The passing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill and the countrywide cannabis legalization in Canada has made the world of weed a bit more mainstream. Most newbies have tried CBD tinctures, premade gummies, and other edibles, but high-CBD hemp flower remains a mystery for many novices.
Above all, new consumers may be unaware of hemp flower’s many advantages, such as:
Selecting high-quality CBD tinctures and edibles can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, the popularity of CBD after the passing of the Farm Bill has led to a tidal wave of products flooding the market. Some unscrupulous CBD manufacturers cut costs with subpar extraction methods resulting in tinctures and edibles containing residual solvents or questionable additives.
CBD hemp flower must go through rigorous lab testing to be authorized as legal hemp. And since it’s not processed further, you won’t need to worry about contamination from extraction methods.
You can use CBD hemp flower in a variety of ways, including:
- Making your own tinctures
- Creating homemade topicals
With homemade hemp flower edibles, you process the CBD. You won’t be paying extra for expensive extraction procedures and other production costs.
Preparing Hemp Flowers for Cooking
Before you can make edibles with hemp flower, you need to activate the CBD through a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation, or decarbing, transforms CBDA into CBD, making it easier for the body to use. Despite the extra-long name, decarboxylation is a quick and easy process.
Decarbing hemp flowers:
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F.
- Break 1/8 or 1/4 ounce of hemp flower into small chunks, and spread the buds on a cookie sheet or glass baking dish. Some cooks prefer to loosely grind the buds first.
- Bake the cannabis for about 45 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow the hemp flower to cool for 20 minutes.
That’s it! You’ve just successfully decarbed your hemp flower. Now you’re ready to use it to make extractions.
Making Cannabutter with Hemp Flower
Hemp-infused butter is an extremely useful ingredient for making CBD edibles. You can use it for cooking and baking, spread it on toast, or even stir a teaspoonful into your tea or coffee.
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1/8 to 1/4 ounce of decarbed hemp flower
- Glass Mason jar or Pyrex measuring cup
- Cheesecloth and butcher’s string (Alternatively, you can strain the hemp flower through a wire mesh sieve.)
Making cannabutter usually starts with decarbing the flowers and clarifying the butter. Clarifying removes the milk solids, which allows you to use your hemp-infused butter in recipes that call for higher temperatures.
Clarifying the butter:
- Heat the butter on the stovetop or in a crockpot on a low setting.
- Once the butter melts, carefully pour it into the glass container.
- Store the butter in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until it becomes visibly separated into two layers.
- Use a knife to cut around the solid top layer of the butter. Pop the solid butterfat out and discard the liquid below. Congratulations! You’ve made clarified butter, or ghee, as it’s called in India.
Making CBD hemp flower-infused butter:
- Wrap your decarbed hemp flowers in a small piece of cheesecloth, and secure it with the butcher’s string. You’ll be able to remove the package easily when your hemp butter finishes cooking. If you don’t have any cheesecloth on hand, you can strain out the plant matter with a wire-mesh sieve at the end.
- Place the hemp flower into the melted butter and heat the mixture for several hours, stirring occasionally. An electric crockpot is ideal because you can maintain a more consistent temperature. However, it’s perfectly fine to use an electric or gas stovetop. Just make sure that you keep the heat as low as possible and stir it frequently so it doesn’t burn.
- After about 3–6 hours, remove the hemp flower package or strain your butter. Pour the hemp-infused butter into a glass Mason jar.
Store your CBD hemp cannabutter for several weeks in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer.
Griddle some hemp flower pancakes
You’re used to making pancakes with blueberries or bananas, but have you ever thrown CBD-rich hemp flower into the equation? Most of the methods of cooking with CBD flower we’ll list in this section call for CBD oil instead of CBD flower nugs, but when it comes to pancakes, you might want to experiment with grinding decarboxylated hemp flower directly into your batter.
It’s true that the bioavailability of orally-ingested CBD is greatly reduced when this cannabinoid isn’t paired with a lipid, but you can overcome this hurdle by making sure to slather plenty of butter on your flapjacks. If the taste of hemp in your pancakes is slightly overwhelming, take Monarch and the Milkweed owner Andrew LeStourgeon’s advice and add some chocolate chips into the mix.
Cook a tropical CBD coconut oil stir fry
This recipe calls for the CBD-rich coconut oil we told you how to make in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.” Coconut oil is already one of the most common oils to use with stir fries, and adding your DIY CBD oil into the mix will infuse unique flavors and relaxing benefits.
If you’d like, you can also add ground-up, decarboxylated hemp buds to your fried mix of veggies and other ingredients. Hemp flower adds a unique texture to savory foods, and combining CBD from two separate sources could boost the potency of your hemp-infused meal. Just make sure you take Portland cannabis consultant Janelle Lasalle’s advice into account by cooking your stir fry at a relatively low temperature to avoid destroying the terpenes in your CBD oil or flower.
Make brownies with CBD-rich butter
It’s certainly possible to make CBD-rich hemp brownies the old-fashioned way by simply adding ground-up hemp flower to brownie mix and putting the resulting concoction in your oven. For a more refined approach, however, use the CBD cannabutter recipe we detailed in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower.” CBD-infused butter is perfect for baked goods even if you shouldn’t apply it topically.
CBD Cannabis Butter
If you are not a fan of coconut oil, you might prefer making cannabis butter aka cannabutter using CBD flower.
Similar to creating a cannabis coconut oil, you need to infuse the hemp flower into the fat (butter) to activate the CBD into something you can consume to feel the full benefits.
First, you need to decarb your buds ready to use. Which you can do one of two ways:
- Follow steps 1 and 2 in our toasted CBD flower instructions and add to melted butter.
- Grind your hemp buds and activate them directly in the fat by simmering a block of butter with your ground flowers for 15 minutes.
Either way, once the hemp flower is activated, it’s just a matter of reconstituting the butter into a block, which you can use at your leisure with a knife to add to toast, recipes and so on to making cooking with CBD effortless.
CBD Flower Tomato Vinaigrette
This is a delicious addition to a plate of spring greens on a hot summer day. It would also go well with the Hemp Burger recipe above. Tomato Vinaigrette is the recipe you must try this summer