Before cooking with cannabis, there are a few important steps that need to be considered. The fact is, raw cannabis flowers first need to be decarboxylated before they can be used. After that process is completed, the flowers can then be used to make infused oil and “canna” butter. The result is both a delicious and effective way for patients with a variety of conditions and symptoms to medicate with medical cannabis.
An extravagant term to define a rudimentary process, decarboxylating involves, simply, heating cannabis. When heated, the plant’s chemical cannabinoids are activated and capable of binding to receptors in the body and mind. This can be done by hand, using a lighter and traditional accessory, or a device like a vaporizer. When turning cannabis flowers into butter or oil for edibles, cannabis should always first be decarboxylated.1
Preparing Infused Oils
The second thing to remember when readying to prepare cannabis oil, or “canna” oil for short, is that a variety of carrier oils can be used in the process. Depending on dish and preference, cannabis can be mixed with olive, canola or coconut oil, among other less popular options. To produce cannabis-infused oil, mix roughly 1 cup of carrier oil with ½ ounce of decarboxylated flowers, simmer on low, and filter the plant material out using a cheesecloth or strainer.
Making “Canna” Butter
Before preparing cannabis-infused butter, or “canna” butter as it’s colloquially known, it is always, again, important to decarboxylate flower cannabis. This can be done, simply, by baking broken down flowers for roughly 30 minutes at a low temperature. When that has been completed, mix about ½ ounce of dry flowers with 1 cup of butter, melted in a saucepan, and simmer on low for roughly 45 minutes. Strain the butter and enjoy!
Finding the Right Mix
While infusing traditional baked goods, like brownies and cookies, can be a classic treat when medicating with cannabis, contemporary culinary options in this area are limited only by the imagination. Many cannabis oils make a great companion to dressings and smoothies, and “canna” butter can be infused into everything from tarts and cakes, to mac’n cheese and chicken salad.