BY MARIE LODI
When it comes to making delicious weed edibles, the key is the cannabis oil, otherwise known as canna-oil. Because THC and CBD are fat-soluble, edibles made with canna-oil is the perfect way to bind to your endocannabinoid system. Once you learn the perfect approach to making canna-oil, a realm of culinary possibilities awaits you. Wondering what to make with canna-oil? A drizzle of infused pesto-flavored cannabis oil atop your pizza is utterly delectable.Another example of versatile recipes that utilize canna-oil: How about this divine elevated pasta dish? Ahead, a few key do’s and don’ts to remember when you’re infusing your own oil. Keep these in mind and you’ll have a great version to turn to when you’re in the mood to test your cannabis cooking skills.
Do: Make sure to decarb
One of the most common misconceptions when making edibles is thinking you can use raw flower. You need to heat your bud in order to convert it into THC, otherwise you won’t get high. That being said, you don’t want to cook at too high of a temperature. 225 degrees F at 30–35 minutes is generally a good time for decarbing weed. Don’t forget to stir the bud every 10 minutes or so, to ensure it cooks evenly.
Don't: Waste money—use AVB
While it’s common sense to want to use a high-quality flower to make your canna-oil, you don’t necessarily have to pick up a fresh batch each time. Make sure to save your leftover stems and shake. You can also use AVB, aka already vaped bud. Bonus: besides conserving cash, this will save you some time since it’s already decarboxylated.
Do: Use a high-quality oil
Since you’re saving money on bud, spend a little extra on oil. Make sure to use organic. Coconut oil and olive oil are popular picks for a canna-oil base. If you’re planning on using it for baking, go for coconut oil. Choose unrefined or cold-pressed if you enjoy a stronger coconut flavor, and opt for a refined version if you’re looking for a lighter taste, and plan to use it more for sauteing and drizzling over food.
Don't: Grind it too much
If you end up grinding your flower too fine, it can result in a strong, grassy taste due to the excess of chlorophyll. Use a hand grinder so it’s coarsely cut it up instead making it more powder-like.
Do: Mix well
Once you’ve added your canna-oil into whatever you’re baking, make sure to stir thoroughly in order for the infused oil to be evenly distributed. Too much separation will mess with texture and flavor.
Don't: Forget to go low and slow
Sure, you may have measured all your ingredients out and stirred everything meticulously, but it’s nearly impossible to know the exact effect an edible will have. Results vary from person to person. Even the most seasoned cannabis cook will go low and slow when it comes to consuming those infused goods. So, even if that bowl of infused mac and cheese tastes amazing, watch your portions!