Cannabis Cooking Vocabulary
ABV – acronym for Already Been Vaped. Refers to the leftover material produced after vaporizing cannabis. Cannabis that has been "vaped" has undergone a process by which it is subjected to a level of heat adequate to release vapors from plant material without actually burning the material to produce smoke. The end result is ABV, which is essentially toasted herb.
Bioavailability - Per High Times, "While adding soy lecithin won’t result in extra potency that the lab can measure, the concept of bioavailability means that the same amount of THC will feel more potent in your body."
Clippings – Clippings are the leaves and trimmed pieces leftover after harvesting cannabis Flower. Clippings contain less THC than Flower. Because of this, you must use more toasted Clippings in your infusion to achieve the desired effect than if using Flower.
Decarboxylation – See definition for Toasting.
Infusion Booster packet – Optional ingredient reported to increase the potency of cannabis edibles. DO NOT USE IF SENSITIVE OR ALLERGIC TO SOY AND SOY PRODUCTS.
Flower – Common term for buds harvested from the cannabis plant. Contains more THCA than any other part of the cannabis plant. Also known as nugs or buds.
Grind – The act of breaking toasted cannabis into smaller pieces for optimal extraction of THC. For best results, coarsely grind your herb. Do not grind to a superfine powder.
Infusion – Product prepared when the active compound (THC) from the toasted plant material bonds with a fat suitable for use in baking cannabis edibles (butter, peanut butter, coconut oil).
Mix-In – A non-infused, prepared supermarket item added to a mix prior to baking. Examples: peanut butter, caramel and fudge toppings, mini-candies.
Odor Trapping Toasting Bag - Heat-resistant nylon bag for odorless toasting of your herb. This thoughtful addition to all EDIYBLES Mix Kits brings you peace of mind that no kids or neighbors will be clued in to your cooking activities.
Potency – The strength or efficacy of a substance.
Silicone Molds - Unlike metal or glass pans traditionally used for baking, silicone is a rubber-like material that is malleable and very user friendly. The food-grade silicone baking cups included in the EDIYBLES Equipment Kit were intentionally selected as an easy and environmentally friendly way to safely control the portion size of your edibles. They also keep good fresher while in storage. Can be used for a variety of kitchen tasks.
THC – The psychoactive form of THCA found in raw cannabis. Must be activated with a low temperature heat source (toasting).
THCA – The non-psychoactive compound found in raw cannabis. When toasted, THCA becomes psychoactive for use in cannabis edibles.
Toasting (Decarboxylation) – Toasting is the key to making your cannabis edibles psychoactive by using a heat source to convert THCA (found in raw cannabis) to THC (found in toasted cannabis). This is typically done by smoking or vaporizing, but when making cannabis edibles, you must toast the herb before infusing with a fat. Together, DIY EDIBLES Equipment & Mix Kits include the equipment you need to toast cannabis in your oven.
If using leftover vaporized material (aka ABV) in your cannabis edibles, you can skip the oven toasting process, but you must use more ABV in your infusion to achieve the desired effect than if using Flower. This is because much (but not all) of the THC was released from the herb when it was originally vaporized.
Trimmings – See definition for Clippings.
Vaporizer - A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis in a partial vacuum such that the active compound (THC) boils off into an ingestible vapor. The leftover material, known as ABV, contains enough THC to use in cannabis edibles.