Cooking with cannabis is easy when you have the right essential cannabis recipes to get you started. Get the most important cannabis staple recipes you need to make in order to bring delicious cannabis-infused edibles to any recipe you love.
Welcome to The World of Cannabis Edibles
If you are brand new to making cooking with cannabis in the kitchen, there are a few important things to know before diving in and enjoying those delicious infused recipes.
Consuming cannabis is a delicious way to medicate, but it can also have some unintended consequences if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.
Before getting started, I want to make sure you understand that:
Edibles Have a Delayed Onset of Effects
The most important thing to know is that it could take anywhere between 30-minutes to several hours to feel the effects of your cannabis edible as it makes its way through your digestive system.
As tempted as you may be to eat another serving after not feeling anything for 30-minutes, be sure to give yourself more time before eating it. This will prevent any accidental overdose of THC, which may cause unwanted side effects if that is not your intention.
Why Edibles Can Be More Potent
When cannabis is eaten, it goes through the digestive system. As it passes through the liver in what is known as the hepatic first pass metabolism, Δ9-THC is hydroxylated into 11-OH-THC, a potent psychoactive metabolite that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier.
This intoxicating metabolite causes more potent, increased intoxicating effects for most cannabis edibles consumers. Unknowingly consuming too much THC, especially in the form of cannabis edibles, may result in disorientation, dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, and tachycardia.
Additionally, each person’s body will react differently to different cannabinoids due to our own unique Endocannabinoid Systems (ECS). Understanding your own ECS will help you determine your own personal reaction to cannabinoids.
Determining Final Product Potency
Without knowing the concentration of CBD or THC in your starting raw material, and without lab testing, it is nearly impossible to estimate the final potency of your homemade cannabis edibles.
If you know the cannabinoid concentrations of your starting cannabis flowers, you may be able to use an online calculator to guestimate how the final product potency.
Edibles Are Both An Experiment & Commitment
Consuming cannabis edibles is truly a self-experiment that requires both curiosity and patience. It will likely take several tries for you to find a dosage with an identifiable onset and duration time that you can rely on.
It is for this reason that I always recommend to my students that they consume cannabis edibles in the safety of their own home when they have a significant amount of time, at least 24 hours, to stay put and comfortably enjoy the experience.
Experimenting with dosages and duration times requires a time commitment from yourself. With the notoriously delayed onset and duration time of edibles, you should plan on devoting at least 6-12 hours to your experience.
During this time, plan to be safe in your home with no need to travel anywhere, no driving a car, and no operating heavy machinery.
Are You New to Consuming Cannabis Edibles? Be sure to read my Beginners Guide to Consuming Cannabis Edibles before getting started to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!
A Beginners Guide to Cannabis Decarboxylation
Before getting started, it is important to note that all raw or dried cannabis must undergo a process called decarboxylation in order to be able to enjoy the active forms of CBD or THC.
Raw and dried cannabis flower contains what is known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA).
These cannabinoids are found in the raw cannabis plant material and contain their own powerful health benefits. However, these cannabinoids are not intoxicating in their natural state.
Decarboxylation is a process that converts THCa → Δ9-THC and CBDa → CBD. Using heat and/or solvents is the most common way to decarboxylate the cannabis flower before enjoying it.
Staple Recipes for the Cannabis Kitchen
There are two standard staple recipes that can take you far in your cannabis kitchen, cannabis-infused oil or butter, and a cannabis tincture. Mastering these two recipes will allow you to convert just about any recipe you already know and love into a cannabis-infused recipe.
Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
This recipe is the holy grail of all cannabis recipes. You can follow this process to make cannabis butter or any other infused oil. This infusion allows the cannabinoids to bind to the fat in the butter or oil.
Once you have your butter or oil made, you can easily swap it in anywhere a recipe calls for fat. This allows you to make just about any recipe a cannabis-infused recipe.
A cannabis tincture is traditionally a medicinal preparation that is oftentimes added to recipes, especially cocktails. You can follow this process for making your own cannabis tincture with alcohol at home.
Once you have a cannabis tincture made, you can use it as it, or evaporate it down to make full extract cannabis oil.
Get Creative In Your Cannabis Kitchen
One of the biggest things that hold people back from experimenting in the kitchen is the scary thought ‘what if I mess it up?’.
For many people, getting cannabis may still be difficult or illegal, and the thought of ‘wasting’ it in a botched recipe is enough to not want to try.
Once recommended we have to get started experimenting in the kitchen with CBD hemp flower. With less than 0.3% THC, CBD hemp flower is legal in most states, easier to access, and cheaper.
While it does not contain the THC traditionally desired in a cannabis edible, it is a great way to allow yourself time and mistakes in the kitchen.