Cooking with Cannabis 101
If you have had the chance to visit some legal weed dispensaries around, you may notice that a large portion of their business is based on a wide selection of weed edibles that are taking over their shelves. These commercially made and packaged cannabis-infused treats are more accessible to medical marijuana patients today compared to before but the sad thing is like any other commercially made junk foods, they come riddled with high amounts of sugar and preservatives which is not good at all. So patients tend to resort to Cooking with Cannabis.
And for that specific reason, we have come together and created Marijuana Cooking book as your source of healthy, easy to follow, how to make edibles recipes or cannabis-infused food products, all in one place. So that medical marijuana patients will now be able to have fun and make their own medicated treats, either as a meal at home or for on the go! You’ll surely find yourself feeling like a chef in no time!
Cooking with Cannabis Guide
Cooking with Marijuana is surely fun and simple, or it should be! Make sure you know how to decarboxylate which is a very crucial step when cooking with weed. Check below for the things you need to know to make sure you get the best results every time!
When using cannabis as a medicine, we should begin with the understanding of the basics behind decarboxylating your weed and why this step is super crucial in any edible, tincture or health products recipes.
For us to be able to take advantage of the full benefits of our Cannabis, this must be exposed to a specific range of heat. Cooking on high temperatures on the other hand may cause the burning of Cannabinoids or loss in terpenes which is also not desirable. So, we need to make sure that we decarboxylate your weed the right way. In this process, the THC-A in the plants will undergo a chemical reaction to heat and will be converted into THC which is the compound that is digestible and can be absorbed well by our bodies.
Adding some fresh ones on to some decarboxylated weed will assist in improving the taste if you are adamant in wanting that full marijuana flavor on your cannabis edible. Knowing how to decarboxylate cannabis will surely help you save time, effort and money when Cooking with Cannabis.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis
Take note: There will be a very strong Marijuana odor that may take over your whole kitchen when doing this process. If you are trying to be discreet, check out our article on how to reduce the smell.
If you’re using fresh marijuana flowers newly harvested from your Garden then, start with Step 1, but if you already have dried marijuana buds, similar to the one’s you get from your local dispensary then proceed to Step 5.
1.) Preheat the oven to 240 degrees Farenheight.
2.) Break up your Marijuana buds into small pieces using your hand and spread evenly onto a baking dish. Make sure they are close together but not on top of each other.
3.) Place into a preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes to reduce its moisture levels. Keep an eye on the flowers as they get darker in color (light to medium brown shade).
4.) To know if your marijuana buds are ready for decarboxylation. They should have a dry and crumbly appearance. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.
5.) Increase the heat of the oven to 240 degrees Farenheight and allow the ovento preheat again.
6.) Lightly crumble your dried up buds and spread evenly again on the baking dish.
7.) Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for another 45 minutes to an hour.
8.) Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down before opening the foil cover.
9.) Use a grinder or a blender if you have done it on a big batch and grind the decarboxylated buds into a fine texture. This is now ready for use or you can store this in an airtight glass container and place it in a cool, dry place.
Decarboxylation Temperature Chart
|Temperature||Heating Medium||High THC Weed||High CBD Weed|
|300 F||Oven||10 to 18 minutes||15-25 minutes|
|250 F||Hot Oil||After Bubbles Taper Off||After Bubbles Taper Off|
|245 F||Oven||50 to 60 minutes||60 to 90 minutes|
|212 F||Double Boiler||90 to 120 minutes||120 to 240 minutes|
What is Decarboxylation
Cannabis has two predominant compounds together with over 60 sub-compounds in it which is CBDA and THCA. To convert them into a cannabinoid that our body can absorb which is THC and CBD, heat needs to be introduced to it to undergo a chemical reaction. When we are smoking weed a quick decarboxylation process is happening when our weed is being burned hence we are experiencing the effects that we are after from Marijuana. However, our digestive system cannot provide heat to the weed materials we eat. That is enough to the point that it allows the Marijuana to undergo that chemical change we need to get the full value that is digestible by our bodies.
Make sure you decarboxylate your weed if you are planning to ingest or eat it! Check out our Marijuana Cooking book recipes for other ideas on what to do with your decarboxylated weed once you have done a batch! Cooking with Cannabis is surely a fun way to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends!