We asked, and you answered! Earlier this week on our Facebook page I posed a simple question regarding cooking with marijuana. Here are some of your questions answered by us.
1: Brain Injury, Mental Illness & Chronic Pain – End The Silence: How do you make lemon cookies, those are the best!! (Never cooked with cannabis before).
Lemon cookies are seriously THE BEST! Here is a quick and easy cannabis-infused lemon cookie recipe. Don’t be scared… cooking with canna-oil is easy.
Oven Temperature: 350 Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes per batch
1-cup finely ground almonds or (pecans, walnuts, macadamia)
¾-cup rolled oats
½-cup marijuana butter
2-tablespoon lemon juice
1-tablespoon lemon zest
Mix dry ingredients together.
Cream in butter
Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest. If very dry, add a few drops of water
Cool cookies on parchment paper.
Can dip cookies in melted bittersweet chocolate then shredded coconut.
Cookies are pretty to look at and oh so yummy!
Robert Cartagena Jr: Which is best to infuse for canna-oil? Coconut oil, Olive oil, or clarified butter?
It’s really up to your tastes. I like to use clarified butter and/or coconut oil for most desserts, and olive oil or canola for savory fare. Canola oil has the mildest taste, and there are light olive oils that are not very fruity or strong. There is also refined coconut oil that has virtually no coconut taste (it costs more, but for those who can’t stand the taste, it’s worth it). Another thing to consider is that a naturally strong-flavored olive oil or coconut oil will work to your benefit in terms of masking the taste of the marijuana. That being said, if I HAD to choose just one, I would choose coconut oil. It’s useful for almost everything, from baking to sauteing, and even with popping popcorn on the stove.
Phil Moreland: Dosing is good…
I’d like to know how to reduce the taste of “weed”. Some people don’t like it, some don’t care. I’m not talking about the strains that could be used like pairing wine with a meal.
Using refined extractions is the best (if you are purchasing it), because they typically use the less watery parts of the plant. This lessens the weed taste. Most of the bad taste in edibles is likely due to phytol, chlorophyll, and oxidized (rancid) plant fats.
But if green cannabutter that smells and tastes like a lawnmower bag is all you’ve got… you can mask the taste with cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and citrus zest, all of which contain oils that are also found in many fine cannabis varieties and just so happen to be synergistic with cannabinoids.
Nicholas Edward Bennett: Tacos and cannibis
Your wish is granted, Nicholas!
- 1 lb of ground beef
- 1 small red onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed/minced
- 1 pouch of taco seasoning*
- 1 small can of tomato paste (sauce works as well, but it can border on sloppy joes if there is too much liquid)
- ¼ lb of cannabutter (or ¼ cup of cannaoil)
*for those so inclined, you are of course welcome to make your own taco seasonings and tomato paste/sauce. The flavor will most definitely be richer, but I wanted to put the quick and easy way out there.
How to Make Cannabis Tacos:
Put a medium to large saute pan over med/high heat. If you’re using cannaoil, let the pan get modestly hot and pour it in. If you’re using the cannabutter, put the butter in the pan before it gets very hot and let it melt as the pan heats up.
Either way, once your oil or butter is hot, put the onions into the pan and saute them briefly (until they start to turn translucent). Then, add the ground beef and saute it until mostly cooked. You’ll want to use a spoon or spatula and break up the ground beef as it cooks, so it doesn’t coalesce into large chunks.
Once the meat is mostly cooked, add the seasonings, tomato paste/sauce and crushed garlic to the pan. Stir it all together until it looks homogenous throughout.
Let it simmer for about 10-15 min to merge the flavors and ensure the meat is properly cooked.
From here, just use the taco meat how you like it. It’s good on a tortilla, in a salad and in scrambled eggs.
You basically now have a mildly spicy, cannabis loaded mound of taco meat. You can even just eat it with a spoon if you like.
Laura Semenza Painter: How do you figure out dosing in the finished product ?
First, identify the percentage of THC in the strain you’re cooking with.On average, most strains have about 10 percent THC. Strains that have 15-20 percent THC are above average, and those with 21 percent THC or higher are exceptionally strong. If you can’t find online plant breeding information or cannabinoid lab tests for the strain, estimate at 10 percent THC.
You are starting out with a quarter ounce of marijuana (on average), that’s 7 grams. An eighth would be 3.5 grams.
Every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. So for cooking or baking at home, it is safe to assume that a gram of cannabis contains at least 100mg THC.
Using this dosing measurement formula, you do the math accordingly to find out how much THC per serving. Take the amount of ground marijuana, convert it to milligrams and divide it by the recipe yield to determine a per-serving dose of THC. A starting dosage for beginners is 5 milligrams per serving (the Colorado-mandated serving size for marijuana-infused edibles is 10mg THC). Three grams of ground marijuana equals 300mg THC. 300mg divided by the recipe yield, (a classic cookie recipe makes 60 cookies) equals 5mg per cookie. If you want to be even more cautious with your at-home cannabutter cooking, 1.5 grams (150mg) marijuana divided into a 60-cookie recipe will yield 2.5mg a serving.
Wade Shaffer: Can you use tincture when cooking or baking brownies
You can! Just keep to the recommended dosage on your bottle.
Mary Reusch: I would like to know more. I’ve never smoked because I’ve never had the desire to smoke but would like to learn to cook and bake with it.
Keep watch of our Facebook page – Sonia has GREAT cooking tutorials that she does live (and you can find the old videos at the top of the page.
- Remember that marijuana is fat-soluble and not water-soluble. In order for it to release the THC it contains – and so it has an effect – you need to heat and mix it with some kind of fat – oil, butter or other dairy products. Marijuana teas don’t do anything. The easiest thing to do is to previously prepare marijuana oil or butter, and then use these in recipes. But, in any case, forget about British cooking – boiling in water. If this is not clear enough, imagine two plates of pasta; one, with spaghetti Bolognese and oregano – this latter substituted with marijuana – To sprinkle it over the already-cooked dish won’t work. However, think of the second option: Pesto alla Genovese, exchanging the basil for the marijuana- That would be a star dish to be cooked with cannabis.
- Now that you know about the specific behavior of marijuana in the kitchen, the rest is culinary know-how. Like any chef worth his salt, you should measure the amounts of food you use in your recipes. Since you are going to involve guests in your experiments – a.k.a. “guinea pigs” – don’t be a monster. Use half a gram per person if you are using buds or two grams if you are using trimmings. It’s prudent and enough for a good starting point. Later on, you may adjust proportions to your most frequent guests’ bodies. Like any chef, use the kitchen scale. It’s an essential instrument.
- And remember that not all types of marijuana are the same, nor do they have the same potency, so any advice regarding quantity is strictly an approximation. You’ll learn to calculate with time.
- Even though THC needs to be heated to be released, overheating it can degrade certain cannabinoids, so you should cook for longer periods at temperatures below 170º C. And, even though you don’t need the following tip, considering that you’re an aspiring chef… Don’t use the microwave!
- Test and improve your cannabis recipes. If you are going to serve a meal, you should make sure that what you serve not only gets you high, but also tastes good. The experience will be much more positive. Pot works a little like oregano, basil or sage in the kitchen. It goes well with other herbs and if you use it in the form of butter, it doesn’t overwhelm or dominate over other flavors.
- I wouldn’t cook with marijuana for a Christmas dinner, even though it could work well for all of us at family gatherings. It is important to choose the right occasions wisely, especially if you are going to have beginners over. Make sure you organize them in comfortable places where people can relax, and with enough time to enjoy the experience.