Everything you need to know about cooking with cannabis.

Cooking, baking and experimenting in the kitchen has become a common cure for the blues and has been proven to help our creativity flourish, hence being very therapeutic, a delicious way of meditation, if you will.

As an inherently social activity, cooking gives us comfort by reminding us of home, so adding an extra soothing ingredient like cannabis to the whole experience made perfect sense to all the foodies and innovating-recipe enthusiasts.

Before you head to the kitchen to release your inner chef, take a look at a few essential key-points that will help you get the most out of cooking with cannabis and create delicious, cannabis infused dishes!

Decarboxylation

Don’t let the word scare you, it is indeed much easier that it sounds. 

When you are cooking with cannabis the first and most important step is to activate the THC and/or CBD. And all you need to do that, is roasting your ground cannabis in the oven between 110°C and 120°C for 1 hour.

As soon as you complete that step you are ready to explore your options. The most common ways to add cannabis to a recipe is either with infused oils or flour.

Fats and Oils.

Cannabinoids are drawn to fats and oils which allows the THC and other compounds to become active. The most common way to cook with cannabis is make infused oil or butter, and high-fat oils, like coconut oil or canola, would work best. Canna oils and butters are the most versatile version of edibles as they can be used instead of the plain, regular fats in most recipes and it’s an easy way to introduce infused products to your kitchen staples. From salad dressings to baking desserts or sautéing your favourite veggies, the options are endless. Choose low heat when possible and avoid microwaving your canna oil/butter. The oil’s shelf life is at least two months, and can be extended with refrigeration as long as you use an air-tight container. It takes about 4 to 6 hours to infuse oil and 24 hours for the butter to properly cool and firm, so you may have to plan ahead.

Flour.

A fiber boosting edible, packed with good nutrients and calming properties, canna-flour is another great staple for your pantry. By using both the leaves and buds it’s probably the most frugal way to enrich your cooking with cannabis. All you need is a coffee grinder or a food processor to grind the cannabis and mix with your all-purpose flour. 

7 grams should be enough for a cup of flour.

Your pies and cakes will never be the same again, just keep the temperatures under 350° F / 170°C to preserve potency.

If you are trying to lead a cruelty-free lifestyle both options are vegan and require no animal products whatsoever.

Dosages.

As with every new product that you introduce to your diet, pacing yourself and micro-dosing is the safest way to go.  Start slow and figure out what works best for you. Consider 10-15mg of active cannabinoids as a good starting point.

Timing.

Allowing up to 2 hours to feel the effects of cannabis-infused meals is necessary and requires planning ahead. Food needs to be broken down in the stomach, be digested and enter the blood stream in order for you to benefit from the therapeutic effect, which in most cases lasts up to 8 hours. Also keep in mind that the effects tend to be released in waves as the cannabinoids are processed by the stomach.

Safety.

Edibles are safe and will not cause any long-term toxicity. Getting your supplies from a reliable source that lab tests their products for potency, microbiological contaminants, and preferably terpenoid content is crucial to ensure the quality of the product.

Are you ready to head to the kitchen?