Cooking with Cannabis for Beginners

Cooking with Cannabis

Here in Portland, October is often called our Second Summer, but as the weather starts to cool down and our days get shorter, we can’t help but start thinking of all the ways to get a little cozier at home. Of course we love the excitement and activity that comes with a busy Portland summer, but there’s just something so rewarding about settling in once the temps drop. One of our favorite ways to welcome fall and winter is to start cooking, and for the Green Goddess team, that often means cooking with cannabis!

If you’re new to making edibles, don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We’ve compiled some of the best insight and advice we wish we’d had back when we started cooking with some of Portland’s best cannabis.

First off, why are edibles so popular?

Edibles are a great option when you’re not in the mood to smoke, or just exploring something new! Making your own edibles allows you to portion out the amount of THC that’s right for you. As you start to explore the world of cooking with cannabis, and perfecting your favorite recipes, you’ll find all sorts of reasons why you may prefer an edible over smoking!

Don’t forget, at Green Goddess Remedies, we offer a variety of pre-made edibles so you don’t have to break out any cookbook or figure out measurements. If you do, however, want to try your hand at cooking with cannabis, keep reading!

What are some of the most popular culinary cannabis recipes?

Some of the OG edibles that probably come to mind are gummies, brownies, and cookies, but the world really is your oyster when it comes to finding the best cannabis-infused recipes for your table! When you’re cooking with cannabis, you need to include fats so that your body can absorb the THC or CBD, because they are fat-soluble. That means any recipe that includes an oil is probably a great candidate for cooking with cannabis! Think French Toast, a saucy pasta dish, infused ice cream, cannabutter with fresh herbs… are you hungry yet?

What do I need to cook with cannabis?

You won’t need any fancy kitchen supplies when cooking with cannabis, other than the tools the recipe calls for, but if you plan on regularly cooking edibles, you may want to buy separate pans since you may start to notice a green hue to your cookware. When you’re starting out, just make sure to give yourself time to experiment, stock up plenty of ingredients, and don’t expect perfection with your first attempt!

As for the cannabis products to use while baking your edibles, we typically recommend cannabutter or infusing oils. You can also soak marijuana in a high-proof alcohol which can be used to make hard candy. When you’re starting out, it’s best to talk through your recipes and ideas with your favorite budtender to get their recommendations and insight based on what you’ll be cooking!

Frequently asked questions about edibles:

There have been a few studies done to see whether or not edibles lose any potency over time. The overall consensus is that they are good for a year without any noticeable potency loss.

Since edibles are digested, it takes between 30-45 minutes before they kick in so plan accordingly. If you are looking for something with a faster high, we suggest trying tinctures – which are oils you can put on your gums.

If your edible is high with THC, you may feel the munchies coming on. If you have more CBD, your edible could act as a hunger suppressant.

This will depend on the dosage of your edible but the typical high from an edible will last between six to eight hours.

Ready to get cooking?

Great! Stop in and see us at Green Goddess Remedies for the culinary cannabis and experienced insight you need to get started! We can’t wait to hear about your kitchen adventures and your favorite edible recipes!