If you’re a fan of edibles, chances are you’ve considered cooking weed yourself. Has something always stopped you? Maybe you’re not exactly sure how baking pot works. Or, you think baking with marijuana will be too difficult for you to pull off.
In fact, baking with cannabis is pretty simple! In this post, we’ll cover how to bake weed and provide some starter recipes for baking with cannabis.
Cooking Weed: How to Bake Pot
While you can cook with weed, baking with cannabis is typically the route people go for making delicious edibles. It’s essentially a two-step process. First, you’re going to need some type of fat to infuse with THC. Then, you’ll be able to use that fat (usually in the form of infused oil or butter) to create delicious recipes.
Baking with Cannabis: The Basics
Before you can actually cook with cannabis, you’ll need a way to get THC into your desired dish. That may sound easy, but it’s actually a little tricky. First off, you can’t just put some ground bud into some brownie mix and pop it in your oven. The process is a little more complicated than that.
Instead, you’re going to need to heat-activate the THC, also known as decarboxylation. Then, you’ll need to extract the decarboxylated THC from cannabis buds and infuse it into some kind of carrier oil. This isn’t terribly difficult. But it is a process.
Making a Cannabis Carrier
Note: This recipe is for a conservative dose. You can add more grams of cannabis flower if you are sure you want a stronger infusion. Or, multiply the recipe as desired so you have reserves in the fridge (label well!) for a future baking forray. Cannabutter or canna oil will usually last a couple of weeks in the fridge, just like your normal butter.
- Step 1 – Grind Buds: Use an herb grinder (or your fingers) to break 3.5 grams of buds down into small, fine pieces.
- Step 2 – Decarboxylate: This word may sound scary. But don’t worry—decarboxylation is a straightforward process.
- First, preheat your oven to somewhere between 230 and 250 degrees. Then, spread the broken up cannabis buds onto wax paper on top of a cookie sheet.
- Then, bake for between 25 and 30 mins. You’ll know your cannabis buds are fully decarboxylated after they turn into a golden brown color. Don’t let the temperature get too high or bake your buds for too long. If you do, you may end up destroying some of the THC they carry.
- Step 3 – Infuse Carrier Oil: Butter is a classic carrier oil, but it’s not the only one you can use. Coconut oil also makes a great carrier oil, for instance. We’re going to use butter for this recipe, though.
- First, melt 1 cup of butter into a saucepan.
- Then, add 1 cup of water.
- Once the mixture is melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis.
- Simmer it between 160 and 200 degrees for about 2-3 hours, never letting it actually boil.
- Finally, strain the newly-infused oil through a cheesecloth into some kind of glass jar.
- Place it in your fridge to cool.
Baking with Marijuana: Easy Recipe
Now that you have infused cannabutter (also called cannabudder), you can use it to create your own infused recipes! Here’s an easy one. First, go to the store and buy some of your favorite brownie mix. Then, follow the instructions to bake them. However, you’re going to want to replace some of the butter that the recipe calls for with your newly infused butter.
Dosing: If it’s your first time using the cannabutter, use just ¼ cup of infused butter in the recipe and use plain butter for the rest. Otherwise, your brownies may be too potent.
That’s it! Pretty easy, right? Now, all you’re going to need to get started is some cannabis. Stop by your favorite Mission dispensary to discover the perfect strain for baking with weed to complement your recipe!