Cooking with Marijuana | Tips and Tricks
Cooking is already quite a fun activity and can be a great way to relieve stress or anxiety; you can cook with friends or on your own, and one of the best parts is trying the end result. Cooking with marijuana is even more fun, and it can be done for recreational reasons and enjoyed with friends or for medicinal purposes. Plus, it’s not that hard to do! However, if you’re looking to get the right type of effect you’ll need to follow a series of steps. When starting out, it can be hard to tell how much cannabis you should use or to know when exactly it’s going to start kicking in after eating.
If you’ve never cooked with cannabis before, it’s pretty normal to be cautious when it comes to quantity or effect, which is why we’re going to go through some tips and tricks for successfully cooking with marijuana.
How to Eat Weed Without Cooking it
The short answer here is that you shouldn’t eat weed; it doesn’t produce any sort of psychoactive effect whatsoever and our digestive system isn’t good at handling raw flowers.
Contrary to what some people believe, fresh “raw” feminized cannabis flowers don’t contain much THC at all (the cannabinoide that’s in charge of producing psychoactive effects). It does, however, contain high amounts of THCA, which is the acidic form of THC. This non-psychoactive cannabinoid turns into THC when heated via either smoking, vaporizing or cooking. Not all of these methods are as efficient as the others when it comes to this, making cooking the best way to turn most of the THCA into THC.
Another reason why you won’t be able to get stoned from simply eating weed is the fact that THC needs to pass through the bloodstream in order to be effective, and the human digestive system is not designed for digesting raw flowers; most of it simply passes through your digestive system without reaching the bloodstream at all. That’s why dishes and cakes made with cannabis don’t actually contain any plant material, as you need to infuse the cannabinoids with something else first.
How to Cook with Marijuana
In order to successfully cook with cannabis, you’ll need to go through a series of steps for the best possible results.
First, start by figuring out what strain you’ll be using for your recipe; if you can find out its exact THC content, even better. We recommend using strains with average levels of THC if you’re not experienced with cannabis edibles; when done right, you can absorb up to 90% of all cannabinoids, which is much more than when inhaled – smoking cannabis has a much faster effect, but it lasts less time and is a lot less potent.
Important note: cannabis edibles can take up to a couple of hours to begin taking effect; this depends on the amount consumed and your metabolism. When eating a dish or cake prepared with cannabis, we recommend starting with small amounts and then waiting until you can feel the effect; if you don’t feel anything after a decent amount of time, try a bit more. If you go overboard, the effect may be more on the negative side and you’ll simply have to wait until it stops; it can take up to 8 hours to completely go away.
Second, you’ll need to figure out which recipe you’re going to be using to extract the cannabinoids from your cannabis; cannabinoids are lipsoluble, which means that they can only be infused with fatty matierials such as butter, oil, milk etc. You’ll need to plan for a dish that requires a cannabic version of one of these ingredients (this is why many cannabis cooks make cakes and desserts).
This process is done by slowly mixing cannabis with a fatty substance, heating it very slowly so that the cannabinoids become infused with the fat. You’ll need to sieve out the cannabis from the mixture when done, making sure that there’s no bits of weed left. Additionally, in order to make the most of the cannabinoids in your weed, you’ll need to put it through a process called decarboxylation.
What is the Decarb Process?
We’ve already talked about how cannabis contains more THCA than THC in its raw form; the first turns into the second via applied heat, which is why cannabis only produces a psychoactive effect when exposed to heat such as smoking, vaporizing or cooking.
In this particular case, when we say cooking we mean decarboxylation. This is done by applying a certain amount of heat to raw flowers for a certain amount of time; cannabis begins to decarb at 104°C after around 35-45 minutes of cooking – keep in mind that cannabinoids will begin to degrade from 148°C onwards, so you shouldn’t let it reach that temperature at any point, nor should you decarb your weed for over an hour. Optimal temperatures at 105-120°C an hour. If you have an oven, oven paper and cannabis buds, you can go ahead and decarb your weed.
Also, many people that cook with cannabis also recommend washing your weed before using it; you can do this before decarbing (which helps it to dry) or afterwards, although you will need to dab the cannabis dry with some kitchen towel and then wait until it dries out properly. If you’re worried about getting it wet, there’s no need; cannabis is liposoluble as well as hydrophobic, meaning that cannabinoids do not dissolve into water. This process is done in order to remove chlorophyll (the green flavor) and dirt such as accumulated dust etc. which may have settled on your plants.
Cooking with Marijuana | Easy Weed Recipes
If you’re planning on making your favorite meal with cannabis, you’ll need to have a general idea of the basics of cooking with marijuana; if you check out this post, you’ll find a long list of ways to create cannabis infusions for other recipes. From the most common recipe, cannabis butter, to more unothordox recipes such as cannabis tomato sauce or homemade cannabis liqor. This post also contains information on the amount of cannabis needed per recipe and serving.
In reality, you can make any recipe using cannabis if you follow the right steps and know how to add it to the dish. You can check out our cannabis recipes section of the blog if you want to check out our dozens of cannabis dish recipes; from cakes and desserts, to complete menus for special occasions.
Cooking with Marijuana | Vegan Cannabis Recipes
If you’re vegan but still want to enjoy cannabis infused recipes, no worries; most cannabis recipes involve butter or other types of animal fats, but you can also use any type of oil such as sunflower, olive and even coconut. If you check out our recipes, you’ll see that we have a delicious vegan cannabis brownie recipe as well as an amazing recipe for cannabis hummus. What are you waiting for? Get cooking!