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Cannabis Cafe forums; A Leary biscuit is a snack consisting of a cracker, cheese, and ground up dank bud(1/2g)..... It is heated in ...
A cheesy Leary biscuit/cracker
A Leary biscuit is a snack consisting of a cracker, cheese, and ground up dank bud(1/2g)..... It is heated in a microwave oven (1-2 min ) and causes the cannabis "high" in the eater..... The heating is said to activate the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)... the active ingredient in cannabis.
In actuality.... the heating simply increases the solubility of the THC in the fats and oils in the cheese......The plant material of cannabis is not easily digested..... so the THC is not readily absorbed into the bloodstream unless it is first dissolved in some kind of fat, oil, or alcohol......This is why cheese is used for the Leary biscuit ..... cheese has a high fat content suitable for dissolving THC and making it more readily available for digestion.
It is also a widespread myth that THC must be heated to "activate" it...... However, heating a cannabis food/drink preparation actually makes it more potent.
What actually happens is that additional THC is formed from the chemical breakdown of inactive carboxylic acid THC derivatives present in the cannabis..... The carboxylic acid derivatives are inactive themselves.....when heated they readily lose their carboxylate group as carbon dioxide, and active THC is formed...... In some instances, heating can actually double the active THC content of the original starting plant material.
THC and other cannabinoids are hydrophobic oils...... They are insoluble in water but soluble in alcohols, fats, and other oils...... As cannabinoids are insoluble in water alone.... they suffer from low bioavailability when eaten..... By dissolving the cannabinoids in alcohol, fats, or oils (such as the fat in butter, cheese and whole milk) their ability to be absorbed by the body is increased...... Heating the THC in the presence of fats or oils simply accelerates the process of dissolution in the fats, from some hours at room temperature to minutes in the microwave.
Timothy Leary was reportedly fond of these concoctions, especially in the later years of his life (allegedly because his physician asked him to quit smoking ) and thus they are named for him.
Last edited by vapedg13; 02-09-2009 at 07:27 AM.
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