What to Know About Baking with Cannabis

What to Know About Baking with Cannabis

The idea of baking with cannabis used to be associated exclusively with brownies. There was a running joke in pop culture for years referencing pot brownies, but with the legalization of recreational marijuana in many states across the country and others likely to join at some point, cannabis has actually become an increasingly popular part of food and cooking. 

Baking is one way to create homemade edibles with cannabis, and the following are some general things to know if you’d like to try it. 

Cannabutter

There are a lot of different ways you can cook with cannabis, including when you’re baking but one of the simplest, particularly if you’re just starting out is the creation of cannabis butter, better known as cannabutter. 

If you’re going to be making cannabutter, there are a few steps to follow, but every recipe might be a little unique. 

First, you’ll to do something called decarboxylating it. This means that you’re baking the marijuana, so the cannabinoids including THC and CBD are activated. Once you bake it, you have different ways you can infuse the butter with the cannabis.

The stovetop method is fairly straightforward, and you do it at low heat. You let the mixture of water, cannabis, and butter simmer on low heat for several hours. You have to keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn. Then, you can strain it and cool it. 

When you make cannabutter, then you can easily use it to make cookies, brownies or anything else you would use traditional butter in. 

Another way to make cannabutter aside from the stovetop method is by using a slow cooker. 

Common Mistakes

There are some mistakes that you might naturally make if it’s your first experience cooking with cannabis.

First, a big mistake is overestimating how much cannabis you need for edibles. When you’re making something like butter or an infused oil, lipids they contain can only bind with so many cannabinoids. If you use too much cannabis, you’re ultimately wasting it. 

Another mistake is skipping the decarboxylating step and just adding cannabis directly into a pot or slow cooker. Ignoring this step is not just going to affect the activation of the cannabis, but it’s also going to affect the taste negatively. 

If you grind your cannabis too finely, this may impact the taste well and make your baked items have a grass-like flavor. It can also cause your oil or butter to turn green. Grind coarsely to allow for optimal absorption of the cannabinoids without affecting color or flavor. 

If you don’t stir a batch of butter or oil well enough when you’re infusing it, this can cause potency to be distributed unevenly in a single batch. 

Test Potency

If you’re using oil or butter infused with cannabis, make sure you test the strength before you add it to any recipe. 

You can add a small amount—maybe around ¼ a teaspoon to something and give yourself an hour after trying it. This helps you gauge how much to use in your baked items. 

Safety and Side Effects

Anytime you’re cooking with cannabis, you want to be mindful of safety and side effects. 

When you use cannabutter or oil, it’s going to have a longer latency period. This is the case with any edible in fact. Our bodies metabolize it differently, so if you use cannabis in an edible form you may not see any effects for 30 to 90 minutes. 

Keep this in mind and don’t have more if you don’t feel something right away. Peak effects of edibles tend to occur within anywhere from two to four hours. 

On the other hand, vaping or smoking leads to effects that can be felt within 20 to 30 minutes in most cases. 

Also, since you’re adding butter or oil to things that probably taste good, you have to be careful not to overdo it. 

Whether you’re making butter or oil, you don’t have to be limited to traditional baked goods either. When you have cannabis-infused oil or butter, you can use it anything you’d use these ingredients in typically. 

If you are going to do an oil infusion, choose one with a high amount of fat like olive oil or coconut oil because it will mix better. 

Finally, when you’re storing your oil or butter, remember oxygen and light are not good. They can reduce freshness and potency, so store it in a cool, dark place within an airtight jar. 

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