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Green Gastronomy: The Rise of Cannabis in the Culinary World, Recipes to Try at Home

by Freddy Castillo 19 Jun 2024
The rise of cannabis in the culinary world recipes with cannabis

Cannabis gastronomy has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, transforming from a market niche to an expanding culinary trend. With the legalization of cannabis in several states in the United States and other countries, chefs and culinary enthusiasts have begun to explore the possibilities of incorporating cannabis into the kitchen. We will explore the boom of cannabis in the culinary world, its potential benefits, important considerations, and share some recipes to try at home.

The Rise of Cannabis in the Kitchen

Legalization and Standardization Legalization of cannabis has been a key factor in its integration into the culinary world. States such as California, Colorado, and Oregon, among others, have allowed not only recreational use of cannabis but also its use in edible products. This legal change has opened the doors to a new era of gastronomy, where cannabis is used not only for its psychoactive effects but also for its medicinal benefits and culinary potential. This trend is expanding beyond the United States, with countries like Canada and Uruguay also embracing the culinary uses of cannabis, thereby influencing global culinary trends.

Culinary Innovation Chefs around the world have started experimenting with cannabis, incorporating it into a variety of dishes, from snacks to desserts. Culinary innovation has led to the creation of infusions of cannabis oil, cannabis butter, and tinctures that can be used in a wide range of recipes. These products allow chefs to better control the dosage and experiment with different flavors and textures. From gourmet dining experiences in high-end restaurants to creative home-cooked meals, the possibilities are endless. The versatility of cannabis as an ingredient is being celebrated, as it can be seamlessly integrated into both sweet and savory dishes.

Benefits of Cannabis in Gastronomy Cannabis is not only used in the kitchen for its ability to induce a state of euphoria; it has also been recognized for its potential medicinal benefits. Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, can offer pain relief, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. Incorporating cannabis into gastronomy allows consumers to enjoy these benefits in a pleasant and affordable way. This dual benefit of recreational enjoyment and therapeutic relief makes cannabis a unique and valuable ingredient. Additionally, the use of cannabis in food can enhance the dining experience, offering new and intriguing flavors that challenge traditional culinary boundaries.

Important Considerations When Cooking with Cannabis

Dosage One of the most important considerations when cooking with cannabis is dosage. It is crucial to understand the potency of the cannabis that is being used and adjust the amounts in the recipes accordingly. A common mistake among beginners is to underestimate the potency of cannabis, which can lead to an unpleasant experience. It is recommended to start with low doses and increase gradually as experience is gained. Accurate dosing is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable culinary experience. Overconsumption can lead to adverse effects such as paranoia, dizziness, and nausea, which can be avoided with careful measurement and patience.

Decarboxylation Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate its psychoactive compounds. Without this process, THC and CBD remain in their acidic form, which does not have the same effects on the body. To decarboxylate cannabis, it must be heated to a specific temperature for a certain period of time. This can be done in a conventional oven and is an essential step before incorporating cannabis into any recipe. Skipping this step would result in a product that lacks the desired psychoactive and therapeutic effects, rendering the cannabis ineffective in the culinary application.

Infusion Infusing cannabis in a fatty medium, such as oil or butter, is an effective way to incorporate it into the kitchen. Cannabinoids dissolve in fats, allowing for a uniform distribution of cannabis in recipes. There are several methods for making infusions, from cooking at low heat on a stove to using specialized machines that automate the process. The choice of fat can influence the final taste and texture of the dish, making it an important consideration for chefs. For example, using coconut oil can add a tropical flavor, while butter offers a more traditional taste profile. The infusion process also allows for the creation of versatile base ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes.

Cannabis recipes to try at home 

Below, we share some simple and delicious recipes that incorporate cannabis. Always remember to start with a low dose and adjust according to your needs and tolerance.

1. Cannabis Butter

Cannabis butter, also known as cannabutter, is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Whether you are baking cookies, sautéing vegetables, or making a simple toast spread, cannabis butter can add both flavor and a unique experience to your meal.

1 cup of unsalted butter
1 cup of water
7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis

    1. Decarboxylate cannabis by preheating the oven to 240°F (115°C) and baking for 30-40 minutes.
    2. In a pot, combine butter and water. Heat at low temperature until the butter is completely melted.
    3. Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the mixture and cook at low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Be sure to keep the temperature below 200°F (93°C).
    4. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove plant material.
    5. Refrigerate the cannabis butter until it solidifies. Discard the excess water and store in an airtight container.

    2. Chocolate Cookies with Cannabis

    Chocolate Cookies with CannabisIngredients:
    1 cup of softened cannabis butter
    1 cup of granulated sugar
    1 cup of brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tbsp vanilla extract
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tbsp baking soda
    1/2 tbsp salt
    2 cups of chocolate chips

          1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
          2. In a large bowl, beat the cannabis butter with the sugars until creamy.
          3. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
          4. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add this mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.
          5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
          6. Drop tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet, leaving space between each.
          7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

      These chocolate cookies are a delightful treat, combining the rich flavors of chocolate with the unique properties of cannabis. They are perfect for sharing with friends at a gathering or enjoying as a personal indulgence. 

      3. Cannabis Pesto Sauce

      2 cups of fresh basil leaves
      1/2 cup cannabis olive oil
      1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      1/3 cup pine nuts
      3 garlic cloves
      Salt and pepper to taste


        1. In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and garlic. Process until well mixed.
        2. With the processor running, slowly add the cannabis olive oil until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
        3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
        4. Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

       Cannabis pesto sauce is a versatile condiment that can be used in a variety of dishes. Toss it with pasta, spread it on a sandwich, or use it as a dip for vegetables. The fresh basil and cannabis oil combine to create a flavorful and aromatic sauce that elevates any meal.

      4. Cannabis Brownies

      1/2 cup of cannabis butter
      1 cup of sugar
      2 large eggs
      1 tbsp vanilla extract
      1/3 cup of cocoa powder
      1/2 cup flour
      1/4 tbsp salt
      1/4 tbsp baking powder

            1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a baking pan.
            2. In a large bowl, mix the melted cannabis butter with the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
            3. Add cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until well combined.
            4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
            5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
            6. Allow to cool before cutting into portions.

        Cannabis brownies are a classic treat for anyone interested in cannabis edibles. They are easy to make and provide a consistent dose of cannabis, making them a popular choice for both beginners and experienced consumers.

        5. Cannabis Tea Infusion

        1 gram of decarboxylated cannabis
        1 cup of water
        1 tea bag of your choice
        1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
              1. Decarboxylate cannabis using the above-mentioned method.
              2. Boil the water in a small pot.
              3. Add the coconut oil or butter to the boiling water.
              4. Add the decarboxylated cannabis and reduce the heat, simmering for 15 minutes.
              5. Strain the mixture to remove plant material.
              6. Pour the hot liquid over the tea bag and let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
              7. Sweeten to taste and enjoy.

          Cannabis tea is a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy cannabis. The warmth of the tea combined with the effects of cannabis creates a comforting experience, perfect for unwinding after a long day.

          The Importance of Education and Responsibility As cannabis gastronomy continues to grow in popularity, it is vital that consumers are well-informed about the responsible use of cannabis in the kitchen. Here are some key guidelines to follow:

          Product Knowledge Understanding the potency and type of cannabis being used is crucial. Cannabis varieties may have different concentrations of THC and CBD, which affect both the taste and the effects of the food. In addition, cultivation and processing methods can influence the quality of the final product. Educating oneself about different strains and their properties can enhance the culinary experience and ensure the desired effects are achieved.

          Start with a Low Dose Especially for those who are new to cooking with cannabis, it is recommended to start with low doses. This helps to avoid adverse effects and allows you to adjust the amounts as needed. Remember that the effects of ingested cannabis may take longer to manifest and last longer compared to other methods of consumption. Patience is key; wait at least an hour before considering additional doses to avoid overconsumption.

          Secure Storage Keeping cannabis-infused foods out of the reach of children and pets is essential. Additionally, it is useful to clearly label products to avoid accidental consumption. Proper storage not only ensures safety but also helps maintain the freshness and potency of the cannabis-infused products.

          The Future of Cannabis Gastronomy The future of cannabis gastronomy is promising, with continuous growth in acceptance and innovation. Chefs are constantly exploring new ways to incorporate cannabis into their creations, from high-end cuisine to homemade meals. In addition, research into the medicinal benefits of cannabis continues to expand, which could open up new opportunities for its use in the kitchen. As the stigma surrounding cannabis diminishes, its integration into mainstream culinary culture is likely to increase, bringing new flavors and experiences to the dining table.

          Cannabis gastronomy is not only transforming the way we eat but also the way we perceive cannabis. As more people experiment with home recipes and discover the benefits of cooking with cannabis, we are likely to see even greater integration into our culinary culture. This cultural shift towards acceptance and normalization is paving the way for a new era in both gastronomy and cannabis use.

          In short, cannabis gastronomy is on the rise, offering a variety of flavors, textures, and benefits that enrich our culinary experience. With the right recipes and a focus on education and responsibility, anyone can enjoy the delights of cannabis cooking.


          The incorporation of cannabis into the culinary world represents an exciting intersection between gastronomy and cannabis culture. From its humble beginnings to becoming a booming trend, cannabis cooking offers a creative and delicious way to enjoy the benefits of this plant. With increasing legalization and normalization, the future of cannabis gastronomy looks brighter than ever.

          Thank you for being part of our community and for your continued support. Stay up to date with this exciting change and how it will affect the future of gastronomy and cannabis consumption.

          Cannabiz Supply Team

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