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Cannabis Eating FAQ
Version: 1.02 - Jul 2004

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CONTENTS:

  1. Question
  2. Introduction
  3. Bud Butter
  4. Tea
    1. Hot Buttered Bhang
  5. Chocolate
    1. Chocolate Buds (Brownies)
    2. Gaspo's Zauber Cuchlis (Magic Brownies)
  6. Stir Fry Bud
  7. Banana Cake
  8. Banana Loaf
  9. Breakfast
  10. Leary Biscuit
  11. Nutella Biscuit
  12. S'mores
  13. Alcohol (Liquid) Preparation
  14. Notes
  15. Revision History



  1. QUESTION:

    "How do I prepare marijuana or hash to be consumed with my THC-absorbing gastrointestinal system?"




  2. INTRODUCTION:
    Most recipes call for the manufacture of a certain quantity of "Bud Butter," which is then used as butter would normally be used for cooking. THC is not a water-soluble compound, so butter would naturally be a good carrier substance for ingestion. One version of a recipe for this kind of butter is included, the recipes are not. Comments in [brackets] are by the original author of this FAQ.




  3. BUD BUTTER

    Melt a pound of butter in a pan. "Mix 30 grams (approximately an ounce) of thoroughly sifted cannabis into it. The amount of cannabis used may vary dramatically depending on the potency of the material and the desired potency of the butter. Let it boil carefully a couple of minutes (or even as long as 10-15 minutes) until the butter has gotten a green color from the grass. Then squeeze the butter through a fine strainer. While you use the strainer, keep the leaves away in a corner of the pan by using a spoon. Squeeze hard to get out as much of the butter as possible.

    To warm up the pan a little will make the butter flow more easily. Also strain the butter that is gathered in the deeper parts of the pan. If you don't want any remaining leaves in the butter, you can strain it through some muslin. A problem concerning this is that you will loose some butter in the muslin. Don't throw the leaves, they still *may* contain viable THC. The leaves can be cooked in milk or vodka and become a tasty and effective drink. Hot milk or vodka might also be poured through the muslin, thereby saving some of the butter. You can fry more leaves in the same butter if you want to increase its strength.

    [General "word on the street" is that the bud left over after the extraction is worthless and should be thrown away... I left the comment in the recipe because boiling the used pot in milk *really* does taste good. I have not experienced consuming the beverage at what might be called a "baseline," so I do not know if it has psychoactive qualities. Film at 11.]

    A simpler and stronger version of the cannabis butter (or ghee)... by mixing melted butter with hashish or hashish oil instead of pot. It is not necessary to fry this as long as in the case with the pot. Just warm it up and mix it until the hashish or hashish oil is dissolved in the butter. You can put as much hashish (or hashish oil) into it as you want. Another plus is that there are no remaining leaves with THC to worry about.




  4. TEA

    A FOAF is a cook whose closer friends (certainly not me) enjoy such intoxicating pleasantries. From what I've heard, the cannabinoids won't dissolve in water at any temperature. Browsing through my FOAF's cookbook, Adam Gottlieb's _The Art & Science of Cooking With Cannabis_(20th Century Alchemist, 1974), one might come across...


    1. HOT BUTTERED BHANG
      "In a saucepan, melt half a cube (1/8 pound) of butter or ghee. Crumble a good handful of marijuana tops or leaves (1/3 - 1/2 ounce [!$WoW$!]). Stir the grass into the molten butter. Continue stirring over medium heat for one minute. While it is hot or sizzling, add 8 ounces of vodka. Be cautious that the hot butter does not make the mixture spatter. It is best to pour in the vodka swiftly. Continue to boil for 30 seconds or more, stirring all the while. A pinch or two of powdered cardamom seed may be added during the boiling. . . .

      "After boiling as much as desired, strain the liquids. Press the mash in a strainer with the back of a spoon to remove all the juices. Discard mash or boil it again in fresh vodka to salvage more materials. Sweeten to taste with honey if wanted. Pour the liquid into 4-ounce wine glasses. . . . Serves two. [!!]

      "This recipe is not only an efficient method of extracting the active principles from marijuana, and an excellent medium for assimilation (alcohol, butter and honey), but it also has a delicious and satisfying flavor. It is reminiscent of hot chocolate, but is much more pleasant to drink. It is one of the most swiftly absorbed cannabis concoctions. The effects of the grass may be felt in less than fifteen minutes. Cheers!"




  5. CHOCOLATE BUDS
    Start with Hershey's Premium Baking Bar Unsweetened Chocolate. On the back is a recipe for brownies which includes 1 cup butter, 4 squares of chocolate, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 1 cup of flour, and vanilla extract. Start with dry cannabis leaves and grind them in a coffee grinder to a fine powder. Put in a measuring cup until ~75 ml of "green flour" is made. Fill to the 1 cup mark (250 ml) with regular flour. Proceed with recipe on box: Heat oven to 350 F, Grease 13x9x2 (inch) pan. Heat butter and chocolate and stir with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract and stir in flour mixture. Add nuts if desired (a very nice touch I think) and bake for 40 minutes. It seemed to take 10 minutes longer than the box suggested (30 minutes) to be completely baked through. Makes 3 dozen brownies. Take 2 and wait an hour. Take 4 and cruise for 12 hours. Enjoy!




  6. GASPO'S ZAUBER CUCHLIS (MAGIC BROWNIES)

    Ok, I normally use hash (that's the most available), but you could just substitute grass by grinding it up real fine (use a pepper grinder, and you can get rid of those stems too, but they have a harder taste).

    Rules:
    Warn your guests to wait one hour after the first brownie until they have a second one. The buzz from eating is different than smoking it, and even the heaviest smokers may have a hard time recognizing the effects at first.

    Ingredients:

    200g butter (margarine works, but I prefer butter)
    200g unsweetened chocolate
    250g sugar
    4 eggs
    200g flour
    splash vanilla extract
    100g dark chocolate (regular candy type)

    Directions:

    1. over low heat, melt butter in saucepan.
    2. once butter is just slightly bubbling, mix in ground up hash and stir for 5-10 minutes, taking the pan off the heat every now and then to keep the butter from steaming too much (the magic actually steams out too I think).
    3. melt unsweetened chocolate into butter, stirring constantly.
    4. when all chocolat is melted totally, splash a few drops of vanilla in. If you can hear the vanilla sink to the bottom and "sizzle", the the mix is hot enough. So, remove from heat. If it doesn't sizzle, then your low setting is low enough. I usually just turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the burner (for a ceramic stove).
    5. stir in the sugar little by little (so it doesn't clump)
    6. once all the sugar is mixed in, beat the eggs and mix them in.
    7. add the flour (stir in first so it doesn't blow all around), and use an electric mixer on LOW (it's a waste to splash magic all over the kitchen) until the whole bit is smooth and there are no lumps or pockets of flour.
    8. break dark chocolate into nickel size chunks, and stir in.
    9. pour mix into shallow pan (2-3cm), and pop in medium heat oven for about 30-40min. NOTE: I never time the puppies, I just look at 'em and know. A toothpick will come out with just a little brown color when they are done.





  7. STIR FRY BUD

    1 Red Pepper
    1 Green Pepper
    1 Yellow Pepper
    1/2 small onion
    butter
    herbal seasoning of your choice

    • Slice the peppers lengthwise into strips about 1/2-3/4 inch wide.
    • Chop the onion.
    • Throw everything together in a skillet with the butter and sauté.
    • Serve over rice.
    • Wait an hour.
    • ENJOY!


    Tips: It's best to use real butter because herbal seasonings are fat soluble. You want the butter to carry the goodies. Use of a vegetable-oil-based margarine can work, but the mouth feel is worse. If you're cooking this with friends, take turns standing over the skillet stirring the veggies and seasonings. You don't want one person to have *all* the fun, as the vapors can be quite intense.

    [We'll take your word for it.]




  8. BANANA CAKE

    Hi ! I finally got my shit together and found the recipe for you ... It's basically a normal banana cake, except we prepared the dope in the following way. We took the butter and slowly melted it in a BIG wok. Then, when it had all melted we threw in the dope and stirred it all around, making sure it was covered in butter. Then we just followed the recipe as normal, throwing in the dope/butter mix when it asked for it. Oh, let the dope/butter simmer slowly for a while, to get all the THC. We left the dope in the butter when we made ours, and it gave us a HUGE spin out ...




  9. BANANA LOAF

    125 g butter
    1 cup sugar - we actually put in 2 cups, and it tasted just perfect
    2 eggs
    2 bananas (ripe ones)
    1/3 cup of milk - well enough to give it the right texture, wet, but not runny
    1 teaspoon vinegar
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda

    Oven Temperature : 180 C (350 F)

    Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Beat it all well. Mash up the bananas. Stir them into the bowl. Mix milk and vinegar in a cup. Sift the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add flour and milk to the butter bowl. Mix it all well. Spread evenly in a greased 22 cm x 12 cm loaf tin. Bake it for 1 hour. (we actually cooked ours longer - basically cook it until you can stick a clean dry skewer in the middle, and come out with a clean dry skewer)

    Leave til next day to slice and butter.

    We cooked ours at about 5:30 pm, and went to a party as soon as it was ready. They were devoured in about 5 seconds ...

    Re : how much dope to use ...

    We made the equivalent of 3 of these, and used an ounce of leaf, and everyone was blown out. Obviously, the more you use, the more blown out you'll get.




  10. BREAKFAST

    Try adding 2 heaping tablespoons of manicured, cleaned, finely chopped buds to your breakfast cereal (3 works better), add milk and sugar like normal and voilà. works, stays with you and is different!

    ["AND is DIFFERENT!" Yes... have we had our head checked? Last time I ate 2 "heaping" tablespoons of buds was when I was in the back seat of a police car. Not fun.]




  11. Leary Biscuit - minor variation

    The Leary Biscuit recipe for a microwaved cracker, cheese, cannabis: http://leary.com/news/health/BiscuitRecipe.html (cache):

    A minor variation on the Leary Biscuit recipe was suggested by Sage The Prophet:
    "Being an athlete, I don't like to smoke, and since I'm a college student, my access to cooking facilities is limited. I was primarily concerned about detection. I have found that the smell of weed when using this recipe is minimal, and can be made non-existent by placing the bud under the cheese. Microwave for 20 seconds. perfect."





  12. Nutella Biscuit

    1. Take a graham cracker, Ritz, or other cracker and cover it with Nutella (a chocolate-hazelnut spread).
    2. Place about 1 gram of cheap herb on nutella covered cracker.
    3. Sandwich with another nutella covered cracker.
    4. Either: Microwave for about a minute but keep an eye on it; some microwaves have very high settings
    5. or: Bake in oven or toaster for 10-20 minutes at 300 degrees

    Notes:
    Graham crackers can be good, but don't work well in microwave.
    The general idea is to cook the cracker but not burn it.
    They have been a huge hit at Goucher College!




  13. S'mores

    (similar to Nutella Biscuit)
    1. Take a graham cracker, use either chocolate or Nutella (a chocolate hazelnut spread), make a layer on graham cracker.
    2. Place about 1 gram of cheap herb on chocolate.
    3. Place marshmallow on herb.
    4. Place second graham cracker on top.
    5. Toast for 5-15 minutes or Microwave for 30-90 seconds (depends on microwave)

    Notes:
    Graham crackers can be good, but can get yucky in microwaves.
    In toaster, toast on piece of aluminum foil to keep the chocolate from running messily.
    If using real chocolate, make sure to melt the chocolate.
    The general idea is to cook the cracker but not burn it.



  14. Alcohol Preparation
    By Evil Sam

    One 750 ml bottle of grain alcohol (vodka works too but the higher the proof the better the absorption) take anywhere from 7-28 grams of MJ and chop it up real good, stems and all. In my opinion using lower grade MJ is better for consumption than for smoking. This is why I use 28 grams in my version. Its also more cost effective. Once all the MJ has been chopped (I use my coffee grinder) drink or pour off a couple shots (so as not to overflow) of the grain and funnel the MJ into the bottle.

    This next step is the most difficult. Go to your calender and mark off a minimum of 3 weeks from the day you poured the MJ into the bottle and then place the bottle in a closet and forget about it. When the time has come you can strain the MJ out or leave it in, it is all preference. By this point your grain should be a dark green color almost blackish. Start with a 1/4 or 1/2 shot (depending on amount used initially) and mix it with some juice or whatever your favorite beverage is. Effects can be felt as soon as 5-10 minutes.

    Be careful with this recipe! Always start low (as with all drugs).

    Alcohol Preparation Notes:
    1. the original recipe consisted of only stems and shake that I had collected from my dorm hall and it was just as strong.
    2. Effects of cannabis come on more rapidly in liquid/alcohol preparations than with food-based oral cannabis preparations.





  15. NOTES:
    The longer you cook hash and butter together, the sooner the effects seem to come on. Don't let the butter bubble too much, or you can taste the hash in the end-product.

    Vary the sugar according to the "bitterness" of the hash. I can't really explain that, but if you eat raw hash too, you'll know what I mean.

    Vary the flour to get chewy/fluffy brownies.

    About 1dl of buttermilk is pretty good too added just before the sugar, add extra five minutes before adding the eggs.

    When you put the dark chocolate in (see GASPO'S ZAUBER CUCHLIS), this is the time to add other things like chopped walnuts, M&M's, pecans, caramel, and so on. I like to add white chocolate with pralines (also looks cool with white swirls in the end product).

    Hash oil will work too, although it if you can smell any alcohol in the oil, you should heat the alcohol out before mixing into the butter.

    [ 'You govern a kingdom by normal rules;
    You fight a war by exceptional moves;
    But you win the world by letting alone,
    How do I know that this is so?
    By what is within me!
    The more taboo and inhibitions there are in the world,
    The poorer the people become.
    The sharper the weapons the people possess,
    The greater confusion reigns in the realm.
    The more clever and crafty the men,
    The oftener strange things happen.
    The more articulate the laws and ordinances,
    The more robbers and thieves arise.'
    {Tao Teh Ching #57, Lao Tzu}]








    Edit History:
    • Jul 27, 2004: 1.03 - Erowid - reduced "Bud Butter" quantities, fixed typos, moved parts around, removed crusty chatter
    • Nov 8, 2003: 1.02 - Erowid - added Alcohol Preparation.
    • December 02, 2001: 1.01 - Erowid - added Nutella Biscuit & S'mores.
    • October 16, 2001: 1.006 - Erowid - added Leary Biscuit variation.
    • Date unknown: 0.005b - mtymp15 - beta version, compiled from Usenet posts.