Cooking with Cannabis? Avoid These Common Mistakes!

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Cooking with Cannabis? Avoid These Common Mistakes!

Smoking is not the only way to consume cannabis! It is becoming increasingly common for users to get their fix from cannabis edibles instead. This includes a wide selection of delicious treats from the somewhat stereotypical pot brownies to the more modern infused cannabis butter, marijuana candy and more!

Smoking is not the only way to consume cannabis! It is becoming increasingly common for users to get their fix from cannabis edibles instead. This includes a wide selection of delicious treats from the somewhat stereotypical pot brownies to the more modern infused cannabis butter, marijuana candy and more!

Many people are also trying their hand at cooking their own cannabis edibles. However, this is not without its pitfalls. Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes to avoid.

1 – Always Decarboxylate Cannabis First

Before you start cooking your own cannabis edibles, one of the most important things that you need to know is that it has to be decarboxylated! If you fail to do this, then your edibles are going to taste wrong and more importantly, the cannabinoids will not activate correctly and you won’t get much of a buzz – if any! That’s just a waste of good weed! The best way to decarboxylate your raw cannabis is to put it in the oven on a low, steady temperature. As a general rule of thumb, you should follow these steps to decarboxylate your raw marijuana:

  • Heat the oven to 245°F
  • Bake for 30 to 45 minutes
  • Mix the buds every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking

2 – Don’t Be Heavy Handed When Adding Raw Cannabis

Another common mistake that many people make when cooking cannabis edibles is using too much raw marijuana. For most home recipes you will be infusing oil with cannabis. However, the lipids in your oil are only going to be able to bind with so many cannabinoids, so overloading it with a vast amount of cannabis is a waste. Many people think adding more weed makes their edibles more potent, but that might not be the case. In fact, many people advocate using stems, trim, or ABV (‘Already Been Vaped’) flower for infusing with oil as a way to make cannabis edibles less expensive to produce.

3 – Grind Your Cannabis to a Coarser Powder

If you have found that your edibles have a grassy flavor to them, then the problem could be that you have ground the cannabis too finely. Lots of people making cannabis edibles at home make the mistake of pulverizing their marijuana in the likes of a coffee grinder. However, this can affect the taste by introducing chlorophyll. The best option is to use a hand grinder after you complete the decarboxylation process to achieve a coarser powder.

4 – Don’t Forget to Strain Your Infused Oil

Once you have created your cannabis infused oil to use in your edibles recipe, you must remember to strain out the unwanted plant matter. The easiest way to do this is to pass your infused oil through a piece of cheesecloth. Don’t be tempted to squeeze the cloth – just let gravity do its thing naturally!

5 – Just Keep Stirring

One of the most commonly reported issues with homemade edibles is an uneven distribution of flavor or potency. This is also one of the easiest mistakes to correct. All you have to do is keep on stirring! Mix your recipe thoroughly to ensure a consistent result across your bake!

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