The people of the world can be divided into two groups. There is a minority of people who smoke cannabis, go to sleep, and enjoy vivid and lucid dreams. But if most of us smoke weed, even in the afternoon, we will not be able to remember our dreams. Marijuana thus is one of the factors which can impair dream recall.
Why does it happen?
THC, one of the active components in cannabis, may inhibit REM sleep, which is the stage of sleep in which we experience dreams.
However, you will still be dreaming even if you smoke cannabis. You will still experience REM sleep. You just won’t remember your dreams. I believe that cannabis interferes with our memory, and not with the dreams themselves.
In this article, I suggest a method by which one can still enjoy cannabis, yet maintain fully functional dream recall. It involves ingesting the medicine orally instead of smoking it, preferably in the form of an infused olive oil.
The evidence-based recipe I include herein is for marijuana oil is based on a scientific paper by Casiraghi et al, published in 2017 in the Thieme journal – “Extraction Method and Analysis of Cannabinoids in Cannabis Oil Preparations.”
The authors sought to come up with a standardized method for manufactures and pharmacists to create Cannabis infused olive oil for medical patients and recreational users.
What temperature is ideal for extracting the active components of marijuana?
Is decarboxylation required before extraction?
Finally, a scientific answer would be available for these questions and we could make the perfect cannabis oil, even at home.
DISCLAIMER: The below recipe should only be used where cannabis use is legal. Do not start using cannabis and other psychoactive herbs and supplements without consulting with your physician first.
But why use oil? The problem with Smoking
Smoking is fun. There’s no doubt about that. However, even if you don’t smoke cigarettes, smoking cannabis is still a health hazard as it involves breathing carcinogens into the lungs. But the main problem with smoking for oneironauts (explorers of altered states of consciousness) is that the effect of smoking weed is short-lasting compared to eating the plant.
Eating a cannabis edible can induce an effect for 3 hours or more, and even when the effect dissipates, there’s still a sort of satiation.
Smoking, on the other hand, induces a short effect of no longer than 1 hour, followed by craving for more. If you could smoke one joint in the morning and be done with it for the day, then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. But if you find yourself smoking into the afternoon, you can probably say goodbye to remembering any dreams the following night.
If you eat the plant, then not only are you getting some chlorophyll, which is always great, but also it becomes a lot more possible to have a morning dose of the medicine, let’s say a teaspoon of cannabis-infused olive oil on your whole spelt toast, and enjoy a happy and productive day, then maybe another dose in the afternoon, if you must.
Another possible reason why eating marijuana rather than smoking it is beneficial to our dream lives is that it smoking (not just cannabis) tends to block the energetic structures located near the heart causing energy to get stuck in the lower chakras. This may result in an unbridled libido and difficulties in raising energy to the higher centers of the third eye and crown, which are responsible for awareness and memory, and thus dream recall.
With this approach, you can improve your chances of remembering dreams, while still enjoying the effects of marijuana.
What about Butter?
Some people make cannabutter, cannabis-infused butter. But butter (including ghee) is not that good for most of us.
We already eat too much unhealthy fats. We don’t need more.
Diabetes is another health risk associated with butter consumption. Research shows that “substitution of 8 g olive oil for an equivalent amount of butter was associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
Diabetes and heart disease may cause sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
Olive oil has no cholesterol and trans fats. While olive oil consists of 14% saturated fats, it also contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (73%) and 11% of the even healthier polyunsaturated fat.
Nonetheless, in the below recipe, butter can be substituted for olive oil.
Don’t Fry It! Use an Oven
Virgin olive oil burns when it reaches a temperature of 190 °C (374 °F). This is olive oil’s smoke point.
If you fry or cook the plant matter in oil, the resulting infusion will be harmful and bitter-tasting and some of the fat will be converted to trans fats, the most dangerous type of fat.
When using an oven, it’s advisable never to heat olive oil above 180 °C (356 °F).
As you will see below, a much lower temperature is ideal.
Evidence-Based Recipe – Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
According to the researchers whose research is the basis for this recipe, decarboxylation (step 2) is indeed necessary. They experimented with different temperatures, and got the best results with the temperatures specified below.
- Grind the cannabis and put in an ovenproof container, spreading the plant material evenly.
- Heat at 115 °C (239 °F) for 40 minutes (decarboxylation).
- Add 20 mL (18 grams/0.68 US fl oz/1.5 tbsp) of olive oil (preferably extra virgin) for every gram (0.03 oz) of plant material. You can use less oil for a more concentrated result although you would need a container that allows the plant material to soak completely in the oil.
- Make sure the plant is completely covered in oil. If not, add more oil.
- Heat at 100 °C (212 °F) for 40 minutes.
- Pour the olive oil into a jar through a cheesecloth to filter our the plant material.
You can store the resulting oil in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 weeks without losing any of the active ingredients.
Experiment to find your ideal dose, starting with 1-2 grams of prepared oil, and increasing by 1 gram per dose until you’re happy with the strength of the effect.
The effect may only be felt about 45-60 minutes after eating the oil and usually lasts 2-3 hours or more, depending on the dose.