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RAW Natural Rolling Papers have developed a cult-like following. RAW are pure, less processed rolling papers unlike anything that you have ever seen or smoked. Because they contain a hybrid blend of unbleached (not chlorine whitened) fibers, the paper is a translucent natural light brown color.

Each paper is watermarked with our patented CrissCross watermark. This special watermark helps prevent runs and maintains the smooth even-burning characteristics that we are famous for. RAW is available in many sizes and styles to suit the most discerning smoking connoisseur. 10 Common Myths About Edibles, Debunked by a Ganja Expert. You know stoners are really hitting their bongs stride when marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations in various parts of Los Angeles. Over the past seven years, major policy shifts, ballot initiatives, and successful legalization efforts have brought marijuana to a national stage. As of now, four states have fully legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use, with a handful of other states poised to follow suit.

With the rise of “casual consumers” (think Flanders-types and grandparents), and the shift in transactions from sketchy back-alleys to well-appointed dispensaries, it’s no surprise then that the edible marijuana industry has exploded onto the marketplace, attracting the public with elaborate baked goods and infused oils that make pot brownies seem old-fashioned. Companies are increasing sales and profits at an astonishing rate. Meanwhile, agricultural consultants with degrees in plant science, master chocolatiers, and former bakers have entered the scene to create more competition in a billion-dollar industry backed by venture capitalists. Few people are as plugged into the cannabis-cooking scene as Elise McDonough, who is a High Times staffer, author of The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook , and official judge at the Cannabis Cup, where she rates recipes like Reef Jerky and Cali High Iced Tea. “The products keep improving every year,” says McDonough. With the emergence of big brands and a growing acceptance about consuming pot, there is more reason than ever to understand the ins and outs of cannabis foods. Here, we have McDonough set the record straight about the most pervasive rumors surrounding edibles—read up before you cop that next bag of pot gummy bears. Throwing weed into your brownie mix is the first step towards gettin’ toasted. McDonough says: “In order to activate the THC, you need to infuse your cannabinoids into a fat, and then add that infusion to your recipe. Do this by simmering plant matter into your chosen fat—whether it’s butter or oil. This chemical process—of converting THCa into THC—is known as decarboxylating and is essential for making edibles. If you just grind up the bud and throw it in your batter, you’re going to waste a lot of weed, and your brownies won’t be potent. You’ll definitely get the fiber that’s missing in your diet, but you won’t get the high.” 2. The most potent cannabutters are made by simmering for three days. McDonough says: “It’s long-held hippy wisdom that the best butters always require a time-consuming, tedious recipe of stirring and babying your cannabutter. But this makes a simple procedure seem more difficult than it needs to be. You can simmer your butter for as little as three to four hours, as long as you’re reaching appropriate temperatures to extract the cannabinoids efficiently. In fact, it’s something you can easily do in a crock pot. Toasting your cannabis at 240ºF for 30 to 60 minutes before simmering in fat for one to two hours will activate most of your cannabinoids. You can make a butter by simmering at a low temp for a longer time, but you can also make it just as potent by simmering it at a higher temp for a shorter time. (Too much heat for too long will cause THC to convert into CBN, which is known for its sedative qualities.)” Photo courtesy Elise McDonough. Lab-tested edibles reliably contain the amount of THC listed on packaging. McDonough says: “Most edibles, even lab-tested ones, have some variation in potency from the label claims.

The science behind testing cannabis-infused foods is still in its infancy, and methods can vary based on the type of food, the state you’re in, and who’s doing the testing. In theory, you could take the same product to two labs and receive two different results, because there’s not overarching regulation of the cannabis-lab industry. Read reviews to make sure the brand of edibles you’re choosing has a good track record for accurate labeling and consistent experiences. A candy bar that has 100 milligrams of THC might have less—usually not more though. According to testing done by Cannalytics, Michigan’s premiere cannabis analytical laboratory, about a quarter of all edibles on the market were under 50% activated.” 4. You should eat an entire edible to see how you react to its potency. McDonough says: “If you are new to cannabis foods, be cautious and consume very small amounts until you are sure how they will affect you. A beginner’s dose should range from 5 to 15 milligrams of THC. Always look for cannabis foods which state the THC content in milligrams, and choose products with doses in marked increments of 10mg for beginners.” Photo: Robert Sietsema.

Eating mangoes will cause your weed to feel more potent. McDonough says: “This rumor started because mangoes and cannabis both contain myrcene, a terpenoid that contributes to flavor and smell. Mitch Earlywine, no formal studies into this effect have been done, and this ‘mango mojo’ is most likely a placebo effect.” 6. McDonough says: “This is a tradition that has no basis in any sort of fact.

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