There are many different ways to use cannabis. One popular method that allows you to get creative in the kitchen is edibles.
Edibles aren’t just about CBD gummies and cannabis cookies. There are a huge number of ways you can start cooking with cannabis.
The easiest and most precise way to cook up a storm with cannabis is to use a tincture. However, this can be pretty expensive if you’re cooking a lot.
There are plenty of ways to use cannabis in your recipes, so here’s how to create some cannabis culinary delights!
You Cannot Eat Your Cannabis Raw
Many people assume it’s fine to use raw marijuana when cooking with cannabis.
That’s a big no no.
You have to activate the THC and the CBD if you want to actually get any benefit from your recipe. You won’t get any buzz if you use raw cannabis, because the cannabinoids in the plant need to be activated and bind to fat.
This means you need to heat it and start a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is pretty simple:
- First, you grind your cannabis and place it on a cookie sheet.
- Then, pop it in the oven between 110°C and 120°C and roast for 1 hour. This will activate your marijuana. If you want to make cannabutter, you need the temperature to be low and steady for an extended period of time.
- Set your cooking temperature and cook time carefully. Extracting cannabinoids is a time- and temperature-sensitive process, so you have to keep an eye on it when you are preparing. You must preheat your oven.
- Make sure to mix the bud every 10 minutes. When infusing your ground cannabis in butter/oil, set a low temperature. It should be between about 160-200°C. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature.
- If you are cooking your fat, it needs to be for about three hours.
12 Tips For Cooking With Cannabis
Cooking with cannabis might seem a little intimidating at first (especially when throwing words around like “decarboxylation.”
However, if you follow these 12 tips, you should be creating delicious recipes in no time!
1. Don’t Grind Your Cannabis Too Fine
Some canna-chefs suggest you should grind your cannabis very fine with a coffee grinder. However, this can give edibles a strong grassy flavor.
This also causes your butter or oil to turn green. If you use a course grinder, you can get the consistency of table salt.
2. Don’t Spend Lots Of Money On Cannabis For Cooking
When you first start cooking with cannabis, a little goes a long way.
You can also extract cannabinoids from the stems, leaves, and trim.
3. Add Water When Infusing Oil Or Butter
Adding water to your infusing process is a clever trick. It lets you keep the temperature lower.
Try to use at least as much water as you do oil or butter.
The water will boil off, and you will see the “washed” end product is not as green.
4. Don’t Use All Of Your Infusion
A cheesecloth is the best strainer to use when you are straining your cannabis.
This will only allow the oil through. If you squeeze the life out of it, you will get extra plant material.
5. Test How Potent Your Infusion Is
It is possible to keep a degree of control over how strong your edibles are going to be when you are cooking at home.
Just take a small teaspoon of your infused fat and see how potent it is.
Wait an hour then you can use it as you see fit.
Another alternative is to drizzle your butter or oil over a recipe at first. Then you can gauge the effects.
6. Make Sure You Stir Your Recipe Properly
Make sure you keep your cannabis spread evenly through your recipe.
So stir it well!
Otherwise, some of your guests will be flying high, and others won’t even get off the ground!
Stir, stir and stir again.
7. Don’t Ignore Portion Sizes When Cooking With Cannabis
If you have a favorite recipe, you might be tempted to go heavy handed with portions!
Be disciplined with how much you have.
8. How To Make Your Own Cannabis Cooking Oil
Both canna oil and butter are made in pretty much the same way.
8. Choose Your Strain
Every strain is unique.
You might want to go for a high-CBD strain, or you might choose a more relaxing strain.
If your weed has a rich terpene profile, you can get the most health benefits from your oil.
It is also ideal to go with low THC levels when cooking.
9. Decide On The Oil You Want To Use As A Base
Marijuana isn’t water soluble–it’s oil soluble.
It’s best to mix it in with high-fat oil, like coconut oil, canola oil, or even olive oil.
However, be aware that canola oil has a higher boiling and smoking point than coconut and olive oils.
10. Mix Your Oil and Cannabis Together In A Cooking Device
Slow cookers are used by a lot of canna chefs. However, a saucepan will work just as well.
You can mix your oil and bud together until it is completely submerged in the oil. A good rule of thumb is three parts oil to one part cannabis.
You can go as high as 16 ounces oil to one-ounce cannabis. In metric, one ounce is approximately 30 milliliters.
If you are using the oil in several dishes, have a higher ratio.
11. You Need To Dissolve The Cannabis In Oil
Heat up your mixture so your weed dissolves. You want to get it hot enough so that it dissolves easily but doesn’t burn.
This is where timing is important.
In a slow cooker, keep it on low heat for at least 6 to 8 hours. However, you can take as long as 2 or 3 days.
The longer you cook it the stronger it will be. You don’t want it to boil over.
12. Straining Your Mix
Make sure you strain your mix while it is still hot. This can take a long time.
If you want to make sure you’ve removed all the flower, run it through the cheesecloth, making sure you use a few layers.
You should also strain your oil in small amounts.
Once you’ve strained the oil, you can pour it into an airtight glass jar.
Heat up the glass by running it under hot water to make it less likely to break.
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