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7 Dos and Don’ts when Using Cannabis Oil for Cooking

While simply buying your edibles from a local dispensary is a convenient option, cooking dishes infused with marijuana in your own home is still a practical and satisfying activity. In addition to added savings, cooking at home also allows you to dose and prepare your food according to your preference. Of course, using cannabis-infused oil in the kitchen still requires a few more considerations compared to using regular cooking oil. To make the most out of this product, take note of these 7 dos and don’ts:

  1. DO pick an oil that has the right THC to CBD ratio. Like with all marijuana edibles and products, you need to pick a type of oil that has the right CBD to THC ratio to meet your needs, especially if you’re using marijuana to treat a medical condition. If you want to enjoy a relaxing sensation without the psychoactive high, find an oil that has high CBD and low THC.  If your condition asks for a bit more of the psychotropic effects of marijuana or if you’re looking to experiment, you should look for cannabis oil with high THC content. Also, be sure to take into consideration if you’re just cooking for yourself or if you intend to share the dish with guests. It’s important to make sure that everyone in the guest list is aware of what’s in the dish and that they know full well of the effects of the edibles. Starting out with something mild would be good in this case, especially for first-timers.

  2. DON’T cook above 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the cannabis oil. While heat is definitely needed to bring out the therapeutic effects of marijuana, too much of it will break down the oil’s cannabinoids. Heating the oil beyond 350F will greatly reduce the effect of the dish. For recipes that require high heat for frying, sautéing, or anything oven-related, what you can do is add the cannabis oil right after the cooking process, not before or during. You can coat a freshly-roasted chicken with cannabis oil, or drizzle a bit of the oil on freshly-cooked pasta sauce, for example. The preserves the potency of the oil.
  3. DO use cannabis oil in sweet or savory recipes. Cannabis oil is inherently bitter, so make sure to only use it in recipes that can either mask the bitterness or be complimented by the herb’s bitter flavor. Sweet or savory-tasting recipes would do really well with cannabis oil. Examples of sweet recipes include confectionaries and baked goods like brownies, pancakes, and chocolate-based desserts. Savory recipes include anything from rosemary roast chicken to spaghetti or even pizza. Just carefully consider how cannabis can affect the taste of the dish before adding cannabis oil in the recipe.

  4. DON’T add raw cannabis to your recipes. Adding cannabis oil to your dish will sufficiently impart your dish with cannabinoids, so there’s no need to add raw cannabis to the recipe. Adding raw marijuana leaves to the dish will make the effect stronger, but it will definitely turn up the bitterness by a notch — enough to overpower the entire meal and make it unpalatable.

  5. DO make sure that the cannabis oil is distributed well in the recipe. When cooking up edibles, it’s important to distribute the marijuana evenly throughout the entire mixture. This is to ensure that every part of the dish has a consistent amount of cannabinoids in them. If one brownie doesn’t have the same kick as the rest of the batch, then you might be tricked into thinking that you need to eat a lot to get the experience you want. This can lead to a strong, unpleasant high that can last for a few hours. To avoid this kind of experience, make sure to stir the mixture very firmly and vigorously.

  6. DON’T start with big amounts of cannabis oil. If you’re just starting to incorporate cannabis into your recipes, use a very low dose on your dishes. This way, you can gauge how the cannabis product affects you while minimizing the risk of overdosing. If you find that the dose is too little to take effect, then you can use more the next time you cook. Be patient and gradually increase the amount of cannabis oil you use until you reach a dose that you’re comfortable with. This will also let you know if your desired dose adds too much flavor to the food, and if you need more seasoning to balance the taste.

  7. DO experiment. It’s alright to mess up every now and then when cooking with cannabis oil. A small difference can affect the effect of your latest batch or the taste of the dish — and that’s totally fine. Feel free to experiment in the kitchen and find ways to make your cannabis dish more palatable.

Take note of these cooking tips and have fun incorporating cannabis to your favorite dishes. At the same time, remember to practice a bit of restraint and start small. Otherwise, you’ll end with a ruined meal and wasted cannabis, and nobody wants that.

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