Cannabis Kitchen

Although marijuana is generally consumed by inhalation (vaporization or burning) it is also possible to consume it in food, both for recreational and therapeutic use. The main advantages of taking it via ingestion are the protection of the respiratory system as opposed to burning it, and the duration of the effect, which will last considerably longer (several hours), significantly reducing the frequency of use. To cook marijuana, we must first extract their phytocannabinoids, which are the active ingredients of the plant. As they are not soluble in water, we use concentrated vegetable fats (olive oil, coconut butter, …), animal (butter, cream, whole milk, …), or food alcohol (eg Bacardie 151), for a cannabis tincture. We hope you enjoy cooking!

Bhang Lassi, cannabis milk shake

Bhang Lassi is a very popular drink in India both for its aromatic smell and relaxing, spiritual effect. It is an ancient cannabis preparation enriched with seeds, spices, honey and milk which has been used for centuries in this amaing country. In this article we explain you how to easily prepare it at home!

Bhang Lassi and cannabis

Bhang Lassi and cannabis

The popularity of this beverage has its origins in the Hindu religion and is associated with the cult of Shiva: the followers of this goddess used – and still use today – to smoke Bhang (which means “cannabis” in Hindi language) in the temples dedicated to Shiva, also charas (which is hashish obtained by rubbing fresh plants with the hands). Without a doubt, sadhus are the most famous among the followers of Shiva, religious “holy men” who wander along the temples with their traditional clay chillums.

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Space Cake recipes

Cooking with cannabis encompasses a wide range of different preparations, from sweet to salty foods, in solid or liquid form. Lately, and despite both the difficulty of cooking with extracts like BHO and the current legislation in many places around the planet, the efforts of cannabis and cooking lovers have flourished in a large number of recipes. Without a doubt (munchies!) one of the favourite cannabis edibles among smokers are Space Cakes, which are made with cannabis butter and are easy to cook, tasty and rich in cannabinoids.

As we say, this is a very easy cake to prepare, always being a sure bet. Next, we detail a few different recipes to cook these delicious cannabis cakes.

Space Cake is appreciated around the world

Space Cake is appreciated around the world

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Dawamesk cake

There is a wide variety of recipes in the cannabis kitchen: from traditional recipes such as the renowned Space Cake (THC sweets) which are distributed in medical marijuana clinics in the USA, to fresh marijuana juices which have wide-ranging health benefits. Today we present you with a traditional recipe: a homemade brioche or bun, made with eggs and stuffed with Dawamesk – a marijuana resin based paste – which was used in the Middle East ages ago and approved by the Club des Haschischins at the end of the 19th century. This recipe is a tribute to the Haschischins and to our grandmothers’ cakes that we used to enjoy in the winter evenings (without cannabis!).

Dawamesk, marijuana marmalade

Dawamesk is a type of marmalade made of pistachios, fat, honey and cannabis

Dawamesk is a type of marmalade made of pistachios, fat, honey and cannabis

The origins of this eastern recipe are uncertain. Intake of marijuana in different forms was common: bang lassi, dawamesk, dorvanesk… This practice led to the emergence of several legends about marihuana, such as that of the Old Man of the Mountain, of whom it is said that he used these recipes to manipulate his soldiers by making them eat large quantities of cannabis without telling them that they were taking cannabis.

In Europe, it was not until the 19th century when Dawamesk was studied for the first time by a pharmacist (M. Louradour in 1842). The recipe of this cannabis marmalade may vary. Usually, it contains honey, pistachio or almond flour, fat and hashish. Its powerful effect triggered the interest of a group of intellectuals who were known as “Le Club des Hashischins“, who used to meet to use marijuana and experience its new and unknown effects in order to inspire their meditation practice and other exercises of intellectual nature. Continue reading

Cannabis Pizza

Happy Pizza

Pizza is a traditional meal which many people enjoys and that can be easily found in many places and meetings. Preparing a space pizza will give a different touch to our snacks or dinners, being both flavourful and psychoactive. Marijuana pizza has become a popular meal in asian countries like Cambodia or Vietnam, where it is sold under the name of Happy Pizza.

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Typical places to eat Happy Pizza

Before preparing our Happy Pizza, we must start by making an olive oil base enriched with marijuana: the fats will absorb the cannabinoids present in the cannabis (either buds or resin concentrates) which we’ll use later during the preparation process of this classic Italian dish.

Olive oil enriched with marijuana

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Cooking cannabis to remove cannabinoids

We’ll use olive oil to absorb the cannabinoids of the plant, just as we would do when making cannabis butter, what will allow us to use this psychoactive fatty material to prepare our best meals.

The first thing to do is rehydrating our weed, mixing it in a pot with water. Once the green matter is hydrated, pour the oil into the pot to make the cannabinoid dissolution. Depending on the use and the potency of the weed, dosages are highly variable according to each user.

Let the mixture simmer for 1-2 hours, what transforms the molecular structure of cannabinoids – decarboxylation – and activates their psychoactive potential. Then, we just have to filter the mixture, squeezing it to recover all the oil.

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Cannabis butter with THC

Once at room temperature, store the mixture in the fridge so that the oil solidifies and raises to the surface, what facilitates its recovering.

Tip: During the preparation we can add a few Vitamin E drops, available in pure form or in wheat germ oil. Thanks to its strong antioxidant power, it improves the oil resistance to high temperatures while keeping its properties, avoiding degradation from cooking or long-term storage.

Alternative: olive oil with hashish

Hashish, normally smoked with pipes or joints, is also a basic ingredient in different traditional recipes such as the bhang lassi (India and Thailand) or the dawamesk, a kind of cannabis marmalade made from honey, pistachio powder, fatty material and marijuana resin which was usually consumed by the famous members of the Club des Hashishins (1844-1849).

Using hashish, i.e. using the resin previously removed from the plant, we’ll save a lot of time since we only have to heat in a boiling water-bath the oil-hash mixture to 120/150ºC for 30-45 minutes, preventing the oil from burning. This allows decarboxylation of cannabinoids, so they will be present on psychoactive (non-acid) form (this process can also be performed during the cooking process of the recipe).

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Olive oil with THC

Once the mixture is ready, filter it to remove trichomes and other plant debris. Logically, this recipe is for homemade hashish, for commercial hash is often adulterated and/or contaminated with undesirable substances for our health.

Preparation of cannabis pizza

Our pizza can be enriched with marijuana in different stages, an we’ll explain all of them, although we only recommend doing it once unless our oil has low psychoactivity.

1. Pizza dough enriched with cannabinoids

Ingredients for one pizza:

  • 200gr flour
  • 4 tablespoons of cannabis olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of warm milk
  • 5gr of fresh baking powder
  • Half a tablespoon of sugar

Mix the yeast and the warm water in a glass, add a pinch of salt and the sugar. Dilute everything with 2 or 3 more tablespoons of water, cover and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

Mix a pinch of salt, the cannabis oil and the flour in a bowl. Add the yeast mix  and knead for around 10 minutes, adding some warm water if necessary, until getting a non-sticky soft and elastic dough.

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Getting started with the preparation of the pizza

Cover the bowl with a cloth and store in a warm place for 1-2 hours.

2. Marijuana tomato sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tomato
  • 50gr tomato concentrate
  • Half an onion
  • 5 green olives
  • 4 tablespoons of marijuana olive oil
  • Rosemary, white pepper, thyme
  • Optional: unpressed hashish

Brown the frying chopped onion, garlic and chopped olives in a pan. Once the onion is golden, add the chopped tomato and the spices, aromatic herbs and a pinch of salt (you can add now a few grams of unpressed cannabis resin glands). Cover and let it simmer for a few minutes.

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Pizza with THC

Dilute the tomato concentrate with warm water and add it to the mixture, letting it simmer for 15 minutes and adding water/stock if necessary.

Preparation of the Happy Pizza

What everyone likes from pizza is that you can use your prefered ingredients to make it.  We can choose almost any ingredient and use it in our pizza, and we can even marinate these ingredients for a few hours in cannabis oil before using them. Salt, pepper, oregano and many other aromatic herbs are also often used to season pizzas.

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Our pizza is ready to be baked

Thus, our mushrooms, onions, bacon, ham or mozzarella can be perfumed with marijuana before preparing the pizza, although another option is to drizzle our pizza with cannabis olive oil before baking it at 200ºC for around 20 minutes.

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Pizza is ready!!

Finally, if we want to make the marijuana presence visible and more intense in our dish, we can sprinkle it with grinded buds after baking the pizza, so we can enjoy the properties of cannabinoids avoiding the weed from burning. Enjoy your meal!

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Marijuana and pizza

How to make marijuana chocolate muffins

In this article we propose an original and easy recipe for making a colourful marijuana edible dessert, a sweet delicatessen to enjoy with your best stoner friends. Actually, they are two combined recipes that provide a very tasteful and appetizing dessert enriched with hashish.

We’ll follow both recipes separately, mixing the final products at the end of the process and achieving a true piece of art. Let’s go then!

Black chocolate muffin, candied cherries and Marrakech butter

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All the ingredients are ready

Ingredients for 4 muffins:

  • 100gr black chocolate
  • 100gr powdered sugar
  • 50gr cannabis butter
  • 50gr flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 candied cherries

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How to make marijuana sweets

The Cannabis Kitchen

Food is a great way to consume both medical marijuana or cannabis for recreational use. This method avoids the harm caused by combustion when smoking (and mixing it with tobacco), giving a more longer lasting effect than when smoked.

Sweets with marijuana and chocolate

Sweets with marijuana and chocolate

In this article we will explain how to make marijuana sweets that can be easily preserved with the use of clarified butter, the preparation of which we explain below.

Clarified Marijuana Butter

Clarifying butter

Clarifying butter

Butter consists mostly of lipids, but also contains some protein (casein) and carbohydrates (lactose). By clarifying butter we recover the fatty part that interests us for extracting cannabinoids from the marijuana plant. This technique, easy to perform, will concentrate more active ingredients in the butter, but, above all, will improve its heat resistance and conservation.  Continue reading

Vegan marijuana butter: cooking with coconut oil

Why use coconut oil to cook with marijuana?

Preparation of coconut oil enriched with marijuana

Preparation of coconut oil enriched with marijuana

The choice of coconut oil as a substitute for butter when cooking with marijuana responds primarily to the need to cook with vegetable ingredients: traditional butter, which comes from cow’s milk, is excluded from vegan diets and for this reason we can not always share our canna sweets if they contain animal products. In addition to these ethical reasons, this preparation also meets the demands of those who are lactose intolerant, and can not eat space cake cooked with ordinary butter.

The human body is not geared to digest dairy products. It is preferrable not to consume these products, which also cause suffering in animals

The human body is not geared to digest dairy products. It is preferrable not to consume them, which also causes suffering of animals

There are other plant materials apart from coconut oil but it is noteworthy that coconut oil contains great qualities such as; a much lower toxicity than cooked butter, and a lesser impact on nature than that of the production of palm oil and derivatives made from it. Coconut oil is actually composed of 85% saturated fat, which ensures excellent cannabinoid extractions while resisting cooking without generating dangerous free radicals like other fats do.

It is made from the albumen of the coco nuts, that is, the nutrient reserves from the seed of the coconut. Coconut oil is treated and refined by various processes according to its intended purpose: Monoi, margarine, soap and cosmetics … For cooking, choose an oil that comes preferably from farms using organic farming methods and is untreated (some coconut oils are, for example, deodorised implying manipulations and modifications of the fat, what may limit its qualities). Continue reading

How to make marijuana butter

Making marijuana butter - process

Making marijuana butter – process

Making marijuana butter is one of the best forms of administering cannabis for users of medical marijuana who do not want contact with the smoke and all its negative consequences. Although it is also a valid alternative for recreational users who want to venture further into their psychonautic trips.

It must be said that marijuana consumed in this way has a psychoactive power far greater than when smoked or vaporized, for two reasons:

  • When smoking we only harness 40% of the green matter, and the rest goes up in smoke and volatilises. If we eat it, we harness 100% of the marijuana used.
  • When THC passes through the kidneys, it undergoes a transformation which greatly increases its psychedelic potential. That is why we have to be very careful with the dosage.

Due to this increase in the potency, we make our butter with the more rancid remains of the marijuana harvest, as well as small resinous leafs and even large ones (less desirable).

The other great advantage of consuming cannabis in this way is its stability, since users know their ideal dose and all they have to do is to consume it every day until they need to make more butter. When smoking or vaporizing it is more difficult to achieve that stability.

Effects of cannabis butter

It is very important to know that when we have just made a marijuana butter we should be cautious when consuming it, starting with very small doses and gradually increasing the dose every day until we find the ideal dose for our ailment.

For those who are eating it for the first time is very important to remember that marijuana ingested in this way takes between half an hour to one hour to take effect, so it is recommended to wait at least this long before increasing the dose.

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