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How to Make Cannabis Infused Caramels

These soft caramels are delicious and addicting. We recommend making some extras without cannabis so you can eat them when you inevitably get the munchies, or you may end up eating the whole batch of infused edibles!

Here’s how to make them:

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream full fat

1/4 cup evaporated milk full fat

1/4 stick (1oz, 29.5ml) butter unsalted

29.5 ml coconut oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions:

Step One: Decarb Dry Cannabis Flower. See our article here for how to decarboxylate.

Step Two: Make the Canna-oil (substitute coconut oil for butter) Check out our article “How to Make Canna-butter” here for further instructions.

Step Three:

Combine all ingredients except for the vanilla extract into a medium sized pot on a burner set to 80 percent heat and stir occasionally until all is melted and consistent. With a candy thermometer in the pot, increase heat to almost full burner and stir every five minutes. Mixture will bubble and may increase in volume. If this occurs, turn down heat to low for 5-10 minutes and stir, then increase heat again.

Prepare a glass pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. If no parchment paper, grease pan with a light coat of butter. This will make your candy greasier and will reduce shelf life. Parchment paper is highly suggested.

When mixture hits 250 degrees immediately pull from heat and continue to stir slowly to prevent the mixture from burning on the pot. Slowly mix in the vanilla extract being careful to not let it touch the pot—this will burn the extract. It can give a stronger flavor if done right, but if it’s your first time, it is not worth risking.

As you continue to mix, pour finished mixture into your desired cooling receptacle and let sit until cool (approx. 5-7 hours). If you want to quicken the cooling process, do not use a glass pan; use a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay completely flat in the freezer for at least an hour after letting sit out for at least 15 minutes to set.

Cut caramels to your desired size/potency and wrap individually in wax paper. Keep in an airtight container or bag in the freezer for up to six months.

If you or anyone you know is seeking a cannabis prescription, feel free to reach out via phone (1-844-312-5143) or email (associates@medmc.ca)

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Decarbing 101

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sprinkle some of your ground cannabis on a salad, mixed it into a drink, or simply just ate it raw?

Well, you’re not alone. The difference between what you’ll feel if you eat dried cannabis flower versus the effect you’ll feel when you eat a homemade cannabis edible is night and day.

This post will explain the process of dried flower decarboxylation (or decarbing) and why it’s necessary to feel any effects from your cannabis.

What is Decarbing?

Decarbing refers to the process of heating your cannabis in a way that activates its potent components so that you’ll feel the effects when you ingest it. This could include ingesting in its raw form, or in forms such as smoking or vaporizing dried flower, oils, capsules, or edibles. Cannabis contains the popular cannabinoid known as THC, but it doesn’t start out that way. For it to become THC, the cannabinoid is known as THCA (or THC acid) needs to be heated/activated. This could mean simply lighting it with a lighter while you’re smoking or it could mean baking your dried flower in an oven to make your own edibles.

When it comes to decarbing your cannabis, it’s important to know the ideal temperature to heat your cannabis. This allows us to properly gauge just how much heat our cannabis needs to activate without burning away some of its components. Due to this, vaporizing and being able to choose the temperature your dried flower is heated at is the most effective and efficient method of immediately consuming dried flower. When it comes to smoking, although the THCA is being heated enough that it turns into THC, a lot of the beneficial medicinal effects are being lost because of the high temperatures.

Something else that’s beneficial to know about your cannabis before decarbing is how many milligrams of THC is in it before you heat. Each strain and THC amount has an ideal temperature to decarb based on how much THC is in it. Similar to baking any foods, the temperature that you have the item in the oven for varies depending on the specific recipe. This means that having it in the oven at a higher temperature will result in it decarbing more quickly and would require less time in the oven.

For example, if you’re cooking your whole bud strain that has 3 mg of THC per gram in it, then baking it at 145 degrees Celsius would require baking it for 7 minutes, whereas baking it at 106 degrees would require it to bake much longer for 51 minutes. What’s also good to know is that the terpenes in your cannabis will start to burn away at 154 degrees Celsius.

Here is a great dosage calculator: https://wakeandbake.co/thc-dosage-calculator/

Heres a great decarb time and heat calculator

from our friends at https://greencamp.com/decarboxylation/

How to Decarb Your Cannabis:

What You Will Need:

  • Cannabis
  • Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven
  • Thermometer

Steps:

1)    Heat your oven to 121 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit). Its a good idea to use a thermometer to test the internal temperature of your oven to ensure it’s accurate. Make sure the oven is fully preheated before putting your cannabis in it.

2)   
Break up your flower and buds into smaller pieces using your hands or a
grinder, while removing the stems.

3)   
Spread those pieces onto a baking sheet, on a strip of oven-safe paper
(such as parchment paper). One with a rim would work best to prevent spillage.
Make sure the pieces are spread out well and that there isn’t any overlapping.

4)   
Bake your cannabis for about 25 to 30 minutes. It should be a golden
brown or dark green colour and very dry. If it’s not, you can put it back in
for an extra five minutes, while keeping an eye on it to prevent it from
over-cooking.

5)   
When you’ve determined that it’s finished, remove from the oven and let
it cool for a while. Be sure not to touch it, as it would easily crumble with
the pressure while it’s freshly baked.

6)   
Voila! Your cannabis is activated!

If you or anyone you know is seeking a cannabis prescription, feel free to reach out via phone (1-844-312-5143) or email (associates@medmc.ca)! Happy Decarbing!

When it comes to smoking, although the THCA is being heated enough that it turns into THC, a lot of the beneficial medicinal effects are being lost because of the high temperatures.

By: Bryar Pace

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What is Microdosing?

Microdosing involves a person consuming a small amount of cannabis; enough to provide therapeutic properties without feeling the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Many people who microdose report that they have more energy and have improved concentration. Small doses of THC can help to treat a number of things such as: improving mood, sleep, anxiety, depression, and many more ailments.

Microdosing allows people to remain functional while they are medicating. This is good for people who have jobs where they cannot be “high.” It could also be beneficial to people who have low tolerances or experience anxiety from too much THC.

There is no standard for microdosing, each individual’s chemistry makeup is different, therefore what is a high dose to one person may be a low dose to another. Typically, the recommended amount to start with is between 2-10mg of THC. It may require a lot of trial and error to see what works best for the individual and it is recommended to discuss dosing with a medical professional. Start low and go slow when going through this initial experimental phase.

If you are interested in being authorized for cannabis fill out our intake forms HERE

If you are already a patient at MMC and want to learn more about how microdosing could be right for you, give us a call at 1-844-312-5143.

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How to Properly Dose Edibles

There is no shortage of reasons to cook with cannabis. It’s a different high, it last longer using less weed, and it removes carcinogens from the equation. Because of the way we metabolize the THC when it enters our body through ingestion even season smokers become lightweights.

One of the biggest rookie mistakes is not measuring the amount of THC That is going to be in a serving. Most people don’t even think about dosing at all. If you’re new to edibles, it’s best to start at around 5-10mg per serving till you learn how your body reacts. It’s also important you wait at least 45 minutes after ingestion before trying anymore.

Using the cannabis cooking calculator by, THCoverdose: https://thcoverdose.com/cannabis-cooking-calculator/ , you can quickly plan the dosage of your recipe. But, you can do the math on your own too.

For starters, you need to know the amount of THC that is in your flower. Cannabis that is sold at dispensaries is lab tested and will be properly labeled. If you grow your own, however, you’re not so lucky. If this is you, use a base of 10% THC for average and 15-21% for really high-grade
cannabis.

Now, let’s say your recipe will make ten cookies, you want to use 2 grams of cannabis, and your bud has a THC percentage of 10%. To figure out how strong your cookies will be you multiply 2 (amount of bud) by 1000 to get the total milligrams, then multiply that .10 (THC percentage), and you’ll have the total amount of THC you’ll be using. Divide this number by the number of servings, and you’ll find that your cookies will each have 20mg of THC.

If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, you need to remember to take it slow and be patient. And, make sure not to grind up your flower to finely. A more coarse grind will help deter the some of the chlorophyll taste.

A lot of beginners also don’t realize the importance of decarboxylation and how much stronger it can make their edibles. See, raw cannabis isn’t psychoactive. The chemical compound on the plant is THCA until it’s activated and turn into THC, it’s psychoactive counterpart. Well, what
activates THC? Heat.

While most of the THCA will activate during the process of cooking butter, you’re leaving THC on the table by not decarboxylating beforehand. Make your edibles better by placing your cannabis on a cooking tray and baking it for 30-40 minutes at 240°F stirring every 10 minute before using it for your recipe.

You also have to think about the potential loss of cannabinoids during both decarboxylation and handling. This loss could make your edibles weaker than you planned. Unless you send edibles to get lab tested you’ll never know the exact dosage, but use the cooking calculator as a
guide, and you’ll be able to get your edibles to the potency you desire.

Tony Hand Jr
Editor-in-Chief | THCoverdose.com

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How to Make Cannabis Gummies

Gummies and edibles, in general, are a great way to consume cannabis as they are very discrete. You don’t end up smelling like cannabis when you consume edibles. Also, it’s better for your lungs, as you aren’t inhaling toxic smoke, but instead consuming a delicious treat!

The first step to almost all edibles is to make canna-butter! See our How to make Cannabis Butter article HERE to learn how to make your own delicious butter! As well as How to Properly Dose Edibles HERE.

Here’s what you will need to make these fantastic gummies:

1/4 cup weed-infused coconut oil

1/2 cup water

1 oz unflavored gelatin

1 package of Jell-O (6 oz pick your favorite flavour!)

Silicone molds

(Check out Amazon for silicone molds or Dollarama carries them as well!)

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring the oil and water to a low boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

2. Add the plain gelatin in one-two packets at a time, stirring until it’s incorporated.

3. Add the Jell-O mix and stir for about five minutes until fully combined and the mix starts to come to a rolling boil.

4. From here, move quickly as the mix will start to set quickly.

5. Spray your silicone molds with cooking spray. Next you will want to pour your mixture into the moulds. (Pro tip: a glass measuring cup with a pour spout will work best for pouring.)

6. Cool in the fridge for at least an hour, then pop the candies out of the mold and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

TIP

Always remember to start slow and low. The following are some great videos and articles should check out before consuming edibles (link to our YouTube videos and other articles about edibles and how to dose properly.)

Recipe inspired by: https://www.inlander.com/spokane/this-sweet-edible-gummy-recipe-will-give-you-something-to-chew-on/Content?oid=11082062

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Easy Vanilla Cannabis Cupcakes

Who doesn’t like an easy recipe? Make this recipe even easier by purchasing store bought pre-made cupcake mixture and adding your cannabis butter into the recipe!

This recipe makes 30 mini cupcakes. You can dose the cupcakes depending on your preference to your by following our how to calculate dosing article HERE.  Not sure how to make cannabis butter? We have an article for that too! (Click HERE)

For the recipe you will need:

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup softened butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

Pre-made icing

Sprinkles  

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin cups with papers.

2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy (make sure the butter is room temperature, so the mixture doesn’t clump) Beat in eggs one at a time.

3. Add flour (mixed with baking powder and salt) alternating with milk beat well; stir in vanilla.

4. Divide evenly among mini cupcake pans and bake for 15-19 minutes.

Take the pans our of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Add icing, sprinkles and enjoy!

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Ontario Cities That Opted-Out of Cannabis Stores

By: Kylie Osinga

Ever wonder how many Ontario Cities Opted Out of Cannabis Stores? Wonder no more because we have all the info on who opted in and out of having a cannabis retail store in their city!

In April, cannabis retail stores began opening across Ontario. Prior to this, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) allowed municipalities to vote on whether they would permit marijuana retail stores. 377 said yes, while 77 municipalities opted out of cannabis retail stores.

According to the AGCO, cities that opted out can reconsider in the future, but cities that opted in can’t change their decision. If the municipality did not vote at all, cannabis stores were automatically permitted.

In early January, a retail licence lottery selected 25 entries to open the first shops in April. Licences for shops can only be used in communities that have a population greater than 50,000.

Since legalization in October, the only legal way to purchase marijuana is on the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) online website or through Licensed Producers if you are prescribed medical cannabis.

The following is a list of places that have either opted in or opted out of allowing cannabis retail stores:
Municipalities in Ontario that have opted for Cannabis Retail Stores:
• Township of Dawn-Euphemia
• Municipality of Highlands East
• Township of Nairn and Hyman
• Township of the North Shore
• Township of Plummer Additional
• Township of Prince
• Township of Armour
• Township of East Ferris
• Township of Johnson
• Township of Spanish
• Township of Tarbutt
• City of Elliot Lake
• City of Greater Sudbury
• Town of Latchford
• Township of South Stormont
• Municipality of Trent Lakes
• Township of Tudor and Cashel
• Municipality of Bluewater
• Municipality of Chatham-Kent
• City of Clarence-Rockland
• Township of Ear Falls
• City of Guelph
• Town of Huntsville
• Town of Iroquois
• Municipality of Leamington
• Town of Marathon
• Township of North Frontenac
• City of Ottawa
• City of Hamilton
• Kitchener and Waterloo
• Township of Zorra
• City of Owen Sound
• City of Sarnia
• City of Toronto
• City of London
• City of Kingston
• Town of Smiths Falls
• Municipality of Trent Hills

Municipalities that have opted out:
• Town of Erin
• Township of Frontenac Islands
• Town of Ingersoll
• Township of King
• Township of Lake of the Woods
• City of Markham
• City of Mississauga
• Township of Papineau-Cameron
• Township of Centre Wellington
• Township of Dorion
• Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
• Township of Southgate
• Town of Tecumseh
• Township of West Lincoln

For the full list of municipalities that have opted in or out go to the AGCO website (HERE)

Many places that opted out claimed they want to wait to see what happens in the legal cannabis market before committing to allowing retail stores.

One question remains; will the combination of opting in or out and limited storefronts result in the black market thriving in these areas?

Interested in getting authorized for medical cannabis? Contact our clinic at 1-844-312-5143 or fill out our intake package (HERE)

Resources: List of municipalities from Global news read the full article here.

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