Adding lecithin will increase the potency of your edibles. It is also safe and nutritionally beneficial. This article explores why it is the best and cheapest way to make the most of edibles.
What is lecithin
Lecithin is a phospholipid, a type of fat, that is often used as an additive within food. Usually used as an emulsifier, it enables certain ingredients to bind and stick together that would otherwise repel each other. Eggs are frequently used in recipes to thicken sauces and bases, because they contain lecithin. Vegan sources include avocados, soybeans, and sunflowers. Lecithin serves an essential role within the body and makes up parts of cell membranes. Cell membranes are the protective barrier that separates the interior of cells from the outside. There is evidence to suggest that it may be useful in cases of liver and gallbladder disease. Other uses include treatment for cognitive impairment, dry skin, and numerous other conditions.
Lecithin plays a major role in cooking and food products. It works as an emulsifying agent and additive that works to stabilise processed foods, helping foods that usually don’t mix stay together. For example, when adding a teaspoon of coconut oil into a cup of coffee, the oil will rise to the top of the liquid and the two substances won’t mix together. When adding an emulsifier, like lecithin, the two will mix together and stay together, creating a more pleasant beverage. Lecithin basically helps oil-based ingredients interact and stabilise with water-based ingredients.
Lecithin and edibles
There are multiple reasons to use lecithin when cooking up a batch of psychoactive cannabis edibles. As alluded to above one great reason is to improve the structure of your edibles. Adding an emulsifier to a mixture before baking will help certain particles bind together instead of rejecting each other and falling apart. For example, when making chocolate brownies or cakes, lecithin will help sugar and cocoa stick to cannabutter. Cannabutter doesn’t bind with water the way sugar and cocoa do. Therefore, an emulsifier, like lecithin, is needed to remedy this issue. Additionally, an emulsifier within your cannabis edibles can increase the shelf life by preventing the separation of fats and waters. This may lessen the chance of mould formation, which will ruin your stash.
Perhaps the best reason to add lecithin to your edibles is one that will really get cannabis enthusiasts excited. The emulsifier can act to increase the potency of cannabis edibles in numerous ways, helping users to make the most of the weed they are using. Your body may have an easier time digesting the bound ingredients and will be able to access and digest THC and other cannabinoids more easily. Lecithin is also known to be a surfactant, a compound that lowers surface tension. THC and cannabinoids are distributed more efficiently when lecithin is used.
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