Cannaflour is one of the quickest ways to infuse anything you’re making with cannabis. It only takes 10 minutes and can be used in a variety of dishes, from baked goods to dredging meats, and anything else you can crave.
Unlike cannabutter or cannaoil, cannaflour usually has a distinct weed taste. If you enjoy the flavor that cannabis brings to the table, you’ll love this flour as it, but it may be an acquired taste for some.
Why cook with cannabis?
While smoking is the most common method of consumption, cooking with cannabis opens a new world of possibilities. From creating classic stoner brownies to treats you can whip up without turning on the oven, cooking with cannabis allows you to experiment and incorporate the plant in new ways. Your imagination is the limit in the kitchen.
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Edibles deliver a different kind of high than smoking, an immersive full-body experience that will have you feeling relaxed, giggly, and even euphoric during your everyday activities.
Common mistakes with edibles
- Skipping decarboxylation. Edibles take more time than your average bowl pack, and it can be tempting to skip a step here or there to save on time. But if you skip decarboxylation, your edibles won’t have the mood-elevating, body-relaxing power you’re looking for.
- Eating too much at once. Unlike smoking, which only takes around 10 minutes to kick in, a high from edibles can take up to an hour so you may find yourself wanting to reach for another one. This would be a mistake. Go slow with edibles, especially homemade ones. Try a small dose, wait over an hour to see how you feel, and adjust your future severing size from there.
- Don’t mix your edible ingredients. If you’re making a recipe with cannaflour, don’t also mix in cannabutter or oil.
Why you need decarboxylation
Edibles can be more work than just rolling a joint, but you’re rewarded with a different kind of high. However, in order to achieve this state of euphoria, you must decarboxylate your cannabis.
Decarboxylation is the process that activates the compounds in cannabis and turns the acidic compounds of THCa and CBDa into the THC and CBD you know and love. Decarbing your weed isn’t necessary during smoking because the chemical change happens under your lighter. But when cooking with cannabis, decarboxylation is the glue that holds the experience together. You can decarb your weed in advance and store it in a cool dark place to use when you’re ready.
Edibles in moderation
Edibles are notorious for hitting people unexpectedly hard. This is because in your digestive tract, THC is converted to 11-hydroxy-tetrahydrocannabinol, a compound up to seven times stronger than THC!
To save yourself from overindulging and having a bad time, start with a small portion and be patient (in other words, start low and go slow!) Edibles can take up to 60 minutes to kick in through your digestive tract, so it’s important to give your body enough time to feel the effects. Remember- you can always have more in another hour, but you can’t have less!
While cannaflour may not seem like a recipe for accidental ingestion, it’s still important to keep it stored away and out of the reach of both kids and pets. Once your cannabis is decarbed, the THC is active which can spell trouble for young children and curious furry friends. Never keep your weed flour stored on the counter- keep it away in a dark, cool place that is only accessible to adults.
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How to make cannaflour
Making cannabis flour is one of the easiest types of infused ingredients you can prepare. It’s shelf-stable for up to 90 days, so you can make a batch and keep it on hand for bread, pancakes, and any other recipe you want to infuse.
- Place your decarbed cannabis into a clean coffee grinder or food processor and process until the flower is fine.
- Sift the cannabis into the flour and mix
- Store the flour in an airtight container in a dark, dry place for up to 3 months.
Use cannaflour in your next batch of brownies, space cakes, or cookies. Swap out ¼ – ⅓ of the regular flour for cannabis flour, and use regular butter.
Tips for using cannabis flour
- Use sugar leaves in your cannaflour. These leaves are typically discarded during the trimming process since they don’t smoke well, but they work well for a potent weed flour.
- Don’t bake your marijuana flour at temperatures over 350F, as this can begin to heat off some of the cannabinoids and terpenes.
- If you don’t want to taste the cannabis in the end dish, adjust your seasonings and other flavors accordingly.
- Only use cannabis flower that has been fully cured and dried, or it could attract mold growth during storage.