What kind of green, how much green and how to prepare the green for extraction.

1.1. What do you mean by AT LEAST 5 grams of "the good stuff"?
1.2. How much green should I use if I don't have or want to use "the good stuff"?
1.3. How do I convert between Imperial (ounces) and Metric (grams) units?
1.4. Where can I get an herb grinder?
1.5. Can I use a coffee grinder?
1.6. I do not have a grinder. Can I use scissors or break it up by hand?

Extracting, smelling, burning, filtering and storing.

2.1. Why do you cook with oil and not butter?
2.2. How many minutes do I cook the oil for?
2.3. At what temperature do I cook the oil?
2.4. Without an infrared thermometer, how can I discern the proper temperature?
2.5. Will the oil have a smell while cooking?
2.6. How long might the kitchen smell?
2.7. What can I do to minimize any smell?
2.8. Where can I buy a "gold" coffee filter?
2.9. Can I use cheesecloth instead of a "gold" coffee filter?
2.10. Can I store the THC-infused oil for cooking at a later time?

Baking, slicing, dicing, cutting, sizing, dosing, serving and storing.

3.1. How many pieces do I cut the brownie into?
3.2. How many servings will I get out of a brownie?
3.3. How many pieces do I need to eat at a time?  (a.k.a. How many pieces do I need to eat to get fucked up?)
3.4. How much time will pass before I notice the effects?
3.5. How much time will pass before the effects wear off?
3.6. How do you recommend storing the brownies?

Brownie mixes, pan sizes, recipe ingredients, oil amounts and yadda yadda yadda.

4.1. Which brownie mix should I use?
4.2. Which pan size should I use?
4.3. Can I use butter instead of oil?
4.4. Can I divide all of the ingredients, pan size and time in half?

And the two most frequently asked questions of all...

5.1. How "strong" will the brownies be?
5.2. I've read your FAQ three times and I still have a question. Can I e-mail you?

What kind of green, how much green and how to prepare the green for extraction.

1.1. What do you mean by AT LEAST 5 grams of "the good stuff"?

The good stuff: hydro, kind-bud, sour diesel, train wreck, bubble gum, chronic, etc... you get the point. The not-so-good stuff: shake, clippings, trimmings, stress, regs or "brown brick-pack Mexican garbage."

1.2. How much green should I use if I don't have or want to use "the good stuff"?

I cannot accurately answer this question since I do not do this. However, I would suggest around AT LEAST 7 grams (that's 1/4 ounce).

1.3. How do I convert between Imperial (ounces) and Metric (grams) units?

5 grams = 0.18 ounces. You can easily "eyeball" this amount by assuming 5 grams is between 1/8 and 1/4 ounces.

I would suggest trying google calculator. From any google search field type in the following statement: "5 grams in ounces" or "0.25 ounces in grams" and see what you get. Note: google calculator only processes decimal and not fractional values.

1.4. Where can I get an herb grinder?

Use google to search the web. Here is one example. Try your local head shop.

1.5. Can I use a coffee grinder?

Yes.

1.6. I do not have a grinder. Can I use scissors or break it up by hand?

Yes.

Extracting, smelling, burning, filtering and storing.

2.1. Why do you cook with oil and not butter?

Oil is much easier to work with than butter. Butter will burn, boil and smoke at a much lower temperature than cooking oil. Most cooking oils exhibit a lower smoke point than butter. Most store-bought brownie recipes call for cooking oil. This makes integrating the extracted THC much easier into these brownies recipes.

I have no experience extracting THC into butter. If you would like to make your brownies with butter and not cooking oil please let me know how it all works out.

2.2. How many minutes do I cook the oil for?

30 to 45 minutes.

2.3. At what temperature do I cook the oil?

The oil should be simmering between 350 and 380 degrees Fahrenheit. You can easily discern this temperature by using an infrared thermometer like this.

2.4. Without an infrared thermometer, how can I discern the proper temperature?

The oil should be cooking at less than a simmer. You will see the oil slowly vacillating around the cooking vessel and there will be a small amount of bubbles moving around the oil that rise to the top. Stir occasionally. Keep below a simmer.

DO NOT BOIL!

If it appears that the oil is about to go beyond a simmer and head toward a boil, simply turn down the heat and continue to keep a watchful eye over your cooktop.

As a rule of thumb I suggest setting your cooktop to medium-low. All cooktops are different and they all exhibit different ballistics. You must spend some time with your kitchen equipment and get to know it. Remember, cooking is an art, not an exact science.

2.5. Will the oil have a smell while cooking?

Yes. The oil will not smell quite like weed, but it will smell similar. Be sure to ventilate.

2.6. How long might the kitchen smell?

This depends on how much you ventilate.

2.7. What can I do to minimize any smell?

This is a general cooking question. Imaging frying bacon in your kitchen with no windows open and no fan or hood on. I'll bet that if you leave your home and return a few hours later it will still smell like fried bacon grease. This is true of almost any cooking event. In general, when you are cooking, take care to ensure proper air flow and ventilation.

2.8. Where can I buy a "gold" coffee filter?

Gold coffee filters can be purchased from numerous places. One good example is your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

2.9. Can I use cheesecloth instead of a "gold" coffee filter?

Yes. Here ya go.  ;-)

2.10. Can I store the THC-infused oil for cooking at a later time?

Yes. Like storing any cooking oil, simply store covered in a cool, dry, dark place. Exposing any cooking oil to direct sunlight will result in the oil becoming rancid. As always, NEVER FREEZE COOKING OIL! There is simply no need to.

Baking, slicing, dicing, cutting, sizing, dosing, serving and storing.

3.1. How many pieces do I cut the brownie into?

I slice an 8x8 pan into 32 equal slices. If you are not using an 8x8 pan, my suggestion would still be to aim for 32 pieces.

3.2. How many servings will I get out of a brownie?

32 equal slices equals 32 people-doses.

3.3. How many pieces do I need to eat at a time?  (a.k.a. How many pieces do I need to eat to get fucked up?)

One. Yes, one. Start with one. Yes, it seems like a small piece. It is.

3.4. How much time will pass before I notice the effects?

Anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour.

3.5. How much time will pass before the effects wear off?

This depends on factors like body weight and tolerance. Let's say anywhere between 3 - 5 hours.

3.6. How do you recommend storing the brownies?

If you wrap up your brownies in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, put them in a plastic container, and store in the refrigerator, they should last a few months. If you would like to store them longer you can also consider freezing.

Brownie mixes, pan sizes, recipe ingredients, oil amounts and yadda yadda yadda.

4.1. Which brownie mix should I use?

The key to my recipe is cooking oil. For my recipe to work you can use any store-bought or homemade brownie recipe that you like, as long as it calls for cooking oil and not butter.

4.2. Which pan size should I use?

You can use any pan size that you like. Be sure to follow all baking times and temperatures for the pan size that you choose.

4.3. Can I use butter instead of oil?

Sure. The method is similar but butter burns easily, so you're on your own. Good luck with that.

4.4. Can I divide all of the ingredients, pan size and time in half?

Cooking is an art, not an exact science. My advice would be to follow the directions exactly, unless you have experience cooking and varying recipe ingredients, baking times and temperatures.

And the two most frequently asked questions of all...

5.1. How "strong" will the brownies be?

This is a very complicated question. How strong a brownie will be involves a multidimensional rubric accounting for the potency of the weed, the amount of weed, and the size you cut the brownie into. Obviously there is already room for a ton of variation among these elements. There is no Scoville or Richter scale for weed potency. I have found from personal experience that if you use 5 grams of high-quality product as described above in my recipe you will get 32 servings of something that will be quite enjoyable. If you want to be able to eat a bigger piece of brownie per dose I would recommend cutting the amount of weed used in half. If you are going to use something less than "the good stuff" I would not recommend doubling the amount! Increase the amount of weed from 5 to 7 grams. Much like learning about drinking wine, the best way to learn about making brownies is to keep making batches. This guide is provided to show you how to extract THC from your bud into a cooking oil that can be used in almost any place you can use cooking oil in the kitchen. In our example, we're cooking brownies. I can say with a degree of confidence that if you follow the instructions set forth in this how-to guide you will not be disappointed (Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job!). Any good chef will tell you that cooking is not just about perfect measurements, settings and temperatures, but also using your nose, eyes, ears, taste buds and sound judgement. Good night, good luck and good eating.

5.2. I've read your FAQ three times and I still have a question. Can I e-mail you?

Yes.