I do a presentation titled Hacking Cannabis: DIY kitchen chemistry that explores many of cannabis techniques, hacks and tricks. Below are the slides I use when I speak. I’ve been known to share family recipes ifyaknowwhatimean. When I teach next.
If your goal is to extract the THC and CBD don’t make a tea or water infusion. Cannabinoids like THC & CBD aren’t water soluble. They are soluble in oils like butter and coconut oil as well as alcohol used to make tinctures.
Smoking is pretty straightforward. Things get interesting once you turn your attention to cooking or making tinctures & other preparations. A little science goes a long way. The more you know about the chemistry of cannabis the better your results will be.
Fresh cannabis contains THC-A and CBD-A. These acid forms of the cannabinoids are not bioactive. Heating THC-A and CBD-A converts them to THC and CBD, a process called decarboxylation. Eating or juicing fresh, raw cannabis has its benefits but most of the healing benefits attributed to cannabis involve THC and CBD.
The good news is that if you don’t need expensive lab equipment. In fact, you already own much of what you need and the rest is easy (and cheap) to obtain. Instead of beakers or flasks I use cannning jars. The other things you’ll need are spoons, funnels, & strainers (stainless steel or glass whenever possible) and unbleached coffee filters.
Tip: majoon is not only healthy and tasty, it’s probably the easiest medible to make. You really can’t go wrong with it.