During quarantine, most of us are stuck at home, a little stressed and very hungry – which sets the perfect tone to experiment with making cannabis edibles in your own home. Ideal for recreational or medical marijuana, cannabis edibles deliver the best of both worlds with amazing flavor and seriously relaxing results. The cannabis experts at 420dr in Las Vegas, Nevada explain how to get started making edibles during self-isolation:
How do I cook with cannabis?
Cooking with cannabis is simple once you understand the basic principle of heating your cannabis, which is essential for maximizing the effect of THC and other cannabinoids in your body. This explains why smoking cannabis is a common and effective way to feel the best results. If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, it’s a good idea to start with a cooked base like a cannabis butter, or “cannabutter,” or cannabis oil that you can incorporate into different recipes.
How do I make cannabis butter?
To make cannabis butter, you must decarboxylate your cannabis – which is a fancy word for heating the cannabinoids in your plant. Place your cannabis buds on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 30-35 minutes, mixing the buds occasionally to expose their surfaces to the heat.
Once your cannabis buds are out of the oven and cool, grind them coarsely. Next, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup plain butter and your ground cannabis buds in a saucepan. While many cannabis cooks recommend a ratio of 1 cup coarsely ground cannabis to 1 cup of butter, it is ideal to start with less (like maybe 1/3 to 1/2 cup) if you’re new at making cannabutter. Simmer the mixture low and slow for two to three hours, stirring from time to time to prevent scorching the bottom.
After it’s done simmering strain the mixture with cheesecloth and refrigerate the cannabutter in a jar or airtight container before using.
What are some easy recipes for me to try?
Cannabis butter can be baked into cookies, brownies, breads and more, or used in a savory application as the base for a sauce, making it a versatile ingredient for your cannabis cooking. In most cases, you can use your cannabutter as a substitute ingredient for regular butter to transform sweet treat recipes into potent edibles. You can also use cannabutter as a replacement for a portion of the recommended butter amount in a baking recipe for a less potent edible. If you’re new at making edibles at home during quarantine, it’s a good idea to start with a simple cookie or brownie recipe.