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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Welcome to the Cannabis Cooking Corner

You should read “Cannabis Cooking Guidelines” first.  My goal here is to simplify the changes to a recipe for everyone to understand.  I will not only explain how to cook with Cannabis, I will also explain why changes need to be made to the recipe to prepare high quality Edible Medical Cannabis (Marijuana).  We will cover how to make adjustments to a recipe to deliver the required concentration (strength) for that recipe.

Nothing is better than "Made from Scratch".  This will be the type of recipes in this Forum.  We will be using Infused Butter or Cooking Oil with Cannabis for the ingredients in the recipes.  I do cover instructions in the "Cannabis Cooking Guidelines" Post for using other Cannabis products in a recipe.

Please, share your thoughts, results,and comments with us all.  I am looking forward to hearing any alterations or new recipes.  I am sure you can find something here so you can use your Cannabis to help with your conditions.  Always start with lower concentrations of Cannabis, because you will not believe the difference these recipes and Guidelines will make. Happy Baking.

CANNABIS COOKING GUIDELINES

I can remember from the 60’s & 70’s, having to chew and digest the plant material along with the seeds and stems. We have come a long way to understanding the medicinal values from Cannabis are contained in the oily Trichomes crystal substances on the outside of the plant. My goal is to explain the adjustments required to a recipe to obtain the benefits of medicinal Cannabis in a way anyone can understand. We will start with extracting the medicine from the Cannabis Plant. Then we will cover the adjustments to be made to the recipes using Infused Cannabis. Finally, you will learn how to prepare and cook your Infused Medicinal Edible Cannabis.

Extracting the Medicine from Cannabis

Close up view of the Trichomes on the outside of a Cannabis Plant
Trichomes

The object here is to only use the Trichomes located in the oily crystals on the outside of the Cannabis plant. The recipes that we will focus on will be the Infused Cannabis products. I want to explain them all so you can determine the healthiest and easiest way suited for you. There are several ways to obtain these crystals:

 

• Kief – Trichomes are collected after falling off the plant.
• Hashish – Trichomes are removed from the plant chemically then dried and pressed.
• Oil / Wax – Trichomes are removed from the plant with volatile chemicals resulting in Oil / Wax.
• Vaporized – Trichomes are heated to temperatures between 225 °– 385° Fahrenheit.
• Infused – Trichomes are removed and dissolved into another liquid.

Image of a grinder with Kief collected in the bottom below the screen
Kief Collected in Grinder

Kief is a product that is pure and without any byproducts. It is usually collected by using screens to filter out any plant material, capturing only the crystals from the outside of the plant. The Kief powder (like flour) can then be added to your recipe without any ingredient altercations. Only recipe adjustment would be your cooking temperature which will be cover later in these guidelines. The only fallback with this process is that it will leave some trichomes on the plant. This form is very concentrated and should be used cautiously. Start with small amounts for your recipes (less than 1 tsp).

A pressed block of Hashish pictured from the side
Hashish / Hash

Hashish could be a product that is pure and could also be without byproducts. The key word here is “could”. Hashish, for thousands of years, has been made several ways. Alcohol based chemicals can be used to dissolve the trichomes off the plant. Then the alcohol is evaporated off over a period of time. These processes using chemicals like alcohol leave chemical byproducts behind that are not healthy. After the alcohol is evaporated it is placed into a Pollen Press not only for compression, it is also for heat activation. There are a couple of ways to obtain pure Hashish without any byproducts. The oldest process would be using Kief by putting it thru the Pollen Press. Kief after heat activation becomes Hashish. The newest rave for making pure Hashish without any byproducts is Bubble Hash. This process uses ice with little water to freeze the Trichomes and then break them off the plant. They are then filtered out of the water using a series of Micron Filters. Finally, the water evaporates and the final product is Pollen Pressed. Water does not leave behind chemical byproducts, therefor pure, clean Hashish is made. This form is very concentrated and should be used cautiously. Start with small amounts for your recipes (less than 1 tsp).

Cannabis Wax next to Cannabis Oil
Oil / Wax Cannabis

Oil / Wax are a product that is not pure and contains byproducts. This process uses volatile (explosive) chemicals either in a liquid or gas state to dissolve the Trichomes off the plant. After the volatile chemicals evaporate, the remaining product is an Oil / Wax. With the remaining byproducts from the volatile chemicals, this product is not pure Cannabis. This form is very concentrated and contaminated; therefor it should be used cautiously. Start with small amounts for your recipes (less than 1 tsp).

Scientist Vaporizing Cannabis into a plastic bag
Vaporized

Vaporized Cannabis is a product that is pure and without byproducts. This process would require capturing the vapor from the Cannabis and then distilling it. This could be very costly and wasting of the Cannabis. Have at it if you wish to spend money and waste Cannabis.

Image of Cannabis Butter in mason jars with a cookbook behind them
Cannabis Butter / Oil

Infused Cannabis is a product that is pure and should not contain any byproducts. The only byproduct could be some plant material during the screening step of the process. The Trichomes are dissolved into a
liquid. The Trichomes are oil soluble which means they dissolve in oil better that water. When using water as your base like Tea, only a very small amount will dissolve. In oil, all of the trichomes can dissolve until the product is Super Saturated. Butter and Olive Oil are the better of the choices to use for Cannabis Infusion. These products will be explained in more detail in another article. The Cannabis is placed in your liquid to be simmered at a controlled temperature below 200° F for up to 36 hours. The remaining plant material is screened out of the liquid therefore, leaving your liquid infused with the dissolved Trichomes. That’s right, there will not be any leaves, buds, stems, or seeds to chew on or digest. The infused product would be used in substitution for ingredients in your recipe. This will be covered in more detail later in this article.

Recipe Adjustments

Infused Cannabis will be the product used for all quantity ingredient adjustments for the duration of this article. All of the temperature, heating, and cooking time adjustments would be used for any of the extracts explained above. We will review the recipe adjustments and explain the reason why so you can establish a set of guidelines so you can use Cannabis in almost any recipe. Ingredient Substitution and Temperature Control are the only two categories that you need to learn to efficiently cook with Cannabis. I will start with Temperature Control because; this is where most of the common mistakes are being made.

Temperature Control:

A round cooking thermometer on 170 degrees
Temperature Control

I have come up with a great rule of thumb for cooking with Cannabis, “If you Smell it, You are Wasting it!” If you smell the Cannabis, then you are wasting your Cannabis by vaporizing your THC, CBD, and more of the medicinal values. All preparations and cooking would be between 140° - 200° F. I know your recipe calls for 350° F to cook your brownies or bread, this is the most common mistake made and let me explain why.

THC is one of the first compounds in Cannabis to vaporize (boiling point 319° F). The balance of the medicinal compounds vaporizes at 379° F. If you did you’re baking at 350° F, over half of the medicinal compounds have vaporized and filled the house with the smell of Cannabis. Now let’s compare it to a pan of water at 200° F. We know the vaporizing (Boiling) point for water is 212°. If we walk away for too long the water will be gone and we have a burnt pan left to smell. What I am trying to say is once you reach the boiling point, all of it will be gone. In conclusion, the water will start vaporizing earlier than its boiling point. Thus my rule of thumb, “If you Smell it, You are Wasting it!” Cannabis Vaporizers will start vaporizing Cannabis around 225° F, from my experience. This is why all my recipes stay below 200° F.

Change your cooking temperature for your recipes to 200° F. Don’t worry, your brownies and breads will still rise, it will just take longer. This is where you would use the “Texture & Tooth Pick” method to determine when it is done. Texture is determined by touch (be careful) and the Tooth Pick method is done by sticking a dry clean tooth pick into backed goods and pull it out without anything sticking to it in order to be done.

All of your simmering of Cannabis should be done at 185° F. This is usually done when you are infusing your Cannabis into a liquid. I found a Hamilton Beach Crock Pot that is digitally controlled with a thermometer that works great for this process.

Some of your oil liquids are in a solid state at room temperature, like butter. This would require changing it to a liquid for mixing into your recipe. Around 140° F (Hot tap water) you can change your hard butter to a liquid for mixing. I would place my mason jar of Cannabis Butter in a pan of hot tap water to change it from a solid to a liquid for easier mixing with other ingredients.

Make your adjustments to your temperature and time and you will have a much better final product. Use thermometers to make sure your temperatures are correct because your oven can be wrong. If all else fails, remember my rule of thumb “If you Smell it, You are Wasting it!”

Ingredient Substitution:

It will always be better and cheaper if you make your baked goods from scratch. If you must use a box recipe, use one that requires butter or oil. The adjustments to the recipes would be replacing the liquid in the recipe with your Cannabis oil / butter. This is where math comes into play. You can vary the strength by adjusting the amount you will substitute in the recipe.

Four different size measuring containers with different ingredients
Ingredients Quantities

A basic recipe for a single batch of baked goods (bread / brownies / cookies / etc.), usually requires ¼ cup of oil / butter. You could replace that ¼ cup with your Cannabis oil / butter. This would be a strong batch. You can adjust the amount you would substitute is you wanted a weaker batch. Now for the math, you can make a weaker batch by using 1/8 a cup of regular oil / butter and a 1/8 cup of Cannabis oil / butter. As you can see, you are in control of how strong you want it to be by substituting anywhere from a small portion of the liquid up to all of the liquid.

You are not restricted to only replacing the oil / butter in a recipe. There are some recipes that will not require oil / butter for the liquid, they will call for water, milk, and / or egg as the liquid. It will work to replace any of these liquids with your Cannabis oil / butter. This is most common with box recipes. That is one of the reasons I like to make everything from scratch.

Now, that is not too hard to understand. Temperature Control is required for all recipes no matter which extract is used in the recipe. Never go above 200° F or “If you Smell it, You are Wasting it!” You are in control of how strong you want it to be. Please, use caution and start with small portions of substitutions of the liquids when using Infused Cannabis Oil / Butter. I will be posting several recipes that will show the original recipe along with the revised recipes for different strengths. Following these simple guidelines will produce some very strong medicine and needs to be used cautiously. Happy Baking.

Ken Lee

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)

http://www.zamnesia.com/content/284-vaporizer-temperatures-for-cannabis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporizer_(inhalation_device)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCIQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FKief&ei=RTmoVLOFHIGvyAS_n4GgAw&usg=AFQjCNEolvwUDudgh_HfQcYQ7gPDpjsgpw&bvm=bv.82001339,d.aWw

Building a Website for Your Compassion Club is EASY!

The Michigan Compassion Club can help your organization build an on-line presence with our web design service.  This is provided free of charge as a service to the Medical Marijuana Community.

Our Goals are Simple:

  • Promote Communications within and between clubs
  • Coordinate activities such as rallies, court support and social activities
  • Provide the technical expertise to develop and maintain websites for clubs
  • Coordinate community activism

What does a club need to do to get a Web Site?

There is a simple form for clubs to fill out, and we will need some photos/images/logos sent to us by mail.  To participate in the program, you must be an Original Model Compassion Club- No farmers markets or medications, just education, caregiver/patient matching, and community activism.

Our websites are going to be relatively simple in design, using a simple flow chart style design to get readers to the information they seek in a direct path.  The basic layout is simple.

  1. What is your mission statement?  What are your goals?
  2. Tell us about your club- where is it located, where does it meet, is there a fixed schedule.What kind of activities do you support, sponsor or host?
  3. Do you have a calendar, or wish to have a forum?
  4. Do you regularly want to update your site with posts?  (we can handle this with emails)

For a sample of one of our websites- See the CRCWM site.

How do people find our site?

Obviously, your site will be designed well and have good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) when it is built and maintained.  People will be able to find the site directly in search engines such as Google.  Some clubs have current sites of their own that either needs to be updated or replaced.  By accessing your control panel on your existing site, you can point your web address at your new site at Michigan Compassion Club.  That way your old site is still there, but not displayed.

Sample Site-

http://www.michigancompassionclub.com/BaseSite/

Our Portfolio of Sites-

To see samples of our work, click Michigan Compassion Club Portfolio