Cooking with cannabutter

Eric Rosane, Co-Editor

As the marijuana industry continues to expand into states legalizing recreational and medical marijuana, so does the cannabis-infused food and edible market. According to a Arcview Market Research report, over ten percent of California’s cannabis sales were cannabis infused foods and drinks.

Even the marijuana shops in Ellensburg are stepping up their edible inventory.

Besides lighting up, there are multiple ways for customers to get their medicine. Cookies, gummies and chocolates line the corner display case of the Firehouse marijuana dispensary in Ellensburg.

“It also depends on your tolerance and body weight,” Dave Hubbard, an I.D. checker and salesman said regarding potency. “A lot of factors go into it.”

On most packages, 10mg are an indicator of one serving for the product, which is usually one cookie or gummy, according to Hubbard.

Cannabis drink mixers, rimmers and infusers are also offered amongst the products that are growing in the market. Beer companies might also be diving into this opportunity. A report in USA Today on March 28 detailed Blue Moon’s intentions to release marijuana-infused beers this fall in Denver. There’s no alcohol in these brews though.


Cannabutter and Homemade Cooking Materials

There are a few different ways of cooking marijuana infused foods, according to the Cannabist. Homemade infused oils, butters and coconut oils are the most common ways to incorporate marijuana into foods. With Cannabis Butters, the process is fairly simple – cook one part butter with one part marijuana, strain and then refrigerate.

There are many different guides and methods to creating cannabis butters and oils, but the process of decarboxylation is found in most recipes. Decarboxylation, according to the Cannabist, is the process of fully activating the THC through a heating method, specifically baking it. This dried product can then be used to make your butter.

After refrigeration, the butters can be used in a variety of unique baking recipes.