COOKING WITH CONCENTRATES IS EASY
It’s really exciting to add new ingredients to cooking and nothing is more exciting than cooking with cannabis. Sharing a delicious cannabis treat you made yourself always feels extra special and friends will always be appreciative and talk about it for a long time. The good news is that using cannabis concentrates to make these goodies is incredibly easy. No special recipe is required, you can simply combine the concentrate with the fat, oil, or butter (fat) portion of your favorite recipe and continue preparing the dish as usual. It’s best to remember that the foundation of all cannabis concentrates are the essential oils of the cannabis plant and are not water-soluble. This means the concentrate will separate from water-based contents, but their oil composition makes them perfectly suited for combining with all kinds of fats. To combine the concentrate and fat you simply gently heat the fat portion, add the concentrate, stir, and concentrate should easily melt and combine uniformly. There is debate about which fat provides the most bioavailability, and there is science behind which fats are absorbed faster or deeper, but for my purposes in cooking, I choose the fat that fits the recipe best and has never really noticed much of a difference. Sunflower lecithin is an emulsifier that claims to deliver a higher bioavailability so it might be worth checking out, I typically don’t bother with it and won’t include it further in this discussion. For now, let’s just keep it simple.
Knowing the potency of your creation is very important so when sharing your delicious creation no one has an underwhelming nor overwhelming (scary) experience. Using concentrates to cook provides a clear idea of the potency and cannabinoid content being added directly into your recipe so there is no question about how much of the cannabinoids made it into your creation like when using an infusion or cannabis flower which is impossible to know and is a crapshoot at best.
DOSAGE IS A CENTRAL TO PREPARATION
Understanding the amount of THC you are working with is probably the most important consideration in preparing anything medicated, especially if you plan to share with others. Controlling the potency of the final product is important because you don’t want anyone consuming more THC than planned and having an unpleasant experience, turning them off to our life changing medicine. The dosage of an edible is determined by how many milligrams (mg) of THC is contained per serving. A ‘standard’ dose defined by many recreational cannabis regulations is 10mg so it’s a good benchmark to work from. For first-time edible experiences, starting with 5mg and working up from there slowly is a good idea. For the inexperienced it’s very important to understand that the onset of an edible’s psychotropic effects can take up to 2-hours, so patience should be exercised and 2-hours should pass before increasing consumption. The effects will take a while to build and they will last for several hours so prepare accordingly. Experienced edible consumers might consume 100’s of milligrams at a time so be careful not to blindly follow what someone else is consuming, be confident and cautious with your own consumptions decisions.
THC edibles purchased at a dispensary will have the dosage clearly labeled with premeasured portions. When doing this at home we have to do a little planning, a little estimating, and a little math, but luckily it’s pretty easy. It only takes a few steps to determine the final product’s per serving THC content in milligrams (mg).
Keep Medicated Cooking Oil on Hand
This is so easy to do for each recipe that you don’t need to make a big batch of oil and store it. However, if you want to have medicated cooking oil on hand for future stir frying and the like you can make up a batch. For example, 2 cups of oil that has been infused with 1ml syringe of 70% THC is as follows for measurements of medication.
2 cups = 700mg
1 cup = 350mg
1/2 cup = 175mg
1/4 cup = 87.5mg
1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) = 43.75mg
1 Tablespoon = 21.875mg
With this method you will have an oil you can use in recipes, but you get what ever the amount of THC is in the amount of oil needed for the recipe. For example, if your brownie recipe calls for 1/4 cup of cooking oil your total for that batch of brownies will be 87.5 mg, and if you cut them out to 9 brownies they will be just under 10mg each.
You can also use this oil to stir fry, but the dosage will be dependent on how much oil is absorbed by or lingers on the food you cooked in it, and that will be more of a feeling than an accurate dose, but hey, that’s ok too. As you become more experienced with cooking with cannabis infused oils and butters you will get a better idea of how to create foods with the dose you need, and a better understanding of what your personal dose should feel like.
Concentrated Cannabis Oil at Organtica
Currently at Organtica we’re offering our CCO in full and half grams. We make high quality CCO.
I hope this all makes sense to you patients, because I will be be posting the occasional recipe and this post is the primer for what’s to come. You CAN make your own high quality homemade medicated edibles and begin cooking with cannabis! Bon appétit mes amis verts!
* Since the NM MCP lifted the cap on concentrates, Organtica CCO is now averaging 80-84 % THC, so here is the more current formula based on 80% THC:
– 1 ml (1 gram) of CCO at 80% THC = 800mg of THC.
– each 0.1 line on the syringe will equal will equal one tenth of a ml, and in this case, 80ml/mg of THC.
TIPS FOR MAKING EDIBLES WITH CONCENTRATES
1. Silicone and glass are the only substances that your concentrate should touch. If the concentrate is packaged in a glass container, you can place the container in the oven. If you use CO2 oil in a syringe or a concentrate in a silicone container, scoop it out and place it in a small glass dish before placing it in the oven. Use small silicone spatulas to scoop every drop of concentrate. A gram of oil is small, so every drop counts.
2. Concentrates are STICKY. If you have a hard time getting it from the oven to your batter, add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the concentrate before you put it in the oven to decarb. The melted fat will help you transfer the concentrate and prevent it from sticking to bowls and spatulas.
3. When stirring concentrates into a recipe, make sure the concentrate is stirred evenly into wet ingredients. Don’t try to add a gram of melted wax to a cup of flour – it won’t mix in well. If you can, time it so you are mixing your wet ingredients as you pull the concentrate out of the oven.
4. Stir, stir, stir. You want an even amount of cannabis oil in each serving, so the oil must be evenly mixed throughout the recipe.
5. We can still use lecithin, even without a solvent like butter, oil or alcohol. Lecithin creates an emulsion that helps to evenly distribute the marijuana into each dose, and it helps the body absorb the medicine, which means our cannabis medicine is more effective. But lecithin tastes awful, so I tend to only use it for skin creams.
6. Even though we don’t have to, we can create infused butters and oils with concentrates. I like using concentrates in compound butters (let butter warm to room temperature, then stir in herbs and other flavorings). Concentrates reduce the flavor of marijuana so the flavors I add, like honey, lavender and dill, taste better.
7. Do not make an alcohol tincture with concentrates. Cannabis and alcohol do not create an emulsion, so the marijuana doesn’t evenly distribute. Pouring a gram of melted wax into room temperature alcohol just creates a glob of oil at the bottom of the glass.
8. Dosing: Marijuana concentrates have anywhere from 60-90% potency, which means each gram of concentrate has 600-900 milligrams of THC (or other cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, etc)