The best weed recipes for beginners
Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey that's delicious and uniquely inspiring? If you're a complete novice when it comes to cannabis, fear not! This blog will introduce you to a world of beginner-friendly cannabis edible recipes.
Contrary to popular belief, cooking with cannabis doesn't have to be intimidating or reserved for experienced enthusiasts. It's an art form that can be mastered by anyone, and the results can be incredibly satisfying. Plus, it's a great way to put your entire stash to use, as you can create potent cannabis infusions from already vaped buds (more on this shortly).
Whether you're looking for an alternative way to enjoy cannabis, or simply seeking a culinary adventure, join us as we delve into the wonderful world of cannabis-infused cuisine. Prepare to elevate your cooking skills and palate in ways you never imagined!
What are the best foods to infuse with weed?
The options for infusing weed into food are virtually endless, which can be overwhelming, especially for beginners eager to explore the world of cannabis cuisine. While it's true that you can infuse almost any food with weed, certain classics and crowd-pleasers are perhaps better suited to novices. Good edibles for beginners include:
- Rich and creamy cannabis-infused mac 'n' cheese
- Crispy and savoury cannabis-infused chicken wings
- Sweet and indulgent cannabis-infused brownies
For those looking for something even simpler, you can explore ready-made cannabis-infused products like gummies, chocolates, or beverages. So, whether you're into cooking up a storm in the kitchen or prefer the convenience of ready-made goodies, there are plenty of options.
Cannabis breakfast recipe for beginners
We've teased you enough, so let's jump straight into the topic at hand. Below, you'll find several beginner-friendly cannabis recipes categorised by traditional meal times. Of course, with so many tasty options, we won't judge you for enjoying them at any time of day.
Cannabis-infused peanut butter & honey toast
Enjoying cannabis for breakfast couldn't be easier. Still, you'll need to ensure your cannabis is properly decarbed and infused with honey to get the best bang for your buck.
- 2 slices of bread (your choice)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cannabis-infused honey
- Step 1: Fortunately, decarbing weed is easy. We already have a full guide—but in essence, you want to heat your ground cannabis buds in an oven for 30–40 minutes at 110ºC (230°F).
- Step 2: Next comes the honey infusion. By combining your decarbed cannabis buds and coconut oil inside a mason jar, you can gently heat the container in a saucepan full of water. After several hours, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD will bind with the fat in the oil. You can then add your weed-infused oil to honey to create a potent and sweet infusion ready to use at a moment's notice.
- Step 3: To kick-start your cannabis-fuelled day, toast both slices of bread. Then, spread even amounts of peanut butter and honey on separate pieces. If you're feeling really adventurous, you could even try combining the two on a single slice!
- Step 4: The combination of sweet and savoury will not only have your taste buds lighting up, but the generous helping of canna-infused honey will induce wave after wave of euphoria in no time.
Cannabis lunch recipe for beginners
Nothing solidifies the day better than a cannabis-infused lunch. The trick, of course, is finding something light to eat so you don't feel sluggish all afternoon. In steps cannabis-infused salad—a refreshing and uplifting meal for the body and the mind.
Cannabis caprese salad
Our beginner-friendly lunchtime recipe uses cannabis-infused olive oil, a versatile and long-lasting edible. The best part is, you can make it entirely from AVB (already vaped buds), meaning nothing from your stash is wasted.
- 3 medium-sized plum tomatoes
- 150g mozzarella
- 120g fresh basil leaves
- 60g cannabis-infused olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Medium-sized serving dish
- Salad servers
- Step 1: To transform your vaped weed into a tasty olive oil infusion, start by adding a generous helping of both to a slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to low, and leave it to infuse for 4–8 hours. Once the mixture is strained through cheesecloth, what remains is your very own cannabis-infused olive oil!
- Step 2: With your infusion ready to go, we need to prepare the salad. Give the tomatoes and basil leaves a rinse before finely slicing the tomatoes.
- Step 3: Slice the mozzarella to the same thickness as the tomatoes and add them to the medium-sized serving dish. You want to layer both ingredients, alternating between slices of each until the dish is filled.
- Step 4: Tear apart the basil leaves (by hand) and sprinkle over the top of the tomato and mozzarella.
- Step 5: Now comes the vinegar and cannabis-infused olive oil. Drizzle both over the salad, and serve immediately. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cannabis dinner recipe for beginners
You've had a long day at work and want to settle down for the night. Pasta isn't just the perfect evening meal; it pairs beautifully with a splash of cannabis-infused olive oil.
One of the great things about cannabis pasta is that you can experiment with THC and CBD, depending on how you feel. If you're simply looking to relax (rather than get high), swap out the cannabis-infused olive oil for CBD oil instead.
- 220g pasta (your choice)
- 500g cherry tomatoes
- 200g feta cheese
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 120g fresh basil leaves
- 60g cannabis-infused olive oil
- Large oven-proof dish
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Tin foil
- Step 1: We will use the same AVB-infused olive oil as our lunchtime recipe. If you don't have any prepared, refer back to our cannabis lunchtime recipe for beginners (step 1).
- Step 2: Preheat your oven to 200°C (~400°F). Add the cherry tomatoes and minced garlic cloves to the oven-proof dish and garnish with salt and pepper.
- Step 3: Add the feta to the centre of the dish (surrounded by tomatoes) and give the entire mixture a generous helping of cannabis-infused olive oil. Cover the oven-proof dish with tin foil and leave to bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
- Step 4: While the tomatoes and cheese are baking, boil some water and cook the pasta to taste.
- Step 5: After 35 minutes, remove the oven-proof dish from the oven and add the cooked pasta. Lightly toss to ensure an even mixture. Your evening meal is now ready to serve.
- Step 6: Depending on your tolerance (and your plans for the rest of the night), you can also add a small amount of cannabis-infused olive oil when you serve for an extra kick.
Cannabis snack recipe for beginners
If you're not quite hungry enough for a full-blown meal, don't worry. You can still experience the delights of cannabis-infused food with our uplifting potato chips snack recipe.
Cannabis potato chips
If you want to keep things simple, you can just use another batch of AVB-infused olive oil. However, olive oil is just one of many carrier oil options. Feel free to experiment with coconut oil or hemp seed oil, too.
- Seasoning (your choice)
- 2 large peeled white potatoes
- 120g cannabis-infused olive oil
- 2 tbsp sea salt
- Large mixing bowl
- Parchment paper
- Tea towel/kitchen roll
- Large baking tray
- Sauce brush
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200°C (~400°F). While the oven is heating up, line the large baking tray with parchment paper.
- Step 2: Wash, then dry the potatoes with a tea towel or kitchen roll. Next, thinly slice the potatoes to create your chips. Try to maintain a consistent thickness so they all cook evenly.
- Step 3: Spread the potato chips across the baking tray, ensuring they aren't overlapping. Generously drizzle every chip with the cannabis-infused olive oil (don't worry about getting it on the parchment paper). Then, use the sauce brush to ensure each chip is covered.
- Step 4: Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Step 5: If you want to enjoy your potato chips without extra flavouring or seasoning, you can skip the remaining steps and start snacking. If not, add all the chips to a large mixing bowl.
- Step 6: Add your seasoning and the two tablespoons of salt before mixing the chips thoroughly. Feel free to experiment with any seasoning you like, including popcorn seasoning, salt, and chilli flakes.
Final tips for making cannabis edibles for the first time
No matter the recipe you choose, there are several universal tips you can apply to any edible. It's important to keep these in mind as you experiment, as they'll help to ensure the best experience possible.
- Start low, go slow: When incorporating cannabis into your recipes, especially if you're a beginner, it's essential to exercise caution. Start with a small amount and gradually increase as you become more comfortable with the effects of edibles. Also, remember that edibles take time to kick in—often 45 minutes to two hours—so resist the urge to consume more if you don't feel the effects immediately. Overconsumption can quickly lead to greening out, so patience is key.
- Decarboxylate properly: Before infusing cannabis into your edibles, you must decarboxylate (or "decarb") correctly. This process activates the THC, the compound responsible for getting you high. To decarb, finely grind your cannabis and bake it in the oven at around 230°F (110°C) for 30–40 minutes. This step ensures that your edibles have the desired potency.
- Use quality ingredients: The quality of the ingredients you use in your cannabis edibles can significantly impact the taste and your overall enjoyment. Opt for fresh, flavourful ingredients to enhance the culinary experience. Quality ingredients can also mask the earthy cannabis flavour and make your edibles more palatable.
- Label and store safely: Safety is paramount, especially when there are cannabis-infused items in your kitchen. Clearly label any edibles you make to prevent accidental consumption by others, especially children and pets. Store them in a secure, airtight container away from prying hands. If necessary, consider locking them up to ensure they're not accessible to anyone but you.
- Calculate your dose: To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all consumers, calculating the THC content in your edibles is a must. Pay attention to the cannabis strain and potency when purchasing or preparing your ingredients. Armed with this knowledge, you can adjust recipes accordingly, making it easier to achieve the desired effects without going overboard.
Cannabis recipes for beginners: Easy peasy!
Venturing into the world of making cannabis edibles for the first time is an exciting and rewarding journey. While it may seem a bit daunting initially, following our beginner-friendly recipes and tips can help you create delicious and satisfying cannabis-infused dishes. Remember, starting low and going slow is the key to a safe and enjoyable experience.
With each culinary experiment, you'll unlock the incredible potential of cannabis-infused food, enhancing not only your cooking skills but also your overall well-being. So, embrace the adventure, savour the flavours, and discover the wonderful benefits of cannabis cuisine. It's a delightful exploration that promises a whole new realm of culinary creativity and a tastier way to experience cannabis. Happy cooking!