Culinary creativity has many areas but only a few know about the world of cannabis edibles. Yes, you read it right. Cannabis can be an excellent ingredient in many of our favorite foods, especially cookies. Now that cannabis has gained widespread attention for its various health benefits and versatile applications, cooking or baking with cannabis as an ingredient will also be a popular trend soon. Whether you use cannabis for recreation or as medication, there are many perks of infusing it into your favorite recipes. Here, we will share an excellent guide on how to bake tasty cannabis cookies.
Pick Quality Ingredients
Before you proceed with the baking steps, make it a priority to ensure that your ingredients are of excellent quality. When adding food-grade ingredients like cannabis, which you don’t usually mix into your baked goodies like cookies and brownies, select those that come from reputable manufacturers. Research and learn about cannabis growers and cannabis product manufacturers from your locality. If you live in Canada or somewhere in the B.C. area, do your homework first before ordering edibles from this B.C. company or other cannabis product companies in the area. Whether it’s an online order or a direct purchase from a retailer, it pays to know if the products are fresh, organic, or have passed through strict quality control measures. When you know you have quality ingredients, your mind can be at ease about getting the benefits and desired effects of your cannabis-infused recipes.
Get Your Ingredients Ready
If it is your first time introducing cannabis into your cooking or baked recipes, it is a good rule of thumb to start with the lowest possible quantity or dose of the good stuff. It is especially true if you are not used to taking cannabis through the digestive route. Remember that the effects of weed or cannabis cookies are different from smoking or vaping. The smoking or respiratory route gives an immediate effect but dissipates immediately, while the digestive route takes time to kick in but the effects stay longer. Thus, get your ingredients ready in pre-measured quantities to get them prepared for mixing. Whatever the type of cookie you are trying to bake, the typical ingredients are as follows:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cannabis-infused sugar* or regular sugar
- 1 cup cannabutter or cannabis coconut oil
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Have Your Baking Equipment Ready
Once you have prepared the ingredients, it’s time to mix them up and get them ready to bake in the oven. Having the right tools for your baking project is essential for getting the cookie consistency and flavor right. Some of the basic tools and equipment you’ll need are the following.
- Mixing bowls
- Small saucepan
- Cookie sheet pan
Mix and Bake Your Cookies
Now comes the fun part. You are about to make a homemade cookie added with a new ingredient. No need for you to worry, as the additional ingredient doesn’t significantly change the steps in making the cookies. Here’s a simple procedure for baking cannabis cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (350°C).
- Mix in cannabis butter and sugar together in a bowl. Beat in eggs and stir in the vanilla. Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda in 1 tbsp hot water and then add to mixture.
- Sift flour and salt in a separate bowl and then stir into butter mixture. Mix thoroughly to evenly distribute the cannabutter. Add the chocolate chips once the mix gets consistent enough for baking.
- Scoop large spoonfuls of dough onto your baking sheet, and place them evenly spaced apart.
- Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
Things To Remember with Cannabis Edibles
Edibles such as cannabis cookies can be very potent, and the effects last longer than other forms of cannabis ingestion. It is because after the edibles are digested in the stomach, THC passes through the liver, where its enzymes hydroxylate THC to form 11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC), a potent psychoactive metabolite.
When consuming cannabis cookies or other edibles, make sure to leave a gap of 1-2 hours between your first cookie or edible and the next one. Edibles have a delayed onset time of 30 minutes to several hours, as the digestion process before the THC metabolite crosses the blood-brain barrier takes time. The duration of the effects can last up to 6 hours or more, so don’t make the mistake of eating your second and subsequent servings in quick succession.
Cannabis edibles are meant to be enjoyed slowly. When sharing your cannabis cookies with friends, give them single portions or a cookie, and engage them in lively conversations and activities to let them enjoy the ride longer. Edibles can be a fun and wonderful experience if you have knowledge, preparation, and know what to expect.