Cooking with Cannabis

For chefs in cannabis legal states like NY, Nevada, Colorado and Cali.

Eating your cannabis is the perfect idea for those who don't want to smoke or vape it. So let's look at what it takes to start cooking with cannabis.

Basically weed cooking starts with substitution. Almost all canna recipes call for a certain amount of cannabutter or canna oil (which replaces standard olive, sunflower or vegetable oil). Just like with smoking and vaping, you won't get the psychoactive effects of cannabis by eating it unless it was heated in the correct way, not to mention the fact that it will taste pretty awful. Our digestive systems are unable to digest THC directly. Call it a curse, call it a blessing, but that's a fact of nature.

Cannabis cooking involves appropriate and liberal use fats because THC is fat soluble and not water soluble. Therefore when you heat the fats (such as cannabutter or canna oil) you are releasing the THC you want to activate the psychoactive elements in the plant.

Now that you understand the basics of canna cooking, you will want to locate your nearest dispensary. There are many local sites that keep up to date lists such as nymmj for NYC residents and Hytiva's dispensary locator for Las Vegas residents.

Talk with your local budtenders to learn which strain types are right for you and your cooking. Then simply search for cannabis recipes online and you'll be ready to experiment and have fun!