Cooking With Cannabis
Cooking with cannabis can be a fun and creative way to incorporate the plant into your meals and snacks. Whether you are looking for a new twist on an old classic or want to try something completely new, cooking with cannabis offers a wide range of possibilities.
By infusing oils or butter with cannabis, you can control the amount of THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) in each serving, making it easier to enjoy the effects of the plant in a controlled and safe manner.
Decarboxylate The Cannabis
Before you start cooking with cannabis, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it is important to decarboxylate the cannabis before using it in your recipes. This involves heating the cannabis to activate the THC, which will allow it to be absorbed into the body when ingested.
To decarboxylate your cannabis, simply spread it out on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 240°F (115°C) for 30-40 minutes. Once the cannabis has been decarboxylated, it can be added to oils or butter to create an infused ingredient.
When it comes to recipes, the sky is the limit. From classic comfort foods like mac and cheese and brownies to more sophisticated dishes like cannabis-infused risotto and roasted vegetables, there is something for everyone.
Cannabis-infused Olive Oil
Here’s a simple recipe for cannabis-infused olive oil that can be used in a variety of dishes:
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 7 grams of decarboxylated cannabis
- In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over low heat.
- Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the oil and stir gently to combine.
- Cook the mixture over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the cannabis plant matter.
- Allow the infused oil to cool, then transfer it to a clean, airtight container.
This infused olive oil can be used in a variety of dishes, such as dressings, marinades, and baked goods. Just be sure to label your container and store it in a cool, dark place, as light and heat can reduce the potency of the oil over time.
Cooking with cannabis can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it is important to always use caution and practice safe dosing. Always start with a small serving size, and wait a full hour before consuming more, as the effects of cannabis can take time to become apparent. Happy cooking!