Edibles are one of the single hottest ways to consume cannabis in today’s culture, and many enthusiasts are interested in making their own. You don’t have to be an expert chef to introduce cannabis to your favorite recipe– just follow the advice below and you’ll be on the right path toward delicious homemade edibles. It all starts with deciding which strain you want to use for your very own batch of edibles.
Best Strains for Cooking With Cannabis
- Jedi OG – Sweet and Earthy – This strain will create a relaxed sensation without making the consumer as sleepy as some other indicas. It’s likely to induce the munchies, so make sure you have some non-infused snacks, too.
- Jack Frost – Sweet, Crisp, Citrus – Jack Frost is great for cooking because it’s super potent, so a little goes a long way. It’s made from a prestigious lineage including Jack Herer, White Widow, and Northern Lights.
- 303 Kush – Sweet and Earthy – The earthy flavors in this strain have coffee and spice notes, which makes it perfect for some baked goods, especially those involving chocolate. Many consumers describe the effects as making them feel more social, so it may be great for party settings.
- Tangie Power – Citrus, Tangy – Sweet citrus notes make this strain perfect for baked goods like lemon bars. It’s also a great option if you’re looking for an energy-inducing sativa to bake into your favorite treats.
- Bubba Kush – Sweet, Earthy, Candy-Like – The earthy notes in this bud have been compared to chocolate and coffee by some, so it’s good for any edible that will mesh with those flavors. It’s a powerful indica, so you may want to save this for a bedtime snack.
Cannabis Edible Ideas
Practically any dish that calls for butter or oil can be turned into a homemade edible. Here are some of our favorites, from classics to innovative ideas:
- Brownies, cookies, and other baked goods
- Sauteed vegetables to be a side dish
- Mashed potatoes with cannabutter and all the fixings
- Lobster with clarified cannabis butter
How to Make Cannabutter or Cannabis Oil at Home
It’s important to know that you shouldn’t be cooking with raw cannabis. You’ll have to decarboxylate it, or use heat to activate the THC and CBD. To do this, preheat your oven to 250°F. While it’s heating up, break your flower into smaller pieces, but not too fine of a grind. Spread the pieces out on a baking sheet, then bake it in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
Try to resist temptation and avoid opening your oven to look too often, because this will let heat escape. After about 30 minutes have passed, check the cannabis to ensure it’s turned light or medium brown and looks dry. If it’s not fully dry yet, let it go for five more minutes at a time until it is. Don’t let it burn!
Once your bud is decarboxylated, grind it up thoroughly– it should be easy to crumble. You can add your prepared flower to oil or butter and heat it on low for two to four hours. Just don’t let it get too hot, or you might cook the THC off. Now you can add your infused cannabutter or oil to any recipe you want!
Best Cannabis for Cooking
To find great homemade edible strains, visit us at Chronic Therapy. Our experienced budtenders will help talk you through the entire menu, and we can even give you some additional cooking tips. If this all sounds like too much work, just shop our selection of edibles in the store!
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