Cooking with cannabis? Is that a thing? Why would I want to eat weed instead of, say, vape or smoke it?
For every marijuana smoker, there’s nothing as refreshing as unwinding over a calming indica after a long, unforgiving day. Whether you’re huddled over a demanding school project or dealing with a lot at work, you can trust Mary and Jane to always have your best interests at heart.
When you inhale cannabis smoke, the active cannabinoids are absorbed by your lungs and deposited in the bloodstream almost immediately. This makes smoking and vaping the quickest ways of consuming marijuana and by far the most common.
That said, some people are uncomfortable smoking weed yet would like to enjoy the numerous benefits and effects of THC. Others just want to get creative and explore other ways of consuming weed.
What about infusing your favorite cannabis strain into your favorite meals? In this article, we will let you know all there is to know about cooking with cannabis.
If you searched online, you’re likely to find a recipe for any cannabis-infused meal you could think of. Cooking with cannabis tincture is the wave now, and there are a lot of benefits to making your own weed edibles.
For one, it allows you to accurately measure up a dosage you’re comfortable with. Second, ingesting cannabis results in an incredibly potent high, especially if the weed was well decarboxylated. Before you look online for recipes on cooking with cannabis butter, here are a few things you should know:
THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present in marijuana are insoluble in water. This largely limits their bioavailability. They do, however, dissolve readily in fatty acids. To make edibles, you’ll, therefore, need to ‘activate’ the THC by mixing it up with some butter, coconut oil, or hemp oil and heating it up. This process is called decarboxylation.
Although most people know THC and CBD to be the most abundant cannabinoids in marijuana, these compounds are technically almost never present in the plant, to begin with. Instead, each of these cannabinoids has a carboxyl group attached to its chain, making them acids.
For example, THC exists as THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) and CBD as CBDA (cannabidiolic acid); in these forms, these compounds are inactive, thus won’t bring about strong effects, if any.
To ‘activate’ them, you have to get rid of this carboxylic group. This process is called decarboxylation. Once the decarb process is complete, your cannabis will be active and ready for cooking.
Decarboxylation is when THCA and CBDA in marijuana are converted to THC and CBD, respectively. Although this process occurs naturally over time, it can be accelerated when exposed to heat, oxygen, and light.
Before you start cooking with cannabis, you’ll need to expose it to low heat for an extended period of time. The following procedure will help you decarboxylate your cannabis right from your home!
Although your weed is now activated, it is not all the way ready to make edibles. You need a medium to dissolve the THC and make an extract. Many cannabis recipes utilize butter, but any fat or oil would work just as well. Making cannabutter will ensure you have decarb THC handy whenever you need to make an infused meal.
Follow this procedure when making cannabis butter at home:
There you have it- your own homemade cannabis butter! You can store your butter in the refrigerator and pull it out when you want to cook with cannabis. You can use your cannabis butter in a thousand different ways: baking, cooking, making teas, chocolates, gummies, etc.
Baking with cannabis is the way to consume cannabis and enjoy all its benefits without worrying about inhaling its smoke.
What’s more, it’s a fun and engaging activity and is a pleasant way to spend the day. If you’re up for it, call a friend and make a weekend out of this baking experience!
Baking with cannabis is not complicated; Here are a few recipes that will guide you through making potent weed edibles from the comfort of your kitchen:
Brownies are a classic pastry in many people’s homes. For the average weed enthusiast, they are the pastry. Easy to make and pleasantly-flavoured, learning how to make a good weed brownie is vital if you’re looking to start cooking with cannabis tincture.
Serve with coffee, tea, or fruit juice. Remember to pay special attention to the dosage to ensure you don’t take too much. Everyone has a story about the one time they took more edibles than they should have, and it’s hardly ever a pleasant experience.
These tasty treats require only 3 ingredients to bake. This recipe will show you how to make a fresh batch of potent cannabis shortbread cookies in almost no time.
Cannabis tea is easy and quick to make. It allows for a ton of experimentation and herbal alchemy: for example, you could try out many different tea blends, honey, and spices. You can prepare cannabis tea in a variety of ways.
One method of making weed tea is adding-ready made cannabis-tincture to the tea. Another involves adding cannabis-infused butter or oil to a tea, coffee, or chocolate drink, making some kind of latte. The last method, though simple, is less potent and involves steeping dry cannabis flower in hot water for an extended time.
Here is a simple recipe to guide you through making your first pot of potent, homemade cannabis tea:
If you’d like, you can add some milk as well.
Enjoy your homemade weed tea! (If you used 1 gram of cannabis, one cup should be enough)
While smoking weed leads to a quicker high, edibles result in a much more potent kick. This is because the decarb process you put your weed through when making cannabutter increases its bioavailability. You should, therefore, be very deliberate and accurate when choosing a dosage for your weed edibles.
Different people have different tolerances to weed; different strains of weed also affect people differently, depending on a ton of variants and factors.
When cooking with cannabis wax, you should pay attention to the THC content of the strain you wish to use. A strain that contains, say, 20% THC by mass, this means 5 grams would have 1000 mg of THCA.
If, during the decarb process, 90% of the THCA is converted to THC, you’ll have 900 mg of THC. If while mixing with butter only 60% of THC is extracted, you’ll have 540 mg of THC.
This is enough to make 54 portions of edibles if each piece will contain 10 mg of THC. This is a standard dose. If you’re a beginner, consider splitting an edible in half and consuming only 5 mg at a time.
As we’ve mentioned before, when smoking, THC is inhaled into the lungs and absorbed immediately into your bloodstream. This makes for a much quicker hit. Edibles work differently.
When you eat a cannabis edible, it has to be digested in the stomach, then metabolized by the liver. At this point, the active compounds are then absorbed into the bloodstream. This is why edibles take quite a while before kicking in.
When they do, however, the high lasts for much longer. You should expect to feel the effects of your weed tea or edibles after about 30 to 45 minutes.
This article has highlighted how to decarboxylate cannabis, make cannabutter, and how to make tasty weed edibles from home. Now that you know how cooking with cannabis works, you have an entire world of opportunities open to you. The only limit is your imagination!
Always measure out your portions carefully and accurately. When making cannabis edibles with coconut oil, a little bit of THC goes a long way.
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