Cannabis glandular material isn't considered water soluble
The terpenes are responsible for the odor you noticed, and their odor-presence has nothing to do
with whether or not an edible will work!
Try the search feature next time so you can see what tea's require in order to be effective.. and that's processing your herb with pure oil, first, before whisking into a pre-brewed cup of your favorite tea.
Here's a post from just yesterday
on the topic... in the future, it is a good idea to do just a minute or two of research, before wasting your herb on a recipe that simply is not
The above is going to be me, if we get ONE
question in here
You guys are just doing this to mess with me.. aren't you.
You've seen the impending explosion coming, and now you're thinking, "Hey, this could be entertaining!"
We have a search feature here, and we still see tea questions nearly every day... you should use the search feature, to see that they do not
work. They still do not work very well, even when butter or oil is added to the water.
Look up cannabis absorption and bioavailability, to see why
It needs to be broken down with an edible solvent
, and cannabis is not
considered water soluble.
I am not trying to be or sound snippety
I am trying to be concise and brief, with something I have had to repeat almost daily, since the moment I arrived at GC!
Cannabis also needs to be activated first;
Decarboxylation is the process of removing the carboxyl group in the form of carbon dioxide, and water vapor;
This causes cannabinoid conversion from their inactive acids
, to their more potent delta forms;
This happens when we smoke or vape and must happen prior to making an edible;
Submerged in water, that amounts to trying to somehow boil
all the moisture out of a potato, within a reasonable amount of time.
Edible cannabis has the potential to be much more powerful
, than smoking the same amount... but only
with the correct processing.
This is why we have so much dosage discrepancy, so many failed edible stories, and the all-to-common assumption that smoking is more efficient, which it is not
, unless you simply do not have the time or the ability to make a proper edible, in which case you should
stick with smoking, if conserving herb is important to you.
Cut corners when making edible, or drinkable cannabis, and your edible will either not
work at all, almost regardless how much material you use, or you will need to literally multiply your required dose by 2, 3 or even 10 times
or more, depending on just how
poorly it was processed... and again, that's if it even works at all.
Rather than copy-pasting the same info for tea every day, from now on I'm just going to copy paste the above comments and head-explosion, and use links.
But just for fun, here's what I said just yesterday
, which is still on page one here in the edible section, because less than 24hrs ago was the last time this came up Making ganja tea (need help)
This comes up at least a few times a week... sometimes, even a few times a day. Mary Jane in Tea? Canna-Tea [Easy Guide] Pot Tea
In this case, your proposed 'edible solvent' is butter.
A diluted solvent is very ineffective
compared to one that is more concentrated, or pure
. In any given amount of time, you will promote much more bioavailability (more potency available to your body) in a pure
edible solvent, compared to one that is very diluted.
Making oil is just as easy as making your tea, and especially
if you only have a little time to spare to make your edible, you need to be sure you're using the best materials possible, to compensate for your brief processing.
If you are truly compelled to make a tea, use whatever time you have as wisely as possible, and process your herb in pure, clarified butter first, before straining and adding to to your pre-brewed tea... why do we clarify
butter? The little water it contains, soaked into the herb, can add hours
to the total gentle process, before the glandular material has fully broken down
It also pulls in loads of inert plant matter, such as chlorophyll, bitter salts, plant waxes... all the things that don't contribute to potency, and cause a canna butter to taste (to most people) like over-boiled vegetation or brussel sprouts.
More details below (regarding the use of both high-fat cream
, as well as butter in water
"Teas made this way (with milk or cream, or butter-water), have widely been for a long, long time, one of the very most disappointing
edible/drinkables, because when you get right down to it, the old fashioned water-butter methods of making canna butter (and even waterless methods for making canna butter, using unclarified
butter), are considered very outdated and ineffective
So if pure milk fat, or butter mixed with a bit of water is ineffective
, just imagine how much potency you miss out on, by processing in an impure oil source such as cream
The oil in this case is your edible solvent, and cannabis glandular material is not considered water soluble. When your solvent has so much water contamination, it drastically reduces its efficiency, as a solvent.
It's why the water-butters of the old days required between 15 - 24 hours of heating
for the best effect... Your milky-tea made this way, will too.
When working with inferior ingredients, you need to compensate for the loss in potency, by multiplying the amount of material you use. However much material you need to feel satisfactory just one time, when processing improperly, that same amount of material may have provided you several
, stronger, more powerful doses, with the correct processing. Consuming partially raw or under-processed canna, requires much more material to do the job effectively.
So do yourself a favor, and if you are compelled
to make a 'tea', just use clarified milk fat first (ie, clarified butter), make a small, but MUCH more potent portion of oil, then just whisk it into some warm milk that has either been pre-brewed with your favorite tea, or blended with your favorite hot cocoa.
You'll have much better, longer-lasting and stronger effects with the same amount of time and effort, when processing in a more pure solvent, than you can have by processing in a solution that can barely break down glandular material in under a days time.
Of course, making a small portion of oil leaves you with a few more options
, as well...
(A spoon of cocoa, a spoon and a half of powdered sugar, a few drops of milk and your oil, and you have some good, quick canna truffles
Good luck, and Happy Turkey day
PS - and if you're going to do it, avoid the tea bags...
They only hinder the process, they keep the material packed together too tightly, and they don't allow for nearly the level of exposure to oil that 'loose leaf' cannabis can allow. Just strain out and discard the excess material after the fact, and you're golden.
" - BKS (in 'Pot Tea thread')
PPS - Don't forget to decarb/activate
your material.. especially if you wind up going with the milky tea/cocoa. Decarboxylation is the process of removing the carboxyl group in the form of carbon dioxide and water vapor, this is only easily done in a dry environment, or in oil (similar to a potato, becoming a chip) but it can't be done
in even close to a reasonable amount of time, or before the cannabinoids degrade
, when submerged in water.
Check the CannaPharm Sticky
for more details (length of time, temperature etc.) on activation, and processing your butter/oil. "
Good luck, and have fun!
Edited by BadKittySmiles, 10 December 2011 - 12:30 AM.