Tips For Cooking With Weed
Food and weed are almost too natural a combination. Some people like to get stoned and then eat, while others like to eat and then get stoned. And then there’s a prolific third group who do both at the same time through the wonders of science. Baking, cooking, and mixing food/drink with cannabis extracts is one of those phenomena that blend science and art. If you take the time to learn the right techniques, even a beginner can skate by like a pro chef in the world of marijuana food. Reference this list to make sure you avoid any potentially money-wasting and rep-crushing mistakes.
Clean Your Cannabis
Outdoor plants in particular can be tainted with grime, bacteria, or even bird poop. So first tip: Avoid dirty weed altogether by purchasing nugs from a reliable source. And to be extra sure, you can gently boil the nuggets. Yes, it sounds weird, but boiling water isn’t hot (or wet?) enough to damage with the cannabinoids that you’re using for infusion.
DecarboxylateThis is the process of applying low heat for an extended period of time. This step takes the active ingredients (THCA) and changes them into THC, the psychoactive good stuff that actually makes you high. There are various ways to decarb your weed, including with an oven, a mason jar, or an immersion circulator. If you skip decarboxylation, your edibles may end up weak or ineffective.
Strain With Gloves
There are all kinds of strainers you can find. Even a coffee filter works if you’re on a budget. But don’t use your bare hands. Not only is it unsanitary, you’ll get high on the side. Which is nice, yes – but that’s besides the point when you’re possibly cooking for others. Use a spatula to salvage the last few bits from gloved hands.