Did you know that studies done have found that cannabis helps with pain reduction? One study in 2018 found this benefit.
Whether you’re taking cannabis for medical or recreational purposes there are convenient ways to consume it. Cooking with cannabis is a popular method and an easy way to consume it.
But this might have you wondering what tips you should follow when you want to cook with cannabis. The good news is that you’re in luck! This guide will take a look at the top tips for cooking with cannabis today.
First, decide what effect you’re looking to experience plus the smell of the strain. It’s important to understand the terpene profile of the strains that you’re considering. You’ll also want to see whether they have THCA, CBD, or THC, or other cannabinoids.
Once you choose the strains and cannabis recipes, you’ll want to write down the different flavors and aromas that the strain produces. It’s hard to measure dosages in infused cuisine and beverages. Great options to cook with include cannabis flowers, cannabis cooking powders, infused honey, and oils.
When cooking edibles, many make the mistake of buying a large number of cannabis flowers. The good news is that a little goes a long way. For every 1 cup of oil, it’s equivalent to 1 cup of ground cannabis.
Since lipids can only bind with so much cannabis, it’s important to not be wasteful and go past this amount. You can infuse the oil with cannabis flowers as well. The effects might take a few hours to hit, it’s not as quick as smoking, so keep that in mind before you take more or think that isn’t working.
You need to heat your oven to the correct temperature. You want to let it heat for the right amount before you have it mixed with your food.
Ideally, you’ll want to cook edibles for about 30-40 minutes. Mix the buds every 10 minutes and keep the oven at about 245 F.
When cooking with cannabis, it’s not water-soluble, but instead oil-soluble. Choose a high-fat oil such as canola or coconut oil. Olive oil is a great choice as well.
Canola has a higher smoking/boiling point than olive and coconut oil. Think about what you plan to cook in order to choose the right oil.
Whether you use a saucepan or slow cooker is up to you. Mix the bud and oil together until the bud submerges into the oil.
The ratio will depend on the recipe that you follow. If you’re cooking for guests, go with a wider ratio in several dishes.
Use a grinder in order to get your cannabis as small as possible before you cook with it. This should come after the decarboxylating process. The decarboxylated process is important in order to dissolve as much as possible.
Decarboxylate is what activates the cannabinoids within the cooking flower. Heat activates the cannabis’ effects. You can buy a cannabis-infusion machine to reduce the amount of time that the process takes.
Think about a general flavor whether it’s sour, savory, salty, spicy, sweet, etc. You can also try a combination of these.
Some classic cannabis recipes include brownies and other chocolate recipes. There’s an earthy flavor to cannabis that you can mask inside of chocolate. Not all cannabis will have this strong flavor so it’s not possible to cover them all up completely.
Whether you’d like to use a cannabis-specific recipe or adjust a standard recipe is up to you! Edibles could take longer to kick in (up to a few hours) so start small. Wait a few hours before you try to take more.
Some great options are cannabis pancakes, gummy bears, fettuccine alfredo, and more. From vegan to meaty dishes the sky’s the limit. You can even choose seasonal favorites such as pumpkin spice cupcakes.
You don’t want to use raw cannabis when you’re cooking or baking. Instead, you want to cure the cannabis if it isn’t already. In its raw form, it won’t let you feel the effects of CBD and THC.
When you cure it, it’ll unlock the cannabinoids in order to experience the desired effect. The good news is that when you buy it from a dispensary, it’s normally cured already!
Keep in mind that edibles tend to have a strong more potent effect that’ll last longer. You’ll want to be aware of how much you’re consuming and what effect it’ll have on you.
Consider asking a local dispensary for tips before you begin if you’re a complete newbie. Or consider buying edibles already made. It’s important to prepare and understand what results you could have.
After reading this guide on cooking with cannabis, you should have more of an idea of how to get started. If you’re not sure where to begin you could start off with already made edibles.
Check out our various products today. If you’re looking to venture into cooking we have cannabis flowers that you can buy.
Or, if you’re looking for edibles, we have those too. Any questions that you have along the way feel free to reach out and we’ll gladly answer them.