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Cooking with Cannabis

the ultimate free patient guide to cooking with medical marijuana

Intro to Cooking with Cannabis

If you have the luxury of being able to obtain your medicine from a legal dispensary near you, you may have noticed the large selection of edibles that are beginning to overflow the shelves. These pre-made, pre-packaged cannabis infused treats are more accessible to patients nowadays than ever before, but unfortunately many edibles still come packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients. While these processed food delights can be an easy way to get medicated on the go, many medical marijuana patients prefer making their own medicated snacks and infused meals — and for good reason. Join us as we explore all of the popular cannabis cooking techniques and become a master chef in no time!


Using cannabis as a medicine begins with understanding the basic science of decarboxylation, and why it is a crucial process in making edibles, tinctures and topical treatments. To get the full medicinal value out of your cannabis, it needs to be heated to a temperature that is just not possible to obtain in the human digestive system. The major downside of decarboxylating is that some of the more volatile terpenes (and other aromatics) that give the plant its signature aroma and flavor are lost during the process. Adding an equal amount of raw material to the decarboxylated materials may improve the taste and/or smell of your creations, but learning how to properly decarboxylate cannabis from the get-go will save you a lot of time, energy, money and product when cooking with cannabis.

The Decarboxylation Process

The predominant compounds found in cannabis are THCA and CBDA. THCA is the major cannabinoid in Cannabis , while CBDA predominates in fiber-type hemps. THCA and CBDA accumulate in the secretory cavity of the glandular trichomes, which largely occur in female flowers and in most aerial parts of the plants. The concentration of these compounds depends on the variety of cannabis and its growth, harvesting and storage conditions. When locked in their acidic forms, THCA and CBDA are not bioavailable to the body’s cannabinoid receptors. Occurring either naturally within the plant, or upon “ decarboxylation ” (heating the plant material), these acids are non-enzymatically decarboxylated into their corresponding neutral forms (THC and CBD).

THCA is non-psychoactive (meaning it does not produce mind and body altering effects). If you want to achieve the full psychoactive effects of your butters, fats, oils, sugars or alcohols, decarboxylating the plant material to convert the THCA to THC prior to infusion is essential.

Control of heating temperatures and times is critical when cooking with cannabis. Heating cannabis also converts THC to CBN. At about 70% decarboxylation, THC is converted to CBN at a faster rate than the THCA is converted to THC. Higher CBN levels will produce more sedative effects.

Studies show cannabidiol (CBD) has tremendous medical potential, especially in the treatment of seizure disorders and pediatric patients. Indications also suggest CBD lowers blood sugar, which makes it desirable for treating diabetes. Its sedative properties make it useful in the treatment of stress-related and sleep disorders. CBDA and CBD are non-psychoactive. Unlike THCA and THC, converting CBDA to CBD will not make a psychoactive product. CBD has a calming effect. This makes it ideal for treating children, the aged or patients that prefer less psychoactive effects. THC vaporizes quicker than CBD, so decarboxylating higher CBD varieties may produce higher CBD-enriched material. However, if you are not using a high CBD strain, extending the heating process may accomplish no more than burning off the THC.

There is much debate and opinion on this process and very little scientific evidence to establish the best method. The only real way to prove the safety, consistency and potency of your cannabis products is to have them lab tested.

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Forewarning: There will be a very strong odor of cannabis during this process.

  1. Preheat oven to 225° F / 110° C.
  2. Line an oven-safe dish (or a rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.
  3. Breaking up cannabis buds into smaller pieces by hand, place the material in the dish close together but not stacked on one another (the less unused space the better).
  4. When oven is pre-heated, bake for about 20 minutes to remove the moisture (depending on the freshness of the material). Watch for the plant color to get darker (a light to medium brown shade). When it is time to remove from the oven, the material should be crumbly looking.
  5. Set plant material aside and wait until it is cool enough to handle. Turn oven up to 240° F / 115° C and wait for it to preheat again.
  6. When the cannabis is cooled, lightly crumble by hand and distribute evenly over the bottom of the dish.
  7. Cover dish with aluminum foil, crimping the edges tight to seal and return to the oven. Continue baking for another 45-60 minutes for higher THC and 60-90 minutes for higher CBD.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool fully before removing the foil. Depending on the material you use, it may be fine enough and require no further processing. If not, you can place the material in a food processor or blender, pulsing the cannabis until it is coarsely ground. Be careful not to over grind the material, as you do not want a super fine powder.
  9. Place in an airtight container (glass preferred) and store in a cool, dry place.

Learn how to cook marijuana into your favorite baked dishes and become an educated cannabis chef that can infuse any meal!

Medical Marijuana Edible Recipes for Food, Drink, and Medicine (Guide)

Medical Marijuana has been helping people for thousands of years and it may be able to help you too! Mona Lisa is a licensed medical marijuana patient who has been providing excellent tutorials on how to cook with cannabis.

Introduction to Marijuana Edibles

The Edible Elements of Cannabis Extraction

If you want to learn how to make the very best medicinal edibles, you ought to know about the basic properties of the cannabis plant. Each element contains something unique which allows you to easily customize your (edible) marijuana extractions to suit your specific medical requirements.

What is Sweet Leaf?

Harvesting medical marijuana is about more than just buds. Everyone always asks me: What should I use to make the very best medicinal extractions? Well, the answer is simple, friends… Use your sweet leaf!

Prepping Marijuana Edibles with Butter and Oil

How to Make Cannabutter, Medical Marijuana Recipe Part 1

If you (or someone you know) live in a constant state of pain due to serious illness or injury, then ingesting marijuana in the form of “cannabutter” may very well be the ONLY ticket to a better quality of life! Not only is marijuana completely non-toxic and non-lethal, it’s also an extremely effective pain reliever when used in the right dosage and manner.

How to Make Cannabutter, Medical Marijuana Recipe Part 2

Now that you know all about making the finest cannabutter (marijuana infused butter), I also wanted to make sure and show everyone how to properly harvest their finished product. If you (or someone you know) is seriously ill or severely injured and currently taking prescription pain medication to ease their suffering…consider that there is a much healthier alternative available.

How to Make Canna Oil, Medical Marijuana Infused Cooking Oil

This healthful recipe for cannabis cooking oil has been around for ages, and I’d like to make sure good information isn’t forgotten.

Marijuana Edible Food, Drink, and Medicine Recipes

Cooking with Marijuana using Cannabutter and Canna oil

Let me show you the basics of cooking with cannabis because marijuana infused foods make perfect medicine for those suffering from chronic pain and anxiety! You only need to know a few simple basics, and soon you’ll be feeling your absolute best!

Basics of Making Marijuana Edible Desserts

Making potent and delicious medical marijuana edibles is surprisingly easy (and fun) to do! Let me show you a few basics so you can convert all your favorite dessert recipes into powerfully effective medicine which become an absolute delight to administer when needed.

How to Make Medical Marijuana Margaritas

If you’re feeling the need for a drink, try this easy medical cannabis drink recipe.

How to Make Marijuana Medicine, Tonic & Tincture

This Green Monster recipe shows you how to make the old-fashioned” “Healthful Tonic and Tincture” medical marijuana that was originally sold before prohibition. It’s ability to provide relief from deep muscular pain and uncontrollable spasms makes it an amazing medicinal application.

Start cookin’ and let us know in the comments how these recipes have helped you improve your life. If you’re already a stoner chef, please share your recipes!

Medical Marijuana has been helping people for thousands of years and it may be able to help you too! Mona Lisa is a licensed medical marijuana patient who has been providing excellent tutorials on how to cook with cannabis.