Best Tips for Cooking with Marijuana
If you’re thinking of cooking dinner with marijuana how to make it more appetizing and palatable can be a problem. It has a grassy and earthy flavor and aroma that can be pretty overpowering.
However, there are ways to overcome its natural taste and flavor though. Just follow our steps on how to prepare marijuana for cooking with your favorite dishes and recipes, and you’re sure to have a pleasant and delicious meal.
Reasons to Make Edible Marijuana Recipes
In addition to making marijuana more delicious, there are other reasons why many people are growing to love weed edibles.
- It makes you high longer.
If you want a longer high, then learn how to make marijuana edibles. Smoking and vaping marijuana may produce the fastest onset of physical and mental high. But if you want a high that lasts for hours, then start eating cannabis-infused dishes. This is because the cannabinoids stay longer in your system.
Moreover, when you ingest cannabinoids, they will be processed by the digestive organs and the liver and will be broken down into their smaller form called metabolites. In its smaller form, the cannabinoids become more potent. So not only are they potent, but they also stay in the cells longer.
- It’s a healthy alternative to smoking weed.
Studies have revealed that smoking weed may contribute to the development of lung problems such as cancer. To avoid or at least lessen the health risk, many people have switched to vaping weed. But vaping cannabis also has its own health risk.
Now, cooking with marijuana offers a healthier alternative to smoking weed. You get the same health benefits of cannabis without increasing lung risks. If you want to get high, then you can also do so. Just choose cannabis edibles that have a high THC content.
Just be aware though that, compared to smoking marijuana, it takes some time before you start feeling any effect.
- It makes marijuana tastier and more delicious.
The different strains of marijuana differ in aroma and flavor. Some strains have strong pungent and skunky odor and taste, while others taste and smell sweet, fruity, and flowery. But it can’t be denied though that marijuana has a strong grassy and earthy flavor and aroma.
You can mask its grassy and earthy flavor though by learning how to make weed edibles. Simply add your homemade cannabis infused oil or butter to your favorite dish, and you have yourself a delicious and tasty meal.
You can even also add a few drops of your cannabis infused oil to your favorite tea or coffee.
- It’s simple to cook.
Cooking with weed is really not that difficult at all. In fact, all the ingredients you need can be found in your own kitchen. You only need to buy cannabis buds from your local dispensary or order them online. Make sure though that you only order weed from trusted providers.
Of course, you will also need a grinder to grind the buds into smaller pieces. If you don’t have one, then you can use a knife.
We have posted below a quick and easy process of cooking cannabis. Just follow the steps and you can begin enjoying your cannabis infused meals.
- It won’t cause any hangover.
If you think cannabis can’t cause a hangover, think again. Studies have shown that there is, indeed, a condition called weed hangover. This is commonly caused by prolonged and heavy cannabis use. Chronic and heavy cannabis users report waking up in the morning with symptoms of headache, cottonmouth, grogginess, fogginess, and memory problems. Fatigue and nausea may also accompany these symptoms.
Now, ingesting cannabis doesn’t cause any hangover though. This is because most cannabis infused edibles don’t contain high THC levels as most buds or flowers do. Moreover, you have complete control of your dosage when you ingest edibles.
Steps in Cooking and How to Make Marijuana Edibles
Prepare your pen and paper, and let’s get ready to start cooking.
- Choose the strain.
The first step is to, of course, choose the strain that you want. Are you after more of a mental high than a physical high? If so, then choose Sativa strains. They are known to invigorate and energize.
Are you after a physical high than a mental high, and you want to feel fully relaxed? If so, then choose Indica strains. They are known for their full mind and body relaxing and sedating effects.
How about an evenly balanced mental and physical high? Hybrids strains are known for these effects.
A reliable and trusted cannabis provider can help you choose a good strain to start with.
- Decarboxylate the buds.
Now that you have your buds ready, the next step you need to do is to decarboxylate them. This simply means heating them up to release and activate the cannabinoids.
To do this, grind about half a cup of buds into smaller pieces and place them evenly on a baking tray. Of note, the tray should be lined with a baking parchment paper to prevent them from burning.
In a preheated oven of 245 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the ground buds or flowers for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. The heat will not only release the cannabinoids but also activate them.
- Infuse the oil.
Over low heat, place the double boiler. Pour a cup of water into the double boiler and add in a cup of coconut oil or butter. Let it simmer for a while, but it should not come to a full boil.
Now, add in your ground buds and let them simmer for about a couple of hours, stirring the mixture regularly. See to it, too, that you maintain a temperature of about 160 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent them from burning.
The water will evaporate, leaving behind your homemade cannabis infused oil or butter. Let it cool and strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
- Prepare for cooking.
Since you will not use all your cannabis infused oil in one sitting, you can store it in a clean glass jar. Make sure that the jar is tightly sealed and kept in a cool room to reduce the degradation rate of the cannabinoids.
Whenever you need cannabis oil or butter, you can simply add half a teaspoon into your dish. Should the effects be too much, then cut back on the amount the next time you use it. If you didn’t feel any effect, then simply add more.
In cooking with cannabis, you have to determine the best dosage that works for you through trial and error.
- Select the dish.
To better enhance the way the cannabinoids work, you have to select your marijuana recipes properly. This is especially important to note since there are certain types of foods that also help your cells absorb more cannabinoids. Some of these include fatty fish like tuna, salmon, herring, anchovies, among others. Other foods that increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids include nuts, eggs, avocado, olive oil, and sesame oil.
So in using cannabis in your dishes, make sure that you also plan the ingredients properly. See to it that they can also help boost the cannabinoids’ bioavailability so you can maximize their effects, be it for medicinal or recreational use.
Tips on Cooking with Marijuana
Important tips cooking with marijuana that you have to take note of are:
- When you decarboxylate the cannabis buds, make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area. So you need to open your kitchen windows to promote better circulation of air. It will also help if you place an electric fan near the area where you are cooking and aim it at the cooker. The flowing air can help prevent toxic fumes from accumulating in the room. Of note, the lowest setting is oftentimes enough to let air flow properly.
If you have kids and pets at home, make sure that they are not in the kitchen when you decarboxylate the cannabis buds.
- In storing your cannabis oil or cannabis butter, you need to make sure that you label them properly. You do not want a family member mistaking them for regular oil as well as butter and using them in their meals.
You also need to store them in a place where your children or pet can’t reach them. Remember, cannabis can have a negative effect on the developing brain and cause long-term consequences.
Finally, you need to store them in a cool, dark, and dry place. Heat as well as constant exposure to light can easily hasten up the cannabinoids’ degradation process.
Simple and Easy Weed Recipes
You don’t have to be a marijuana cook to be able to create dishes infused with this herb.
- Cannabis brownies
One of the favorite cannabis recipes of many is cannabis brownies. Not only is it easy to make, but you can also control your dosage by cutting them up into smaller pieces.
All you need is a box of your favorite brownie mix and a few drops of your cannabis butter or oil. Instead of using regular oil or butter though, you can just use your homemade cannabis infused oil or butter.
Bake the brownies as instructed. Once done, let it cool and cut into small squares. Just eat a small piece at first and assess the effects before adjusting your dose accordingly.
- Cannabis tea
You can also add a few drops of your homemade cannabis oil into your favorite tea.
For this recipe, all you need is a bag of your favorite tea, a slice of lemon, sugar or honey to taste (this is optional), and cannabis oil.
Pour boiling hot water into a cup and add in your tea bag. Let it steep for about five minutes or per instructions in the box. Remove the tea bag and add in a few drops of your cannabis oil and lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of sugar or some honey into your tea as a sweetener.
- Cannabis infused pasta
For this recipe, you will need the ingredients for your favorite pasta dish, be it spaghetti, carbonara, penne, etc. In addition to your regular ingredients, you will also need about 1/8 of a cup of your cannabis butter or oil.
Prepare and cook the ingredients for your pasta dish as you would normally do. But when you are cooking the sauce though, add in the cannabis oil or butter and stir the mixture gently. Make sure that the cannabis butter has fully dissolved before pouring the sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and basil over the dish. Serve.
Cooking with marijuana is really simple and easy to do. Not only is it a safer alternative to smoking cannabis, but it also gives you the same therapeutic and medicinal benefits. It can also give you the same high, if you choose strains with high THC content. Just follow the easy weed recipes above, and you can begin enjoying your cannabis infused dishes.