Cooking with Cannabis – Baking and Butter Basics
Cooking with cannabis is no different than cooking in general. If you’re not used to doing either, they can be intimidating. But making edibles is not that difficult. It’s just about following directions and staying mindful of the process and the proportions of ingredients.
And it’s the perfect activity for those who are craving a solution for THC ingestion that is not hard on the lungs or for an event or situation when smoking is either prohibited or discouraged.
Whatever your motivations may be, here are some steps and tips to be mindful of on your maiden culinary cannabis voyage:
1. Make your cannabutter.
For any baking, you’re going to want to make your cannabutter. Though this is obvious to many users, it bears mentioning: weed on its own is not activated and will NOT get you high by just ingesting it. You need to put your THC through the process of decarboxylation, which effectively activates the parts of the plant you want.The basics of making your cannabutter include de-carbing your weed, boiling water, cooking down the butter, and letting it sit for many hours. A more detailed set of instructions can be found here.
2. How much weed and what kind do I use?
A nice ballpark goal is 10mg per serving. This is enough to get many habitual smokers high and certainly plenty for novices as well. If you’re buying street weed, it’s tough to cook with them as the potency is pretty fuzzy. It’s recommended you acquire your THC from a reliable source that has THC % labeled on it. The stronger the leaf, the more potent your cannabutter will be, naturally. Choose the strain of weed carefully and to your liking. The effects of smoking the leaf strain will translate to a similar sort of high feeling when ingested.
3. If steps 1 & 2 are too advanced.
Go to a middleman and acquire some cannabutter to make the process smoother. Sometimes you may not have the time or patience to do everything from scratch. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it should make no difference either way. Some people don’t have a whole day to let butter congeal.
4. So you’ve got some activated, terpene-rich cannabutter.
But now you’re going to have to figure out what recipe and what quantities you want to make. The internet and THC cookbooks are filled with different recipes for inspiration, and there’s no shortage of novel ideas out there at the moment. But, regardless of what you choose to bake, much of it use carefully controlled doses within each edible. Do not make a huge batch of brownies. Test in small servings first. Once you’ve figured out how to make one unit of the desired potency, then go back and make a large dose.
5. Don’t want to bake?
Then maybe gummies are more your speed, though they also require a similar attention to detail. But you don’t just have to make sweet things. Any food or beverage imaginable can be infused with THC in one way or another.
6. Be patient when cooking with cannabis.
When you’re done cooking with cannabis and are finally ready to eat, remember: the effects of ingesting THC typically take much longer than when smoking. So try a half dose or smaller and wait. Everybody breaks down food at a different rate, so avoid eating too much too soon. That’s why so many people get turned off from edibles; they get too high. So don’t get too high! Pace yourself.