Beyond the Brownies: What You Need to Know When Cooking With Cannabis

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It’s been nine years since medical marijuana was legalized in cities like Mesa, Arizona, and patrons have continued to grow, as sales continue to grow in the state. Approximately 11,674 pounds of medical marijuana was sold in Arizona in March 2019, a significant jump from February’s 10,527, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Recently, people have started to push for legalizing its recreational use. Some even go beyond pot brownies, cooking and mixing marijuana, and CBD and THC concentrate with pasta dishes and espresso coffee.

If you’re looking to experiment with cooking weed, here’s what you need to consider before fetching a batch from your medical dispensary.

Know Your Stuff

Though chefs are experimenting with cannabis recipes, it’s still a new science that needs extensive research. You can’t just sprinkle some buds on your protein shake and call it a day. It’s important to know the drug’s chemicals and how your body responds to them in specific amounts before you add them to your food.

  • CBD and THC – There are plenty of compounds in marijuana, but CBD and THC are the ones that stand out. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive compound that generates the high you get from smoking weed. This is used in pain relief and anxiety. Cannabidiol (CBD), on the other hand, counteracts this high when you consume marijuana. Like THC, it’s also used to treat anxiety and pain, though its biggest breakthrough is its use as an effective treatment for epileptic seizures.
  • Decarboxylation – The first thing you need to do when cooking cannabis is “decarboxylation.” It’s a heating process that brings out medicinal compounds in your cannabis like THC and CBD. It often happens when you light it up to smoke. When you want to add it to a dish, however, you need to bake it first. According to medical marijuana information website Medical Jane, you need to heat the cannabis in an oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes before cooling, and baking it again for another 60 to 90 minutes. The site says that 60 minutes can yield you higher THC levels, while 90 minutes gives off more CBD. While this process does bring out the beneficial compounds found in cannabis, it also removes most of the flavor and aroma of your strain. Once you do start cooking, a few sprinkles of the fresh product can get you the kick you need.

Start with Basic Recipes

Cooking with cannabis should be a slow experiment. You need to have a strain that you’re comfortable with since THC is more potent eaten than smoked. One of the most basic recipes you can do is “cannabutter.” It’s versatile enough that you can incorporate it into baked goods like cakes or cookies. Marijuana information website Leafly recommends adding about seven to ten grams of ground and decarboxylated cannabis to one cup of water and one cup of melted butter. Simmer this on low heat for two to three hours before straining it into your vessel of choice.

Dose with Care

When using your cannabutter, start with a small amount like half a tablespoon together with pure butter. Bake it and try the batch out. If you find that it’s too weak, add more cannabutter and decrease the amount of regular butter. It’s essential to add in small increments, like a tablespoon to test things out. You don’t want to end up dosing yourself with too much THC. Once you’ve found a repeatable ratio, you can then use it in other recipes.

Cooking with marijuana is a new and exciting activity. It’s important to know, though, that it doesn’t have standard practices yet. Experiment as much as you can and find a dose that you’re comfortable with. With more and more governments embracing recreational cannabis use, it won’t be long before you can start your own weed-themed restaurant or bakery.

Find the Right Strain for Your Signature Dish

Finding a strain that’s comfortable for you to smoke and eat requires much experimentation. Here at Territory Dispensary, we provide quality strains and premium concentrates that give you the high you need, safely. Apart from good products, we also aim to give the best customer service and value to our customers.

Contact us today to find the best strain for your recipes.