How to Cook Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to cook with cannabis, including recipes for cannabutter and cannabis-infused oils. This beginner’s guide will teach you the basics of cooking with weed.

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Introduction to Cooking with Cannabis

Cooking with cannabis is a great way to enjoy the benefits of THC and CBD, without having to smoke. Cannabis can be used to make a variety of different dishes, from main courses to desserts.

When cooking with cannabis, it is important to remember that the THC and CBD will be absorbed into your body through the process of digestion. This means that it will take longer for you to feel the effects of the cannabinoids, but they will last longer as well.

It is also important to remember that heating cannabis will cause it to lose some of its potency. This means that you will need to use more cannabis in your recipe than you would if you were smoking it.

When cooking with cannabis, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

– Decarboxylation: This is the process of heating cannabis in order to activate the THC and CBD. It is important to do this step before cooking with cannabis, as it will make the cannabinoids more potent.
– infusion: This is the process of mixing cannabis into a fat or oil, in order to extract the cannabinoids into the fat. This step is necessary in order to make sure that the cannabinoids are evenly distributed throughout your dish.
– Dosing: Start with a small amount of cannabis and increase as needed. It is always better to err on the side of caution when cooking with cannabis, as it can be very potent.

The Decarboxylation Process

Before you can cook with cannabis, you need to decarboxylate it. Decarbing converts THCA into THC, which is the compound that gets you high. You might have heard it referred to as “activation” or “decarbing weed.”

The process is simple: all you need is some flower or trim, an oven, and a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 220°F (105°C), spread your material on the baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Keep in mind that this process will produce a strong smell, so be sure to ventilate your kitchen well.

Once your material is decarboxylated, it’s ready to be used in any recipe. If you want to make things easier on yourself, you can buy pre-decarbed cannabis from some dispensaries.

Infusing Butter or Oil

Cannabis-infused butter (cannabutter) is butter that has been melted and mixed with extracted thc glands. This “activated” butter can then be used in any recipe that calls for regular butter. You can use cannabutter to bake weed cookies or brownies, make pot pizza, or enhance your morning toast with a touch of weed-butter!

You Will Need:
-1 cup of water
-1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
-1 ounce of ground cannabis flower
-A medium saucepan
-A medium mixing bowl
-A rubber spatula
-Stick blender (optional)

Making Edibles

Making edibles is a fun and delicious way to consume cannabis. But before you get started, there are a few things you should know.

First, it’s important to understand that when you eat cannabis, it takes longer for the effects to kick in. That’s because the THC has to travel through your digestive system before it enters your bloodstream.

Second, the effects of edibles can be much stronger than smoking or vaporizing cannabis. So it’s important to start with a low dose and see how you feel before consuming more.

Here are some tips for making edibles:

-Decarboxylate your cannabis first. This is an important step that activates the THC in your cannabis so that it will be more potent. You can do this by grinding your cannabis and spreading it on a baking sheet. Then bake it in an oven at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes.
– infuse your favorite fats with cannabis. This could include olive oil, butter, or coconut oil. You can find instructions for infusing oils here.
-Once you have your infused oil or butter, you can use it in any recipe that calls for that ingredient. Just keep in mind that edibles can take up to two hours to take effect, so be patient!

Dosing and Serving Suggestions

Now that you’ve prepared your cannabis, it’s time to think about dosing and serving. For first-time cannabis cooks, we recommend starting with a small amount of cannabis — 2.5 grams or less. This is especially important if you’re cooking with concentrates, which can be quite potent.

If you’re cooking for a group, keep in mind that not everyone will want to eat the same amount of cannabis. We suggest offering a variety of serving sizes so that everyone can customize their experience. For example, you could offer 1/4-ounce portions for those who want a light experience, 1/2-ounce portions for those who want a moderate experience, and 1-ounce portions for those who want a strong experience.

Of course, how much you ultimately choose to consume is up to you. Start with small doses and increase as needed — it’s always easier to eat more than it is to eat less!


If you want to get the most out of your cannabis, cooking with it is a great way to do so. Not only does cooking allow you to make use of the entire plant, but it also allows you to infuse your food with cannabinoids. This makes for a more potent and longer-lasting high.

There are a few things to keep in mind when cooking with cannabis. First, it is important to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it. This process activates the THC in the plant and makes it more bioavailable. Second, be sure to grind your cannabis finely before adding it to your recipe. This will ensure that it infuses evenly into whatever you are making.

Once you have these two steps down, the sky is the limit when it comes to recipes. Here are some of our favorites:

-Cannabis-infused olive oil: This is a great way to make use of trim or leaves that might otherwise be discarded. Simply grind up your cannabis and add it to a jar of olive oil. Let it infuse for at least two weeks, then use it in any recipe that calls for olive oil.

-Cannabutter: Cannabutter is one of the most versatile ingredients when it comes to cooking with cannabis. It can be used in place of regular butter in any recipe, or even added to recipes that don’t call for butter at all. Simply grind up your cannabis and mix it into a pot of melted butter. Let it simmer for a few hours, then strain out the plant material and store the cannabutter in a jar in the fridge.

-Cannabis honey: This is another great way to make use of trim or leaves that might otherwise be discarded. Simply grind up your cannabis and add it to a jar of honey. Let it infuse for at least two weeks, then use it in any recipe that calls for honey. You can also add cannabinoid-rich honey to tea or coffee for an extra boost.


Now that you know the basics of how to cook with cannabis, it’s time to get creative and have some fun! Remember to always start with a small amount of cannabis and increase as needed. Be patient, as it can take a few hours for the full effects of edibles to be felt. And most importantly, enjoy!

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