You’ve probably heard – or know from experience – that cannabis can give you the “munchies”. But instead of snacking post puff, what about getting your dose of THC from your food? It may seem unconventional, but avid marijuana users have been cooking with weed for many years.
Eating cannabis can be a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the health risks of smoking or vaping. When you ingest cannabis it gets processed by our liver which means it may take up to 2 hours for you to experience the effects.
You could grind the herb and toss it directly on your plate, but that approach lacks the kind of creativity cooking can bring out in a person. Not to mention, dosing becomes a bit more difficult to predict.
Cooking with cannabis oil concentrate or cannabis infused butter is a common method that allows for some more experienced cooks to get creative with their bud. If you’re making your own canna-oil or canna-butter you want to be sure you follow precise instructions to achieve decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation is the process of turning THCA into THC. THCA doesn’t turn into THC without heat, so you’ll want to slowly heat your weed to start. Low and slow is the way to go. After you’ve converted your THCA to THC, you’ll begin the infusion process. You’ll want to add your cannabis extraction to an oil like coconut or olive oil. It can be a time consuming task, but it’s well worth it, and opens up a world of possibilities in the kitchen!
For an easy start you could infuse your favorite salad dressing or marinade with a cannabis tincture. There are CBD and CBG isolates you can purchase as well and add to smoothies, cookie recipes and more! We like to add a portion of our favorite chocolate edible to our coffee for a tasty THC mocha treat. Try our “Lucida Latte” recipe below for an extra kick in your cup!
2 shots of Espresso
1 5mg piece of cannabis infused chocolate
1 cup of milk of choice
Combine 2 shots of espresso and chocolate and stir until combined. Slowly add milk. Top with whipped cream.