10. Marijuana Edibles — The Upgrade
Although cannabis has been connected with smoking in popular culture, this does not have to be the case. Many of us aren’t smokers or simply want to consume cannabis in a more healthy way. Also, let’s not forget that there are a lot of people (and kids) that use it for medicinal reasons. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that our buds (or even trims) can have a lot of uses.
Besides, consuming cannabis is not the only reason you should try to cook with it. Edibles are a pleasant and socially acceptable way of becoming high, so they’re valued quite highly within the marijuana industry. By converting your high-quality weed to edible form, you can increase the value of your yield 3 to 5x!
As anyone who has ever eaten a hash brownie can assure you, the experience is all kinds of intense! But it doesn’t have to be only brownies or cookies. Practically any recipe can become a ganja recipe, provided you have one of the two main ingredients: cannabutter and cannabis oil.
These ingredients can be used as alternatives for standard butter or oil, which are the basis of many dishes, and can be modified according to your needs. In this section, we’re going to guide you through the correct way of preparing your cannabis for cooking and we will share with you our very own recipes for cannabis butter and cannabis oil.
Decarboxylation: Cooking With Ganja the Right Way
Before you start cooking with your weed, there are some steps you need to follow. Don’t just expect to sprinkle some ganja over your pasta and get high, because that really doesn’t work. If the weed is eaten unprepared, it will taste like dry grass (which is disgusting even for cows) and you will not get any of the psychoactive effects, as the THC will not be digested.
Marijuana will not release any psychoactive compounds unless it is burned or heated up to a sufficient level. This is the reason we mostly smoke it or vape it. Raw weed is not psychoactive and is full of THCA, a non-psychoactive compound (that is nevertheless, considered a superfood). Then again, cannabis contains more than 110 cannabinoids. THC is what interests us and this is where we’ll focus.
In order to cook with your cannabis, you must first break down THCA to THC via a process called decarboxylation. It’s quite an easy feat and all you need is an oven, some parchment paper, and a baking tray.
How to Decarboxylate Your Weed
- Preheat your oven to 240ºF (115ºC). Note that THC boils at 314ºF (156ºC), so you should never exceed this temperature.
- Grind your buds down to more manageable chunks and spread them out over the parchment paper and then on the baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when you notice a golden brown colour on the buds.
- Take the cannabis out of the oven and let it cool. Then, place it in food processor and slightly pulse it to become coarsely ground.
That’s it! Now you can use your cannabis to prepare cannabis butter and cannabis oil that will add an extra flair to your boring old recipes. Be careful though: cannabis edibles are highly potent. The effects creep up on you after 45 minutes or so. Exercise caution and eat moderately at first to test the waters.
Cannabutter: The Ultimate Way to Turn Your Ganja into Cookies!
- 1/4 ounce (about 7 grams) cannabis buds of your choice, finely ground
- 1/2 cup (one stick) salted or unsalted butter (based on your personal preferences)
45 to 60 minutes
- Add the butter to a saucepan and melt it on low heat.
- After the butter has melted, add the ground buds little by little and continue to simmer on low heat for 45 minutes. Don’t stop stirring while you’re at it. If you start noticing little bubbles forming on the surface of the butter, then you’re doing it right.
- After you’re done simmering, strain the product into a sealable container. Be sure to squeeze against the blob that stays in the strainer in order to get the most out of it.
- That’s it! You can start cooking with your cannabutter immediately or store it in the refrigerator. Since the butter absorbs the cannabis, larger doses will yield more cannabutter. 2 cups of butter can last you for up to an ounce (28 grams) of ground bud.
Cannabis Oil: For the Serious Ganja Chef!
- 5 cups of distilled water
- 1 cup of bio coconut oil
- 2 ounces (56 grams) finely ground cannabis of your choice
- You will need a slow cooker for this recipe
4 hours – 1 day
- Use a slow cooker to melt the cup of coconut oil on low heat (the lowest there is).
- When the coconut oil has melted, add the cannabis and the water. Stir them together. Crank up the slow cooker and heat intensely for an hour. Don’t stop stirring.
- Bring the slow cooker to low heat and let the mixture thicken for 4 to 24 hours. Remember to stir every hour or so.
- Now comes the tricky part: Turn off the slow cooker and slowly add the final mixture to an airtight container using a cheesecloth (or any other mesh). Squeeze thoroughly to get every last drop into the container.
- Cover it up and place it in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, you’ll find that the mixture has separated. Remove the solid coconut oil from the top and throw away the water.
- All done! Coconut cannabis oil can be used in solid form or it can be melted down for cooking.
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