Cooking With Cannabis
Cooking with marijuana took flame faster than that joint you’re holding. The first recorded case of medicinal cannabis use dates back to 2800 BC.
Back then, no one would have guessed the variety of medicinal marijuana edibles that we enjoy today.
Read on to learn how you can incorporate this wonder plant into your kitchen.
An Introduction to Cooking With Cannabis
Gone are the days where you’d have to snoop around a dormitory to try and find special brownies. Master chefs are creating stunning three-course meals, carefully planning the THC and CBD dosage for the perfect all-round experience.
Unlike Cheech and Chong, cooking with cannabis is here to stay.
Although the cooking methods involved are similar, CBD boasts all the health benefits and no psychoactive effects.
Reasons Why You Should Try Cooking With Cannabis
Cannabinoids, hundreds found in cannabis plants, usually act positively with the ECS or natural endocannabinoid system in humans. They’re proving beneficial as they combine with neuron receptors which fix biochemistry and neurochemistry imbalances.
This plant is nutrient-dense and has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Marijuana is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and some believe it to be anti-aging. It’s also packed with fiber and the following essential vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
As mentioned earlier, cooking with cannabis is a fantastic way to get your dose of cannabinoids in without potentially harming your lungs.
It’s a Great Way to Consume Cannabis
Edibles have come a long way in the past 30 years.
Who doesn’t like a good home-cooked meal or a cheesy pizza when you’re baked. Cooking with weed is perfect for those who enjoy the product but are looking for a change from lighting up.
You see, to experience the psychoactive effects, weed has to go through the process of decarboxylation. It happens when you apply heat to the product, which changes the composition of some cannabinoids.
Despite being around since before the written word, the new era is revolutionizing dating Mary Jane. Remember that ingesting ganja won’t get you high immediately, it’s more of a slow burn, and you can enjoy the effects for much longer.
If you’re into new experiences, you’ll love digging into edibles whether you want a quick high or a lasting one.
You can enjoy the benefits by eating chocolate, diving into a pizza, or hosting an entire dinner party for your friends.
Choosing the Best Strain to Cook With
Unlike inhalants, your body can absorb up to 90% of cannabinoids with edibles. Yes, it could take up to two hours to feel the full effects, but it’ll last much longer.
This fact is why choosing the right strain for your recipe is so crucial. Knowing the exact THC content would be an added benefit; 10 – 15% is excellent for cooking.
For the most health benefits, you’re looking at a strain with a high terpene profile. Look out for those with high CBD and low THC.
How Do You Measure Dosage for Cooking With Weed?
Cooking with cannabis in your home requires a bit of planning and math.
Cooking With THC
If you’re after an excellent high, cooking with THC could be perfect for you.
The dry weight of a gram of weed is about 1,000mg. So, if the strain you’ve chosen has 15% THC, 15 percent of 1,000mg is 150mg. When making edibles at home, you can safely assume that a gram of cannabis contains between 100mg and 150mg THC.
Find your dose per serving by converting the amount of ground cannabis to milligrams and then dividing it by the recipe yield.
Cooking With CBD
You can cast any worries about cooking with CBD to the wind. There aren’t any psychoactive effects so that users who don’t want that experience can tolerate higher amounts. You’ll apply the same calculation as before.
How to Prepare Cannabis for Cooking
Before you run to the kitchen to dump a bag of weed into your favorite cake recipe, there are some key points to consider.
THCA, the acid naturally found in marijuana, needs to be converted to THC through heat exposure. The raw flower has no psychoactive effects, and quite frankly, the taste is not great.
If you want to be the Jamie Oliver of marijuana cooking, start with these easy steps:
- Always use dried and cured buds. Cure it at home if you buy it fresh-cut from the plant.
- Decarboxylate your stash. This process might sound intimidating, but it activates the psychoactive properties of dope.
- Grind your weed. It’s not a vital step but ensures a higher quality edible.
What Equipment Do You Need to Cook With Marijuana?
If you plan on drying and curing your product, you’ll need to keep the temperature and humidity constant. Depending on your area’s climate, you may need the following:
- an air-conditioner
You’ll also need hooks and a spot to hang the buds for a week or so. Once they’re dry, you’ll need canning jars for the curing process.
You’ll need an oven pan and food processor for the decarboxylation process, and finally, if you’d like to use a finer bud in your cooking, you’ll need a grinder.
Different Ways to Cook With Cannabis
Cooking marijuana can be done in many different ways, one of the most popular being cannabutter.
The age-old cannabis butter has seen a revival in recent days. As one of the base ingredients in most baked goods, this is how to go for an ooey-gooey old-school brownie. If you’re infusing your butter, it’s easy to over-consume due to the varying THC concentrations.
Cannabis Cooking Oil
Cooking with cannabis oil is likely the most straightforward form of cooking with pot. Unless you are infusing your oil, you won’t need many open tabs on Google to figure out how to use this ingredient. Grab a pot or pan and conjure your inner Ramsey.
Choosing the right oil depends solely on your flavor preference. Select one that you can add to a variety of recipes and cooking methods. Using infused oil eliminates the question of how to cook with marijuana.
Cannabis Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has healthy fatty acids, reduces hunger, has antimicrobial benefits, and the list goes on. Combine this with the incredible benefits of cannabis cooking, and you have a winning partnership.
You can say a lot about consuming honey. It can help lower cholesterol, it’s rich in antioxidants, and an excellent alternative to sugar for people with diabetes. Add some cannabis to your honey and create delectable desserts.
Perhaps you’d like some in your tea? Few folks consider drinking their dope, but the option is there.
Creating a tincture is a precise process. A solvent, usually alcohol, is used to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from weed.
If you’re not keen on mixing it with alcohol for some reason, you can also try a plant-based oil known as glycerin, but this will affect your quality. If you are looking for a mess-free DIY project, tinctures are it.
Different Edibles to Cook
Granted, most of these edibles are available at dispensaries, but where’s the fun in that? Take cooking weed to a new level by making it a group activity.
Ahh, pot brownies. The mother of edibles. If a joint were president, cannabis brownies would be vice president. If you haven’t tried these, you probably have a friend who has.
More often than not, the experience comes with the following story,” I had one and didn’t feel anything, so I had a few more. After a while, I was so stoned that I – insert how it went wrong here -“
Our tip – when eating your delicious brownies straight out of the oven, start with one piece and wait for about an hour. Due to the digestion process, it takes longer to start feeling the effects. Scoff down four at once, and you may not remember your own name later.
What is the cure for munchies? We don’t know, but pizza comes damn close.
Weed pizza is a great way to test the different ways in which you can incorporate pot into your meal. Once you’ve decarboxylated the cannabis, work it into the dough and toppings. Level up your plain pita by adding some infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
It only takes 30min to whip up a batch of pot cookies. Fill up your cookie jar then you’ll always be ready to host guests, even the uninvited ones. A versatile recipe will go a long way as you can add and remove ingredients to change it.
You don’t need to host a galaxy-themed party to bake a space cake. You can walk into most coffee shops in Amsterdam and have a slice with your coffee.
Cannabis confectionery will have most of us feeling like a kid in a candy store. It’s available in all shapes, sizes, and flavors.
Thanks to the widespread legalization of cannabis, you can now enjoy your medicine.
Tips for Cooking Cannabis
Most folks are unaware of their mistakes when they cook with weed for the first time. Don’t worry; we’re here to help.
A Little Goes a Long Way
If you think you don’t have enough ganja in your pot, you probably have too much already. Remember that the oil can only bind with a certain amount of cannabinoids, so adding too much will serve no purpose.
When in doubt, use the following ratio:
- one cup of oil for every cup of cannabis.
Test the Potency Before Cooking
More and more people are experimenting with edibles. Dosing can be tricky, so always test the concentrate before using it in your cooking or baking. Try a small sample and wait 30 to 120 minutes to see the effect. If you’re happy with the result, you are good to go.
Grind Your Weed Properly
Many recipes out there will tell you to grind your bud extra fine, but those will probably also recommend consuming the flower raw. If you grind it too fine, you might find flakes in your food. You can break it into pieces that the filter can easily catch.
Take your hand grinder and crush it into a nice coarse grind. The cannabis will have a larger surface area exposed to the oil, which means a better fusion.
How Do You Store Edibles?
Storage methods vary slightly depending on what you are keeping. A cold, dark, and sealed place is the best option. Here’s how to keep the different types of edibles.
Tinctures made with alcohol are probably the easiest to store. Keep in the refrigerator in an amber dropper bottle. That’s it.
Oils and butter last the longest when stored in the freezer. Wrap your cannabutter in parchment paper, seal it, and in the freezer it goes. You can also keep it in a glass container, never plastic.
Pour your infused oil into an ice tray, freeze enough to solidify, then into the vacuum-sealed bag and back in the freezer.
Baked goods can be sealed in a vacuum bag and put in the freezer.
The improper storage of any of these goods can result in bacteria’s growth that could be harmful to your health. Avoid heat, moisture, and light during storage, and you should be able to enjoy your products for an extended period.
Now that you know the world of edibles is not as scary or complex as you thought, what are you waiting for?
Try out some of the popular recipes, and in no time, you’ll be creating your own infusions and Masterchef-worthy creations. You could even grow your own weed ingredients if you order a batch of high-quality seeds now!