Cooking with Cannabis: Pro Tips and Beginner’s Recipes

You’re ready to start cooking with cannabis but don’t know where to begin. It can be intimidating to work with weed in recipes if you’ve never done it before. Not to worry, we’ve put together the best pro tips for infusing cannabis into your favorite meals along with some beginner recipes to help you out.

We’ll walk through step-by-step how to decarboxylate your bud so you can activate those lovely THC properties and avoid wasting any precious flower. Get ready to become a cannabis cooking master!

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Cooking With Cannabis 101: Tips for Infusing Weed Into Oils and Butter

Here are some pro tips for infusing cannabis into oils and butters:

  • Use a double boiler or crock pot. A double boiler gently heats the cannabis without burning it. If you don’t have one, a crock pot on the low setting will also work great. Add water to the crock pot and place your oil or butter in a heatproof bowl on top.
  • Decarboxylate your cannabis first. Heating the cannabis activates the THC and other cannabinoids. Spread the cannabis on a baking sheet and bake at 240 F for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Let cool, then add to your oil or butter.
  • Use high quality ingredients. Use coconut oil, olive oil, or butter. For the strongest infusion, use coconut oil. Use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt in your recipes.
  • Use the proper cannabis to oil ratio. For moderate potency, use 1 ounce of ground cannabis to 1 cup of oil or butter. For higher potency, use up to 1 ounce of cannabis per 1/2 cup of oil. You can always add more oil to dilute the potency.
  • Strain out the plant matter (optional). Straining out the cannabis plant matter results in a smoother infusion and reduces the “weedy” flavor. Place a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the infused oil through to strain.
  • Store your infused oil properly. Keep infused oils and butters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Label and date your containers so you know how potent the infusion might be.

Following these tips will help you create a safe and effective cannabis infused oil or butter. Once infused, you can use the oil or butter in place of regular oil or butter in your favorite recipes. Enjoy!

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Cooking With Weed FAQs: Your Top Cannabis Cooking Questions Answered

How much cannabis should I use to make edibles?

Use 1 gram of cannabis per pound of butter or oil. For a standard recipe with 1 cup butter/oil, use 7 grams of cannabis. For your first batch, start with 3-5 grams to test potency. You can always make it stronger next time, but you can’t undo edibles that are too potent!

What kind of cannabis should I use?

Use cured, dried cannabis buds that are trimmed. Avoid stems and seeds. Strains high in THC like OG Kush, Cookies or Kind Tree work best. Indica strains produce stronger edibles.

How do I decarboxylate the cannabis?

Decarboxylation activates the THC in cannabis through heating. Spread your cannabis on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 240 F for about 40-60 minutes. The cannabis should be dry and crumbly when done. This step is critical for achieving maximum potency in your edibles.

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How Much Weed Do You Need for a Homemade Edible?

To make cannabutter or cannabis-infused olive oil, use approximately one cup of butter or oil for every 8 to 10 grams of dried cannabis buds.

What is the Best Ratio of Weed to Butter for Edibles?

A 1:1 ratio of 1 cup cannabis to 1 cup butter is recommended for making weed butter. If the effects prove too strong, dilute the cannabutter with regular butter to customize and milden the potency.

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So, those are some pro tips and recipes to get you started cooking with cannabis. Hopefully you found these tips helpful in understanding dosing and techniques for infusing cannabis into butter, oil, and other ingredients to bake into tasty treats. Cooking with cannabis opens up a whole new world of culinary creativity. If you’re looking to explore a variety of cannabis ingredients for your culinary adventures, consider checking out LeafHaus menu for a diverse selection.

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