Cooking with Marijuana: 10 Tips Any Beginner Should Follow for Marijuana Cooking
Whether you are seeking relief from symptoms of a disease or simply are looking to unwind and have a little fun with friends, marijuana edibles can be a fun and different way to consume cannabis.
The high is different (more of a body buzz) and can last longer, which actually makes eating marijuana a great solution for medical cannabis users, as you will reap the benefits for longer periods of time.
If you are new to cooking with cannabis, you should follow some fairly simple guidelines. Beginners read on, below!
- Decarboxylation: You may think that you can just bake some ground up pot into your brownies and that you will be able to feel the effects of the THC. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. The full effects of the cannabinoids in marijuana are only released in weed that has been decarbed. When you smoke marijuana, you do this in a really simple way: You burn it. However, when you are cooking with marijuana you need to be a little more creative. All you need to do to decarbe your marijuana is to bake it in the oven to activate the THC. So bake it for 30 – 40 minutes at temperatures ranging from 310 – 340 degrees.
- Make Butter and Oils Your Friend: Marijuana Butter and oils make it way easier for you to incorporate marijuana into your recipes, but butter and oil will also make preparing cannabis-infused foods way tastier. To make canna butter or canna oil, you need to simmer your decarbolysed pot into your oil or butter for about half an hour, stirring regularly. You can easily find recipes for making different extracts on the Internet. Oils and butters will not only improve the flavor but also the texture of your ganja treats.
- Don’t Overdo It: Because your high will last for longer and be more intense, you really don’t want to overdo it with THC content with edibles. Pick a well-balanced strain for your culinary creations. Marijuana from the dispensary will often display cannabinoid levels for their products. Also, keep in mind that when you eat marijuana, it may take a little longer to kick in, so if you’re not feeling anything be patient. Many people end up eating more cannabis infused food and then getting hit with the psychoactive effects all at once. Don’t be one of these people!
- Play with Flavors: When preparing your cannabis oil or butter, don’t be afraid to mix in some other herbs for flavor. Marijuana on its own can have a bit of an overwhelming taste, but it can actually taste pretty nice mixed with other herbs. Good choices would be marijuana butter with garlic, basil, and oregano. If you’re creating something on the sweet side of things, you can mix some cinnamon and nutmeg into your cannabis butter.
- Create the Space: After eating edibles, you and your friends are probably going to want to relax in a safe space. Make sure you have lots of snacks and liquids ready and be all stocked up on funny, easy movies. Finally, although you might think it’s funny to feed people cannabis infused food without telling them, it’s really not. You never know how someone is going to react, so always be upfront with participants.
- Don’t over grind your Bud: Although it might seem that a fine grind would be ideal for creating your butter and oil, this is just an illusion. Grinding your marijuana into tiny particles or creating a dust-like solution will really only serve to make the flavors of the plant way too intense in your extract, kind of like when you let a tea bag steep for too long.
- Avoid Alcohol: You should not serve booze at your marijuana meal. Alcohol has the tendency to amplify the effects of THC and, especially in the case of edibles, they can make you really sick. Remember going to parties in your teens, drinking, smoking and greening out? Even people that regularly drink and regularly smoke may have trouble combining the two, as drinking alcohol and then consuming marijuana will result in the level of THC in your system rising steeply and you will end up way more “stoned” than you planned for.
- Know Yourself: If you are treating a symptom that is best managed with a high CBD strain of cannabis, or if you know that high THC strains make you paranoid, don’t expect a different response just because you are eating the cannabis instead of smoking it. Know what you like and what you react poorly too and remember that this will be magnified and last way longer when you consume edibles.
- Start Small: Don’t make a giant batch of food until you’ve perfected your recipe. You don’t want to be stuck with a humongous batch of cookies that are way too strong to be enjoyable so start with small quantities to avoid wasting, both food and pot.
- Experiment: Cooking with pot should be fun! Don’t just stick to plain old brownies. You can make cookies, coffee cake, or cannabis-infused pancakes. Don’t feel pressured to stick to sweets either. Pasta sauces, bakes, and melts… the world is at your crafty fingertips, you simply need to unleash your creativity!
Whether you’re just looking to have a little fun, you’re worried about the damage smoking may do to your lungs or you just want to switch up the way you’ve been consuming your medical marijuana, edibles are a great alternative. Not only will you reap the benefit of a longer high, but also there are also endless possibilities as to what culinary masterpieces you can create. Hopefully, the tips above will help you to create the best atmosphere, optimal effect and the tastiest cannabis dishes possible. What’s your favorite marijuana infused recipe? Let us know in the comments below!