Cooking with Cannabis

The versatility of the marijuana plant is extraordinary.

The multitude of choices we have to consume cannabis is only tethered by your imagination.  I touched on the subject of eating cannabis as a method of consumption a couple of weeks ago during a segment on edibles and want to expand the topic.

Cannabis on a platter
There is some prep work involved.

Why eat cannabis?

When we eat cannabis, the liver processes the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinoids) producing a byproduct (aka. a metabolite) called 11 hydroxy THC.  11 hydroxy THC is three to five times more potent than THC that has been inhaled as it enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain.

Eating cannabis, one can expect it to take 40 - 90 minutes for the effect to show while the effective duration of ingested cannabis is six to eight hours, with the reported peak at about three hours depending on the patient's individual chemistry. (1)

Because of the long duration of effect, cannabis consumption by ingestion is our best suggestion for insomnia. 

THC absorption is slowed down in the gut by the intake of food.  For maximum benefit, it is recommended that a person not eat one hour before and two hours after the consumption of your cannabis infused goodies.  

A couple suggestions if you're new to eating cannabis.

Start slow and take your time.
An unpleasant experience could put you off an otherwise good thing for a long time.  Some unpleasant side effects from consuming too much include nausea, vomiting and hallucinogenic episodes.

The basic premise to pass the active ingredients and infuse an oil base, ie. butter, olive oil, coconut oil, milk.

Butter is a mainstay method among bakers and chefs alike.

THC is fat soluble, therefore, any fat base will do, leaving a wide range of options to the culinary experimenter.  No matter the application, a couple principles to infusing oil with cannabis are common.  

It is always recommended to know how much active ingredient you are getting although that can be hard to gauge.

  1. Use low heat and take your time, patiently simmering the base with your infusion.
  2. The finer ground the dried cannabis your using is the better.
  3. Use good quality cannabis, preferably organic.

If you're using pre-made cannabis oil, it can be easily mixed in an oil base at the desired strength.

Heat your chosen oil to very hot but not boiling.  Stirring constantly, add the bud oil in a thin ribbon.  Bud oil that is heated slightly before adding mixes in quicker. The oil can be used right away because there is no need to "steep" the concoction.   Additionally, you'll always know exactly how much active ingredient you're getting with no fear of going accidentally overboard.  

Using dried marijuana when building a base to cook with is different that using pre-made cannabis oil and may not be as cost efficient.

Cannabis Milk
From The Weedblog

An intriguing idea I came across is to make Cannabis Milk.

Mix 4 grams of finely ground dried cannabis into 1 cup full fat milk.
Bring to a boil on medium heat and then simmer for 1 hour.

I'm going to try it with chai spices added in, cinnamon stick, cardamom, ginger, peppercorns, fennel, cloves, etc. and a darjeeling tea bag for the last five minutes, for extra flavour and interest.
I'd also add a big teaspoon of raw organic sugar or honey and savour the flavour and aroma.


Instead of going into a bunch of recipes here I'll instead refer you to some dynamite websites that have a wide array of excellent cannabis recipes.

The Cannabis Chef will get your inner Julia Child going, seen at

Culinary Cannabis Magazine is also very much worth a visit for inspiration at

Rainy weekends just got a whole lot brighter!

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