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5 mistakes people make while cooking with cannabis and how to avoid them

By Kimberley Dawson

Oct 3, 2020


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.

Mistakes to avoid when using CBD as an ingredient in your recipe

Here are some common mistakes you should avoid when cooking with cannabis products, and we’ll also discuss how to avoid them:

Lack of decarboxylation

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.

Improperly straining the oil

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.

Over grinding your cannabis into powder

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.

Adding too little or too much cannabis

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.

Not testing the potency of your cannabis

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.