The Ins And Outs Of Cooking With Cannabis

Any experienced stoner knows a thing or two about edibles. You’ve probably eaten one, you might have made brownies or cookies at one time or another. But there’s more to cooking with weed than just a few desserts or pastries. Like any kind of food, there is an art to cooking with cannabis. So let’s let us take you through the secrets and challenges of mixing bud and food.


Edibles have been around for decades in one form or another. They most commonly come in the form of pot brownies and other sugary snacks. More recently, a true expansion of the possibilities has taken hold of the Canadian public. Any number of dishes can be concocted using the flavor and effects of weed as a base.

Marijuana can only be activated through the use of heat. You probably know that you can’t just eat a nug and expect any kind of effects, so people got creative.

The key in all kinds of weed cooking is to extract the potent compounds in marijuana, THC and CBD, in an effective way. Cannabis is not water soluble, which means that you can’t just toss it in a pot of water and cook it. Luckily, THC is lipid soluble, which means we can heat up oils and fats to make the perfect food concoction.

Making The Extract

Here is the trickiest part about the process.

There are many different ways to extract the weed in an effective way that doesn’t neutralize the effects. We won’t go over each one, but you can create oil, butter and other fatty substances. Check out different ways to extract weed by doing research online, or testing it out on your own (we know that can be expensive.)

For beginners, we’re going to recommend a relatively simple recipe for cannabis butter.

Cannabis Butter


  • 1 lb unsalted butter (4 sticks)
  • 1 ounce of ground marijuana (you can also use trim or vaporized weed, but you will need to up the amounts to compensate.) If you’re in need of bud, check out our shop for great deals and strains.
  • 1 cup water

1. Begin by adding the water and butter in a pot on your stove. Turn the stove on low and then melt the butter and start to simmer. Do not let it burn.

2. As you melt the better, start to stir in your weed slowly until it is all together.

3. Keep your stove on low and let it simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Do not let it come to a boil, so adjust heat as necessary.

4. Now you have your butter. Use a strainer or cheese cloth to separate the plant from the butter. Be sure to squeeze it all out, so you don’t miss any of the butter in the process.

5. Empty the mixture into a bowl and put it in the fridge. Once it hardens, there will be some water that you should get rid of. After that, you will end up with the delicious olive green mixture that will get you high and tastes delicious.

Marijuana Butter For Cooking

Your finished butter will look something like this


  1. Do not melt the butter in the microwave to soften, it will weaken the effects.
  2. Make sure to grind the pot, but not too finely. Otherwise, you will end up with inedible flower mixed in with your butter.
  3. Higher temperatures will cause your weed to burn or lose potency. Make sure it never gets above a simmer.

Once you’re done, you’ll have about a pound of cannabis-infused butter that can last you for quite a while. This gives you room to test it out on different recipes until you find the perfect blend.

The Fun Part: Cooking

Now that you’ve got your extract, there is a world of options available for your culinary creation. Only your imagination can hold you back, and if you’re a smoker to begin with, you already have a leg up. Let’s look at some of the foods that work best.

You’ll want to be careful to avoid cooking the butter in sauce pan directly, so it is best to add it to your recipes. Some choices that work the best.

  • Mac and cheese
  • Fried chicken
  • Pasta
  • And, yes, brownies and desserts still work great too
Marijuana lasagna

Baked Cannabis Eggplant. Credit: Vice

For the most part, you can use your favorite recipes and replace the butter in them with cannabutter, but be careful, this stuff can be very potent. We recommend trying a small amount of it first before cooking a full dish. That way you can test for potency and adjust accordingly.

The most important thing to remember when cooking with weed is to have fun and experiment. You’ll have the taste of the weed mixed in with all your dishes. Play with that, and make it your own.

What Happens Next?

The effects of cannabis cooking are well-documented with the use of edibles. Expect a high to kick in a little slower than smoking, about 30-40 minutes. It is also a high that tends to last much longer than smoking, so plan on being stoned for 3+ hours at least.

Edibles also often result in a very powerful high that can leave you glued to the couch. You can alter this somewhat based on the amount you use and the strain you choose. Do some research and pick the strain that’s best for you.

Be careful with portion size. This will require a little division to speed it up. Split up the amount of butter you’re using, so you know exactly how much a single dose is (our recipe is about 20 servings, but there is no way to be exact.) Don’t be afraid to supplement some of your cannabutter with regular butter if the recipe calls for a lot of it.

Remember that all of this is personal preference, so what gets you only a little high may get someone else ripped and vice versa. Be careful to warn about potency before serving and NEVER serve someone cannabis-infused cooking without their knowing.


Now you should be ready to become the weed chef the world needs. Follow our steps, or make your own rules, and you’ll be cooking crazy cannabis concoctions in no time at all. Stay burnt, friends!


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