The Most Common Mistakes when Cooking with Cannabis
Cooking your own homemade meals is becoming more and more of a craze, mainly due to the amount of new reality TV shows that are centered on food. Many chefs that consume cannabis have begun using this ingredient in their recipes. Today, we’re going to talk about the most common mistakes when cooking with cannabis.
If you’re into cannabis and you like cooking, today is your lucky day. Cannabis is one of the best ingredients that you can have in your kitchen, and it makes for some interesting meals; meals made with cannabis are sure to uplift you and your friends. You’ll be able to invite friends over for a good time and a good meal, as well as make the most of the multiple benefits that cannabis had when ingested.
Practice is a great way to get into cooking with cannabis, and practice is also the only way that you’re going to get good at it. Today we’re going to have a look at some of the most common mistakes made when cooking with cannabis and how to avoid them skillfully.
Common mistakes made when cooking with cannabis:
One of the biggest mistakes that beginners tend to make is cooking the cannabis raw into your meal. This is something you should never do, as your stomach finds it hard to process. Cannabis only dissolves its cannabinoids in fatty materials, and will not infuse with water on its own. When you dissolve cannabis in oil, butter or other lactose products, you’ll be able to extract all of the THC from it, as it sticks to the fat particles; this does not happen when you use water.
Another big mistake made when making cannabis butter or oil for the first time (used in the majority of cannabis recipes), is believing that it’s finished once it has turned green. Cooking times are incredibly important when it comes to cannabis; cannabis butter, for example, needs to be stirred for 30 minutes on low heat until it’s smooth and creamy, no longer and no less.
When cooking anything that is liquid, you’ll get steam evaporating form the mixture – the same thing happens with THC. It may seem like a silly detail, but keeping the lid on your pots while they’re slow cooking is incredibly important, as the steam that evaporates may contain THC and other cannabinoids.
The temperature at which you’re cooking also needs to be quite exact; we recommend staying incredibly patient and doing everything on low temperature rather than increasing it to speed up the process. If it goes over 160º, many cannabinoids will begin to degrade and evaporate fully, and so will the desired effect along with them.
When you consume food with cannabis in it you need to be patient. You need to make sure to keep a close eye on the dosage that you’re using. This is done because when you ingest cannabis you’re able to absorb absolutely all of the cannabinoids, including THC; when smoked, you only absorb around 40% of this mixture. In a recipe in which you’re using butter or oil, we recommend adding between 2-10g of cannabis per person, depending on their tolerance.
Cannabis’s psychoactive effect is much more potent when ingested than when smoked, and it also takes much longer to process, which is why we recommend eating a little bit and waiting for a while to see how you feel. If you eat a cannabis brownie or any other portion of cannabis food, you will generally start feeling the effects after about an hour.
This may take some trial and error; if you use too little cannabis you won’t get much of an effect at all.
Many people that consider themselves experts in cooking with cannabis believe that leftover leaves, trimmings and bad quality buds will give the same results and decent quality product. You can still get high and eat an amazing meal, but the better quality weed you use, the better the effect that you’ll receive. Of course, you should always keep the very best buds to smoke or vape.
Last but not least, when you’re preparing a meal with cannabis for friends or some sort of social event, you absolutely must tell the people involved that it contains weed. It’s not a very funny joke to those that aren’t used to consuming cannabis, and it can cause paranoia or other scary side effects. This is why we recommend being as frank with your friends or acquaintances as possible when cooking for other people.
Prepare a nice surrounding, maybe some extra pillows and plenty of beverages nearby. If possible, try and get everyone to stay over if you’re planning on having an intense trip.