For people who want to use cannabis for medical reasons or those who don’t like to smoke it, ingesting marijuana is one of the best ways to enjoy this plant. Whatever is your reason, this article will help you start your adventure with cannabis in the kitchen.
First of all, you should know that when cooking with marijuana, you will use some amounts of canna-oil or cannabutter in place of standard oil or butter. Eating raw cannabis straight without any preparation won’t work because our digestive system is not able to digest THC. If you want to get the psychoactive effects of marijuana, you need to heat it before you consume it in any way. Plus, you should always use fat, such as butter, milk, and oil when cooking with marijuana, because when you cook and heat cannabis with fat, THC is released from the plant and goes straight into the oil or butter.
There are many methods of extracting THC from the cannabis plant, but let’s focus on two most popular and simple ways to use the herb at home. In order to break down the THC and help it bind to the fat, you must heat cannabis in oil or butter.
You can use it in your daily cooking routine, complete your salad dressing with it or use it for sauces. When you think of cannabis cooking, canna-oil should be the first thing that comes to your mind.
For making canna-oil, you’ll need olive oil or canola oil, as well as your best cannabis buds (about 1 ounce for 6 cups of oil).
Take a heavy saucepan and put it on low heat for a few minutes. Pour oil into your pan and heat it until you smell its aroma. Start adding your cannabis buds one by one to the saucepan, stirring each one and coating it with oil. When you mix the last bud into the oil, start simmering it on low heat and keep it there for 45 minutes. Keep in mind to stir the mixture from time to time. Take your saucepan away from the heat and allow it to cool.
Now you should strain your cannabis mixture by pressing it against a metal strainer in order to wring all the oil out of it. You can store your canna-oil up to two months in an airtight container but, contrary to olive oil, it should be kept in the refrigerator.
Cannabutter is one of the best things invented by humans. You can use it for baking, eating your morning toasts, and basically for everything related to cooking.
For 2 cups of unsalted butter, you’ll need 1 ounce of cannabis buds. You should also prepare a wooden ladle, medium saucepan, metal strainer, spoon, and container.
Start by grounding your buds while melting the butter on low heat in your saucepan. Now add your ground cannabis buds to the butter and simmer it on low heat for 45 minutes. Don’t forget to frequently stir your mixture. With the metal strainer, filter out the buds and strain the butter into the previously prepared container. Squeeze all the cannabutter using the spoon and pressing it against the buds in your strainer.
And there it is, your own DIY cannabutter.
Before you start cooking with cannabis, it is important to go through a decarboxylation process, which will release the full potential of this plant’s psychoactive effects. Decarboxylation is a process of heating cannabis in order to get its effects. Keep in mind that raw marijuana contains a lot of THCA, a non-psychoactive compound of the plant.
If you don’t want to waste the psychoactive potential of THC, you should activate your cannabis before cooking with it.
Start by preheating your oven to 240 F, then break up your marijuana buds and flowers. Now take a rimmed baking sheet and put your cannabis pieces in one layer, making sure your pan is the right size and there is no empty space on it. Put your marijuana in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes and stir occasionally. Watch your buds until they’re darker in color, then take your baking sheet out of the oven. Let the buds cool before you put them in a food processor and ground coarsely. Done! Now you have decarboxylated cannabis for cooking.
For many people, calculating the potency of their edibles is extremely difficult.
Fortunately, it is easy to determine how much THC will end up in the final product. Usually, for cannabis that tests about 12% of THC, it’s recommended to use about 1 teaspoon of canna-oil or cannabutter per serving, which is about 10mg. Always check the package from a dispensary, as it should have listed the percentage of THC. It will allow you to control the potency of your edibles.
Marijuana affects everyone in a different way, so you should experiment how much cannabis is right for you. Plus, the amount of THC may vary per strain and bud, but we have some guidelines for you:
Consuming cannabis is quite different to smoking it. Your experience may be not only more intense, but it will also last longer. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get the effects of the cannabis-infused meal. You’ll feel relaxed, happy and full of positive energy for the next couple of hours.
Nowadays it’s easier than ever to choose marijuana strains strictly by the amount of THC or by flavor profile. Depending on the strain you select, cannabis can have a very strong flavor, remember it while cooking with cannabis. You must be really excited to go into the kitchen and start preparing every meal with cannabis, but before you start making your edibles, check some basic recipes online and choose the best strain for your first adventure as a master of cooking with cannabis.
Laurie Wolf and Melissa Parks, Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, 2015