The following is a list of some of the things you should and shouldn’t do when you are cooking with marijuana. This list is by no means complete! Feel free to comment to ad your own to the list!
- DO Take your time! A rushed cannabis cooking extraction (like cannabutter) will be less effective and potent. A marijuana recipe, like any of our cannabis recipes will likely come out better if you are patient. Rush it and you could ruin it!
- DO use good cannabis. Cannabis, even after strained from the extraction, can leave a taste. The quality and flavor of the marijuana may be noticeable in the food.
- DO know the herbs footprint! Meaning do you know where it came from. Is it organic? Were pesticides used? Marijuana like any other produce item can carry pathogens and dangerous chemicals. If you are cooking with the cannabis most pathogens will be destroyed, however they will likely still contain pesticides and other nasty chemicals!
- DON’T Use excessive heat! The active compounds in cannabis will vaporize into the air if to much heat is used! When making cannabutter, weed ghee, or marijuana cooking oil, it should never boil! If you added water it is okay for the water to boil, however if the oil is bubbling it is way too hot!
- DON’T cook with cannabis unless you have an idea what you are doing! Ill informed experimentation can lead to wasting your hard earned stash!
Nutritional Benefits of Cooking With Cannabis
In addition to the number of ailments that cannabis can relieve, cooked marijuana is actually quite nutritious and can be incorporated proactively into your diet. As one of the world’s most balanced and richest known sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (EFAs), cannabis seeds are nutritional powerhouses. The EFAs found in hemp-seeds are known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, eczema and psoriasis, attention deficit disorder and depression. Cannabis seeds also contain a perfect balance of essential amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin E and carotene.
Combining marijuana with butter or oil is the most common way to cook with cannabis, but to get the benefits of hemp-seed, many cannabis chefs choose to grind the seeds to produce flour for breads, cakes, pastas and cookies. As well as imparting them with the many benefits discussed above, hemp-seed lends foods a distinctive, nutty flavor perfect for adding depth and richness to any meal.