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Cooking With Cannabis

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Cooking with cannabis is becoming a popular trend these days. Nowadays you can find recipes online or even cooking shows on television. Enjoying an edible baked good from a cannabis dispensary is a treat indeed. But, for some who don’t live near a dispensary or for others who might have noticed these items are often very high in sugar and calories and want more diverse choices can cook or bake your own products to enjoy as you desire.

How to cook with cannabis.

There are methods by which the amateur cannabis cooks can get the most out of their product and yield the best results. First, you will want to decarboxylate your cannabis. This is a slightly fancy process of baking your flowers at a lower temperature before using them to cook. The general rule of thumb is to heat the oven to 245°F (120°C) and cook the bud for about 30-40 minutes and stir after every ten minutes.

After, you’ll want to grind them,  but not too finely. This prevents an odd taste or color to your baked goods. A simple hand grinder works best. Next,  you’ll need to add oil or butter or some type of fat-based material to the coarse grind and blend together. Once fully combined strain the mixture using a fine sieve or cheesecloth to extract the leafy byproducts from the mixture. This is important because cannabinoids bind to the fats. When measuring out how much bud to combine with oil or butter it is best to use a 1:1 ratio.

The final steps…

After straining the mixture can be used but will need to be checked for potency. The recommended dose of THC in a brownie for example is about 10 milligrams. Pay attention to the concentration in the buds you’re using and gauge accordingly. Some other things to keep in mind when using canna-butter in your baked goods is to not use super high heat. At about 350 degrees the cannabinoids will break down. One way to avoid that is to add it in at the end of cooking so the flavors are infused into the food but the temperature and duration of cook time hasn’t eroded the cannabinoids.
The possibilities are endless and you can try incorporating canna-butter or canna-oil in your favorite recipes with much greater control over the sugar, calories or contents in the dish. Now you just have to figure out what to cook! Cooking with cannabis is fun!

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