Vodka-infused cupcakes and rum brownies have become indulgent favorites for the epicurious boozers among us. But the fun doesn’t stop with alcohol. With the availability of legal marijuana products, it’s more clear than ever how many delicious cannabis treats are out there waiting to be discovered, so why not try a little DIY and make your grandma’s famous cookies with a THC twist?
How To Infuse Food With Cannabis
Two of the most common starting points for making your pot treats is to infuse cooking oil or butter. From there, you can make whatever favorite recipe uses either of these elements (which will be most of them).
For starters, heat your oven to 245°F and cook the cannabis for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes for even heating and exposure. This process, known as decarboxylation, activates cannabinoids and allows them to bind to the lipids in your fatty baking ingredients. Then, grind your prepared bud coarsely to prevent releasing too much chlorophyll and to allow for easy straining later on in the process.
For oil, use 7-8 grams of ground cannabis to make 1 cup of oil, or 8-10 grams for 1 cup of butter. Steep your decarboxylated cannabis in your oil or melted butter for about 3 hours at a temperature of 180°F, taking care to prevent boiling (using a slow cooker helps).
Strain your new infusion with cheesecloth, but don’t force it. While you may get a little more oil or butter, you may also get a lot more plant matter and bitterness. And the whole point of making your own cannabis creation is to make something delicious!
Dosing Your THC Edibles
Test! Test your THC-infused ingredient before you begin baking. You don’t want to eat a whole cake before you feel the desired effects, but you also really don’t want to throw the whole cake out because it’s so potent that it’s inedible. Take a serving of your oil or butter and consume (with bread, non-alcoholic beverage, or whatever you want). Wait two hours to feel the effects, and that should give you an idea of the potency per ounce.
Also, as you continue your recipe, make sure to stir thoroughly! This step is so important because it ensures that every bite is equal in its effect, so you won’t have a minefield on your hands of some crazy rich pieces and some totally ineffective pieces.
If you are a beginner, you can make your old go-to box-mix recipes for brownies or cookies – just swap out the oil or butter with your own cannabis-infused oil or butter. Keep in mind that some recipes with call for way more butter per serving than others, so calculate and adjust accordingly, using a mix of canna butter and regular butter if necessary.
If you are feeling like flexing your baking muscles a bit more, try out this classic chocolate hash cake.
In the mood for something savory? How about this infused spinach and artichoke dip?
When it comes down to it, if you can make it, you can make it infused with cannabis. The more ingredients you learn to infuse (honey, almond milk, etc), the more easily you can adapt your favorite recipe to make something that is both delicious and carefully controlled for your own ideal dosage.