Cooking with Cannabis Basic Guidelines

by Lindsey Winsemius - Posted 2 years ago

Want to try your hand at creating edibles or infusing cannabis into your cooking? Follow these basics to get started!

Cooking with THC vs CBD

There aren’t major differences to cooking with THC vs CBD. The same techniques apply to both products. The different lies in the effects - THC comes with a high, whereas CBD has more medicinal affects.

TIP: Keep in mind that CBD products can contain traces of THC.

Choosing the right cannabis strain

Shopping for the right cannabis product is the first step in creating a great cannabis edible. A few things to consider when choosing your cannabis:

What effect do you want to have from your edibles?

Different strains have different effects on your body. Do you want to feel relaxed or euphoric? Something to help you sleep, or energy for a social gathering? 

Knowing when you’re going to use the cannabis-infused edibles will help you choose the best strain for cooking with your cannabis.

What strain flavors will best enhance your recipe?

We’ve talked before about how terpenes play a big role in the flavor and scent of cannabis. If you can, use your nose to determine if the scent of the cannabis will go with the recipe you have in mind. 

TIP: Make sure your fresh cannabis or CBD flowers are stored properly and used in a timely manner. Just like other ingredients, cannabis can go stale over time.

Getting Cannabis Ready for Cooking

When using cannabis flower in cooking, it must go through decarboxylation. Decarb is a heating process that converts the cannabinoid acids, THCA and/or CBDA, into a form your body can actually use, THC or CBD.

Here are the basic instructions for your own DIY decarbing. Feel free to save this recipe card for future use!

Decarbing Cannabis for Cooking

Making your own Cannabutter

Here is a recipe for creating your own Cannabutter. Remember to use a dosage calculator and carefully measure the prepared cannabis!

Cannabutter Instructions

Making your own Cannaoil

Just like making cannabutter, be sure to carefully measure your dosages using a dosage calculator.

How to Make Your Own Cannaoil

TIP: If you’re not sure about creating your butter, oil, or the decarb process, there are many professional cooking products you can purchase that are ready to go. Cannabis oils, infused honey, and cannabis cooking powders are all great options. Just be very careful to determine proper dosages and check how the flavors will affect your recipe before cooking / baking.

Start with Basic Cannabis Recipes

If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, don’t pick too complicated of a recipe. It is best to get used to the basics of cooking with cannabis, such as getting the cannabis ready for cooking, dosage, and adding the cannabis-infused elements at the proper time.

Measure your Dosage Carefully

It is important to get the right dosage in your edibles. Your body processes edibles different than smoking. For example, smoking gives you a quick high within the first half hour, but edibles can take longer for your body to process and to feel the effects.

Using an Edible Dosage Calculator is the best way to know the dosage of the cannabis in your cooking / baking. NuggMD has a great article that explains how and why to use an edible dosage calculator.

Now that your cannabis is properly decarbed and infused into the ingredient of your choice, it is time to get cooking!

Cannabis Cooking

Grab the recipe you’ve been wanting to try and enjoy. 

A few more quick tips to keep in mind when cooking with cannabis:

Watch the Cannabis Cooking Temperature

Cooking cannabis at too high of a temperature will degrade the THC. To avoid degrading, temperatures must remain below 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Because ovens are often not exact, keep the temps below 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

TIP: If you’re concerned about temperatures, you can start out trying no-bake recipes, or recipes that require lower heating. Comforting soups or pasta sauces are great examples of easy, low heat recipes that are simple for beginners.

Add Your Cannabis-Infused Oils or Butters at the End

While you may like to sauté veggies in the oils, it is better to add your cannabis infused ingredients at the end of the cooking process to avoid degrading of THC or CBD.

Storing Edibles or Cannabis-infused products

Edibles should be stored like any other products - cooked items in the fridge, baked goods can go in the pantry.

However, it is important to keep edibles in a safe place away from children.

Ready to start shopping for your cannabis recipes? Visit our online store, or find one of our many local Las Vegas area dispensaries!