sleep or zone out.  

2. They Picked the Wrong Type of Strain

reading while high common mistakes

Some strains are known for their sedative effects. For instance, strains such as Purple Kush, Kosher Kush and G-13 can float you to sleep and induce relaxing effects.

What’s more, when you smoke weed, THC isn’t the only substance that can cause feelings of drowsiness and disorientation. 

Other compounds like the plant’s trichomes, flavonoids and terpenes such as myrcene and linalool are known to be sedative — especially when found in the right combination. 

3. Aged Cannabis

Cannabis is known to drop in potency over the years. When it happens, THC begins to convert to CBN and can lose its potency almost in half.

That said, the blending of cannabinol (CBN) and THC can also increase drowsiness, confusion, and disorientation. 

Ultimately, they will make it hard for you to read or understand spoken language. 

If you want to avoid these mistakes, try to lower your dose and look for high-quality cannabis that is fresh and dank.

Alternatively, you can also opt for cannabis products such as edibles. Edibles present a healthier alternative to smoking weed, are easy to dose and consume. Unlike cannabis, you will know how much THC you are consuming.

Sugar Jack’s edibles, for example, contain 20mg THC in each gummy. All you need to do is to pop a gummy in your mouth and get lost in your literary world of choice.

They are also super tasty and packed with the beneficial effects of manuka honey, cane sugar and cannabis!

Now that you know what mistakes people make when reading while high let’s learn why this experience is a must-try.

Why Reading High Is Becoming So Popular

Over the years, especially since recreational marijuana has become legal in 15 states and medicinally legal in 35 of the 50 states in the U.S. — many users have started to report that smoking weed helps them to want to read by making it more enjoyable. 

We also know that many people find that smoking pot can enhance one’s imagination in all contexts, including touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. 

The innate ability to vividly experience what you’re reading with all six senses makes it a much more entertaining experience — making you more invested in whatever you happen to be reading.  

Reading While High When Learning A Foreign Language

The process of reading and trying to piece together the puzzle of learning new words and languages is easier to do when they’re stoned. 

A study published by Harvard Medical School found that marijuana may improve and not impair executive functioning in adult subjects.   

Not only that, but a separate study that looked at the impact of weed use on executive functioning found that after three months of continuous use, cognitive functioning improved. 

Their overall ability to carry out cognitive tasks — especially those influenced by the frontal cortex — dramatically improved. The act of speaking to someone, listening to someone else talk, reading, writing, and learning a new language are all mediated by the left prefrontal cortex

As we study and learn more about cannabis and how it influences us, we learn to adopt new treatment methods and let go of our inaccurate, preconceived notions about what smoking weed does and doesn’t do to its users.  

Improved Listening Skills

According to a study conducted by Harvard psychologist Charles Tart, smoking marijuana helps users understand and make sense of song lyrics better than when they are sober. 

Of course, as mentioned earlier, the ability to learn foreign languages better also extends to how well our listening skills are. As we stated before, many users have reported being able to understand a foreign language better, and to do this — you need to use your ears. 

On the flip side, these reading and listening enhancements might come down to the fact that smoking weed impacts our attention. 

One of the most common side effects of consuming marijuana is that it causes users to zone out and focus their attention on one thing: an object, pattern, or any other type of stimuli.

This is how being high could improve our ability to hone in and focus on what someone else is saying or improving our overall ability to focus on reading, speaking, or listening. 

Reading While High – Enrich Your Reading Experience 

We’ve learned that reading while high is possible and extremely enjoyable for many cannabis enthusiasts worldwide, despite the commonly held belief that you can’t smoke and read or do anything productive at the same time. 

Now you know it depends mainly on how much you smoke, what strain you smoked, how old it was and if you’re predisposed to struggle with concentrating while stoned or not. 

Other factors like age, body weight, height, gender, and tolerance levels can also impact how strongly you’ll be affected.

Just remember to start low and go slow.  

The only way to know how reading while high will affect you is to try it.

Ask your local budtender for help deciding which strain they have that will best pair with reading or intense concentration. Alternatively, if you want to experiment with other healthier and tastier methods, try edibles

Happy reading!

Cooking With Cannabis – Winning Weed Recipes

If you want to learn about cooking with cannabis, the good news is that it’s much easier than it looks or sounds. Since cannabis-infused treats are becoming increasingly popular, recipes and techniques are abundant, with many options to help reduce the texture and flavour of dry weed.

Cooking with cannabis recipes are becoming more and more widespread among foodies and marijuana enthusiasts alike. 

Today, it’s relatively simple to learn how to infuse any recipe you want with weed, and this article will cover just that, how to go about cooking with cannabis. You’ll learn how to create different infusions and recipes that will take your weed-infused culinary cooking skills to the next level, so let’s get started! 

What are Cannabis-Infused Foods?

cannabis-infused food

Cannabis-infused food is any edible product that has been made with a concentrated cannabis infusion or dried plant material. They can be made using different methods and ingredients, including weed oil or cannabutter, which gets infused into a range of recipes, such as weed gummies, cookies, roasted veggies, and pasta, to name a few. 

Some recipes can almost entirely mask the weed flavour, while others almost highlight the natural terpene profile, enhancing the overall taste. 

There are multiple benefits to eating your weed rather than smoking it, including not inhaling potentially harmful carcinogens, more discreteness, and longer-lasting effects. With this in mind, it’s important to remember that an edible high lasts much longer than it would if you were smoking, but the high itself will also be a completely different experience. 

The high after smoking a joint lasts an average of an hour or two, whereas an edible high can hang around for a good eight hours because by the time it hits your stomach and liver, it’s converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a much more potent compound. 

How To Cook With Cannabis 

As a segue from the last section, it’s critical to note that one significant downside to making your own edibles is that you won’t know the exact dosage since they won’t be lab-tested. However, if you stick to the start low and go slow mantra, you should be fine. 

All you need are some basic cooking skills, and you’ll be amazed by how easy it is and how many different cannabis edible recipes you can make from the comfort of your own home. Weed is a culinary-friendly herb that is teeming with flavour, and the 100+ types of terpenes give each strain its own set of unique attributes. 

The good news is when you tap into this broad spectrum of different aromas and flavours, it’s easy to see why it’s seeping into the mainstream with chefs across the world starting to cook with cannabis. 

This trend has spilled over to the at-home cooking enthusiast or a foodie looking to enhance or experiment in the kitchen by planning an infused dinner, summer barbeque, family event, or holiday party with a twist. 

If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, then working with herbs and making an infusion may seem intimidating at first, but trust us when we say it’s much easier than most people think. If you’re still unsure, don’t worry. We’ve taken the time to outline some simple steps you can follow that will help you get started on your cannabis cooking journey. 

Let’s dig in! 

Making Your Own Infusion 

Choose a Recipe

cooking with cannabis guide

While this may seem like a pretty self-explanatory step, you want to be sure you’re picking recipes where weed can be easily infused. 

We recommend going with a recipe that uses butter, olive oil, or coconut oil because THC and other cannabinoids are fat-soluble, which is necessary for them to become active. 

Pick Your Strain 

Once you have settled on a recipe, you’ll know what flavours you’ll be working with and what particular strain will pair well with it. 

The most common terpenes found in weed include myrcene (tropical notes), limonene (citrus), nerolidol (ginger, jasmine) caryophyllene (clove), linalool (lavender), and pinene (pine nuts). 

If you stick to recipes that contain these herbs or foods in them, it will naturally pair better with the weed strains that have a similar chemical makeup.  

Make the Infusion 

Now it’s time for the fun part, making your infusion! That said, you need to make sure your weed goes through the decarboxylation process, which is a chemical reaction caused by heating dry cannabis to 121+ °C (250+ degrees °F) for about 30-60 minutes. 

This process releases carboxylic acids out of the THC and activates it so it can be easily added to your favourite recipes. The key here is to keep temperatures low enough to prevent burning but high enough to decarboxylate it. 

Once you have this step completed, you’ll want to infuse your butter or oil. To make sure you set aside enough time, and be aware that it takes 4-6 hours for the oil to infuse and roughly 24 hours for weed butter to infuse, cool, and harden. So, be sure to plan ahead. 

If you have never made either of these products before, don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered. 

Check out our easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides for how to make cannaoil and how to make cannabutter

Determine the Meal Time 

Like we mentioned in step 3, planning ahead of time is imperative for cooking with cannabis successfully. After you have your infusion ready to go, you want to figure out what time you’ll be serving your dish because you want to be sure to allow enough time to cook, eat, digest, and feel the effects of your weed.

This foresight is particularly important if you’re serving multiple courses. It can take up to two hours to feel the effects of weed edibles, and the high can last up to 8 hours. 

Some have found that making and serving an infused appetizer or snack while the main course is cooking allows you to microdose (1-5 milligrams CBD or THC) throughout each course. We would recommend going this route if you want to pace yourself, or if you’re trying to avoid a weed hangover

This approach comes highly recommended because it helps you learn or stay within your limits via the start low and go slow motto. Since every infusion you make will be different, pacing yourself and your guests is not only responsible, everyone will have a better time because of it. 

It’s Cooking Time!

cooking time

Now that you have your recipe picked out, weed decarboxylated, and an infusion made, it’s time for cooking with cannabis! 

It’s best to treat your infusions like an ingredient. So, be sure to have all your measuring cups, spoons, and other cooking accessories ready to go, so you don’t mess up the recipe or your infusion. 

Once everything is said and done, one teaspoon of cannabutter or cannaoil equals roughly one serving containing between 5-10 milligrams of THC (or CBD). Of course, this depends on how strong and how much of a particular strain you use. 

For newbies, we would advise starting with  ½ a serving and waiting for a couple of hours before indulging in more. 

Eat & Enjoy! 

Voila! You’ve successfully survived cooking with cannabis and have created a delicious weed-infused meal! Now it’s time to reap the fruits of your labour. It’s time to enjoy your meal, sit back, relax, and wait for the high to wash over you. 

If you have any food or cannabis infusion leftover, store both in an airtight jar, container, or Tupperware in a cool and dark environment. 

Remember, light and oxygen are the arch enemies of any cannabis product because they significantly degrade the cannaoil and butter, leaching out a fair amount of its original potency, flavour, aroma, and overall freshness. 

Marijuana edibles that are properly stored can last between 60-90 days, but if you decide to keep them in the refrigerator or freezer, they’ll last much longer. 

Cooking with THC Distillate

Suppose you are looking for a more potent experience and want to cut out the middle man of making your own cannabis-infused edibles like cannaoil or cannabutter. In that case, THC distillate presents a simple, straightforward and efficient method of cooking with cannabis.

THC distillate also has the added benefit of not having little to no flavour, making it ideal for multiple dishes, including baking, infused in beverages, or salad dressing.

Prep the Distillate

thc distillate

With your THC distillate still in its container, place the entire container in a bowl or cup of hot water to warm the concentrate. As it warms, measure out the liquified oil or butter necessarily for the specific recipe. 

Infuse Ingredients with THC distillate 

Drop a gram of THC distillate into the oil or butter and mix together thoroughly to ensure homogenization

For those who may not know, ensuring homogenization simply means making sure that the ingredients are effectively and appropriately mixed. 

Place the THC distillate oil or butter mixture into the microwave and heat it on medium power for upwards of two minutes to make sure the ingredients are combined. 

Add THC Distillate Mixture to Your Recipe

Once the above steps are complete, all that’s left to do is integrate your THC distillate oil or butter into the rest of your recipe. 

From there, either wait the allotted time for it to cook or bake or ingest your product as-is, depending on your edible and recipe of choice. After that, all that’s left to do is enjoy the delicious flavours and wait for the effects to kick in. 

Using Pre-Infused Concentrates

Cooking with pre-infused concentrates is an increasingly standard procedure for creating edibles as it saves you the trouble of making your own, thereby cutting down on your cooking with cannabis time. 

Determine Your Dish Ahead of Time 

Depending on the flavour profile you are going for when cooking with cannabis, it is important to note that many pre-infused cannabis products will contain more of a weed-like flavour than THC distillate.

coconut oil and cannabis

In this way, we would recommend using them for baked edibles if you wish to mask this taste. For example, pre-infused coconut oil is a fan favourite for baking edibles. However, it can also be integrated into bulletproof coffees. 

Depending on the concentrate, some carrier oils will have more versatility than others, which will broaden the scope of the foods you can use it in. For instance, pre-infused olive oil is ideal for creating edibles such as salad dressing that can be easily integrated into a meal without the need for baking or heating. 

Decide Which Concentrate You Want to Use 

Pre-infused concentrates come in various flavours and consistencies, with some being easier to work with than others. 

Some concentrates, such as butane hash oil, Rick Simpson Oil (Phoenix Tears) and kief, will still need to go through the decarboxylation process and be infused into a carrier fat oil to be consumed. 

In this way, pre-infused concentrates with a high-saturated fat infusing oil, such as coconut or olive oil, are among the best and easiest for cooking with cannabis.  

Get Cooking

Depending on the concentrate you chose, you can either integrate decarboxylated concentrates, such as shatter, wax, and budder, into foods with high-fat content or oil by crumbling them directly into the pot or container you are cooking with. 

If you opted for an already decarbed concentrate, as long as you keep to a recipe with cooking temperatures below 148°C (~ 300°F), you should be good to go. 

Just as heat is necessary to decarboxylate weed and activate the THC, cooking temperatures that are too high can potentially destroy many of the critical key components and plant materials, such as terpenes, that provide the righteous effects that you want to enjoy. 

3 Easy-to-Make Cannabis Recipes

Weed Hot Chocolate

weed hot chocolate

Learning how to make weed hot chocolate is an excellent go-to move for beginners looking to enter the world of making weed edibles by starting with something simple. 

It is an ideal beverage for getting comfy and cozy during the winter months while serving as a perfect compromise between the childlike nostalgia of unwinding with a fresh cup of hot cocoa with the added adult twist of incorporating your favourite icky sticky. 

Space Cake 

Spice up your next birthday party or celebration by adding an extra special ingredient to the cake.

OG Space Cakes initially only used cannabutter in their recipes. However, with a vast assortment of new cannabis concentrates now available on the market, including THC distillate and pre-infused concentrates, it is now easier than ever to find a Space Cake recipe that is to your liking. 

We would highly recommend giving it a try for a flavour and experience that is out of this world. 

Bhang

bhang

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when cooking with cannabis and making edibles, Bhang has been around for generations. 

Bhang is a cannabis-infused beverage that is deeply rooted in Indian culture. Traditionally, it was created with a combination of leaves, buds and flowers of female cannabis plants. 

Since then, it has made its way worldwide, with many tokers interested in learning how to make Bhang for themselves. Now, there is an abundance of different recipes to choose from. However, most traditional recipes incorporate yogurt or whey for a thicker and creamier texture.

Cooking with Cannabis – The Possibilities are Endless 

Cooking with cannabis is a delicious and creative way to incorporate weed into your favourite recipes. 

The various techniques are incredibly versatile and can involve learning how to make your own ingredients such as cannaoil or cannabutter or cutting out that step altogether and using other products, such as THC distillate or pre-infused concentrates.

Making your own weed edibles can be an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience. However, it is important to note that dosing can sometimes be difficult. In this way, especially if you’re just starting out, we recommend finding an easy-to-follow recipe that tells you precisely how much weed or concentrate to use.

Whichever you choose, whether you’re using dry bud to create infused products yourself or opting for pre-infused concentrates, be sure that you are purchasing these products from a reputable and trustworthy dispensary

Make sure to cook and enjoy responsibly. Start low and go slow, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the ride.  

Happy cooking!

Eating Raw Cannabis – Add more Green to Your Diet

The various benefits of ingesting weed are more relevant and widely known now more than ever, with countless different methods to choose from, but have you ever tried eating raw cannabis?

With so many different consumption techniques at our disposal, it may seem like a weird and unnecessary thing to do. However, eating raw cannabis can present multiple healing benefits due to its various health-promoting compounds, such as calcium, protein and healthy amino acids. 

While it may not get you high, that’s not always the end goal. Many cannabis users choose to partake in their favourite herb for the various health benefits it supplies outside of the recreational objective of expanding your mind and getting high. 

Don’t get it twisted. We definitely think that’s fun too, but there is much more to the cannabis plant than one specific purpose, which is part of the reason why we love it oh so much. 

If you haven’t considered eating raw cannabis before, take this as the perfect opportunity to potentially give it a go. This article will cover the benefits of eating raw cannabis, its various healing components, and how to integrate it into your diet

If nothing else, it may be just the motivation you need to broaden your horizons and try a new, straightforward method of enjoying your favourite bud. 

That said, let’s get started! 

Eating Raw Cannabis

eating raw cannabis guide

While weed edibles are not a new or revolutionary concept at this point, eating raw cannabis is often overlooked. Still, eating raw cannabis can produce some incredible health benefits. 

So, if you’re in the market for living a healthier life, raw cannabis isn’t something to sleep on.

In the traditional sense, cannabis is a plant or herb. In reality, it functions much more closely to a vegetable. That’s right. Veggies are back on the menu. You can’t have too many greens in your diet, y’all!

Weed is, in all regards, a superfood. Like other famous superfoods, such as avocados, leafy greens and turmeric, raw cannabis is packed with nutritional molecules.

These include and are not limited to:

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc 
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Carotenoids
  • Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acids
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E
  • Fibre
  • Amino Acids

With a nutrient list this diversified, there’s little question as to why raw cannabis needs to be in everyone’s diet.

While a healthy array of vitamins and nutrients is enough to motivate, there’s more to eating raw cannabis, including endocannabinoid system activation.

The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a system in our bodies that regulates a host of functions, including appetite, memory, reproduction, learning and much more. When we consume cannabis, we activate the ECS. 

This isn’t to say it isn’t active without cannabis, but the lack of cannabinoids in the average diet isn’t geared towards a body that hums and sings. 

Once again, vegetables for the win.

Eating Raw Cannabis for Phytochemicals, Cannabinoids and Flavonoids

Just as vaping and smoking weed introduces phytochemicals to our bodies, so does raw eating cannabis. 

But here’s the kicker.

smoking weed

When we smoke weed, and the plant matter combusts, yes, we take in all the healthy bits. However, we also ingest the harsh smoke and other potentially harmful components such as excess plant matter and toxic carcinogens

As we’re all well aware, any smoke isn’t great for your lungs. Sure, smoking cannabis is much safer than cigarettes or cigars, but it doesn’t change the fact that there are better and healthier options.

Well then, vaping must be the answer, right? Not so fast. In the smoking vs vaping debate, vaping no doubt takes the cake as a safer alternative. 

Still, the problem isn’t necessarily the combustion. It’s the breakdown of phytochemicals attributed to rising temperatures. As these healthy phytochemicals break down, they lose their value. Hence, giving raw cannabis an edge in this regard.

While we’re on the subject of combustion, it’s also critical to note that phytochemicals aren’t the only thing affected by it. Cannabinoids and flavonoids are subject to change and breaking down as well.

For instance, it’s a common misunderstanding that raw cannabis has THC and CBD. Instead, THCA and CBDA are present. Only through decarboxylation do CBDA and THCA convert to their more familiar, well-known counterparts, respectively.

Yet, this isn’t to say THCA and CBDA are useless. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

THCA and CBDA are highly therapeutic. You’ll find them commonly used for the following:

As you can see, the benefits of consuming raw cannabis are numerous. Yet, you may have noticed we’re yet to cover if you get high from eating natural cannabis. That’s because we wanted to present all its benefits before scaring off some folks.

Does Eating Raw Cannabis Get you High?

In 99.9% of cases, eating raw cannabis doesn’t get you high. THCA must convert to THC before becoming psychoactive. This process occurs, once again, by decarboxylation

While prolonged exposure to a specific temperature is the crucial ingredient in decarbing, cannabis that is very, very old has a slight chance of converting a tiny amount of THCA into THC. So, while there’s not much need to worry if getting high is out of the question, stick to fresh cannabis leaves. 

Don’t let the lack of high deter you from the raw cannabis health perks, though. There are a ton of other righteous benefits associating with eating raw cannabis. 

How to Use Raw Cannabis

Grabbing a nug of weed out of your stash and popping it directly into your mouth and chewing may not be the most appealing endeavour. We totally get it. 

That’s why we’re here to outline some other methods of reaping the benefits of eating raw cannabis by making it more tasty and enticing. 

Juicing/Cannabis Juice

juicing cannabis

The most common way to consume raw cannabis is to juice it. Most people stick to this method because the marijuana plant isn’t always the tastiest. 

Create your own juice blend with other veggies, some fruits, juices and whatnot to help mask the flavour without missing out on all of the wonderful benefits. 

Cold Pressed Oils

Another great way to benefit from raw cannabis is making cold-pressed oils. 

Cold-pressed hemp oils are typically created using raw hemp seeds and olive oil. However, any oil is suitable! Cold-pressed oils are great because they contain an abundance of antioxidants and other healing properties. 

Raw Hemp Seeds

Speaking of raw hemp seeds, they’re also a popular trend these days. 

Hemp hearts are available at Safeway, Superstore and other grocery stores. Unlike cold-pressed hemp seed oil, hemp hearts or hemp seeds are more versatile, meaning that you can integrate them into a variety of recipes with ease.  

Salads

Now, don’t take this as an invitation to make a salad with only weed leaves as the base. Cannabis leaves are not a flavourful bunch.

Instead, opt to chop some in as you would cilantro. It will mask the flavour but is a fantastic and effective way to enjoy cannabis plants. Alternatively, you can opt for a hemp oil salad dressing for an added zest.

Eating Raw Cannabis – Transform Your Diet from Dud to Dank

Eating raw cannabis has myriad health benefits. Containing a wealth of nutrients, proteins, fatty and amino acids, its abundance of THCA and CBDA is significant in regulating the endocannabinoid system. 

The non-psychoactive method of consumption fits any and all lifestyles. It’s just the next evolution in North American use of medical cannabis.

The best methods for consuming weed continue to change by the minute. Still, one thing that won’t change is the shared affection for cannabis and the weed plant itself.

If you plan to give eating raw cannabis a try, be sure that you are purchasing your products from a trustworthy and reliable dispensary

Even if you do choose to give it a go, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to forego the fun, recreational side of weed altogether. 

Life is all about balance, and edibles present an excellent way to ingest your favourite wacky tobacky that is accurately dosed and safer than other consumption methods, such as smoking.

Weed Hot Chocolate – Three Ways to Put a New Spin on an Old Classic

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and treats are aplenty, with weed hot chocolate presenting the perfect compromise between reexperiencing childlike wonder and indulging in the healing happiness of your favourite icky sticky. 

We all remember the nostalgia of having snow-fueled adventures during the winter months. Building snowmen, making snow angels and having epic snowball fights. If you don’t, you’ve likely seen what it looks like on TV and in movies. 

Regardless, what better way to warm up after a day of frozen fun than with a piping hot cup of hot chocolate? 

Now that we’re older, we have the option of kicking things up a notch and indulging in a different way by combining two of our favourite things into one. 

Today, we are going to teach you how to make weed hot chocolate in three different variations. So get ready because things are about to get all kinds of delicious! 

Recipe #1 – Using AVB

weed hot chocolate recipe

Already vaped bud, or AVB for short is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the weed leftover after using a dry herb vaporizer. Vaping bud, instead of straight-up smoking, leaves behind brownish remnants of the weed that, contrary to what you might think, is still suitable for future usage. 

In other words, don’t throw away your leftover weed just yet! Just when you think that it’s over and done with, we are here to tell you that, depending on the vaping method, temperature and length of the sesh, there may still be a substantial amount of THC remaining in the dry bud that is ripe for the picking. 

Since weed used in a dry vaporizer is heated up slowly over a lower temperature, the process of decarboxylation, or “activating” the cannabis, has already been completed. 

Usually, weed is decarboxylated through combustion (smoking a joint or a bowl) or baking (in the oven). Vapes act as mini weed ovens, so your AVB is good to eat as is or ready to be infused into your foods and drinks, as we’ll soon go over below! 

To make weed hot chocolate using AVB, you will need the following:

Materials 

  • Coffee filter or cheesecloth 
  • Coffee cup/mug
  • Thermos or teapot 
  • Weed grinder
  • Medium saucepan or microwave

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of whole milk (or creamy consistency dairy, but lactose alternatives will also work) 
  • 0.5g AVB
  • Your favourite premade packet of hot chocolate mix 

Instructions

  1. Grind your AVB as finely as possible to get the most cannabinoids out of it 
  2. Bring milk to a boil either in a saucepan or the microwave. 
  3. Add 0.5g of AVB into the teapot or thermos along with the now-boiled milk. 
  4. Let the mixture sit for about 25 minutes while occasionally stirring every couple of minutes. 
  5. Strain the milk into your coffee cup or mug using the cheesecloth or coffee filter 
  6. Add hot cocoa mix and stir. 

That’s it! That’s all she wrote. AVB weed hot chocolate is an excellent way to use your already vaped bud because it allows you to create a delicious and potent edible without buying any extra ingredients or material. 

In this way, your weed can relive its glory even after it’s vaped, and you can reap the benefits of the THC in your AVB to give yourself and your body some much-needed TLC! Not to mention, you get more bang for your buck as well. It’s a win-win! 

Recipe 2 – Using Weed/Cannabutter

canna butter

The beauty of weed butter, also known as cannabis butter or cannabutter, is how easy it is to make and how accessible it is. When it comes to learning how to make weed butter, you don’t need to be a professional chef or seasoned cannabis connoisseur to pull it off. It’s one of the most straightforward cannabis edibles to make!

For the full breakdown of the entire process in detail, check out our article on how to make weed butter

Essentially, the most critical element to making weed butter is performing decarboxylation through heating your bud in an oven or toaster oven to activate the righteous THC. For making cannabutter, you’ll need to heat at least ½ ounce of quality cannabis. 

From there, add 8 ounces of unsalted butter and 1 ½ cups of water into a pot or saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter is melted. Then, mix in the decarbed weed and allow the melted butter to saturate it fully. 

This mixture should be left to simmer for 3 to 4 hours while occasionally gently stirring every half hour to prevent burning or sticking. 

Finally, pour the mixture through cheesecloth or some sort of filtering apparatus to cipher out any remaining plant matter before using the product to create other edibles, which, for this article, is weed hot chocolate. 

Once strained, the infused butter should be refrigerated and allowed to cool overnight.

making hot chocolate

To make weed hot chocolate using weed butter, you’ll need: 

Materials 

  • Saucepan
  • Mug  
  • Coffee filter 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cannabutter 
  • 3 ½ tbsp superfine sugar 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 
  • Two ¼ cups whole milk (lactose-free alternatives will also suffice) 
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate broken into chunks

Instructions 

  1. Place the cannabutter, milk, sugar, and cinnamon into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on low heat. 
  2. Take off heat and allow the mixture to sit for about 20 minutes. 
  3. Add the chocolate to the milk and stir over low heat until the chocolate has melted. 

When making weed butter, it is best to make enough to experiment with multiple recipes to figure out which edibles are most to your liking. 

Weed hot chocolate infused with weed butter is an ideal and delicious way to enjoy something warm and sweet on those cold, lazy winter days while also providing a straightforward method of easing into the fun and exploratory world of creating your own cannabis edibles. 

Recipe 3 – Using a Weed Cookie 

Not everyone is looking to indulge their inner-chef when it comes to enjoying the benefits of edibles like weed hot chocolate, and that’s okay! The holiday season is about taking some much-deserved time off to rest, reflect and regenerate. 

In this sense, why not let someone else do all the heavy lifting and eliminate the necessity and involved process of grinding down your AVB and straining it or going through the meticulous process of making your own cannabutter? 

Instead, opt for the easy way out by merely following the instructions on the back of your favourite pre-made hot chocolate mix and adding a little something extra in right at the end.

Sugar Jack’s 50mg THC Ginger Molasses Cookies are blended with the perfect amount of spicy, delicious ginger and a boost of sweetness to make them irresistible to any sweet-tooth. Each cookie comes with 50m of nano-emulsified THC distillate to ensure accurate dosing every time. 

So, instead of going through the tedious process of cooking yourself, let Sugar Jack’s do all the heavy lifting and simply crumble up these delicious cookies into your hot chocolate for a delightful combination of sugar, spice and a precise dose of THC that is oh so nice. 

If you don’t want to crumble the entire cookie into there, that’s okay too! The beauty is that you can put in, however much you want. Even if you don’t want to crumble it into your drink, another option would be to simply dip it in and take a bite that way.

After all, all good cookies are meant for dipping! 

Weed Hot Chocolate – Get Cozy with Cannabis this Winter 

There’s something soothing and comforting about the idea of grabbing your favourite fuzzy blanket and feeling the warmth of hot chocolate spread throughout your body. 

One way to take this experience to the next level is to grab your favourite icky sticky and allow the warmth of the hot chocolate and the healing, relaxing benefits of bud to come together in a delightful synergy to create an atmosphere of pure contentment. 

This holiday season spread some holiday cheer by indulging in a classic cozy beverage with a new modern twist. Whether you use already vaped bud, cannabutter or a delicious Sugar Jack’s Ginger Molasses Cookie, we can guarantee you that you are in for a rich, delicious, and sweet experience. 

As with all edibles, it will take some time to feel the effects of weed hot chocolate, so be sure to adhere to the regular rules of waiting at least 2 hours before ingesting more. As the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait. 

Have fun and enjoy!

Weed is Officially Recognized as a Medicine

Weed just got recognized as medicine.

Cannabis has had a big year. From being declared as an essential service by the Canadian government to being legalized for recreational use in Arizona, New Jersey, and Montana following the 2020 presidential election, it’s clear that attitudes surrounding cannabis and its use are changing.

However, perhaps none are more impactful and significant than a historic vote placed forward by the UN which recognized weed’s medicinal values. 

weed recognized as medicine by UN

Yes, you heard that right. Weed is now officially recognized as a medicine! 

World Health Organisation members had put forward a recommendation earlier for the UN’s Commission for Narcotic Drugs to remove weed from a list of substances deemed to have little to no medical benefit. 

On Dec 2nd, the UN voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a vote that was narrowly won by 27 to 25 votes

Does this mean we could one day pop into a coffee shop or cafe and grab one of Sugar Jack’s new ginger molasses cookies along with your cup of tea or coffee within a few years? 

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It’s likely in Canada, but the same can’t be said internationally. 

The United Nations, of which 193 countries are members, is the world’s largest intragovernmental organization, but everyone’s favourite plant is still a ways away from international recognition.

The US, the UK were in favour of the change while Russia, China, Pakistan and Nigeria were amongst those against the move. 

What’s important to note is that while the vote recognized marijuana’s medicinal benefits, it doesn’t remove weed or weed-related products from a list of drugs that require strict international regulation. 

The UN’s system for the classification of 250 controlled substances falls into four “schedules.” These categories are ranked according to their risks, addictiveness, and medical value. For a long time, weed has been classified as Schedule IV, a category of which heroin is a member. 

weed recognized as medicine

Worldwide, 50 countries have already recognized and adopted medicinal marijuana programs and access. 

While the UN does not hold influence over the rules and regulations of sovereign countries, an international group of drug policy organizations have said that “this is welcome news for the millions of people who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes and reflects the reality of the growing market for cannabis-based medicinal products.”

Recognition from the UN could spur more countries into adopting similar programs in their own policies, however, the group does go on to say that the current changes are not enough. 

UN flags

While cannabis is no longer under Schedule IV, the most dangerous category of substances, it’s still under Schedule 1, which places weed next to the likes of cocaine, heroin, and opium. 

So what do you think? Now that weed is recognized as medicine, are the changes enough, or do you think the UN is continuing to drag their feet and limit access to a substance that has provided vast medicinal benefits to many around the world? Let us know!