Cooking with cannabis pot leaves is a popular way to prepare dishes and increase the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
The cooking process will infuse THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids into your food. This means that when you eat any dish containing weed leaves, it will have an increased effect on your body. The potency of this type of cooking depends on how much cannabis plant material you put in your recipe. A little goes a long way!
1. What are cannabis pot leaves?
Cannabis pot leaves are marijuana plants that have been harvested before the buds. They can be used to increase cannabis effects by cooking them into food and dishes or smoking them separately.
You cannot use any other weed parts (such as stems) when preparing a dish with these leaves because they will not contain enough cannabinoids for you to feel their effect. You need to make sure that you only cook with the cannabis pot leaves so there is no confusion about what type of leaf it is!
You will need a few ingredients to make this cannabis recipe, including the leaves themselves (obviously), butter or oil for sauteing, and salt.
2. How to cook with them
First, you should wash and make sure the leaves are completely dry. You’ll need a good pot or saucepan with high sides so that they don’t slip into your dish while cooking!
Then, melt some butter on medium heat to sautee them.
Next, add the cannabis leaves to the melted butter/oil mixture until it is fully coated. Add salt as desired (the amount of which depends on personal preference). Cook for about five minutes before stirring occasionally and checking their progress again. Cooking time will vary based on how strong you want your final product to be – remember less cook time equals a more potent effect!
Finally, when finished cooking removes it from the heat source and allow to cool down then enjoy! They can be enjoyed with almost any dish, but we most enjoy them on top of chicken and rice.
- Cooking pot leaves is a great way to add herbal flavor to your cooking!
- If you’re unsure how much cannabis leaf to use, start by using just one tablespoon before adding more as necessary based on the strength desired.
3. Recipes for cooking with cannabis pot leaves
- Risotto with Sausage and Pot Leaves
- Stuffed Poblano Pepper Recipe
This is a simple recipe for cooking potatoes that uses leftover cannabis leaf trim from our marijuana plants! Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper before evenly spreading out potatoes on a tray in a single layer; season as desired while avoiding salt if using already-salted products like bacon bits or soy sauce. Cook for about five minutes before stirring occasionally and checking their progress again. Cooking time will vary based on the type of potato and desired consistency, so monitor their progress frequently.
- Cannabis Brownies
You can add cannabis leaf trim to any recipe that calls for cannabutter or weed butter-like brownies! To make it as potent as you want, start by decarboxylating your weed leaves in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes before grinding them with cooking oil. The heat will activate THC compounds making this an easy way to infuse edibles with marijuana–just be sure not to use too much because we are using cold ingredients! Mix all dry ingredients first (flour, cocoa powder, sugar), then incorporate wet ingredients including eggs and vanilla extract into the mix; finally, add your decarboxylated weed leaves to the batter and mix well. Bake in a prepared pan for about 50 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
- Cannabutter Recipe
Cannabis butter can be made by blending together cannabis flower trimmings with cooking oil; place one cup of water or so into boiling before adding marijuana flowers and simmering on low heat for at least three hours. You’ll know when you have potent cannabutter because (in addition to smelling nice) it will turn green! Keep an eye out and stir occasionally but don’t let it come close to reaching its boiling point. When done, strain off all plant matter through cheesecloth and voila! Weed butter is now ready for use!
- Weed Leaf Recipe
The weed leaves can be used to make infusions that taste stronger and are more potent than an infusion made with dried or fresh herbs. The best way to make a marijuana leaf infusion is by hanging the wet marijuana leaves in cheesecloth, allowing it to steep overnight. It’s then strained out of the liquid before using as desired.
Infusing cannabis leaf into alcohol has been done for thousands of years dating back at least 2000 BC when some ancient Chinese texts were written about extracting Ma Huang (a plant related to Cannabis) from its pot leaves. In this process the cannabinoids would bind themselves tightly together making extraction difficult but not impossible if one knows what they’re doing.
Cannabis leaf infusions can be made with any high-proof alcohol such as Everclear, Moonshine, or Rum and then filtered out (using either a cheesecloth strainer or coffee filter) before drinking.
Cheese cloth is often used to make the cannabis leave infusion because it’s easy to clean but if you don’t have access to good quality cheesecloth a paper towel will do just fine although it’ll need more frequent changing than that of the cheesecloth.Marijuana leaves are typically best when steeped in room temperature water for 12 hours before using. This time frame allows for maximum extraction without overdoing the flavor profile of your final product.
4. Pros and Cons of cooking with cannabis pot leaves
The advantages of cooking with cannabis pot leaves are that it can add a distinct flavor to the dish which could be appealing or useful for certain dishes. There’s also the advantage of not wasting any product in your stash as you use every part. The disadvantages include having to clean up after cooking and there is also an increased risk of fire from the boiling point being low so care should be taken when using this method.