Published: March 9th, 2017
Categories: Cannabis Info
Vaporizing cannabis is an extremely popular way of getting cannabinoids into the body for recreational stoning and medicinal application. Its popularity has surged for multiple reasons. Perhaps the most noticeable one being, that research has shown, that burning cannabis, and just about anything, can produce carcinogenic compounds, that are doing no good to respiratory health and overall wellbeing. Vaping works by heating cannabis is a slightly gentler way, just enough to enable the users to consume the cannabinoids within, but not enough to cause much of a detrimental effect.
However, because the plant material is heated below combustion, this means that a lot of useable material is left inside, even after you have just inhaled a bag or pen load of THC and/or CBD. Unfortunately, many stoners may look at this leftover weed and assume, due to its colour and how high they currently are, that they have made the most of it and what remains should be disposed of. The convenient truth is, that this vaporized marijuana absolutely still has some use to it, including many different types of recipes and event medicinal concoctions. So collect your vaped buds and get your cooking apron on!
If you vape at too high of a temperature, then what is left in your device will be black in appearance. This type of material will have little or no use to it. For this reason you will want to aim for a vaporization temperature of approximately 176 degree celsius. This will enable you to get the most out of the vapour and be left with some useable material afterwards, leaving excess cannabinoids intact and ready to utilize. The best of both worlds.
Now as many of you will know, cooking with cannabis to create edibles, that will actually get you high is not as simple as it may seem. It definitely does not involve shoving whole raw buds into some dough and baking it. One element, that is extremely important when cooking with cannabis is decarboxylation. This is the process of activating certain cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. Namely, it converts THCa and CBDa into the psychoactive THC and the highly medicinal CBD.
By heating your marijuana at a certain temperature it will cause the chemical structure of THCa to loose a carboxyl group and transform into that much desired THC molecule! The incredible thing about using already vaped weed is that it has already been decarbed. Vaping has turned this step into an extremely easy one and got you high in the process. Now all you need to do is select a recipe and get cooking.
There is an almost unlimited amount of meals and snacks, that you can medicate. From the famous cannabutter recipes, to weed brownies, cakes and even savoury dishes such as pasta, curry and so forth. Be sure to use a source of fat in your cooking, such as coconut oil or butter. THC is fat-soluble and therefore your chosen fat source will enable the absorption of THC into your meal or snack of choice.
Leftover vape material can be used for more than cooking. One great and useful option of extracting and using the leftover cannabinoids is by creating what is known as a herbal tincture. Tinctures are basically alcoholic extractions of plant material, that usually have an ethanol percentage of between 25 and 60 percent.
One method of creating a tincture is to mix your leftovers with a high-proof alcohol. The longer you leave this mixture to extract in a dark place, the stronger it will be. Once your patience has expired, evaporate off some of the alcohol to increase the potency and density. You can now store your tincture in a dropper bottle and apply a few drops under the tongue when you feel your THC calling you.