Whether you’re completely new to cannabis, or you’ve been using it for years, the transition into cooking with cannabis at home can seem intimidating.
Decarboxylation? Lecithin? Times and temps? Cannabinoid ratios? What does it all mean?
Once you get the hang of making your own cannabis products, all of those questions will be answered. You’ll be able to save money, control the ingredients, and customize your medicine so it works better for you.
Plus, with a batch of cannabis-infused chocolates in hand, you’ll be everyone’s favorite dinner party guest.
In this complete cooking with cannabis guide, we’ll cover the simple guidelines I use to navigate this complex plant. I’ll also show you how to use cannabis as an ingredient in your favorite recipes, and how to replicate the expensive edibles you see in dispensaries.
The History Behind Cooking with Cannabis
While most of us grew up in the short-lived days of cannabis prohibition, cannabis cooking has been used in many cultural traditions throughout the world for thousands of years. In India, as far back as the 10th century, people have been making Bhang, a drink containing cannabis leaves and flowers that were used to promote sleep and digestion. In Egypt, cannabis was used in suppositories to treat hemorrhoids, and also as a concoction to relieve sore eyes. In China, cannabis was powdered and mixed with wine to be used as an anesthetic by surgeon Hua Tuo, and is considered one of the 50 Fundamental Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Humans have been cooking with this plant medicine around the world for millennia, and even though it has gone through periods of stigma, prohibition, and misunderstanding throughout history, cannabis has been, is, and always will be the people’s plant.
Now that the prohibition of cannabis is lifting around the world, it’s time to bring it back into our kitchens and medicine cabinets so we can harness its healing power for ourselves, our families, and even our pets. That is why I wanted to share this incredible cooking with cannabis guide with you.
What is the best way to cook cannabis?
There are thousands of ways to use cannabis as medicine, or for adult use. While many people have a method that works for them, we’ve learned a lot about cooking with cannabis over the past decade which has shaped the way we bring this ingredient into our kitchen as well as our bodies.
Whether you’re making oils, candy, tinctures, or topicals, the best way to cook with cannabis is to follow these guidelines:
- Experiment in the dispensary first: Have you already tried store-bought edibles and topicals to find a dosage and product that works for you? The easiest way to know what to make at home is to experiment with dispensary products until you find one you like and then head to the kitchen to replicate the dosage and cannabinoid profile. It’s more expensive in the beginning to test store-bought products, but it will save you more time, money, and…
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