As edibles rise in popularity, marijuana (pot) is becoming an increasingly common cooking ingredient. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about cooking with marijuana. Keep reading for tips on how to prepare pot to infuse your food with THC, which is its psychoactive ingredient.
Baking With Cannabis
Baking with marijuana is a great way to enjoy its psychoactive effects. THC is fat-soluble — meaning it’s best absorbed when eaten with some sort of fat — which is why many cannabis users prefer to bake with pot.
If you are using fresh cannabis flowers, you will need to decarboxylate them before cooking. To do this, preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and spread the flowers out on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once they are done, you can either use them in your recipe or store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Cannabis oil is quite easy to make, so it’s ideal for beginners. To make cannabis oil, start by heating a ‘carrier oil,’ such as coconut or olive oil, in a pan over medium heat. Next, add the ground weed to the pan and cook it for about five minutes, or until it’s lightly browned. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Strain the cooled oil through a mesh strainer to remove the ground weed. You can use cannabis oil in various recipes, including brownies, cookies, and even salad dressings.
Marijuana butter, or “cannabutter,” is another popular and easy way to cook with weed. It’s also one of the most potent methods, so it’s a good idea to start with small doses. To make marijuana butter, start by heating some butter (unsalted, preferably) in a pan over medium heat. Next, add the ground weed to the pan and cook it until it’s lightly browned. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, strain the butter through a mesh strainer to remove the ground weed. Be sure to refrigerate it overnight. This butter is a great addition to pastries and can also be used in baking recipes that require butter, like brownies and cakes.
Cannabis flour is great for avid bakers who love making edibles, and it’s one of the easiest types of infused ingredients you can prepare. It’s shelf-stable for up to 90 days, so you can make a batch and keep it on hand for bread, pancakes, and any other recipe you want to infuse. Find an easy recipe here.
Making cannabis-infused drinks can be a fun and easy way to consume cannabis. There are many different ways to make cannabis-infused drinks, like cocktails and mocktails. One way to make a cannabis-infused drink is to add ground cannabis to a beverage of your choice. You can either add it to the entire drink or just to a portion of it. Another method is to infuse milk or cream with cannabis, which will create a creamy and delicious drink. You can also infuse cannabis into fruit juices or other types of drinks. If you are new to making cannabis-infused drinks, it is important to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find the dosage that works best for you.
Marijuana is a versatile ingredient that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Cooking with cannabis is easiest if you incorporate marijuana into basic ingredients for dishes like pies and brownies. Most of these methods are very similar to each other, so try each of them out and see which one works best for you.