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Facts About Cooking with Cannabis & "Edibles"

Facts:

  • Buying or selling cannabis-infused foods or “edibles” as they are commenly know, is currently illegal in Canada*.
  • You can make your own edible products such as food and drinks at home for personal consumption so long as organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products. 
  • You can share up to 30g of legal cannabis with other adults, you can not sell to them unless you are a provincially licensed retailer. Do not share with anyone under the legal age of consumption.
  • Consumption of edible forms of cannabis can delay the effects and may lead to consuming more cannabis than initially intended - careful preparation is also required to avoid overconsumption.
  • When planning to purchase cannabis for cooking, remember that the public possession limit of dried cannabis is 30 grams, or the equivalence of 60 millilitres of cannabis oil.

*As it is not currently legal to buy edibles in Canada - there are no cannabis-infused food products available through this website.

Ingesting cannabis can have very different and more pronounced effects than inhaling it. If you’re new to ingesting cannabis, consider ingesting a very small amount and waiting at least an hour to determine a product’s full effect.

Cooking Safely with Cannabis

Ingesting cannabis can delay its effects. You will need to be careful not to consume more than you intended as overconsumption often leads to unpleasant effects. When making your own edible cannabis products, it is important to understand the correct amount of cannabis to use and to follow tested recipes.

There are three other important factors to consider:

1. Decarboxylation: Ingesting or cooking with fresh cannabis will not have much of an effect because the THC has to be “activated” with heat. This process is called decarboxylation, or “decarbing”. Typically, THC is decarboxylated before cooking in order to produce the effects of cannabis. It is worth noting that it must be heated slowly in order to retain any product for the cooking process.

2. Heat: Whatever recipe and decarbing process you choose, it’s very important to follow the heat recommendations closely to minimize unintended consequences and risks to your safety - too little heat will fail to activate the cannabinoids, while too much will burn them off.

3. Ratio: It can be tricky to determine how much cannabis to add to a recipe, and using too much can potentially produce undesired effects. It’s wise to start with a very small amount for cooking and to sample the finished product slowly and in small amounts to avoid overconsumption.

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