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A Leary biscuit is a snack consisting of a cracker, cheese, and ground up marijuana bud. It is heated in a microwave oven and causes a 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, and 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. A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ... Microwave oven A microwave oven, or microwave, is a kitchen appliance employing microwave radiation primarily to cook or heat food. ... Look up Cannabis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, Δ9-THC, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), Δ¹-tetrahydrocannabinol (using an older numbering scheme), or dronabinol, is the main psychoactive substance found in the Cannabis plant. ...


It is also a widespread myth that THC must be heated to "activate" it. However, heating a cannabis food/drink preparation actually makes it less potent. What 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, but 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 [Iversen, 2000].


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 and cheese), 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. Cannabinoids are a group of chemicals which activate the bodys cannabinoid receptors. ... In chemistry, hydrophobic or lipophilic species, or hydrophobes, tend to be electrically neutral and nonpolar, and thus prefer other neutral and nonpolar solvents or molecular environments. ... In pharmacology, bioavailability is used to describe the fraction of an administered dose of medication that reaches the systemic circulation, one of the principal pharmacokinetic properties of drugs. ...


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 [citation needed]) and thus they are named for him. For the American baseball player use Tim Leary (baseball player) Timothy Francis Leary, Ph. ...


A Leary biscuit is a snack consisting of a cracker, cheese, and ground up marijuana bud. It is heated in a microwave oven and causes a 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, and 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 less potent. What 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, but 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 [Iversen, 2000].(This is contradictory, just thought I'd point that out)


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 and cheese), 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 [citation needed]) and thus they are named for him.


See also

Cannabis resources (edit)
Use: recreational drug, pharmaceutical drug, spiritual, culture, 420, health issues, legal issues, cultivation
Preparations: bhang, hashish, kief, shake, hash oil
Smoking: blunt, bong, chillum, dugout, hookah, gravity bong, shotgun, smoking pipe, spliff, steamroller, rolling papers
Vaporization: vaporizer, knifers
Food: cannabutter, dope cake, Ganja goo ball, hash cookie, Green Dragon, Leary biscuit, cannabis brownie, Cannabis tea


Iversen, L. L. The Science of Marijuana. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Look up Cannabis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A Cannabis sativa plant Look up marijuana in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A catalog page offering Cannabis sativa extract. ... Spiritual use of cannabis: an Indian Sadhu smokes charas from a traditional chillum. ... It has been suggested that Stoner (cannabis) be merged into this article or section. ... A Cannabis sativa plant For some people within cannabis culture, the number 420 (pronounced four-twenty) relates to the consumption of cannabis as a drug, and elements of its associated culture. ... A cannabis plant. ... A demonstation by Promena in Sofia, Bulgaria in June 2003. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A couple smoking bhang as an aphrodisiac. ... Confiscated hashish from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. ... Kief on Parchment Paper. ... In cannabis culture, shake refers to the small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag, which are said to result, putatively, of it having been shaken in handling. ... Hash oil is a solution of tetrahydrocannabinol, but is a misnomer in suggesting any resemblance to hashish. ... A cigarette rolling machine (A), a cannabis spliff (B), a small amount of crushed cannabis (C), and a book of cigarette rolling papers (D). ... A Proper L Rolled by C.R. Bean A blunt is a type of inexpensive cigar which is usually machine-rolled. ... A bong (shown right), also commonly known as a water pipe, is a device used to smoke substances, typically cannabis and tobacco. ... There is also a Chillum, Maryland, a suburb North of Washington, D.C. Two small glass chillums, with bottle cap for size comparison. ... A dugout, sometimes called a one-hitter, is a device used to facilitate discreet personal use of marijuana. ... Man holding a water pipe (hookah) A hookah (also known by many other names) is a multi-stemmed, often times glass based water pipe device for smoking tobacco, originating from India. ... // Gravity Bong In the cannabis culture, gravity bong is a term that can refer to one of two devices usually used for smoking cannabis. ... In the slang of consumers of cannabis, shotgun can have one of a number of meanings. ... Metal Metal pipes are more generally associated with cannabis and other drugs than tobacco use. ... A spliff. ... A common glass steamroller. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... A conduction-style vaporizer. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Cannabutter is an oil/fat/butter based solution which has been infused with cannabinoids. ... A Dope Cake is method of taking cannabis without smoking it. ... Ganja goo ball is a catch-all term for any gooey or sticky sweet ball-shaped dessert containing cannabis, usually referring to desserts that do not need to be baked. ... Hash cookies, Space Cookie, hash cakes or space cakes are relatively common in regions with liberal drugs policies, including much of Europe (particularly the Netherlands). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Wikibooks Cookbook has more about this subject: Magic Brownie Cannabis or hashish can be cooked into a sweet cake, cookie, brownie, or other baked product to produce a psychoactive food. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Cannabis (drug). ...


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