Cannabis can be used therapeutically to treat a variety of conditions such as muscle control problems, epilepsy in children, and chronic pain. Cannabinoids are often consumed in the form of cigarettes or joints, but cooking with cannabis is generally the recommended method. However, this mode of consumption is not as simple as it may seem. You must first make an infusion of cannabis, then you will only have to use this infusion as an ingredient in your recipes.
Method 1 of 3: Make your own cannabis oil
Step 1. Choose your base cooking oil
Cannabis is not soluble in water. It is fat soluble, which means you need to cook with oils that are high in fat. Canola oil is a perfect example, but you can also use coconut or olive oil. However, these oils have lower boiling temperatures than canola oil. Choose your base oil according to the use you make of it.
If a recipe calls for a particular type of fat, you can use that or choose another effective oil as a substitute
Step 2. Try to grind your marijuana
To do this, you will first need some already dried marijuana. You can use only the flowers, but also all parts of the plant, as many people do. Be aware that you can filter the oil later. Just try not to grind your cannabis too much in such a way that you cannot pass it through a sieve. A coffee grinder or food processor will do the trick. Just avoid reducing your cannabis to a very fine powder.
Step 3. Mix the oil and with the marijuana
The effectiveness of your cannabis-based cooking oil will vary depending on your blend. Pour the oil into a pan, a double boiler or a slow cooker. Add the crushed marijuana and stir everything. Make sure your cannabis is coated with oil.
If you don't know how to get a good mix, take twice a given volume of oil for the same amount of marijuana powder. For example, mix 2 cups of oil with 1 cup of crushed marijuana or 100 milliliters of oil with 50 milliliters of powder
Step 4. Heat your mixture to dissolve the cannabis in the oil
The temperature to which you will heat the mixture will depend on your preparation. The number of times you cook will also influence how you cook. The goal is to heat your mixture without burning it. Stir several times. You may need to add a little water to avoid scorching the bottom of your pot.
- If using a slow cooker, cook the mixture over low heat for at least 6 hours. You can extend the three-day timeframe to get a really good brew.
- If you are using a double boiler, cook your mixture over low heat for 6 to 8 hours. If you heat it up for 8 hours, you will get a better brew. Stir occasionally and watch the water level. Avoid running out of water in the double boiler.
- If you are using a saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat for no less than 3 hours. Stir several times to prevent your preparation from burning. The bottom of your pan can burn quickly with this method.
Step 5. Filter the oil
For best results, do this while the oil is still hot. You can strain the oil using a strainer to trap the larger pieces of the ground material. If you still notice bits of cannabis in your liquid, filter again through a coffee filter. It will take you a long time, so be careful and be patient. You can strain the oil in small portions while you continue to simmer the mixture.
- Alternatively, you can strain the oil through cheesecloth (cheesecloth). For better filtration, use multiple coats. Cover a large bowl with cheesecloth. Secure the edges with a rubber band. Pour your mixture into the bowl. This method is often recommended because it filters fluids more efficiently than a coffee filter.
- If you only have a small coffee filter, try using a rubber band for protection. Find a tall glass and place a coffee filter on it. Use a rubber band around the top of the glass and around the edges of the filter to hold the fabric in place.
- If you are using a glass container to pour your hot oil in, heat the container first. You can immerse it in lukewarm water and then in boiling water for a few minutes. This prevents the glass from breaking due to the intense heat.
Step 6. Save your oil for later use
After filtration, store your oil in a suitable container with an airtight lid. Your oil will lose its effectiveness if it is exposed to air. You will be able to use it this way for about two months. You can extend this time longer by putting your oil in the refrigerator.
Step 7. Use a small amount of your cannabis oil in your recipes
Your brew will certainly be very effective, but you probably won't want to replace all of your frying oil with cannabis-infused oil. Only use a small amount of your cannabis oil, for example 250ml or more, until you can see the effectiveness of your infusion.
Method 2 of 3: Make cannabis butter
Step 1. Heat a pan with butter
Melt a piece of salted butter over low heat. Use a pan with a lid and simmer for a few minutes. To avoid scorching the bottom of the pan, move the butter as it melts. You can increase the amount of your brew by adding more butter and crushed cannabis in the right proportions.
Alternatively, you can use a slow cooker to make your marijuana butter. With this method, cook for 8-24 hours, stirring occasionally
Step 2. Grind your marijuana
For each piece of butter, you will need to use at least 7g of marijuana. Remove the seeds, leaves and stems and keep only the buds. Grind the dried flower heads of the plant using a coffee grinder or food processor. For finer grinding, you can use a mortar and pestle.
If you are using cannabis for medical purposes, you can double the dose to ensure better results with less butter
Step 3. Simmer the mixture
Add 7g or more of finely ground cannabis to the pan. Cook at low temperature. Stir everything until the cannabis powder is evenly distributed. If your preparation starts to get hot, add a little water to lower the temperature.
Step 4. Pass the butter through a sieve and put it in the refrigerator
Choose a container in which to store the butter. Cover it with cheesecloth to filter it. Use a rubber band around the top of the container to hold the cheesecloth in place. Pour the mixture onto the cheesecloth, letting it drip into the container. Squeeze the solid material a little to collect as much butter as possible. Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate.
You can also use a flaw sieve. If the marijuana powder you are using is not very fine, the mesh screen will help retain larger pieces. Squeeze the solid material obtained with a metal spoon to extract the excess butter
Step 5. Use your marijuana butter
Unlike cannabis oil, you can use small amounts of marijuana butter in most of your recipes to improve the taste. You can replace the entire amount of butter in recipes with your own marijuana butter. If you notice that the therapeutic effect is less effective, increase the amount of cannabis per piece of butter to 14g. Alternatively, you can use another cooking method.
Method 3 of 3: Make your own marijuana flour
Step 1. Remove all stems and seeds from the marijuana buds
Buds and flowers are the parts of the plant that contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids. Remove all stems and seeds and allow the buds to dry completely. To obtain powder, they must remain dry as much as possible. Even a small amount of moisture can make the difference between powder and paste.
Step 2. Crush the flowers
Use a food processor with sharp blades or a coffee grinder. The goal is to reduce them to a fine powder, almost like wheat flour. Continue to mix and grind until you get a powder. It may take a little while.
Step 3. Sieve your mash
There could still be unground parts of the cannabis plant in your mash. So use a sieve for this. There should be only a small amount, if at all, of uncrushed pieces. For now, set aside the bowl with the marijuana flour.
Step 4. Grind the unshredded pieces again
What remains on the sieve must be crushed again. If you have a coffee grinder, use it this time. If you do not get the desired result or if you used a food processor on the first try, pour the uncrushed parts into a mortar and pound them. With the pestle, apply pressure in the mortar and stir the uncrushed parts of the cannabis plant to be able to achieve the necessary grinding action.
With this method, you could get a much finer flour. If you are not satisfied with the result with the food processor or coffee grinder, use a mortar. Be aware that using a mortar requires a lot of effort. However, if you use a coffee grinder or food processor for the first grinding, you should tire less
Step 5. Store your flour in an airtight container
Oxidation can alter the effectiveness of cannabis powder if it is not stored properly. Use an airtight container for this. A vacuum container might also work well. Use it the same day or within 24 hours. Store in the freezer for long term storage.
Step 6. Use marijuana powder in your recipes
Generally for your recipes, you can substitute about 10% or even 20% of the recommended amount of powder with your marijuana mix. This is particularly true for bakery products where one has to increase the volume of the product in question such as bread. Unlike cannabis oil or butter, marijuana flour is a real substitute, except that it does not have the same properties as regular flour.
Alternatively, you can mix cannabis flour with regular flour in advance. However, keep this mixture in an airtight container. Just because the mixture was made with regular flour doesn't mean your cannabis powder is protected from oxidation. For optimal use, try to keep pre-measured portions in the freezer in airtight bags
- Sweet baked goods tend to work best, and brownies are the most popular cooking recipe with cannabis.
- Avoid using too much marijuana when preparing meals. The strong smell of cannabis could mask the taste of meals, and it could even cause you to increase your dosage.
- Cannabis is a botanical genus that groups together plants of the Cannabaceae family. There are several species of this plant, which produce different effects. Talk to the owners of medical cannabis dispensers to find out which species of marijuana is best for your condition.
- Since cannabis in edible form takes longer to digest, you may have to wait a little while to feel the effects, possibly between 30 minutes and an hour. The effects of marijuana last much longer than those of cigarettes. You will not get the same effects because of the differences in the way the body absorbs cannabinoids. Be careful not to overdose when the effects are not as strong as you want them to be.
- In France, certain varieties of industrial cannabis may be authorized. However, they must have a THC content of less than 0.3% and patients who consume them for medical purposes must have an exemption. Be aware, however, that possessing or consuming cannabis in a private or public place is strictly prohibited. For more information, see page.
- Medical cannabis should be administered like any other medicine. This should only be done under medical supervision. Do not use cannabinoids without getting medical advice to avoid any side effects.