I bet your mom didn’t include cannabis in her repertoire of favorite dishes. So she probably isn’t the person to pick up the phone and call to ask for cannabis cooking tips. But never fear, we have some awesome tips to get you started.
As with most things it takes practice to be the best. Don’t expect to be an expert chef right away. But what you will be able to do is cook up some pretty darn good dishes that will satisfy your cannabis cravings.
Cannabis Cooking Tips your Mom Never Told You About
- Watch your temperature. It takes heat to release THC. But don’t take it too far. Overheating can degrade some cannabinoids. Keep your temperatures below 350 degrees – even if it means cooking for a longer time.
- Start easy and know the science behind it. THC and water are not a good match but THC in cannabis is very soluble in fat. For this reason, heating cannabis in oil or butter is a great (and easy) way to cook with cannabis. Cannabutter is a favorite with most beginners and it is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many recipes.
- Choose the cannabis strain accordingly. Don’t forget that strains matter. You might meticulously choose your flower strain, contemplating whether you want a mellow buzz, something to make you sleep well, or even one that will make you focus better on the job at hand. Take that same care in your strain decision when cooking with cannabis.
- Herbs and spices are your friend. If you aren’t crazy about the taste of pot, here are some cannabis cooking tips to make your dish more flavorful. Don’t be shy with adding your favorite herbs like basil (think pesto) and oregano to your recipe. Like it hot and spicy? Go for it with adding some garam marsala, cumin, or cayenne pepper – hot sauce is good too.
- Grind carefully. Just like it is important how you grind your coffee, it is equally important to grind your cannabis properly. If you are going to use the cannabis for cannabutter or oil try not to grind your pot so finely that it goes through your strainer. A good coffee grinder or food processor should do the trick. Just be careful and pulse and check frequently so your cannabis doesn’t turn into a powder.
- Know how to store. If you’ve made an oil or butter you will more than likely want to make enough to last for the future. Store it in an airtight container. Exposure to oxygen will cause the potency to lessen. For an even longer shelf life, refrigerate.
- All things in moderation. Although the above cannabis cooking tips are aimed more at the actual cooking, be aware of the possibility that you can ingest too much. Especially since it can take an hour or two for the edibles you’ve lovingly created to take effect. If you are having guests, be sure to inform them of the cannabis in their food. Carefully portion and try to refrain from having seconds till adequate time has passed.
Ready to start cooking? These cannabis cooking tips will give you a good start. If you have any other advice to offer, let us know in the comment section below.