How to Cook with Cannabis

Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl
Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl

Before we hop into how you can cook with cannabis and somethings you want to consider when doing so, it’s first good to know why you might want to try making edibles. Sure you may have tried a bunch of other cannabis forms like vaping, topicals, and blunts, but when your body digests a cannabis-infused edible, you get a completely different experience. 

An edible may take a bit longer for the effects to kick in, sometimes around 30 minutes to a few hours, but when it does, it’s a euphoric feeling. When you ingest an edible it has to pass through your liver which then has to break down and metabolize the delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which hits harder than any other form of marijuana.

Another great reason for learning how to make your own cannabis-infused oil for cooking recipes is that you will save money in making your own edibles. If you find that you are always buying premade cannabis items like cookies and candies, why not try making some on your own?

When it comes to cooking with cannabis there are many ways to go about it. You can use tinctures, which is easy, but not as fun, and can get pretty costly down the line if you like to cook with marijuana often. Or you can make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, which can go a long way. However, there are some things to consider when making your own cannabis-infused oils for cooking. 

Know Your Strain

Like any marijuana item, everything affects you a little differently. So before you get started, think about how you want your final product to affect you or your guests, if you intend to make something to share with others. Do you want something high in CBD for a relaxing feeling? Maybe you want an energetic Sativa to boost your mood and get you feeling more productive? Or are you thinking about curling up on the couch with a sedative-inducing Indica? 

However you are feeling, just make sure you get the strain you want before moving forward with your oil. A good rule of thumb is to pick a strain that has low THC levels, something that you might use to vape that is around 10-15% THC. As for the amount of cannabis you use, an ounce is usually good enough, but it is up to you. 

Also, make sure that the strain you use is a rich terpene profile to get the most health benefits out of your oil. 

Wooden table with rolling pin and cookie dough with marijuana leaf cut out

What Are you Using to Make Your Oil?

When it comes to making the oil or adding your marijuana to your food there are a couple of ways you can go about it. As mentioned previously, an easy way to get what you want is to buy a tincture and add that into your mix. It’s easy to do but can get pricey. 

Making your own oil out of a flower, stems, trims, or flower that has already been vaporized (ABV), is a common way of making your own oil. One big thing to make sure of is that you completely dry out your flower or stems before adding it to your oil. 

You Won’t Know Your Dosage

One downside to making your own edibles and edible oil is that you won’t know the dosage of your final product. Sure, you will know how much marijuana you used to make it, but that doesn’t that mean you know the exact amount of oil that is in each piece. 

You might make a batch of brownies and eat one and not feel a thing while your friend had one and is over the moon. What could have happened? You probably didn’t mix your batter well and the oil was unevenly distributed. When mixing the oil make sure you mix it very, very well. This will help to get an even amount of cannabis oil throughout your mixture and help with even dosages. 

Another thing you can do to test the potency of your oil is to try a little bit before adding it to your mixture. Take a ¼ or ½  a teaspoon for yourself as a personal dose and add it to your food or drink. Sit on it for about an hour and see how it affects you. Then you can use that as a baseline when adding the oil to your mixture for your food. 

Hand adding drops from tincture to pasta

What Type of Oil Are you Mixing With?

The type of oil you mix your cannabis with can make a big difference in taste. You want to aim for a high-fat oil like coconut or canola oil. Just be aware that canola oil has a higher smoking/boiling point than coconut oil. 

When infusing your cannabis with the oil, you want to submerge it in the oil and keep it at a consistent heat. There are many different ways of doing this. Some people like to use a saucepan, and with doing this you have to make sure you keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to get so hot that you scorch your cannabis but you want it to be hot enough for the cannabinoids to infuse with the oil. Use a thermometer and try to keep it around 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can also use a slow cooker which has a little less maintenance to it but you always want to keep an eye on it. This is also much easier to set temperature-wise as you can go low and slow. 

Another method is using the oven, also a slow and steady method but requires a little more from you. You want to heat the oven to 245 degrees, cook for about 30 – 40 minutes and stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Now that you know how to use cannabis to make your own cannabis-infused oil and some things to keep in mind when making it, what will you make first? Don’t forget to stop by your local From The Earth dispenser to pick up a few flowers to get your recipe started. With so many strains, flavors, and degree of potency, you’ll be using cannabis oil for every meal!

Is CBD Good for My Dog?

Bone shaped, brown, dog treats and marijuana leaf on white table
Bone shaped, brown, dog treats and marijuana leaf on white table

Do you have a dog who suffers from arthritis or cancer? Maybe your dog has bad anxiety or cowers at the sound of loud noises? You have probably been online and searched for ways to help your furry friend with these issues as well as many others and keep seeing the use of CBD, but just are not sure if it’s really helpful or if it might be harmful. 

Unfortunately, there are no studies to show exactly how CBD oil affects dogs but many doctors and veterinarians have looked into the product to see how it can help them. While many states are still working through the legalization of marijuana, some forms of CBD are legal in most states, so long as they are derived from hemp and not marijuana, or the flower, itself. 

This is being followed by many researchers in states where marijuana has been legalized and research is beginning in many avenues on how it can benefit both humans and animals alike. 

So, is CBD good for your dog? Let’s dive in and see what we can learn about CBD oil and how it can help our K9 friends. 

Hemp vs Marijuana

First off, it’s good to note the big difference between hemp and marijuana. Marijuana is not good for dogs. The THC in marijuana that gives you the psychoactive high can affect humans and dogs. One big problem is that it is hard to figure out dosages and a high dose can be very toxic for dogs. 

With that in mind, be sure to keep all of your marijuana up and out of reach of your dog so that you don’t have the misfortunate mishap of your pet getting into your stash. This could be very harmful for your dog, and we want to make sure we keep them safe and out of harms way. 

Hemp, or the pieces that are not the bud, leaf, or resin, contains CBD and has a much lower THC level at about .3%, so it is non-toxic and non-psychoactive. This makes it a better choice for your fluffy friend.

How CBD Oil Can Help Dogs

Much like CBD oil can help people, it can also do relatively the same thing for dogs. It helps with things like inflammation, sleep, anxiety, mood, metabolism, immune system response, seizures, and more. CBD oil targets receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which both humans and dogs have. This system affects your brain, skin, stomach, heart, and even your mood. This is how CBD helps give balance to you and your dogs body. 

Some dog owners have reported seeing their pets go from not eating anything and sitting in a dark corner of the room all day, and barely moving, to being the jumping, lovable, active pup they were in their prime. In fact, a study by Colorado State University in 2016 of Canna-Pet customers showed that 64% of dog owners felt that hemp products helped their pets either moderately or a great deal. 

While experts strongly suggest using caution while trying CBD oil products with your pets, they understand that it gives many benefits for them with no side effects, aside from being a little drowsy. As with anything new that you try for yourself or your dog, start with a small dose to see how it affects them and gradually increase over time if necessary. Remember that this does not mean CBD oil is a cure-all for any issues your dog might have. Always consult your veterinarian if you see any issues arise with your pet. 

White dog looking at hand holding tincture with CBD oil

What Types of CBD Can I Give My Dog

As with humans, CBD oil comes in many different forms that you can give to your dog. You can find anything from tinctures, capsules, dog treats, and topicals for your furry friend. With CBD being a growing industry, and people seeing the potential and rise for CBD oil for pets, there are many ways you can go about giving your dog the relief they need. 

Before purchasing a CBD product for your pet, keep in mind that not all CBD oils are made equal. Always check the label for these specific things to know you are getting something that will not harm your pet. 

  • Look for third-party testing so that you know the product was lab tested for potency and strength.
  • “Full-spectrum” CBD oil is another key phrase to look out for. This means that this CBD oil contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. 
  • Organically sourced CBD is also a key indicator that you are getting a natural oil without any use of pesticides for growth. 
  • Don’t go for the cheap option. You want to make sure that you are getting a good, high-quality product for your dog that won’t contain anything harmful like pesticides, heavy metals, or herbicides. 
  • Check the analysis of the CBD product. There should always be a certificate from the manufacturer that describes the amount of CBD in the product. You want to look closely at this certificate to make sure that there is little to no THC in the product as that would be harmful for your dog. 

It’s also important to know that hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same thing. Hemp oil that does not state that it contains CBD will not have the same benefits as CBD oil. Always be sure to check the label and it will tell you exactly how much CBD is in the product. The more CBD, the higher the price. 

Conclusion

In the end, whether you decide to use CBD oil for your dog is ultimately up to you. Make sure you do your research and make sure that you are buying the best product for your dog to help them with whatever they may need.

Whether it be for joint pain or anxiety, you can find a CBD product that is perfect for your pet. Always remember to check the label before purchasing any product and make sure that it will be safe for your favorite K9 companion. 

How to Make Marijuana Part of Your Wellness Routine

Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab
Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab

These days everyone is focused on their wellness and well-being. From working out, to practicing mindfulness, and eating healthy, we want to do what’s best for our bodies and stay physically and mentally fit for the days to come. 

But have you ever considered adding cannabis to your wellness routine? Marijuana and wellness can go hand in hand quite easily. You might be asking, what types of marijuana are good for adding to your wellness routine? Just about anything you can think of. Edibles, solubles, topicals, and creams are just a few things you can add. Here are some ways you can incorporate them into your everyday wellness routine. 

Womans hands holding tincture with marijuana leafs around

Adding Marijuana to Your Food or Drink

Some might think this sounds weird, but we are not talking about smoking a blunt and eating snacks. Marijuana tinctures are a simple and easy way to add a little buzz to your beverage. 

In the morning, try adding a few drops from your tincture into your coffee or tea as you start your day. Be sure to have your day in mind and pick a high CBD to THC ratio to help you focus on your tasks and not get stuck on the couch. Having a high CBD ratio will also allow you to destress and concentrate on the tasks at hand. 

Tinctures are always great to have with you as they can be easily added to your routine. Whether you decide to add it to your drink or take it sublingually, you can use it throughout your day to destress and focus.

During the day, if you find yourself stressed and needing a little bit of a pick me up to get you through the afternoon, try a little something with Sativa and a low THC level to help boost creativity and overall well-being. 

Marijuana and Your Work Out

Adding marijuana before, after, or during your daily workout routine can benefit you in many ways. If you like to vape, vaping a blend with a low THC ratio helps to open your mind and help you to even workout a little longer than you typically would as it can have time-altering effects on your brain. Vaping is also easy on your lungs, so they won’t take a hard hit. This is a great idea if you like to practice yoga or tai chi to really open your mind during your workout session. 

If you are a hardcore gym-goer and like to get your blood pumping, try a blend with more CBD and an energy-boosting Sativa. Cannabis is a proven anti-inflammatory agent that can help you to workout longer since your muscles won’t be hurting as quickly as they typically do. It will also help you to recover more quickly once your workout is done so you won’t be too sore and achy after a hard and rigorous workout. 

Marijuana Massage

After that hard workout, you had this afternoon, you might want to lay down and relax. You could probably go for a nice massage to work out your muscles too. Massages can help with a variety of issues from anxiety to headaches. Adding marijuana to your massage is perfect as it helps in aiding these problems you may have as well as helping to aid in better sleep, relieve tension, and more. 

Reach for a cannabis-infused topical to quickly soothe a pain point on your body for fast-acting relief. There are many topicals to choose from like

  • Balms
  • Body Creams
  • Body Oils
  • Bath Bombs
  • Patches

Using a CBD infused topical can help to reduce acute and chronic pain in your joints and muscles and target them for quick relief. They will also help to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation. The benefit of creams and oils is that you can apply them liberally as needed and not get a head high from THC and still receive the relief you need. 

Be wary with the topical you choose, as like any cannabis-infused product, they all have different effects and durations. Patches typically have a higher THC dose and enter your bloodstream for a quickly induced high. While a 1:1 bath bomb will soothe your pain and help you to relax and unwind without too much euphoria that you can still concentrate and get on with your day. 

Young woman meditating in grass in outside open area

Marijuana Mindfulness

Meditation is a perfect way to start your wellness journey. As it is a cornerstone of wellness, practicing meditation can help you to ease your mind and block out stress from a busy and tiring day. Mindfulness meditation is all about focusing your mind and becoming one with your body and soul. Though it may sound hard at first, adding marijuana to your mindfulness meditation will help you to stay focused and quiet your mind. 

Practicing mindfulness meditation with the addition of marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Marijuana helps to broaden your mind and really focus on what is happening. Body mindfulness can be especially euphoric as you focus on the way your body feels. From the top of your head to the tips of your fingers and toes, it’s all about focusing on your senses. Do you have a tingling feeling anywhere, are you touching anything, what is your space like? All of these are even more enhanced with the addition of marijuana as you can really hone in on these feels and focus all of your energy on your senses. 

To help in your meditative mindfulness journey, find a hybrid that can give you full-body properties for all-over relaxation but not too much of a head high that you feel totally sedated and out of it.

Conclusion

As you focus on your wellness and well-being, see how you can add marijuana into your wellness routine. Whether it be from a tincture in your morning coffee or a topical cream as you unwind during the evening, marijuana can help to take the stress out of your day. 

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