Cooking with cannabis has become wildly popular in the past few years with the legalisation of cannabis across many states worldwide. People now use cannabis products and supplements in their foods for an array of reasons. Some use it for medical purposes while others use it for recreational purposes.
Whatever your reason for using cannabis in your food, it’s always essential to do it right for the best possible results. Given the common mistakes that people make, especially in the cooking stage, it’s evident that very few people enjoy the actual benefits of this unique herb.
Without using the proper cooking tips mentioned below, you won’t benefit from cannabis’ THC and CBD components. And simply tossing fresh-cut flowers into your meals won’t cut it.
The possibilities of the meals that you can infuse with cannabis are limitless. You must consider the type of flavours you want to enjoy and the feelings you wish to experience from cannabis. You can find cannabis edibles in Canada and various other places where it’s legal. Therefore, any mistakes you make while cooking with cannabis can spoil your entire experience.
Here are some common mistakes you should avoid when cooking with cannabis products, and we’ll also discuss how to avoid them:
This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when using cannabis in their foods. Assuming that you can cook using raw cannabis is a grave mistake and often doesn’t end well. Well, you can use raw cannabis edibles in your food. But you won’t get the high that you’re looking for. This is mainly because raw buds don’t always have THC.
Raw buds have THCa, which doesn’t provide the euphoric effects you’re probably looking to enjoy. THCa must go under decarboxylation to activate THC. Moreover, if you use raw cannabis, most of the cannabinoids would be dormant. Therefore, they won’t bind into fat. Simply put, if you use raw cannabis, you’ll just be wasting it.
To make your cannabis go through the decarboxylation process, you must grind it first. Then put it in a preheated oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit (approximatively 100 degrees Celsius) and roast it for about 45 minutes, depending on the cannabis strain you’re using.
Once you have infused your canna oil, the next step is to strain out the canna material. The cheesecloth is usually the most recommended since it allows oil to pass through it while separating it from other ground materials. Another vital factor to note is that you shouldn’t squeeze the cheesecloth to remove every drop of oil from the ground plant material. Instead, let gravity do the work for you. Let the cheesecloth hang, and the oil will slowly drip.
Sure, it’s recommended that you grind your cannabis into powder to help with its decarboxylation process and easy use. However, many people make the mistake of grinding their cannabis edibles too much. These edibles usually end up having a very grassy, bitter taste.
Therefore, instead of using a coffee grinder or food processor, look for a manual grinder that doesn’t over grind your buds. Overground cannabis isn’t always a good choice, especially if you want your meals to be tasty and have that tingly feeling.
To avoid that, ensure that, after decarboxylation, you grind it in the same way that you would when rolling a joint. Grind it too finely, and you will have an unpleasant flavour.
As with any cannabis edibles, add too much or too little into your meals, and it might ruin your entire meal. Finding the perfect cannabis dose takes time and practice. Add a little, and you might not feel its effect, which means that you’ll have to eat a lot more to feel anything.
However, if you add too much, instead of feeling its euphoric effects, you may end up feeling quite the opposite. You may feel paranoid, tired, or lazy. As you start eating, you won’t feel its immediate effects, which will make you eat even more. And by the time the effects hit, it will be too late.
The best way to establish how much cannabis to add to your meals is to smoke it or vape a little of it to see how potent it is. This way, you will know how strong the cannabis strain is. Cooked cannabis has higher potency compared to uncooked cannabis. Therefore, it may be best to eat less of that meal.
Besides knowing the right quantity of cannabis to use in your meals, it’s vital to know the potency of the infusion you plan to use. Cooking with cannabis doesn’t have to be all about guesswork. It’s vital, especially if you are trying a new recipe, to test and know the potency of that cannabis strain before you use it.
You can check for the potency of the cannabis strain by using a small dose of the strain in a teaspoon. Then wait for one hour to gauge the effects of the strain. This is one of the best and most effective ways of checking the batch’s strength.
You can also add your cannabis strain as a drizzle or topping over a recipe at first. This is another effortless way of checking the dose and gauging the strengths and effects of new strains.
The sky’s the limit when cooking foods with cannabis oils and other supplements. If done right, you would be surprised at how many meals you can cook with cannabis and enjoy it. The cannabis flavour goes with almost all spicy and savoury meals. So, give it a shot today. Make your tasty cannabis foods and have a blissful time.
4/20 is in three days, and although this year we won’t be able to go outside, sit in a park with friends and celebrate the cannabis-oriented holiday together, we still need to find ways to enjoy it from the comfort of our homes. We are going through stressful times that make us all feel anxious and on edge. And what better way to relieve stress than to bake and get baked?
That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the best recipe for weed-infused cannabis, so you can enjoy your free time this weekend and bake in preparation for Monday. Don’t thank me but please enjoy your solo sesh responsibly.
First things first—you wouldn’t bake a cake without butter, right? Well, the same applies here—you need to start with the most important ingredient: cannabis-infused butter, also called cannabutter. Not everyone would use it as it takes quite a while to make, but remember we’re doing this for 4/20 so no, we won’t accept a cake with grinded weed thrown in there. Let’s bake properly so we can get stoned properly.
Butter is a great carrier for THC and other cannabinoids, but you can also pick other options such as coconut oil, olive oil or any other fatty oil for your infusions. And don’t forget that butter burns easily, so keep an eye on your cannabutter at all times, which means don’t leave it in the oven while you roll a fat one.
Here’s what ingredients you will need:
Some of you might wonder what decarboxylated cannabis is. It is the essential first step in order to make banging magic brownies. Skipping the decarboxylating might result in a weak or inactive cake. Some stoners like to decarb their weed directly in the hot butter, but the less time you soak the buds, the better your cannabutter is going to taste. That’s why I would advise you to decarb your weed in the oven first.
Preheat your oven to 120ºC (245ºF). Place your buds on a tray covered with non-stick baking paper. Insert the tray into the oven and set a timer for 30 to 40 minutes. Drier cannabis may require less time. Every 10 minutes, lightly shake the tray in order to expose the buds equally.
Grind your decarboxylated cannabis with a hand grinder.
Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan and simmer on low heat to let the butter melt. Adding a bit of water prevents the butter from scorching.
As the butter begins to melt, add in your ground cannabis and simmer. Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Your yummy mixture should never come to a full boil.
Set a funnel on top of a bowl and line it with cheesecloth—if, like me, you’ve never had a cheesecloth in your house, just use a paper coffee filter. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the funnel and let it strain. Once this is done, refrigerate your bowl of butter.
If water forms at the bottom of the bowl, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out.
Once your cannabutter is ready to be used in the recipe of your choice, refer to dosing information before adding your butter—trust me, you don’t want to go over the top. Otherwise, you’re all good to go.
Enjoy your space cakes, your cannabis peanut butter cookies and gummy edibles, and happy 4/20!