5 Things to Avoid When Cooking with Marijuana
Be fumble-free next time you dabble in the art of cannabis cuisine.
Published on November 23, 2015

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Sure, getting into the kitchen is pretty simple, but actually being able to cook a successful meal is no easy feat. There are several rules that apply in order to achieve greatness; Do you have all your tools and utensils? Are your ingredients fresh and properly measured? Do you know how to turn on the oven? Can you reach the items on the high shelf? These are all things that come into play when dabbling in kitchen play.

Then add in some cannabis.

Cooking and baking with marijuana is a skill, and requires some serious focus for you to come out with a product fit to be the substitute of any bowl, bong, joint, or other vessel you’re choosing not to use in order to feel the flower effect. While we can’t promise absolute perfection, we can try to steer you away from disaster. Here are 5 very easy to avoid tips next time you’re cooking up that next special brownie batch.. (or whatever you prefer).

1. Butter is Always the Answer

With whatever recipe you use, the odds are you need butter. While this applies for most cooking situations, it’s ESPECIALLY important when it comes to cooking edibles. For those who are new to the game, ‘Marijuana Butter’ or ‘Cannabis Butter’ is simply just regular ‘ol butter melted down and infused with THC from grounded down weed. Take a look at our recipe here to elevate any future cannabis cooking.

2. Measure Up Properly

Just like in any kitchen, you can’t just throw stuff into a bowl and hope for the best (or at least, I wouldn’t recommend that). It’s okay to be a little timid when mixing cannabis with your food, since you wouldn’t want to waste your ingredients and not feel any of the effects. While you can always adjust your proportions once you’ve become more comfortable, it’s as simple as using a little more cannabis in order to capture a bigger effect for the finished product. The higher the grade, the stronger it is. Potency is power!

3. No Strain, No Gain

As we mentioned before, a key part of cooking with marijuana is knowing what strain you want to use. Even after ground up and THC is extracted, it can still like a distinct taste in your food. Quality (and quantity) is everything, and it’ll be noticeable with the first bite. The jittery, awakening feeling you got when smoking hybrid Flo will still resonate when incorporated into your cooking. Same goes for a relaxing Indica or any other strain you use. It’s important to keep this in mind depending on your meal and kitchen situation.

4. Less is Always More

Hasn’t your Mother ever told you that less is more? Or that you should pace yourself, and eat you food slow? This rule applies here too. Just like controlling how many hits you take, you need to control how many bites you take and marijuana-infused food you consume. Your body needs to react to the THC intake, especially if it’s your first time, and you don’t want to push yourself into a bad situation. It might take a few minutes (or even hours) for things to take effect, so don’t stress. Pro tip: If you feel like you’ve gone overboard, chomp down on some pistachios to clear your head.

5. Basic Can Be Boring

Don’t let cooking with cannabis be just for brownies! After the first few tries, you can use marijuana in anything from a breakfast french toast to a succulent dinner dish, and everything in between. This new way of incorporating weed into your lifestyle is an easy alternative for those who can’t handle the smoke, or for who might want to just have some fun with their cannabis creations. Grab a friend, find a recipe, and get yourself in the kitchen ASAP. You won’t regret it.

Sean Abrams
Sean Abrams is a Brooklyn native with a penchant for being the guy who eats only the pink Starbursts. He currently resides in Astoria and is an Associate Editor at Maxim Magazine. Follow him down the rabbit hole on Twitter at @seanybrams.
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