Cooking with Cannabis
Edible cannabis products have never been more widely available. In virtually every cannabis retail store one can find packs of gummies, chocolate bars and even things like Peanut Butter Cups and Infused sugar. There has also never been a better time to start looking into cooking your own weed goodies, thanks to there being a ton of information available including recipe books, as well as devices to make cooking with cannabis easier, like the Magic Butter machine. Even without a machine to help you with making cannabis infused food, with a little guidance and patience, it’s possible to buff up some of your favorite snacks!
Step 1: Get your bud!
This is the obvious first step that one needs to complete before moving on, acquiring some cannabis flower for the purposes of decarboxylating it in preparation to extract what we need from it. You can use any cannabis you have sitting around at home, even some you grew yourself! Some people even cook using hemp flower in order to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC that is dominant in cannabis flower. Either way, selecting your strain is as simple as choosing what aromas and flavors your enjoy from your cannabis, pick a strain that tastes good when you smoke it.
Step 2: Decarboxylate
Once you have your strain of choice in hand, the next step is the super crucial decarboxylating process. As discussed in another post, decarboxylation is the process that cannabis must go through in order to activate the chemical compounds and get the effects of the THC and CBD. Thankfully the process to activate it for cooking is really simple. Set your oven to between 220 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit (some people argue that higher temperatures will unlock more cannabinoid potential but for our purposes we’ll stick with a nice round 245 degrees), line a baking pan with some parchment paper then break or cut about 5 to 10 grams (depending on how much butter you want to make) of the bud you’ve selected into tiny chunks, no bigger than a grape but no smaller than a pea. Next take your broken up bud and spread it evenly across the paper lined pan. Then you simply pop it into the oven for about 20 minutes, checking it and stirring it regularly to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Step 3: Make some “Budder”
Now that you’ve activated the cannabinoids in your weed, it’s time to infuse some butter. Butter isn’t the only thing you can infuse using cannabis, but it is certainly the most common and arguably the easiest. If you have a cannabis butter machine, this next step is as easy as loading your readied flower into the machine along with the other ingredients. For the rest of us though, we’re going to need a few things: 1) ¾ of a cup of water
2) 1 cup of unsalted butter
3) Your activated cannabis
4) A saucepan or slow cooker
5) A mesh strainer or cheesecloth
6) A container for your finished butter
With your ingredients in hand, it’s time to get cooking! First, you’re going to want to melt the butter in your sauce pan or crockpot over low heat, while adding the ¾ cup of water. Once the butter has melted completely, add in your decarboxylated cannabis and let it simmer over low heat for about 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Keep it at a low heat because we don’t want it to ever come to a boil. Once the mixture has simmered for the allotted time, take your strainer or cheesecloth and place it over the jar or container you’re using to store your butter and pour the butter over it. Once all the melted butter has strained from the saucepan or crockpot, you can feel free to discard your used cannabis and store your jar or container of newly infused butter in your refrigerator overnight to solidify and you’re good to go!
Step 4: Eating!
Now that your butter is infused, you can add it to tons of your favorite recipes in lieu of regular butter to add a bit of cannabis kick to it. Or you can even just slather some onto a piece of toast and enjoy it a little more simply.
If you want to skip some of these steps, Check out the Magic Butter Machine!