I feel uniquely qualified to introduce beginners to cannabis-infused recipes. That is because I have never made them myself. For almost half a century, I have been smoking my cannabis. The explosion of the cannabis-infused foods industry is both exciting and overwhelming. In this article, my goal is to act as a guide for those of you who are new to cannabis edibles. I am learning on the job, so if I can do it, so can you! I will share some tasty recipes.
Although it is not necessary to purchase accessories such as the Ardent Decarboxylator and the Magical Butter Machine #2, they definitely make the process very easy for those who feel they do not have the knowledge to embark on making their own edibles at home. In order to get the most out of your medical cannabis material, it is crucial to decarboxylate it, first. Here is a link to the decarboxylation process using your oven.
The easiest and most beneficial way to incorporate cannabis into foods is via canna oil or canna butter. The butter recipe is simple. However, there are many different types of oil to choose from that not only provide health benefits but also facilitate better bioavailability of the cannabinoids. One such oil is MCT oil.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides which is easily digested and enables your body to better process fats. More than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. It is mostly extracted from coconut and palm oil but it is also found in caprylic and capric acid.
Benefits of MCT Oil
1. Makes you feel fuller and may aid in weight loss
2. Since it is so easily absorbed, it provides energy to the body
3. It may improve your brain function
4. Due to its content of fatty acids, it may be antimicrobial and antifungal which translates into a reduction in yeast and bacteria growth
5. It may reduce your risk for heart disease by controlling weight gain and reducing both cholesterol and inflammation
6. It may help manage diabetes by regulating blood sugar and increasing the burning of fat
Possible disadvantages for some people include a possibility of accumulation of fat in the liver and an increase in hunger.
Many people add lecithin to their edible recipes. It acts as a binding agent which keeps all the ingredients blended together. It may also help to distribute the cannabinoids more thoroughly, may increase digestibility and potency. Liquid sunflower lecithin is highly recommended as the healthiest and easiest to find. If you use MCT oil, lecithin is not necessary.
Canna Oil Recipe
The recommended ratio of cannabis material to oil is 1:1.
1 cup high fat content oil; MCT, coconut, olive, canola or avocado oil
1 cup (7-10 grams) decarboxylated cannabis flower/shake
1 tbsp. liquid sunflower lecithin (optional)
Saucepan/Double-Boiler/Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
1. Pour oil into a saucepan and add coarsely ground shake or small pieces of flower. Stir until the cannabis is covered with oil.
2. Line a metal strainer with cheesecloth and use a wooden spoon to push all the oil through.
3. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. It will last for at least 2 months.
Slow cooker: Low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally
Double-Boiler: Low heat for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally
Crock Pot: Lowest setting for 3 hours
Saucepan: Low heat for 3 hours, stirring frequently to avoid scorching
Some people add a small amount of water to avoid burning the butter.
Please note that the oil temperature should not exceed 245°F.
Canna Butter Recipe
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup (7-10 grams) decarboxylated cannabis flower/shake
1 cup water (optional)
1. Place butter (+ water) in saucepan. Simmer on low until it melts. Add cannabis. Simmer on low heat between 160°F and 200°F for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Do not allow it to come to a full boil!
2. Place cheesecloth in funnel over container. When mixture has cooled off, pour into funnel. Do not squeeze cheesecloth as this adds more chlorophyll to your oil.
3. Pour into butter molds or airtight containers and refrigerate.
Cannabis Ice Cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
14 oz can of condensed milk
3 tbsp. melted canna butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Flavorings of your choice
1. Whip heavy cream in a mixer until it forms stiff peaks.
2. Combine condensed milk, canna butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
3. Gently fold this mixture into whipped cream.
4. Spread in a 9”x 5” loaf pan, cover tightly and freeze for 5-6 hours. Add flavorings after mixture has been in the freezer for some time.
The 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. sugar
Handful of chocolate chips
1 tsp. canna butter
In a large microwaveable mug mix all the ingredients. Place in the microwave and cook for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!
4 apples; peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp. canna oil
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
2. Remove from heat, allow it to cool and mash.
3. Place in airtight jars and refrigerate.
Avoid These Mistakes
1. You Do Not Need To Use Flower. You can use shake or the remains of your tinctures or vapes. Do not grind your material into a powder.
2. Don’t Use Too Little or Too Much. Test the potency of your oil or butter before you add it.
3. Stir Well For Even Distribution
4. Don’t Cook Your Foods at Too High a Temperature
5. Consider Your Portion Sizes
6. If You Don’t Like The Flavor of Cannabis, use recipes and seasonings accordingly. Choose an oil that complements your dish.
Most of all, be adventurous and enjoy!
healthline.com, 7 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil, May 14, 2018, Sharon O’Brien
leafly.com, Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes While Cooking Cannabis Edibles
leafly.com, How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter, Leafly Staff
leafly.com, Part 2, How To Make Infused Cannabis Cooking Oil, Kayla William
Inlander.com, Cannabutter Ice Cream Offers Another Way To Get Frosty This Summer, Samantha Wohlfeil
Applesauce recipe shared by Andrea Swank