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Cannabis Concentrates in Recipes: A Creative Approach to Cooking

Jan 18

Cannabis may be consumed in a variety of ways, but edibles are among the most common. But what if you are unable to locate any flowers to use in your cooking? Cannabis concentrates – can they be used to make food? Without a doubt, you can! The numerous techniques for creating edibles utilizing concentrates will be covered in this blog post, along with some advantages and disadvantages. Let's continue.

Decarb Your Cannabis Concentrates

It's crucial to understand what you're working with since although certain cannabis concentrates may be cooked without decarbing, others require.

Chefs working with cannabis use distillates because they are active, flavorless, and odorless. The absence of entourage effects in full-spectrum extracts is a drawback. The majority of cannabis concentrates offered at dispensaries include THCA, but they must first be decarbed, which is often accomplished using a flame, e-nail, or vape pen. Additionally, THCA in hash and kief must undergo decarboxylation in order to transform into THC.

To decarb your wax, budder, sugar, hash, keef, or other extracts, you will need the following tools and materials: a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, as well as an oven preheated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • On the parchment paper, spread the extract or plant material. Bake for about 20 minutes. (Dry plant material should be shifted halfway through baking using a spatula.)
  • Placing the old cartridge in the freezer will help to release the concentrate. It will thus leave the container as a clump rather than as sticky oil.
  • Extracts start to bubble when the temperature is right. Handle with care. 

On the cooktop, a full-spectrum oil, such FECO or RSO, may be decarbed using a slightly different method. The essentials are a cooking pot, a glass container that fits inside of it, and cooking oil.

  • The glass container will float if you add some cooking oil to the pot.
  • The cannabis oil should be placed in the smaller container, then spread over the cooking oil.
  • As the cannabis oil begins to boil, gradually turn up the heat in the pot.
  • You can prevent your material from overcooking by using a thermometer.Turn off the heat and let the extract cool to room temperature after it reaches the ideal temperature of 200 degrees (Fahrenheit).
  • You may also gradually add frying oil to the mixture to soften the texture and make it easier to handle.

Cannabis Oil vs. Cannabis Butter

You may use either cannabis butter or cannabis oil, depending on the cuisine you are making. Similar to cannabis, many dishes need certain ingredients in order to be more successful.

Cannabutter is infused into milk or cream, which is then heated until all of the water has evaporated to create cannabis butter. Cannabis flower or concentrate may be used to make cannabutter.

The creation of cannabis oil, on the other hand, involves blending cannabis concentrate with carrier oils like olive oil. The combination is then heated for a bit to allow the cannabinoids to permeate the oil (typically for an hour).

Cooking with Concentrates vs Cooking with Cannabis Flowers

Since the essential step of extracting the concentrated cannabis oils has already been completed for you, cooking with concentrates is significantly simpler than cooking with flower.

You need a lot less cannabis concentrate to have the same effects as flower since it is so much stronger. This is an additional significant distinction. For instance, you would only need to use one-eighth of an ounce of concentrate if a recipe called for one ounce of flower.

As always, start with a little concentrate and progressively increase the quantity until you find the right dosage for you.

To know more about more about cooking with cannabis concentrates, be sure to read this post on Bud Depot Dispensary.