Marijuana edibles offer one of the most enjoyable ways to get the effects of weed. Whether you enjoy Gummies, Brownies, Cookies or beverages such as Tea and Cocoa, there are tons of ways to enjoy the effects of marijuana simply by consuming tasty THC-infused snacks. But while there are many premade marijuana edibles to buy, marijuana cooking can be even more fun.
Cooking with marijuana is a great project for any weed lover who wants to make their weed both stronger and tastier. The best way to do it is by infusing weed into oil or butter, which can then be used for various recipes or simply spread across food. Although the most common way to make marijuana edibles is by decarboxylating and using weed, marijuana cooking with concentrates can work just as well, if not better.
Concentrates such as Hash and Kief can also be infused into butter, oil, and other fats for powerful THC-infused edibles. The great thing about these concentrates is that they’re so high in cannabinoids that you don’t have to use much to end up with highly potent edibles. What’s more, you can often collect Kief from the weed you use and turn it into Hash quickly and easily. Here’s a guide on marijuana cooking with concentrates.
Why Should You Try Cooking With Marijuana?
If you enjoy the effects of THC and want them to be even more intense, then cooking with marijuana might be the best option for you. Although many strains of marijuana can give you a powerful high, cooking with marijuana results in tasty snacks that, when consumed, give you some of the most intense psychoactive effects.
Using marijuana edibles is a lot different from other marijuana products. When you smoke or vape weed, the effects hit you instantly. When you eat marijuana edibles, the effects can take around 30-90 minutes to kick in. What’s more, most methods of marijuana consumption result in a high that lasts for around 2-4 hours whereas edibles can last for 4-12 hours.
When you eat marijuana-infused foods, your body converts THC into a much stronger form known as 11-hydroxy-THC. The effects of this chemical are much stronger, hence why the relaxing and euphoric effects of edibles feel much stronger than simply smoking or vaping weed.
With that said, many users enjoy using edibles for the strong high they give and cooking them yourself can be even more fun. Cooking with marijuana can be carried out by pretty much anybody right from home. All you need is some weed, butter or oil, and some basic kitchen equipment. The process generally involves decarboxylating weed in the oven before infusing it into fats and cooking it into all kinds of tasty creations.
Is Marijuana Cooking With Concentrates Better?
Although cooking with marijuana usually involves infusing weed into butter or oil, cooking with concentrates can be even better for some users. Marijuana concentrates are products extracted from weed that contain extra-high levels of THC. As such, you can use less and often end up with even stronger effects.
You can cook with concentrates in much the same way as cooking with weed. The process involves decarboxylating your concentrates before infusing them into fats such as butter or oil. You can then add them to all kinds of great marijuana edibles recipes or simply use them on top of your food.
Concentrates such as hash and kief are often up to 2-3 times stronger than weed. You won’t need to use too much in your cooking to make potent edibles. What’s more, these products usually come packed with terpenes along with high THC levels, meaning they can add some extra flavor to your food.
Cooking with concentrates can also make dosing easier in some cases. For example, if you buy a block of Hash with 60% THC levels, then you can deduct that a gram will contain 600mg of THC. As such, using a quarter-gram of the hash in a recipe for cookies or brownies and splitting them into 15 servings will give you edibles with a sensible dose of 10mg each.
While you can buy concentrates online, it also helps that you can naturally collect Kief from your weed. You’ll often find kief in the bottom of the grinder and there are also methods to collect higher amounts. You can also make hash out of kief using various methods.
How To Get Kief
Kief is a type of cannabis concentrate that looks a little bit like green dust or powder. It’s made when the trichomes of weed dry out and break apart from the rest of the buds. Trichomes are the part of the plant where the wealth of cannabinoids and terpenes are produced and, as such, kief is extra high in THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes.
The good thing about kief is that it’s fairly easy to collect. If you’ve been smoking weed for a while, you might have a stash of kief accumulating at the bottom of your grinder. You can scrape it out using a scraping tool, although you might not end up with much unless you’ve been collecting it for a long time.
Some grinders are designed for collecting high amounts of kief. For example, 4-piece grinders include a mesh to separate kief from your shake. The kief goes into a separate chamber and, if you use it for long enough, you’ll end up with an impressive stash of kief that you can then use in your cooking.
Kief can also be collected by sifting weed through a Pollen Box or silkscreen. These methods can be great for collecting larger amounts of kief, but they also require some time and effort. Although you can collect kief from your weed, many users prefer to simply buy kief from cannabis stores.
How To Make Hash
Hash is a type of cannabis concentrate that’s known for its solid consistency. While many cannabis concentrates are soft or oily, Hash is rigid and brick-like. Hash can come in many forms, but it usually looks like a dark brown or black brick of compressed trichomes.
There are many methods of making hash and they usually involve collecting the trichomes from weed and compressing them into a solid form. For example, simply rubbing weed between your fingers and pressing the resin together can give you a small block of hash, although high-quality hash usually involves more complicated processes. However, there are a few good ways to make hash at home.
If you have enough kief, there are a few effective methods of converting it into hash. One of the best ways to create hash involves wrapping kief in parchment paper and applying heat and pressure to it. Start by placing a stash of kief in the middle of a piece of parchment paper, wrap it up into a package, fill a jar with hot water and roll it over your package of kief.
After using the jar to apply heat and pressure to the kief for around 8-10 minutes, the trichomes will transform and blend to create a solid block of hash. Put the parcel of kief in the fridge for around half an hour to loosen up the paper and you can then unwrap and use your newly-made hash.
Another common method involves using a tool known as a Pollen Press. All you have to do is remove the top cap and pin from the Pollen Press, fill it with your kief, and seal it tightly with the cap and pin. Reseal it every hour or so to keep it tight and, after around 8 hours, your kief will be compressed into a block of hash. You can then take out the caps and push your hash out.
How To Decarboxylate Kief And Hash
Before you start cooking with kief or hash, you’ll need to decarboxylate them first. Decarboxylation is a process that involves applying low heat over a long period of time to activate the THC in your products before cooking. While THC is usually activated when you smoke or vape concentrates, you’ll need to decarboxylate them using an oven before you cook with them.
You can do this by preheating your oven to 245ºF and placing your kief or hash in an oven-safe container. Cover your container with aluminum foil and place it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. It’s important to keep your oven at a low heat and give your concentrates time to decarboxylate- using high heat can degrade the cannabinoids and ruin your concentrates.
After decarboxylating your concentrates, take the container out of the oven and give it time to cool. Keep the aluminum foil sealed on top until your container has cooled down. You can then remove the foil and use your kief and hash for cooking. The best way to infuse kief or hash into edibles is by binding them with fats such as butter or oil.
Cooking With Kief And Hash
There are a few ways to use kief and hash in your cooking, but the best way is to infuse them into either butter or oil. Since THC binds to fats, cooking it with butter or oil will result in the condiments becoming infused with the effects of marijuana. You can then use these ingredients in all kinds of recipes or simply add them to your meals.
Make sure you decarboxylate your kief or hash first. The best approach is to use butter or coconut oil, but you can also use olive oil, lard or pretty much any other kind of fat or cooking oil. You’ll also need a glass bowl and a saucepan to make a double boiler. Once you have everything ready, it’s time to make your infused butter or oil.
Add around a gram of your decarboxylated kief or hash and 2 ounces of butter or coconut oil to a glass cooking bowl. Heat enough water in a saucepan to cover the bottom of your bowl and, once it’s hot enough, reduce it to medium heat and place your bowl in the saucepan. Your ingredients should melt and bind together. Allow the mixture to simmer for around an hour.
After around an hour, you’ll have some potent THC-infused butter or oil. Pour it into a glass container and store it in the fridge to cool. You can now use your stash of THC-infused butter or oil in all kinds of delicious recipes. You might want to use it in recipes for baked goods such as brownies or cookies. You can also use it as a dressing for all kinds of meals and snacks. You can even make THC-infused beverages by adding some to teas, smoothies, and cocktails.
Where Can You Buy Edibles?
Cooking with cannabis concentrates can be rewarding but, in some cases, you might simply want to buy edibles online. Canada Cannabis Dispensary offers a wide range of high-quality THC-infused edibles. These make it easier to know how much THC you’re consuming as well as saving you the hassle of cooking edibles yourself.
Candies such as THC Gummies are the most popular option. The good thing about these is that they’re usually split into doses of around 10mg, making it easy to get a good dose of THC without going overboard. They also come in a variety of shapes and flavors so there’s something to suit everyone.
Baked Goods are another option. If you enjoy cookies, brownies, and cakes, you’ll enjoy them more when they’re infused with the effects of THC. These usually contain a lot of THC so you’ll need to split them into smaller servings yourself- make sure you only take around 10mg of THC if you’re a beginner.
Chocolate is also available. These edibles are delicious and luxurious, giving you a generous dose of THC infused with rich chocolate flavor. All of these edibles are available for delivery across Canada.
Marijuana cooking with concentrates is a great way to get the most out of your products. You can decarboxylate kief or hash in the oven and infuse them into butter, oil or other fats to add to all kinds of delicious THC-infused recipes. Alternatively, you can simply buy high-quality marijuana edibles and a range of other products online at CanadaCannabisDispensary.ca.