If you’re a fan of cooking with weed, then you probably already know that there’s an art to it. It’s not as simple as throwing some weed into your recipe and hoping for the best—you need to consider how much cannabis you’re adding and how high-quality that bud is. Luckily, there are several ways to make sure your end product turns out just right:
Why Decarb Your Weed?
The first step in cooking with weed is decarbing your weed. If you don’t know what decarboxylation is, don’t worry—you’re not alone! But if you want to get high from your edibles, then it’s a good idea to learn what it is and why it’s important.
Decarboxylation is the process of converting THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) into THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THCA is non-psychoactive, so if you want the effects of marijuana in your food, then you must add heat to the equation.
Choose the Right Strain
In order to get the most out of your weed, you need to choose a strain that will give you the desired effect. The best way to do this is by looking at the specific cannabinoid content of each strain:
- THC: This is what produces that classic “high” feeling. It’s also what many people look for when using marijuana medicinally.
- CBD: Cannabis strains high in CBD are known for their anti-anxiety properties and ability to combat pain without causing sedation or paranoia like THC can do (especially at higher doses).
- Terpenes: These chemicals contribute flavor and aroma to different strains, and they also have their own unique effects on our bodies and minds—most notably by affecting our moods!
The less terpenes a strain has, the more likely it’ll be powerful enough for you personally if you’re looking for something very strong or energizing—and vice versa if you’re trying not too feel too stoned after all!
Ultimately, the best way to choose a strain is by taking your own personal needs into account. If you’re looking for a high that isn’t too strong or sedating and you want something that won’t make you feel paranoid or anxious, then try going with a strain high in CBD. If on the other hand, you prefer that classic “stoner” feeling—complete with couch-lock and lots of giggling—then go for something higher in THC!
Grind, Don’t Chop
There are two main types of cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the chemical that gives you a buzz, but CBD is the chemical that can help reduce anxiety, inflammation and pain. The more you grind your weed, the more surface area it creates for THC to escape, so when you’re using ground up weed in your food or drink recipes – or even just smoking it straight – you’ll get more of a high than if you chopped up your bud. But if you prefer non-buzzy effects from cannabis, then chopping up larger buds will give you more room for CBD to be released into whatever dish or drink you make with them.
The best way to take advantage of both types of cannabinoids at once? Grind some up finely and chop some up coarsely!
Don’t Overdo It
When it comes to edibles, start with a small amount. You can always add more later if you want a stronger effect. If you eat too much of your dish at once, or eat too many edibles in one sitting, you may end up feeling uncomfortably high for hours—and possibly even have an unpleasant experience!
You should also be careful about eating too many edibles all at once and then taking time off before ingesting more. The effects of the THC will wear off after a while (hours or days), but the cannabinoids in your body stay there much longer than that—so if you take too much on one day and then don’t consume any pot again for several weeks or months afterward, it could result in some pretty intense cravings when those cannabinoids re-enter your bloodstream.
How to Decarb Weed in the Oven
To decarb cannabis in the oven, you’ll need:
- A glass dish or pan
- Aluminum foil
Instructions: Cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil and place your ground cannabis on it. Fold up the edges of the aluminum foil to cover it completely and seal in the heat, then bake for about 30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and let cool before grinding into a powder with a kitchen grinder.
You can adapt many different recipes by cooking with weed.
Cannabis is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many recipes. It’s perfect for cooking, baking and as a garnish for your drinks. If you’re interested in infusing cannabis into your favorite dishes, here are 5 tips to get the most out of your pot:
- Start simple; start with an easy-to-make dish
- Create recipes that use different types of flower and concentrates
- Use an oven or slow cooker instead of a stovetop when possible (and remember to keep things clean)
- Be mindful about how much weed goes into each dish (or drink)
There’s no reason to be intimidated by cooking with weed. It might seem like a lot of work, but once you start getting into the groove of things, it gets easier and easier. The key is to just take your time and follow these tips for how to cook with weed—and soon enough, you’ll be enjoying delicious meals in no time at all!