Cooking With Cannabis

Cooking with Cannabis

Cannabis or marijuana or whatever we may call it but we humans have been using this herb known for its wellness properties since time unmemorable. The health benefits both mental and physical are all a result of the essential oils present in marijuana/cannabis which have varying aromas. Apart from the visual appreciation smell is the primary component used to ascertain the quality of weed. As a social lubricant spiritual sacrament, and creative stimulant an intimate knowledge of its many characteristics leads every connoisseur to greater appreciation of the plant and a desire to infuse it in as many foods as possible and share their own cooking skills with each other as delicacies made out of weed. 

As one visits a local weed dispensary, they are welcomed with an influx of bundles of aromas, fragrances, and smells, all emanating from different strains of cannabis flowers, buds, resins, concentrates etc. present there. Cannabis is found in a number of different forms of which flower is the most recognized of all. Without the strains smoking puts on our lungs or throats, edibles provide same or even better quality of life. Edibles not only produce stronger effects but these effects last much longer.

With a plethora of cooking shows, restaurants, connoisseurs, chefs, celebrities, and the likes advocating gourmet marijuana foods, it is imperative that everyone once in a while gives a shot at cooking with marijuana. Before we hop on to the bandwagon of cooking let us first identify the basic strains available at our local dispensary and classify them on the basis of aromas and taste.

Brand nameTerpene contentFlavorAromaColor/ shadePlant type
Peanut butter BreathTHC : 22-30% CBD : 1%Heavy Nutty and ChocolateSweet with subtle floral NotesVibrant purpleHybrid
Wedding PieTHC : 22-28%Wedding cake+ Grape pieSpicy cracked pepperVibrant green with a flair of purpleIndica
Gorilla berryTHC : 22-28% CBD : 1%Blueberry with citrus notesBlueberryNeutral green with dash of orangeIndica Hybrid
GCS KushTHC : 22-28% CBD : 1%Classic weedEarthy aroma with Pepper spice accentClassic Kush weedGSC X Kush Indica
Sage N’ SourTHC: 27% CBD : 1%Sour dieselCitric DieselClassic sour diesel Sour Diesel X S.A.G.E Indica hybrid
Pineapple paradiseTHC : 26% CBD : 1%PineapplePineappleDense thick pineapple like budsSativa
LimelightTHC : 26% CBD :1%Tangy sourTangyMoss green highlightsSativa






 *Click the brand name to follow the link on where to purchase them.

With a basic understanding on why to cook and what strain to choose from a wide variety of cannabis flowers, let us now focus on how to cook. The first and the most important part of cooking with cannabis is decarbing/ decarboxylating your weed. 

decarbing your weed

“As cannabis is dormant it need heat to become psychoactive”  

One of the most basic and most important step in making any edibles from your pot/marijuana flower is to decarb it. The name decarb in itself is a misnomer as decarbing cannabis means activating the essential oils in the flower for better aroma, flavor and consistency. Any joint or pot when lit or smoked activates the terpenes inside the bud by burning it but when cooking with cannabis buds it is necessary to pre-activate it because edibles are not burned or heated before eating and thus by decarbing the essential cannabinoids are activated for a proper consistency of balanced high throughout the batch.

“De-carboxylating cannabis essentially converts cannabinoid acid into THC and CBD to reap full psychoactive benefits of raw/frozen/fresh cannabis flower” 

The process involves applying low and slow heat to dried raw flower over an extended period of time in a baking oven for better activation of THC. The equipment’s or materials needed to decarb your cannabis are: 

  1. Cannabis / marijuana 28 Gram or the packing size available at your local dispensary (the rule is to use low and slow).
  2. Oven set at 225 degree to “240 degree Fahrenheit” or 110 degree to 115 degree Celsius.
  3. Baking tray / oven rack.
  4. Mason jar / [parchment paper +tinfoil]. 
  5. Storage container.
  6. Kitchen towel.
  7. Oven mitts.

The main advantage of using a mason jar over parchment paper are:

  1. There is virtually no smell as all the odor or aroma is locked inside the mason jar.
  2. All the terpenes that evaporate in the process stick to the sides of the mason jar and are preserved if the same jar is used for infusion with olive oil or butter or MCT oil etc.

Now, to begin decarboxylation your cannabis using mason jar, 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 240 degree Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and place your oven rack / baking tray in middle position[If using parchment paper instead of mason jar pre-heat to 225degree Fahrenheit]
  1. Take your cannabis and break it up to the size of PEA grains by hand or by using weed grinders available at your local weed dispensary. An assortment of these weed grinders are available at “the we-store” near you.
  1. Transfer the crushed cannabis in the mason jar and lightly screw the top lid. [if using parchment paper crumble, the paper and spread it on the baking tray, now sprinkle your crushed weed on this parchment paper]
  1. Lay your kitchen towel over the baking tray/ oven rack and place your mason jar on the towel lying on its side to spread the heat more evenly on the cannabis. The towel will anchor the mason jar and prevent it from rolling, and absorb any pungent smell and keep the kitchen odour free. [If using parchment paper then cover the parchment paper with weed on it by a tin foil to preserve the aromas and place the baking tray in oven]
  1. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 60 minutes. Wear your oven mitts, and after every 15 minutes carefully remove the mason jar from oven, briefly shake the mason jar for 2 to 4 seconds to disperse the cannabis evenly and place the mason jar back in the oven. [If using parchment paper method place the baking sheet in the oven for 45 minutes. The crumbled parchment paper at the bottom prevents direct heat from the baking tray from burning the cannabis]
  2. After 60 minutes remove the mason jar from the oven and let it cool for another 30 minutes before storing or using it for cooking. [repeat the same process for parchment paper method]
  1. When it is cool enough to handle it should look slightly toasted and golden brown. Now you can transfer the contents in a storage container or keep them preserved in the mason jar itself. [ Transfer the cannabis on parchment paper in a storage jar for later use.]

A pictorial representation of the above steps is depicted below

Step 1: Set oven at 240F

Set oven at 240F

Step 2: Grind to pea size

Grind to pea size

Step 3: Transfer to mason jar

Transfer to mason jar

Step 4: Place in preheated oven

Place in preheated oven

Final Decarbed Cannabis obtained by following steps 1 through 7.

CBD – In Focus This Week

The lesser-known child of cannabis plant CANNABIDIOL aka CBD

Discovered as early as 1940 by Harvard trained chemist Roger Adams, whose baton of research was then passed on to Dr. Raphael Mechoulam AKA the “the godfather of cannabis” who described the chemical structure of CBD in 1963 which later paved the way for better understanding and demystifying the workings’ of T.H.C.

The lesser-known child of cannabis plant CANNABIDIOL aka CBD which has people freaking out over it due to its magical effects and has been glorified due to its non-existing or milder (as advertised and researched) side effects as compared to the other well-known siblings of the same species and genus due to its ability to mimic naturally occurring endocannabinoids. 

CBD extract has found increasing uses in daily foods ranging from CBD cheeseburgers, CBD lattes, CBD brownies, drinks, mouth sprays, toothpicks, CBD facials, wellness lotions etc., with a wide variety of wellness related benefits which are being extensively researched and documented for their positive results. The only question ringing our brains is what is CBD, how to use it and where to obtain it from?

The last part of where to obtain C.B.D products is the easiest of all. For all users living in and Windsor, Lakeshore, Chatham, Sarnia in Ontario Canada please visit https://thewestore.com for all your pot/ weed related needs. One can spend browsing the internet/ market hours searching for the right mix of products and equipment’s for your weed related needs but at one of the thewestore locations you can get all that you need and much more for your CBD and POT related needs.

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If you ask any botanist about it, the natural reply would be that “terpenes are the largest and the most diverse group of naturally occurring compounds extracted as essential oils from different plants, used by plants for self-defense against disease to attracting insects for pollination or fluid control in plants.”  

With such a diverse array of functions each plant has hundreds of different types of terpenes for various purposes. Focusing our attention to cannabis and its extracts the terpenes of cannabis can be broadly classified into THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol) which is psychoactive i.e. It induces a high when smoked/ vaped/ ingested and the non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) which has none of the High inducing effect of THC but all the positive effects of it. The major strains of marijuana can be summed up in (image1*):

CBD and THC complement each other

With all the research conducted on cannabis and its derivatives it can be easily deduced that CBD and THC complement each other very well and any product with a blend of both can do wonders for average potheads as can be experienced in products like pineapple daze vapes, Tullia+ THC/CBD Lotion, Mango haze Dried Flower, Dancehall dried flower, etc. are some of the products which are best-of-both-worlds.  

The key differences between THC and CBD are the high induced by THC vs the relaxing effects induced by CBD without inducing a High. The potential benefits and side-effects of the two may be summed up in a tabular format as (image 2*):

CBD VS THC

The We Store provides the largest selection of CBD, THC, craft strains, traditional strains, Indica, Sativa and Hybrid strains, pre-rolls, 510 cartridges, pax cartridges, disposable vapes, vapes, lotions, oils, capsules, concentrates like shatter, rosin, resin, hash, hash rosin, kief, gummies, baked goods, cookies, chocolates, drinks aka CBD/ THC/ cannabis infused beverages etc., products which are the highest quality and go through strict quality testing by the  OCS and Health Canada.

All that said and done doesn’t come to fruit if we don’t have the products that can deliver the results as advertised by various companies or research on CBD. The We Store hosts more than 50 different CBD products across all categories. Examples:

Apple Cider Vinegar CBD Soft Chews [Edibles] by DynaThrive – 30 Pieces
Bakerstreet Seeds [4 Pack Seeds] by Tweed
Black Widow CBD [3.5g Dried Flower] by Divvy
Caramel Dark Chocolate THC/CBD 1:1 [Edibles] by Bhang – 4 Pieces
CBD 100 Ultra Formula [30ml Oil] by MediPharm
CBD Chocolate [Edibles] by Bhang – 4 Pieces
CBD Cool Stick [30g Topical] by Wild Flower
CBD Eucalyptus Bath Bomb [Topical] by Nuance
CBD Gems [15 Capsules] by Redecan 
CBD Kush [3.5g Dried Flower] by Bonify 
CBD Oil Spray [15ml Oils] by Dosecann 
CBD Oil [20ml Oil] by Cove
CBD Oil [30ml Oils] by Five Founders
CBD Reign Drops [30ml Oil] by Redecan
CBD [0.5g Disposable Pen] by Alevio Menta
CBD+ Gems [15 Capsules] by Redecan 
CBD25 Regular Formula [30ml Oil] by MediPharm
CBD50 Plus Formula [30ml Oil] by MediPharm
Daily CBD Multipack – Sour Cherry Soft Chews [Edible] by  Tidel
Diesel [0.5g 510 Thread Cartridge] by Spinach
Dragon Fruit Watermelon CBD Sparkling Water [Beverage] by Everie 
Frost Monster [3.5g Dried Flower] by Broken Coast
GGZ Full Spectrum [1.0g 510 Thread Cartridge] by FEATHER
Grapefruit 1:4 CBD Soft Chews  [Edibles] by Ace Valley – 2 Pieces
Great White Shark CBD [8×0.3g Pre-Roll] by Ace Valley
Indigo Daze [3.5g Dried Flower] by Haven St.
Lemon & Lime CBD Sparkling Water [Beverage] by Everie
Lemon Green Tea CBD Soft Chews (50-pack) [Edible] by Vortex
Mango Passionfruit CBD Sparkling Water [Beverage] by Everie 
Nebula II CBD [12×0.35g Pre-Roll] by Divvy
Passion Fruit Mango Super CBD Soft Chews [Edible] by Ace Valley
Passionfruit & Guava Sparkling Water [Beverage] by Quatreau 
Peach Mango THC/CBD Soft Chews [Edibles] by Foray – 2 Pieces
Peach Serene CBD Soft Chews [Edibles] by Aurora Drift –  5 Pieces 
Pineapple Express [0.4g PAX Era Pod] by Good Supply
Pomegranate CBD Soft Chews [Edibles] by DYNATHRIVE – 30 Pieces
Pomegranate Sunset CBN+CBD Shot [Beverage] by Night Night
Pure Sun CBD Full Spectrum [0.5g 510 Thread Cartridge] by Pure Sunfarm 
Pure Sun CBD [3.5g Dried Flower] by Pure Sunfarms
Raspberry Milk Chocolate CBD 1:20 [Edibles] by Legend – 4 Pieces
Riva+ Eucalyptus CBD Lotion [61g Topical] by Tidal
Sign Dancer Jacket – Green – XL
Strawberry CBD Seltzer Water [Beverages] by Everie
THC CBD Indica [3.5g Dried Flower] by BioMed
THC Dissolvable 10 mg [Beverage] by TGOD
Transdermal CBD Cream [50g Topical] by LivRelief 
Transdermal THC/CBD Cream [50g Topical] by LivRelief 
Tullia+ THC/CBD Lotion [61g Topical] by Tidal
Vanilla Rooibos CBD [Tea 3x3g] by Everie

These and many other products containing different concentrations of CBD and THC as per your choice and taste are available and can be purchased from any We Store near you..

References:

  1. Image 1 sourced from www.researchgate.net
  2. Image 2 sourced from www.freepik.com
  3. Image 3 sourced from i.pinimg.com 

Where Does Your Weed Originate

From the sites of prehistoric hunter gatherers in Indo-China to Tibetan Monks all the way up to Viking ships and Renaissance Europe Cannabis or Marijuana A.K.A Ganja, weed or Pot which originated thousands of years ago has found its way across the world since ages, was widely used for its WELLNESS and SPIRITUAL properties.

Based on its usage, effects and origin, the species of cannabis can be broadly classified into CANNABIS SATIVA & CANNABIS INDICA. A third type uncommon one known as cannabis ruderalis was also identified in 1924. The two main sub-species of cannabis can be classified based on usage, appearance, and effects as (image 1*)

possible effects of cannabis

The advent of Europeans in a region that would later become present day CANADA, Louis Hebert (1575-1627) a French Apothecary with a practice in Paris became the first colonist to grow HEMP/ CANNABIS in what was to be called modern day Canada. It took more than a century after louis Hebert’s death that first commercial cultivation of cannabis/ Hemp was introduced by the then Governor General in upper Canadian regions.

 It was the fateful year of 1923 which saw cannabis becoming illegal in Canada and after years of demonstrations, citations and appeals by various peer groups marijuana medical purposes regulations (MMPR) were passed in 2013, and cannabis act goes into effect in 2018 legalizing adult usage of cannabis (both recreational and medical) in 2018.

Marijuana farming in canada

The cannabis act permits adults to cultivate up to 04 plants per household in Ontario (not per person) with other restrictions also applied by provinces as per their regulations along with recommended safety and security measures. Commercial farming on the flip side is a different story with lots of blooming businesses established in-situ, producing all the product people need in large green houses situated all across the nation and as of march 31, 2020 there were more than 110 licensees cultivating outdoors, in fact outdoor cultivation has surpassed indoor cultivation of cannabis in early 2020. The distribution of cannabis growing farms for 2020 in CANADA was (image 2*): 

The distribution of cannabis growing farms for 2020 in CANADA

The chart clearly indicates that maximum numbers of cannabis growing businesses by region is far surpassed by Ontario region followed by British Columbia (image 3*). 

maximum numbers of cannabis growing businesses by region

A comparative analysis of growth in cannabis growing businesses also reiterate the success story of farmers in Ontario and British Columbia in producing best quality of product along with a specialization in crafting different strains of marijuana each having its own levels of terpenes, cannabidiols (C.B.D), tetrahydrocannabinols (T.H.C) suited for various recreational and medicinal users.

The leading cannabis brands in Canada whose products are highly recommended by potheads as of April, 2021 are: 

 #1 APHRIA Inc.

With 100% greenhouse grown products including oils, soft gels, cartridges, sprays, free dried flower, wax concentrates, et-all is located in Leamington Southwestern Ontario. It is also the larest cannabis company by revenue.

#2 Canopy Growth Corporation (C.G.C).

The first federally regulated and licensed cannabis grower in Canada which also hails from Ontario (Smiths Falls) and was the first to build an online marketplace, to offer recreational products from coast to coast. With a best-in-class strain variety, quality assurance and customer service. With soft-gels, dried flower, kush flower, beverages, edibles etc in its inventory, CGC iprovides a product quality rivalled only by some.

#3 Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta is a major producer and licensed distributor with a wide variety of products to its catalogue.

#4 Green Relief Inc.

Only cannabis provider using aquaponics and fish fertilizers for the production of quality cannabis, is based in Puslinch Ontario Canada. 

#5 HEXO Corp.

Founded in 2013 under the name of Hydropothecary corporation, the company was created to meet the need of Canadian medicinal cannabis users, but after 2018 also started tending to recreational users.it has its productions facilities in Ontario and Quebec. 

#6 BC Cannabis.

A premium craft cannabis company out of Vancouver Island British Columbia holds expertise in growing, processing and producing craft cannabis of highest quality with superior genetics and as per customer taste.

#7 The WE Store Cannabis:

Our team works together diligently to stand head and shoulders above all competition in terms of customer service and care. We have a large variety of products where accurate cannabis information is offered to our customers. We make a commitment to sensible pricing. We have 6 convenient locations all with parking and easy access.

OUR VALUES

  • We provide only the highest quality products.
  • We employ a diversified staff both young and older to better assist our customers.
  • For those in a hurry we promise at most a nine-minute time from ordering to receiving your product.
  • We believe in strong community involvement with an objective of making the communities we work in to be proud of us.
  • We commit to our employees the utmost respect and appreciation for their hard work.
  • We believe in creative marketing and promotion with social media being our foundation in which to communicate who we are.

The We Store provides the largest selection of CBD, THC, craft strains, traditional strains, Indica, Sativa and Hybrid strains, pre-rolls, 510 cartridges, pax cartridges, disposable vapes, vapes, lotions, oils, capsules, concentrates like shatter, rosin, resin, hash, hash rosin, kief, gummies, baked goods, cookies, chocolates, drinks aka CBD/ THC/ cannabis infused beverages etc., products which are the highest quality and go through strict quality testing by the  OCS and Health Canada.

References: 

  1. Image 1 sourced from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com.
  2. Image 2 sourced from https://www.statista.com.
  3. Image 3 sourced from https://canadianvisa.org/blog/jobs/help-grow-canadas-economic-future-as-a-cannabis-farmer. 

Understanding the Trend: Smoking vs. Vaping

“Cannabis smoking / vaping is the inhalation of smoke or vapors released by heating the flower, leaves, or extracts of cannabis and releasing the main psychoactive chemical THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol).”

Vaping as a trend has gained a lot of traction and attention among youth in the past 5- 7 years with a majority (approx. 50%) of adults between the age of ‘18-24’ have tried vaping at some point in their lives. With some reports suggesting that vaping among Canadian teens has doubled in the past 2-3 years. Setting apart the fact that vaping is currently trending, and hip let us not forget that it was smoking that paved the way for modern vapes and is the cheapest, economical, and oldest method of getting a Balanced High, is the tried, tested method and easiest of all for any cannabis/ pot lovers to get stoned.

Smoking Feels Pure & Authentic

The act of inhaling the fumes of burning plant material using a cigar, pipe, cigarette, vapes or simply SMOKING has been most associated with tobacco, originating in ancient Americas and central Mexico and practice since last 7000 years, while archeological remains indicate that cannabis with high levels of THC was being smoked at least 2500 years ago.

Smoking in the simplest terms is nothing but rolling a good old-fashioned joint, igniting it and enjoying the pure unadulterated, no fuss, delight in the simplicity of life with surreal feelings of energy, increased imaginative capabilities and relaxed state of mind is a dream come true for all potheads. The accessories needed for any good old fashioned pot joint includes cannabis/weed, weed grinders, rolling papers, mouth piece or filter, OR pre-rolled cones, lighter, pipe, and or pre rolled joints all available at at “the we- store” outlet near you. 

With a diversified staff both young and older, for better understanding the needs of both youth and mature connoisseurs, enthusiasts, wellness users, the we-store provides a wide variety and array of cannabis related products for everyone’s use and liking.

Vaping

Vaping is an informal term used to describe an attractive new method of inhaling and getting the effects of marijuana in to the body using aerosolized marijuana containing many different compounds. Vaping has gained a lot of attraction and is rapidly replacing smoking as a medium inhaling cannabis because: 

  1. With a legal limit on the maximum permissible percentage of THC (the main psychoactive component of cannabis responsible for its high inducing effect) the high attained by traditional smoking of weed attains a certain degree of limitations. The amount of weed that can be smoked in one joint, or the maximum lung capacity of an individual limits the amount of smoke inhaled per puff and thus restricts weed from showing its full potency.

Vapes on the contrary are not limited by the amount of THC present in it and nor is limited by the purity of the contents.

  1. Since in smoking, marijuana is burned and its smoky fumes inhaled, it contains several combustible products that are potentially toxic and or limit the healing/ spiritual properties of marijuana due to the various adulterants that are inhaled along with THC.

Vaping on the far side entails electronically heating the oils/ wax and or plant material in an atomizer resulting in decarboxylation of cannabinoids and vaporization of natural oils directly inside the cartridge before inhaling and thus producing more pronounced and enhanced effects.

  1. Smoking burns the weed in an uncontrolled environment which results in temperatures rising higher than ideally needed for better terpene concentration which decreases the terpene concentration by degrading them and thus wasting a lot of useful products.

While in vaping, cannabinoids are heated at lower temperatures resulting in increased terpene concentration and better odor and cannabis effect-augmentation. 

  1. Cannabis is smoked using various devices which have very little to no government regulation or control and thus the contaminants can’t be regulated, and the safety is not documented, whereas in case of vaping devices and cartridges are strictly regulated and safety strictly adhered to by government rules and regulations.
  2. Vaping is considered as the best ways to administer marijuana because to the added benefit of the ability to control and calculate the dosage, intake quantity and purity of THC used while in case of smoking it becomes very difficult to estimate the dosage quantity and quality of even the best quality of buds / flower. 
  3. Vaping is documented to reduce the morbidity and mortality of smoking including reduced passive smoking inhalations have fast onset of action and can even be utiloized in certain public areas.
  4. Vaping reduces the compounds that cause respiratory diseases as compared to the pathology of smoking by avoiding the inhalation of smoke, ash, carbon monoxide, ammonia, tar etc inhaled via smoking and is thus a safer and better alternative.

For a better experience please visit your nearest we-store where a handpicked group of bud-tenders are readily available to serve all your weed related needs in the least time possible. With free door step delivery and a serving time under 60 minutes it is one of the best dispensaries for all your weed needs.

The We Store provides the largest selection of CBD, THC, craft strains, traditional strains, Indica, Sativa and Hybrid strains, pre-rolls, 510 cartridges, pax cartridges, disposable vapes, vapes, lotions, oils, capsules, concentrates like shatter, rosin, resin, hash, hash rosin, kief, gummies, baked goods, cookies, chocolates, drinks aka CBD/ THC/ cannabis infused beverages etc., products which are the highest quality and go through strict quality testing by the  OCS and Health Canada.

To summarize it all in some meaning full manner one must understand that it is practically impossible to describe vaping as a better alternative to smoking or vice-versa, but in all its nascent glamour an audacity it is imperative and absolutely necessary to try both methods to find out what suits better as per personal needs and usage.

Some may find vaping as a more convenient and resourceful and safe method of inhaling pot, while other enthusiast’s may disagree on the nostalgia, aromas, flavors associated with smoking. The best of both worlds would be to use each method as required as per the available resources to lavishly enjoy your quality of life to its fullest.