You’re first experience with a cannabis edible was probably that brownie you devoured when you were in high school, only to find yourself trapped inside your mind wondering if you were on a different plant. But just like the cannabis industry, you’ve become more grown up and learned a thing of two. Now you want to learn how to cook with weed so you can actually enjoy your trip without taking a trip to mars. Cooking with cannabis is not only relatively easy but it’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it, we live in a time where cooking with marijuana can also be very delicious. From gourmet recipes to tasty baked goods, cooking with weed has come a long way since your high school brownie trip. Here we’ll look at how to cook with marijuana and how you can whip up some great cannabis infused dishes.
When cooking with marijuana, cannabis infused butter is one of the most common ways to create cannabis infused food and you don’t need to have a PHD in cannabis cooking to do it. It’s important to know that when cooking cannabis flower it has to be heated at a very specific temperature to ensure the psychoactive compounds make its way out of the plant and into the food. Butter is commonly used in almost every recipe and is a great carrier for THC, the same can be said for other great carriers such as coconut oil, olive oil and any other fatty oils. But before we get to infusing the butter with the cannabis and how to cook with weed there is an all important step that needs to happen before going any further.
Decarboxylating weed before making edibles is arguably the most important step in the entire process of cooking with weed. Decarboxylate is the process of heating raw marijuana to turn THC-A into THC, this is the same process that cannabis goes though when we smoke or vaporize it, heat converts THC-a into THC to provide the psychoactive effects.
When decarbing your cannabis you’ll want to follow these important steps:
Cooking the cannabis
- Preheat your oven to 245 Fahrenheit
- Cover oven tray with parchment paper to avoid sticking
- Place cannabis on parchment paper and insert in the oven
- Heat cannabis for 30-40 minutes
- Every 10 minutes move the cannabis around in the oven
Adding cannabis to the butter
- Remove cannabis from oven
- Grind the cooked cannabis finely with a grinder
- Take your butter and melt it into a pot, for every cup of butter add one cup of water
- When the butter begins to melt add your ground up cannabis
- Maintain a low heat of around 160 -180 Fahrenheit
- Let simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Never allow mixture to boil
- Once you’ve simmered the cannabis and butter long enough it’s time to strain
- Use a cheese cloth to pour the melted cannabutter through
- After pouring into a jar or basin, refrigerate the cannabutter for an hour
After you have let your batch of cannabutter sit in the fridge you can now use it in a wide variety of recipes, we’ve put together three awesome recipes for different meals of the day. Each can be easily made with your cannabutter and a great way to learn how to cook with marijuana.
Canna-Pancakes – Breakfast
Who doesn’t like to start their day with a batch of delicious fluffy pancakes, now imagine those pancakes with the feeling of euphoria and deep relaxation. This perfect wake and bake recipe will have your tummy satisfied and most likely going back for seconds and thirds!
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of white sugar
- 1 ¼ cups of milk
- 3 tablespoons of cannabutter
- 1 egg
- Stir in flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Pour in melted butter, egg, and milk. Whip with up a spatula until the mixture is smooth
- Heat up your frying pan over medium heat, then pour our pancake mix on the pan. You’ll know it’s time to flip when they begin to bubble on the surface.
- Add some syrup and let your body fall into a euphoric state for the rest of the day
Is here is anything better then a warm tasty grilled cheese for lunch to power you through to dinner? Yes there is, canna infused grilled cheese! This recipe is super straight forward and can be made in 15 minutes, it will leave you feeling satisfied and hungry for dinner! A classic favorite when cooking with marijuana.
- 2 slices bread
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp cannabis butter
- 2 tsp butter
- Butter the outside of your bread with normal butter
- Spread the cannabutter on the inside of the bread
- Place cheese on the cannabutter side, putting two slices of bread together with the cannabutter in the middle
- On medium heat grill the sandwich until the cheese has melted and the bread has become lightly brown
Canna-Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t like a big bowl of mac and cheese? From adults to children, it;s hard to hate on this timeless classic. Adding cannabis can make it that much better!
- 1-2 tspns cannabutter
- 1 Box Macaroni & Cheese
- Boil water to boil in a medium sauce pan
- Add macaroni
- Boil for 7-8 minutes
- Drain the noodles and return macaroni to saucepan
- Add cannabutter, milk and cheese and mix
Cannabis Cooking Oil
When learning how to cook with marijuana, making cannabis cooking oil is another great option to easily infuse your food with a psychedelic twist. Like cannabutter, cannabis cooking oil can be stored for months and added to any food recipe. Both coconut and olive oil are the most popular choices when creating cannabis cooking oil. For every 1 cup of cannabis use 1 cup of cooking oil.
- Grind up desired amount of cannabis
- Take both your oil and cannabis and place in a slow cooker, double boiler or saucepan
- Heat both the oil and cannabis together on low
- For a slow cooker cook on low for 4-6 hours
- Cooking in a double boiler should be cooked on low for 6-8 hours
- On a saucepan cook on low for three hours, making sure to stir regularly to avoid burning
- Temperatures should never reach over 245 Fahrenheit
- After letting the oil and cannabis cook together for a few hours remove and pour through a cheesecloth
- Store the oil in a jar and use for any of your cannabis cooking needs
- Cannabis oil shelf life is around 2 months, longer if refrigerated.
Cannabis cooking oil can be added in a whole bunch of recipes or dishes, having it readily available makes cooking with cannabis extremely easy and practical. Here is a great cookie recipe on how to cook with weed.
Canna- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup canna coconut oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 345°F
- In one bowl mix the cannabis oil, brown sugar, milk and vanilla
- In another bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
- Combine both bowls together
- Roll batter into tablespoon size balls onto a cooking sheet, then flatten them out
- Bake for 6-10 minutes
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The last thing you want is to create a batch of edibles to find out they are either too weak or way too strong. When cooking with marijuana, one of the biggest obstacles cannabis chefs face is accurately measuring how much cannabis to include in your recipe. Rule of thumb is generally 1 teaspoon of cannabis butter or cannabis oil usually contains around 10 mg of cannabis. For those who have never had cannabis infused food it’s best to maybe start with half a teaspoon. As you cook more with cannabis you will have a better understanding of what your tolerance is and how much is the right amount. Always start off slow and gradually move your way up once you get more comfortable. Here are some tips on how to roughly calculate how potent your edibles will be.
- A gram of cannabis is roughly at least 100 mg of THC
- Take the amount of cannabis you used in your butter or oil, convert into milligrams then divide it by the recipe yield
- This should give you a per serving dose of THC
An example would be if you use three grams of cannabis, that would equal 300 mg of THC. You then divide 300 mg of THC by let’s say how many cookies you are baking, we’ll say 60. This would mean that each cookie would roughly come out to 5 mg per cookie. This of course is all rough figures as some cookies may contain more THC then others. It’s always important to start low and go slow when cooking and eating edibles. Make a trial batch with low amounts of cannabis and try them out. This way you will understand how effective they are how much more cannabis you need to add it to reach the perfect amount.
Common Cannabis Cooking Mistakes
For many cooking with cannabis will be a first time experience, and like anything you will make a mistake or two along the way. If you make too many mistakes however it could run the entire process. Here are a few of the most common mistakes made when cooking with weed and how to avoid them.
Don’t over-grind your weed!
When making your cannabutter or cannabis oil the finer your weed is ground up the more you’re going to lose when you pour it through the cheesecloth. Many recommend using things like a blender or a coffee grinder to break down your cannabis, this is not a good idea. When cooking cannabis you are trying to extract the plant’s trichomes which are on the plant and not in the plant. When you siphon the cannabis you don’t want the cannabis getting into your oil or butter, this will leave an unwanted flavor. Stick to using your classic handheld grinder or using the old scissors technique.
Add water during the infusing process
When cooking your cannabis with butter or oil there is always a chance it will burn, whether it’s on the stove-top or in a slow cooker. Adding water helps things infuse when the temperature is lower and helps avoid any burning. Adding water can also help remove some of that strong herbal cannabis flavor. The rule of thumb is to add as much water as there is butter or oil.
Keep the temperature low
When THC is cooked higher then 390 Fahrenheit it becomes completely useless and usually starts to degrade way before hitting 390 Fahrenheit . You always want to keep your temperature just below the boiling point which is 212 Fahrenheit, this way you avoid any chance of losing THC potency. Also it’s important to note that when you do create cannabis butter or oil you should not fry or sauté it directly onto a pan, always make sure the butter or oil is inside the food.
Don’t skip the Decarboxylate process
The Decarboxylate stage is the most important stage of the cannabis cooking process, raw cannabis doesn’t have active THC. Raw cannabis contains THC-A (THC-acid). Cannabis needs heat for the THC to become active. It is heat that creates a chemical reaction that converts the THC-A into THC. Always make sure to Decarboxylate or your edibles will be virtually useless.