Dear Stoner: Do you have any good infused-product recipes that require smaller amounts of pot? I’m looking for a mentor in making pot edibles and dabs.
Dear Mckenzy: If you don’t want to pay for classes on extraction or cooking with cannabis, there are plenty of recipes to help you whip up something quick and strong on a budget.
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For starters, infusing small batches of peanut butter, cooking oil or hot chocolate is an easy process. Mix a couple grams of fine herb into a half-jar of all-natural peanut butter, put it in the oven for about 35 minutes at 280 degrees, and have pot PB&Js for lunch. Simmer a cup of olive oil with a quarter-ounce of chronic for over an hour, and you’ll have a healthy alternative to butter for use in all sorts of half-baked goods. Or empty out a tea bag, fill it with finely ground pot and simmer it in a few cups of whole milk for forty minutes, then stir in some hot-cocoa mix. You won’t notice the difference — until your eyes glaze over.
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Rosin tech is a new way to make solventless dabs with a small amount of cannabis. It’s done by folding parchment paper over a nug and pressing it firmly in a flat iron for three seconds. Resin will be squeezed from the bud, leaving little globs of oil on the paper for dabbing. You can press each nug two or three times and save the flat remains for edibles. Be sure to research this online if you’re thinking about trying it, though: Flat irons aren’t to be played with. And wear an oven mitt!
Dear Stoner: I was talking to a friend about marijuana strains, and he used the term “landrace” several times. What the hell is a landrace?
Blazed ’n’ Confused
Dear Blazed: Landraces are the ancestors of all the fine herb you enjoy today: indigenous, pure strains that stoners in the ’70s grew up loving before crossbreeding changed the game. Landraces developed their unique traits by adapting to their native areas; many are named after their birthplaces (Afghani, Acapulco Gold, etc.). Because their birthplaces are the source of their characteristics, growing them in other environments (like a Colorado warehouse or basement) won’t produce the same plant, and new, wild-growing landraces are extremely rare. But that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying them: Durban Poison and Maui Waui are two popular landrace sativas found in dispensaries all over, and Afghani has spawned a Genghis Khan-like family tree, providing indica genetics for many popular strains. For some fun history on the subject, check out Strain Hunters, a documentary web series that follows pot lovers as they try to preserve landrace strains around the world.