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Cooking With Cannabis

Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned cannabis user, you have likely heard about edibles. For those of you who haven’t, an edible is any food that is infused with cannabinoids. Typically edibles come in the form of brownies, cookie dough or pasta, but can be found in other foods as well. For more information on edibles, we would encourage you to check out the cannabis dictionary over at weedmaps.com.

If you or anyone you know has every experimented with edibles, you may know that edibles are incredibly strong and can result in powerful highs that last for a long time. With that being said, it is important that you are careful when experimenting with cannabis in your food. Too much too soon can shut you down for the whole day and may lead to undesired effects.

In this post we’ll be covering some of the basics of cooking with cannabis. We’ll also be sharing with you a simple recipe for chocolate lave cake edibles that you can try on your own at home.

Cooking With Cannabis: The Basics

If you are new to cannabis, cooking with it may seem intimidating at first, but the process is actually quite simple. The ‘special ingredient’ that you are looking to extract from cannabis is THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for giving you the ‘high’ feeling commonly associated with weed. The good news is, THC is fat-soluble, meaning it can dissolve in fats and oils.

To extract the THC from your cannabis, you should first grind up your weed to dust. This maximizes the surface area exposure of the weed to the heat source. Once you have ground it up, throw it in to a pan with a preheated oil of your choice. Any oil from your local grocery store will do, but we encourage you to purchase a high quality oil for optimal extraction. You need to cook your it on low heat for 30-40 minutes if you are using sunflower oil. For butter, you should cook it for about an hour. Remember to stir consistently to avoid burning the cannabis.

Once you have successfully completed this process, you will use this oil mixture as your new oil for the recipe. Extracting the THC is the hard part, everything else from this point onward is simply cooking as normal. Now let’s move on to our lava cake recipe.

Chocolate Lava Cake Edibles

Overview

This recipe is designed to deliver maximal flavour while also living up to its edible name.

The basic idea behind these lava cakes is to bake them in separate baking forms for about 8 minutes at 220 degrees each to get a nice crust on the outside. Once you cut them in two, the molten chocolate lava should spill out from within.

Important note: The core should be still liquid. If it looks like a regular muffin on the inside, then you’ve overdone the baking.

Here is what you will need:


This recipe also requires that you have the following at your disposal:

To begin, break the chocolate up into smaller, manageable pieces. Cut the butter into smaller pieces as well for easier cooking. You will need to fill a tray with water and place a pot on top of it. This will prevent the butter and chocolate from burning once you place both into the pot.

Grind up your cannabis and throw it in the pot. You will want to extract as much THC as possible, so you should keep stirring the butter and chocolate for at least 40 minutes. In the end, you should have a perfectly homogenous mixture.

In a separate mixer bowl, you need to break the eggs and slowly add the sugar while mixing it. You can also throw in the cocoa powder as you do this. Make sure you mix until you have a perfectly homogenous blend. You do not want to have any bubbles left in the mixture as these will ruin the texture of the finished dish.