When most people think of cooking with cannabis, they think of the traditional baked goods like brownies and cookies, but as the cannabis industry continues to grow throughout the country, many companies are starting to branch out with their recipes. Cooking with medical marijuana has been transformed into an art form where bakers and cultivators are constantly trying new recipes and incorporating THC into almost any dish. If you’re wanting to try your hand at cooking with our Oklahoma medical marijuana, we’ve gathered a few tips that will help you along the way.
#1 Decarboxylate the Cannabis
The most important step in cooking with cannabis is to decarboxylate your cannabis buds. This may sound like a complicated task, but this will convert the non-intoxicating THCA into THC so that you will experience the effects of cannabis and it is a relatively simple step. In order to “decarb” your marijuana, all that you will need to do is place your buds on a baking tray with parchment paper to prevent sticking and cook it at 245 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Once you’ve finished this step, you will be ready to turn your marijuana into your base.
#2 Pick Your Base
While cooking with cannabis, you will need to pick your base that you will infuse with the marijuana. You can use any cooking oil that can be easily infused into most recipes, or if you’re baking or wanting to use butter in your recipe, you can infuse the cannabis into butter and create a “cannabutter” concoction. Using a cooking oil will allow you to create a variety of different edibles or provides an alternative to using butter, while the butter is ideal for baking and it can also be used every day like on a slice of toast. After you determine what you are wanting to cook, you can choose which base will work best for you.
#3 Creating Your Butter or Oil
Crafting both of these THC infused bases is relatively easy, both require only a few ingredients and simple steps. Both options will require that you grind down the marijuana so it will easily infuse.
For the butter, you’ll want to carefully measure out your ingredients, one cup of water, one cup of butter, and one cup of cannabis. Next, you’ll melt it down, add in your cannabis, and let is simmer for 2-3 hours. Once it is done simmering, use a cheesecloth, funnel, and jar to strain out the ground cannabis and then refrigerate until it is solid again.
As for the oil, it requires a similar process but there are a few methods that you can use. If you’re using a saucepan, you can heat the oil and cannabis for at least three hours while stirring frequently. With a crockpot, you’ll want to combine and cook on low for 4-6 hours, and for a double boiler, you’ll want to combine and heat for 6-8 hours.
#4 Watch Your Dosage
When it comes to cooking with cannabis, it can be easy to become caught up in the treat that you’re enjoying and forget about the amount of THC that you’re ingesting. Make sure that you carefully measure out how much you are taking in and only eat as much of the edible as recommended by a medical professional.
For more information on cooking with cannabis and recipes to try, you can view this article that outlines all of the basics. Find the perfect cannabis to cook with and supply your dispensary with only at Stash House! Contact us today for more information.