Cooking With Cannabis: What You Need To Know

A growing body of medical research supports that cannabis does have health benefits.

A growing body of medical research supports that cannabis does have health benefits. When taken at the prescribed dosage and form along with other medication plans, it’s been found to help alleviate chronic pain, regulate diabetes, fight cancer, and control seizures. Do you happen to have these health conditions? Did your doctor just give you a medicinal cannabis prescription? If yes but it’s your first time to use weed, don’t worry. You can always resort to CBD edibles to follow the prescription while giving yourself time to get used to it.

In this post, you’ll discover amazing insights on cooking with cannabis, as well as some mouth-watering recipes you can start cooking without a sweat. 

Things to Know Before You Start Cooking

Before experimenting in the kitchen, remember that the use of cannabis is restricted. And the usage restrictions depend on the country you’re in. Also, keep in mind the following factors:

  1. Doctor’s prescribed CBD dosage – As of 2020, the only FDA-approved cannabis-based product is the CBD oil called Epidiolex. The dosage usually starts at 2.5 ml per kg of body weight and could be taken twice daily. The dosage may increase to up to 10 mg/kg per day.
  2. Dietary needs – Be sure to undergo initial checkups and consultations first to know if you have any nutritional needs and allergic reactions.
  3. Safety in food handling and preparation – Overcooking or undercooking cannabis could compromise the quality of the foods. It could also result in unexpected results.
  4. Decarboxylation and ratio – Decarboxylation means exposing the weed to the right level of heat to activate the THC. Ratio refers to the right amount of CBD infusion you should add to the recipe.
  5. Possession limit – You’re only allowed to have at most 30 grams of dried cannabis or 60ml of cannabis oil.

Infusion Methods

The secret to cooking delicious CBD edibles lies in how you mix cannabis with the liquid ingredients you usually use for cooking. You can prepare a lot of recipes if you have the following infusions in your kitchen:

  1. Canna Oil – Add CBD drops in vegetable, olive, coconut, and canola oils. You can use this infusion for your fried dishes.
  2. CannabutterTurn your regular butter into a CBD-based one and use this for your baked goods, especially cookies and brownies.
  3. Weed Milk – This is perfect for your breakfast cereals, pastries, breads, and other baked munchies.

Easy Cannabis Recipes You Can Start Preparing Now

You can basically turn any regular dish into a cannabis-infused treat. To get you started, here are some recipes you might like to consider:

  • Garlic Pasta with Parmesan – Turn your simple garlic pasta with the all-time favorite parmesan into a cannabis-based one by using cannabutter.
  • Spaghetti – Prepare the spaghetti the way you want it, be it spicy with sardine or Italian. But use cannabis-infused olive oil to get your daily dose of CBD.
  • Cookies and Brownies – Instead of using regular butter, use cannabutter to make these basic snacks into something more. 
  • Chicken Pot-cacciatore – A hearty chicken dish is always a great idea for weekend dinners. You can give this basic chicken dish a different kick by using weed-infused olive oil and cannabutter.
  • Baked Italian Eggplant – Follow the traditional way of cooking baked eggplant. But use infused olive oil and Italian seasoning.
  • Laid-Back Latkes – As finger foods, you can prepare a dozen latkes and grab one whenever you feel like munching something. You can add ground cannabis along with the flour and other dry ingredients and fry it using an infused vegetable oil.
  • Green Macaroni and Cheese – Yes, you can turn your favorite comfort food mac and cheese into something healthy by adding spinach pesto. And don’t forget to use cannabutter to give it a different kick.

Even if you won’t like it at first, it’s possible to get used to your medicinal cannabis prescriptions through CBD edibles. It’s also wise to stick to simple and tested recipes to make your cooking safe, fast, and easy. One last thing to remember, though, is the fact that ingesting cannabis could have a different effect than inhaling it. The effect could also take a little longer. So don’t get carried away with your delicious dishes, snack foods, and baked sweet treats. Make sure to wait for the effect to sink in before having another bite or serving.

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