Edibles are one of the many ways medical marijuana patients in Florida like to consume cannabis. For those of us who enjoy cooking, it can be fun to make our own cannabis edibles at home. Homemade edibles give the cannabis cook more control over how much of the star ingredient goes in the edible and opens the door for all kinds of culinary creations. If you have some basic cooking skills, you might be surprised by just how easy it is to make cannabis edibles at home.
How to Cook with Cannabis
One of the biggest questions people have when they first start cooking with cannabis is whether or not they need to decarboxylate their flower first. The answer is that either will work, but the process is more effective if you do decarboxylate your cannabis first. Cannabis flower contains THCA, which must be activated by heat to become THC. Decarboxylating the cannabis first can help ensure that you’re getting all the cannabinoids from your medical marijuana.
How to Decarb Cannabis
To decarboxylate your flower, put it in the oven for about 30 minutes at 245°F. Moist buds may take slightly longer, while dried out buds won’t take quite as long. After mixing your ground decarbed cannabis flower with butter or cooking oil, place it over low heat for about three hours. Ideally, the temperature should stay between 160°F and 200°F. Once complete, strain out the plant material and store your butter or oil in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three months. Don’t forget to label your container, letting everyone in your household know it has been infused.
If you skip the decarboxylation step, you can still make cannabis butter or cannabis oil, but it will take much longer. Essentially, you’re just waiting for the decarboxylation process (converting THCA into THC) to happen while heating the cooking oil or butter. People who cook this way often leave their cannabis in the butter or cooking oil for almost an entire day, stirring often, without releasing as much THC as if they had decarbed it in the oven.
The great thing about making your own cannabis oil or butter is that it opens you up to all the different things you can do. Having a cannabis base (butter or oil) can make practically any recipe cannabis edible ready.
Here are just a few of the things you can do with cannabis butter and cannabis oil.
- Cannabis Oil Recipes – Some baking recipes call for cannabis oil, and that appeals to many people. You can also get creative by doing things like sautéing veggies in cannabis oil, adding some to a fruit smoothie, or making an infused oil-based salad dressing.
- Cannabis Butter Recipes – Cannabis butter is often used in classic cannabis edibles like brownies, but it can also do so much more. Experiment with other baked goods like pies, cakes, and bread. You can also use your homemade cannabis butter for a rich pasta sauce, or even stir a little bit into your coffee or tea.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Florida
Our primary mission at Fluent is to help our medical marijuana customers get the most out of their experience with cannabis. When you visit any of our dispensary locations, our experienced curators will always be ready to greet you and offer whatever assistance they can. If you need help navigating some of the different options on our dispensary menu, you’re in good hands. We can also keep you up to date with all the latest news and medical marijuana trends in Florida. Visit a dispensary near you, or contact us online if you have any additional questions.