If there’s something that unites the worlds of baking and cannabis, it’s the boundless creativity found in both. Hi, fellow enthusiasts! As a dedicated cannabis connoisseur and someone who loves to bake, I’ve been on a perpetual quest to marry these two passions. Today, I present to you the magic potion of edibles – Cannabis-Infused Coconut Olive Oil. Versatile, healthy, and potent, this infusion is a game-changer for your baking adventures. Let’s dive into the how-to, shall we?
Why Coconut Olive Oil?
Before we embark on our baking journey, let’s discuss why this blend is the star of the show. Coconut oil, with its high concentration of saturated fats, is not just heart-healthy; these fats absorb THC and CBD incredibly well, making it a perfect vehicle for cannabinoids. Olive oil adds a depth of flavor and is loaded with antioxidants. The fusion of these oils delivers a health-conscious solution to your cannabis infusion process, enhancing the nutritional profile of your edibles.
Decarboxylation: Activate the Alchemy!
First, we can’t talk about cannabis recipes without stressing the importance of decarboxylation. Raw cannabis contains THCA, which is non-intoxicating. To experience all the herbal bliss, we need to activate our bud through a process called decarboxylation—simple, but crucial.
- Preheat your oven to 245°F (118°C). Not hotter—we’re not charring steaks, folks!
- Break up cannabis flowers or buds into smaller pieces with your hands or a grinder.
- Spread your buds on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. No crowding.
- Bake the cannabis for 30-40 minutes for dried cannabis (older stuff might take less time, while fresher, moister bud might take the full 40). We’re aiming for a light to medium brown color and a very dry consistency.
- Once done, let it cool. Then grind it coarsely (a food processor is your friend).
Infusing the Oils
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis (adjust as necessary based on your tolerance and the strength of the herb)
- In a slow cooker or double boiler, combine the coconut oil, olive oil, and decarboxylated cannabis. If you have a cooking thermometer, keep the concoction below 200°F (93°C). This temperature ensures thorough infusion without degrading the potency.
- Simmer the mixture on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Patience is a virtue here—the longer, the stronger.
- After the infusion is done, let it cool. Strain it through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a glass container to remove all plant matter.
- Seal and store. A cool, dark place is ideal for preserving your infusion.
Recipe Variations: The Fun Part!
- Herbal-Infused Delight: Follow the same process, but add a couple of sprigs of rosemary or thyme to the mix during the infusion process. The herbs bring a savory twist to your oil, perfect for drizzling over dishes that could use an elevated herbal kick.
- Sweet Citrus Kiss: Add the peel of 1 organic lemon or orange to the infusion process. The citrus notes add a lovely sweetness and tang, making it ideal for dressings, baked desserts, or even adding a zesty twist to your morning tea.
Baking with Cannabis-Infused Coconut Olive Oil
Now, the baking universe is your playground. Use this oil in any recipe that requires regular oil, keeping a keen eye on dosing. From brownies, cookies, and cakes to more sophisticated dishes like cannabis-infused focaccia or even sautéed veggies, there’s no limit to the culinary creativity.
Remember, the key to the most delightful cannabis culinary experiences is starting low and going slow. It’s easier to add than to take away, especially when it comes to edibles. Monitor your dosages, note the effects, and most importantly, enjoy the process and the delicious, joy-filled creations it brings.
Happy baking, and here’s to elevated experiences! 🌿