Medical marijuana infused in coconut oil – make your own “canna-caps” with cannabis infused coconut oil

If you are looking for a way to manage your chronic pain with a marijuana extract, try making marijuana-infused coconut oil.  Although other types of oil can also be used (olive oil is also a favorite choice), coconut oil has the ability to absorb more of the cannabis than other types of oil. Coconut oil infused with high-grade medical marijuana is so easy to make, and it keeps in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark cabinet for a long, long time.

Medical marijuana infused into coconut oil (the best of all types of oil to use) can be made into capsules, or placed drop by drop directly beneath the tongue.
Medical marijuana infused into coconut oil (the best of all types of oil to use) can be made into capsules, or placed drop by drop directly beneath the tongue.

There are a few different ways you can use marijuana-infused cocnout oil. You can buy empty gelatin capsules on Amazon or at many other places, and fill them with your infused coconut oil, making your own homemade pills.  This is an easy way to avoid the butter/sugar/flour of baked goods containing medical cannabis (although they are delicious), and is much more discreet than pulling out a pipe or vape the next time you are out in public and in need of pain relief.

Coconut oil infused with marijuana can also be placed directly beneath the tongue, drop by drop.  Hold it in your mouth without swallowing for at least 20 seconds, and the marijuana will pass directly into your bloodstream.  This sublingual method bypasses the stomach, making it ideal if you have digestive issues, and takes effect very quickly, literally in a minute or two.  This makes dosing much easier, as you can see in a few minutes whether or not you’ve taken enough.  If pain wakes you up during the night, this is an easy way to get back to sleep quickly.

That’s not all you can do with it, though.

Coconut oil infused with medical marijuana can be used in a few different ways. Try mixing it with moisturizer and using it as a topical cream.
Coconut oil infused with medical marijuana can be used in a few different ways. Try mixing it with moisturizer and using it as a topical cream.

I’ve struggled with chronic pain for years, lower back pain that can stop me in my tracks.  How I wished that there was some magic cream that I could just put on the parts of me that hurt. Try this: Take a few – or several – drops of coconut oil infused with medical marijuana, add a nice dollop of your favorite moisturizer, rub your palms together for a moment to mix the two together, and then spread the mixture on the part of you that hurts.  Ahhhhhhh.  The first time I tried this, I laughed out loud.  What a relief!

Here’s what you need to make your own coconut oil infused with medical marijuana:

a crockpot

a meat thermometer

coconut oil, about 1/2 cup or so

3.5 – 7.0 grams of marijuana, chopped

measuring cup with spout

spatula

one-cup drip coffee filter

paper liner for the coffee filter

small glass bottle with dropper

tiny funnel that fits the glass bottle

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Before you can combine the coconut oil and medical cannabis, you will need to decarboxylate your marijuana. It will increase the amount of pain relief in your infused coconut oil.
Before you can combine the coconut oil and medical cannabis, you will need to decarboxylate your marijuana. It will increase the amount of pain relief in your infused coconut oil.

First, if you have not already done so, decarboxylate your marijuana.  This extra step takes time (40 minutes, to be exact), and maybe you are thinking that you don’t have time to do this, or that it won’t matter anyway.  You would be mistaken.  Please don’t skip this step – you can thank me afterwards.

My first batch of infused coconut oil used 3.5 grams of medical marijuana.  The next time I made it, I used a full 7.0 grams (1/4 oz.) of medical marijuana, to make it stronger and more concentrated.  To me, it seems very strong; I need only 2 drops beneath my tongue for a daytime dose of pain relief. You might also want to start off slow and see what you think, before forging ahead with all of your precious weed. Note that 2 drops sublingually, beneath the tongue, will affect you differently than 2 drops taken by pill, which goes through the stomach and liver, etc. Just sayin’ – so be cautious and try things out carefully.

Easy does it! Gently pour all of the decarboxylated cannabis into the slow cooker, before you add the coconut oil.
Easy does it! Gently pour all of the decarboxylated cannabis into the slow cooker, before you add the coconut oil.

Take the decarboxylated marijuana out of the oven, and let it cool for a couple of minutes.  Then very carefully lift the sheet of parchment paper or non-stick foil and carry it over to the crock pot.  Add the marijuana to the crockpot.

Pour in enough coconut oil to completely cover the marijuana, but not more than that.  The less oil, the more concentrated the marijuana will be.  Just make sure that the medical cannabis is saturated with the coconut oil, and that there are no little pieces of medical cannabis poking up from the surface of the coconut oil.

Cover the marijuana with coconut oil, but don't add more than that - the cannabis should be totally covered, but extra coconut oil does not provide any advantage.
Cover the marijuana with coconut oil, but don’t add more than that – the cannabis should be totally covered, but extra coconut oil does not provide any advantage.

Cover and set the crockpot on low heat setting for six hours.  That’s it.  Really, that’s all there is to it.

In no event should the temperature in your crockpot exceed 245 degrees.  You should walk past the crockpot and check the temperature with a meat thermometer every once in a while.  If it is getting too hot, turn it off for ten minutes and then back on.  You can do this every hour or two, during the six-hour cooking period.

When the six hours is up, the infused coconut oil is done.  Turn off the crockpot and let it cool until you can comfortably touch the handles.

Assemble the coffee drip filter and filter paper, and place them inside a bowl, in case anything spills. You don't want to lose any precious drops of infused coconut oil.
Assemble the coffee drip filter and filter paper, and place them inside a bowl, in case anything spills. You don’t want to lose any precious drops of infused coconut oil.

Place a measuring cup inside a large bowl or on top of a plate to catch any potential spills, and place the coffee filter on top of the measuring cup, paper liner inside the filter.

Pour the infused coconut oil through the filter paper. Use a ladle to spoon the cannabis and coconut oil through the filter, if your crockpot is too heavy to hold.
Pour the infused coconut oil through the filter paper. Use a ladle to spoon the cannabis and coconut oil through the filter, if your crockpot is too heavy to hold.

Pour the contents of the crockpot right into the coffee filter, using the spatula to get every last drop out of the crockpot.  If your crockpot is heavy like mine, try this:  use a small ladle to get most of the cannabis-infused coconut oil into the coffee filter, before lifting the crockpot to pour out the last little bit of infused oil. 

Gently stir the coconut oil-saturated medical marijuana inside the filter with a spoon, encouraging it to completely drip through.  When it is just about done, pick up the filter and give it a good squeeze with your fingers, pressing hard to get all of the infused coconut oil out of the filter.  The filter can then be discarded.   

A tiny funnel is very useful when pouring the infused coconut oil into a glass bottle with dropper. Notice the plate beneath the bottles, in case anything spills.
A tiny funnel is very useful when pouring the infused coconut oil into a glass bottle with dropper. Notice the plate beneath the bottles, in case anything spills.

Using the funnel, carefully pour the infused oil into the waiting dropper bottle, and screw on the cap.  Done!  You can store the coconut oil in your cabinet (not next to the stove, please – a cool, dry storage place is best), or you can use the dropper to fill empty gelatin capsules each with a small amount, and store them in your refrigerator. 

Before you go filling all of your capsules, though, remember to try a test capsule or two to see how much coconut oil you want in each capsule.  There’s no way to tell you exactly how much you will need; everyone has a different tolerance level, as well as different ideas of how much is enough.  Also, every strain of medical marijuana is a little different, some stronger and some weaker.  Just as with any other medical cannabis product, you will need to test this every time you make a batch, but once tested, you can be sure that your results will be consistent each time for that one batch.  That is one of the great advantages to making your own.  There are no weird additives, and no surprises or inconsistencies.

Cannabis-infused coconut oil is a favorite daytime method of ingesting medical marijuana.  You can make several cannabis-infused coconut oil capsules at one time and store them in the refrigerator. “Canna-caps” are simple to make, neat and inconspicuous, and have no smell when you take one out of your purse or pocket, pop it into your mouth and swallow it with a drink of water, right there in public.  Hah!  Ahhhhhh.

Medical marijuana infused alcohol tincture (“Golden Dragon”) – your best go-to cannabis tincture recipe for discreet daytime dosing

A few drops of cannabis tincture in your morning coffee or lunch-time glass of iced tea will provide mild but effective pain relief for hours.  For myself, it’s a good daytime method of controlling my chronic back pain.  I love my chocolate chocolate chip marijuana-infused cookies, but I do try to keep an eye on the amount of butter, sugar and flour I eat each day.  I prefer to use the alcohol-based tincture in the afternoon, and save the cookies for after dinner.

Golden Dragon alcohol-infused cannabis tincture - discreet dosing drop by drop for your coffee, tea, ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc. - and best of all, you can make it at home.
Golden Dragon alcohol-infused cannabis tincture – discreet dosing drop by drop for your coffee, tea, ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc. – and best of all, you can make it at home.

Why is it referred to as “Golden Dragon” tincture?  The Golden Dragon is the stuff of legends.  Once sold in U.S. drug stores before marijuana was made illegal, it is a good solution for mild dosing when you are busy during the day with tasks that require clarity and motivation, because it is easy to titrate, one drop at a time.  It is made with decarboxylated marijuana, which gives the finished product its goldish-greenish color.  Now you can make your own, at home.   

Most afternoons, I put several drops of medical marijuana tincture into an empty gelatin capsule, in effect making my own cannabis pills (zero calories).  You can buy bags of empty high-quality gelatin capsules on Amazon, or in many other places.  But use your imagination – you can put the Golden Dragon cannabis tincture in just about anything.  Mix a few drops into your cream cheese, the next time you have a bagel!  You can also put a drop or two underneath your tongue, for sublingual application, which gives fast calorie-free pain relief without going through the stomach, etc.

Empty gelatin capsules make a perfect homemade "pill" when filled with a few drops of medical marijuana alcohol-infused tincture. Finally, yes, there is a pill.
Empty gelatin capsules make a perfect homemade “pill” when filled with a few drops of medical marijuana alcohol-infused tincture. Finally, yes, there is a pill.

You can buy the glass dropper bottles, along with the tiny funnels that fit the glass dropper bottles, on Amazon, or in many other places.  You will need at least one glass bottle, possibly two, for this recipe, and at least one funnel.  Like the capsules, they are not expensive.

This recipe uses 3.5 – 4.0 grams of medical marijuana.  I don’t recommend using more cannabis more than this, especially in the beginning.  First, it is much safer to work in small batches; just like when you are cooking with wine, grain alcohol is flammable. Second, the finished product lasts a very long time.  Consider that there are up to 10 drops in a single dose, and about 70 drops of alcohol tincture in one teaspoonful. 

Here’s what you will need:

a 6-quart or 8-quart pot

a 12 oz. Mason jar

Everclear 151 proof grain alcohol, available in any liquor store

1/2 tsp. honey

marijuana, 3.5 grams to 4 grams, chopped and decarboxylated

parchment paper

glass measuring cup with pouring spout

tiny funnel

glass bottle with dropper

single cup coffee drip filter, lined with filter paper

meat thermometer

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First, decarboxylate your medical marijuana.  Please don’t skip this step.

While your marijuana is in the oven, you can turn your attention to heating the water on the stove to the correct temperature.  It should be 170 degrees, not hotter; use a meat thermometer to be sure.

The level of water in the pot should rise up to the same level as the marijuana in the Mason jar (i.e., if the jar is three inches full of marijuana, then the pot should be three inches full of water).  Four grams of chopped and decarboxylated weed will fill a 12-oz. Mason jar about one-third full.  The easiest way to do this is to place the empty Mason jar in the pot, fill the pot with enough water to come up to one-third of the Mason jar, and then remove the empty Mason jar.

Place the pot on the stove.  Turn the heat to the lowest setting – if your stove has a simmer burner, now would be the time to use it.  Leave it for about 30 minutes to come to the correct temperature; check from time to time to be sure it does not go over 170 degrees.

When the water has reached 170 degrees and the marijuana has finished decarboxylating in the oven, you are ready to proceed. 

Carefully pour the decarboxylated cannabis into the Mason jar, making sure not to spill any of the medical marijuana.
Carefully pour the decarboxylated cannabis into the Mason jar, making sure not to spill any of the medical marijuana.

Remove the marijuana from the oven. Working over a plate or piece of foil or waxed paper (in case of spills), carefully fold up the parchment paper or foil into a “tube” and place one end in the Mason jar. Tap on the “tube” until all of the marijuana has fallen into the jar.

Pour in enough Everclear alcohol to cover the marijuana completely, but not more.  There is no advantage to adding more alcohol than you need; actually, the less you use, the more concentrated the effects will be.

Safety notes:  Everclear is highly flammable.  Just as when you cook with wine or brandy, it can catch fire if you are not careful.  Make sure you have the lid to the pot nearby, in case you quickly need to cover a flareup.

Cover the medical marijuana with enough grain alcohol to just cover it, but not more than that. The alcohol tincture will work best if the cannabis is completely saturated with alcohol.
Cover the medical marijuana with enough grain alcohol to just cover it, but not more than that. The alcohol tincture will work best if the cannabis is completely saturated with alcohol.

Carefully place the Mason jar into the water-filled pot; do not cover the jar or the pot.  Allow the water to heat the Mason jar for 20 minutes; set your cell phone timer, not the stove/oven timer.  Do not stir or swirl the contents of the jar, do not adjust the burner’s heat up or down. The idea is that you don’t want to do anything that could cause an accidental spark.  You can (and should) check the temperature of the water at least once during the 20 minutes, but be careful not to actually touch the jar with the meat thermometer.

When 20 minutes have passed, remove the Mason jar from the water bath, placing it on the counter far away from the stove, and THEN turn off the heat (not the other way around).  This avoids an accidental spark.  Once the heat is off, return the jar to the pot and let it cool down, uncovered, still on the same back burner.  This will help evaporate some of the alcohol.  The alcohol has done its job at this point and now, the less alcohol there is, the better.

Alcohol-infused cannabis tincture - the "Green Dragon" - used to be available in drug stores in the US, before it became illegal.
Alcohol-infused cannabis tincture – the “Green Dragon” – used to be available in drug stores in the US, before it became illegal.

Once the Mason jar has cooled and the alcohol has somewhat evaporated, strain the contents:  place the single coffee cup drip filter over a measuring cup; place the measuring cup in a large bowl, just in case of an accidental spill.  Place a paper filter in the coffee cup drip filter, and pour the contents of the Mason jar through the filter, into the measuring cup. 

When it has drained through, use a small spoon to press the filter, making make sure that every drop has been pressed through.  Discard the filter.   Let the contents sit uncovered in the measuring cup for 45 minutes to an hour, so some of the alcohol can evaporate.

Allow the alcohol tincture to drain through the filter. Medical marijuana dosed one drop at a time into your tea or coffee - this is a good daytime solution for chronic pain relief.
Allow the alcohol tincture to drain through the filter. Medical marijuana dosed one drop at a time into your tea or coffee – this is a good daytime solution for chronic pain relief.

Add 1/2 tsp. of honey, stirring until dissolved.  Or, you can experiment:  some recipes use Amaretto or other flavored liqueurs, or peppermint, etc.  If you are going to take the tincture a few drops at a time beneath your tongue, you will need to flavor the tincture with something to improve the bitter flavor.

Easy beginner recipe for cannabis - ready in a couple of hours or so, start to finish. That's a morning well spent. If you have chronic pain, you will appreciate this recipe for medical marijuana.
Easy beginner recipe for cannabis – ready in a couple of hours or so, start to finish. That’s a morning well spent. If you have chronic pain, you will appreciate this recipe for medical marijuana.

Time to get the Golden Dragon into the bottle:  the precious golden-greenish liquid can be poured carefully and slowly into a dropper bottle, using the tiny funnel which fits these little bottles.  Fit the dropper into the bottle and tighten it well, to keep it fresh.  The Golden Dragon can be stored indefinitely in a cool, dark place.

Before you put it away, put a few drops in a cup of tea, and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.  You’ve come a long way from smoking pot in that little pipe you bought, back in the beginning.  Good job.

Medical marijuana chocolate chocolate chip cookies – the only marijuana cookie recipe you will ever need.

These chocolate chocolate chip marijuana-infused cookies are the perfect way to ingest medical marijuana.  I’ve tried many different recipes, and this is my favorite go-to recipe for dependable dosing in the evening and at bedtime.  I like to make a batch of cookie dough, cut it into 30 equal pieces, roll them each into little balls, and freeze them, to be baked one or two at a time as I need them. 

Cannabis cookies! These delicious chocolate chocolate chip cookies made with medical marijuana will bring a smile to your face. Finally, edibles that taste great, and that you can make in your own kitchen.
Cannabis cookies! These delicious chocolate chocolate chip cookies made with medical marijuana will bring a smile to your face. Finally, edibles that taste great, and that you can make in your own kitchen.

First, and please don’t skip this step, decarboxylate your marijuana.  You will get more pain relief if you do this – no kidding.

Second, make infused butter with your newly-decarboxylated marijuana.  I usually do this the day before I make the cookies, so it has time to completely solidify in the refrigerator. 

Now that you have taken care of these first two steps – let’s make some cookies!

About 45 minutes before beginning, take your infused butter out of the refrigerator, place a piece of plastic wrap over your scale, and weigh the butter.  Do this while it is still cold, so it is easier to handle.  Don’t be surprised if it weighs less than you expected; butter contains a lot of water, which evaporates while you are infusing marijuana into the butter. 

Make sure to weigh your marijuana-infused butter. You can add more regular unsalted butter to it to make up the required amount of butter for the recipe.
Make sure to weigh your marijuana-infused butter. You can add more regular unsalted butter to it to make up the required amount of butter for the recipe.

This recipe requires 4 ozs. of butter.  Chances are that your marijuana-infused butter will weigh less than that, due the to the amount of water lost through evaporation during the infusion process. In the above photo, you can see that my own marijuana-infused butter only weighed about half of the total of 4 ozs. needed. Please be sure to add enough unsalted butter to the infused butter to equal a combined weight of 4 ozs.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make chocolate chocolate chip cannabis cookies:

4 ozs. of combined cannabis-infused butter plus unsalted regular butter, softened to room temperature (no, no, no, do NOT microwave the butter to soften – just leave at room temperature for about 45 minutes) 

5/8 cup granulated sugar 

3/8 cup packed dark brown sugar 

1/2 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted 

1 1/2 large eggs, at room temperature (scramble one of the eggs and divide it in half; use the other half of it for something else – make an omelette for lunch, or bread some chicken with it; use your imagination) 

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

5/8 teaspoon baking powder 

5/8 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 

1 cup chocolate chips; you can use all bittersweet, or a combination of your favorite types of chocolate chips

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Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl using a whisk, and set aside. 

Remember, you can stir the dry ingredients together as much as you want; you can stir the wet ingredients together as much as you want; but once you have combined the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, only stir until the batter is just combined.  Don’t overdo it.  This rule applies to all cookies, not just those with marijuana in them.

In a stand mixer, beat the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and melted unsweetened chocolate for 4-5 minutes on the lowest setting, until absolutely smooth.  It is very important that the butter mixture is absolutely smooth and well mixed.  If the butter is not evenly distributed, then the marijuana may be more concentrated in some parts of the batter than in others. If you want dependable dosing, so that each cookie is the same strength as the other cookies, take your time with this step.   

Mix well, and then mix some more! The marijuana-infused butter must be evenly distributed with the other ingredients so the cookies will each have the same effectiveness.
Mix well, and then mix some more! The marijuana-infused butter must be evenly distributed with the other ingredients so the cookies will each have the same effectiveness.

Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the eggs and mix until completely incorporated. 

Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter and mix just until well combined with no flour showing.  Manually fold in the chocolate chips.  The batter will be quite stiff; take your time and make sure that the chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.

Take a long length of plastic wrap and lay it out flat on the counter. Spread the batter out onto the plastic wrap.  Fold carefully and shape into a thick log or brick shape of uniform thickness.  Wrap up tightly and place in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.

Shape the chocolate chocolate chip marijuana cookie dough into a "log" and wrap securely in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least several hours.
Shape the chocolate chocolate chip marijuana cookie dough into a “log” and wrap securely in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least several hours.

Slice into sections, then cut the sections into cookie-sized portions.  Roll each section into a little ball, using your hands as if you are making meatballs.

Roll each portion of marijuana cookie dough into a small ball, and freeze it. This will make it easy and convenient to bake one or two cookies at a time.
Roll each portion of marijuana cookie dough into a small ball, and freeze it. This will make it easy and convenient to bake one or two cookies at a time.

Freeze the cookies spread out flat in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet which has been lined with non-stick foil, parchment paper or a SilPat sheet.  Once the cookies are frozen solid, you can place them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  Don’t forget to label them very clearly, “marijuana cookies”, so there are no “accidents” involving other family members.  Just a thought.

To bake, turn on your oven to preheat at 345 degrees. (Remember that marijuana should never be exposed to higher heat than 350 degrees, or its effectiveness will be diminished.) At the same time that you turn on the oven to preheat, remove one or two (or however many you want) cookies from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil, parchment paper or a SilPat sheet. Put them on the counter (not near the warm oven) and let them sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes or until your oven has preheated. 

Baking times will vary according to your own oven and the size of your cookies.  If you have made 30 cookies, then each one will take approximately 9 minutes to bake, but make sure to check after 7 minutes, and thereafter at 1 minute intervals, until the cookies are done.  The edges should be set, but the centers should still be shiny and slightly underdone.  Do not overbake; they should look like the cookies in this photo.

Medical marijuana cookies: finally, edibles you can depend on, because you made them yourself. Soft and chewy, with lots of chocolate chips, warm from the oven - who said medicine has to taste bad?
Medical marijuana cookies: finally, edibles you can depend on, because you made them yourself. Soft and chewy, with lots of chocolate chips, warm from the oven – who said medicine has to taste bad?

A word about dosing: this recipe makes 30 cookies, and contains 10 grams of medical marijuana. For me, personally, one third to one half of a cookie is a single dose. Each person’s tolerance is different, and each batch of marijuana is different, so proceed with caution. Try one quarter of a cookie, and see how you feel. It can take two hours or so to feel the full effects, depending on what else you may have eaten on any particular day. Interestingly, ingesting marijuana before a meal can make it take effect more quickly – or at least, that’s been my experience. So be careful at first; you can always eat more, but you cannot eat less.

When your cookies are done, remove them from the oven, and then remove them from the baking sheet as soon as possible. Allow to cool.  Mmmmmm.  Ahhhhhh.

Medical Marijuana – How to Bake with Marijuana (Do This First)

I have severe, disabling chronic back pain.  Medical marijuana works really well on my aching back, and with minimal side effects.  No more opioids!  (That’s a whole story in itself – see “Stephen’s Girls” for a fictionalized tale of what it’s like when you try to stop using opioids.)

In New Jersey, I can buy actual weed, but no edibles – no cookies, no brownies, infused oils, infused honey, or alcohol tinctures.  Ahhh, but I do love to experiment in my kitchen.  It’s been a journey, but it’s been fun, too.

Chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies (recipe to be coming soon) are my current favorite; they provide an excellent “vehicle” for the medical marijuana.  Whatever you choose to make with your marijuana – brownies, infused honey, whatever you are making – the first step must always be to “decarboxylate”. 

Chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies are just one of the many things you can make with medical marijuana.
Chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies are just one of the many things you can make with medical marijuana.

Decarboxylate.  It is surprisingly easy to do. 

Decarboxylation heats the marijuana and changes the molecular structure so that more of the THC is available.  It makes your marijuana more effective.  That’s what you want, so don’t skip this step.  You can read up on this on www.leafly.com; they have a wealth of information and go into detail about why decarboxylation is important.

You will need:

a baking sheet with sides,

parchment paper or non-stick foil,

a marijuana chopper,

a scale (USPS postal scale works well and changes back and forth from ounces to grams), and

a wooden or plastic spatula.

First, if your marijuana is not chopped, use a marijuana chopper to make fairly uniform little pieces – don’t grind it up like a powder; that’s too fine, but little pieces like oregano will work well.  Some dispensaries sell “trim” at a discount, which is already chopped up. It’s a great time-saver if you are going to be cooking/baking with your marijuana. Why buy premium buds if you are just going to chop them up anyway?

Cooking with medical marijuana - no matter what you are making, always decarboxylate first. It's easy to do.
Cooking with medical marijuana – no matter what you are making, always decarboxylate first. It’s easy to do.

How much marijuana will you be using in your recipe?  Cover your scale with plastic wrap, and weigh the marijuana. I will be making a batch of cookies with mine using 10 grams of marijuana.  Here, I am weighing 3 grams to add to my pre-packaged quarter-ounce (7 grams).  You may want to use more or less marijuana, depending on your recipe, your tolerance and your type of marijuana. 

Baking with marijuana is easy.  Always decarboxylate first.
Baking with marijuana is easy. Always decarboxylate first.

Once you have the correct amount, transfer your marijuana to the middle of a baking sheet (one with sides, to prevent spilling) which has been lined with either parchment paper or non-stick foil.  Take your spatula and gently move the marijuana around until it is an even layer, taking care to keep it away from the edges of the paper or foil.

240 for 40:  remember this phrase.

Place the marijuana in a preheated oven at 240 degrees for 40 minutes.  It’s very important that the oven is not too hot, so don’t try to rush this process with more heat.

Every 10 minutes, give the marijuana a little stir with your spatula to make sure all surfaces are exposed to the heat.  Breathe deeply!  It does give off a little buzz while it is baking. When the 40 minutes is up, remove from the oven and let the marijuana cool while you get ready to move on to the next step in your recipe.

Done.  That was not too hard, right?  Now you have marijuana that is more powerful than when you bought it, and you can move on to use it in whatever form you want – cookies, brownies, etc.

Up next: how to make infused butter, which you then can use in any recipe that uses butter.  That’s right – any recipe.