Think of cannabis like any other cooking herbs and you can season anything with this food-friendly plant. It’s flavourful and packed full of nutrition. Think you’re ready to bring new tastes and therapeutic benefits to your recipes? Here’s what you need to know for the most enjoyable edible experience at home.
1. Know the Edibles Golden Rule: “Start Low, Go Slow.”
Knowing how to eat an edible responsibly is a superpower worth having. Start low. Start with 5-15mg and see how you feel. It usually takes about one to two hours for edibles to kick in, so being patient with your body is extremely important. Go slow. If you don’t feel anything right away, do not keep eating more.
2. Choose Your Cannabis Edibles Discerningly.
How do you want to feel? And remember, your choices don’t end with indica and sativa. Consider the entourage effect of THC, CBD, THCA, and other cannabinoids. Need a lift? Limonene is the citrus terpene that makes you feel energized, and sunny. How about some sleep. Try strains with myrcene and linalool (also found in relaxing lavender).
3. Activate Your Cannabis.
Avoid the rookie mistake of not activating the medicinal compounds of the flower. Decarboxylation releases the carboxylic acids from THC to turn nonpsychoactive THCA into psychoactive THC. Break dry flower up and bake at250°F for 30 to 60 minutes. For CBD-dominant strains, activation begins at 295°F, which releases CBD’s therapeutic properties. Decarboxylation methods vary, but we’ve found great success using these temperatures.
4. Always Infuse Cannabis Into Fat.
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, which is why most infused foods are made with butter, olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
If you’re going to extract cannabinoids from your dry cannabis flower, you’ll have to use a lipid-filled agent—the higher the fat content, and smoke point, the better. But think of the possibilities.
Cannabis oils and butter can be used in brownies, cookies, loaves, salads, sauces, appetizers, granola, and stir-fry and almost anything found in Whole30 (we checked!).
For the non-cooks, there are a lot of infused gourmet products available for you to use in your recipes. Hey, it’ll still fun.
Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.