How to Bake with Cannabis

Baking with marijuana is growing in popularity. So how do you make cannabutter? What's the impact of consuming versus smoking weed?

From medicinal marijuana to recreational marijuana, its overall usage has gained popularity and a decreased stigma against the plant and its impact on an individual's system. It has been increasingly legalized in many states in the United States and many countries in Europe.

From joints to pot brownies, there are many ways to consume cannabis. Interestingly enough, both methods of consumption lead to different effects on the body in terms of the duration of the high and the breakdown of THC within the body. What bodily functions occur when doing so?

Amidst all the ways users tend to use cannabis, not everyone truly knows how different ways of intake impact how we handle it.

What is cannabis?

Cannabis is a cannabinoid drug and is typically known to be illegal in Australia and legal in many states in the United States and countries in Europe. There are two subsets of the cannabis plant, marijuana and hemp. Not to be confused with hemp, marijuana has a higher concentration of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – this is what gets users high and is commonly used in both recreational and medicinal circumstances. However, hemp has a higher concentration of CBD (Cannabidiol) and is more often used for medicinal purposes (hemp oil for seizures or pain).

Consumption vs Smoking

Cannabis can be used in a plethora of ways, these include:

  • Smoking (Using a joint, spliff, vape or bong)
  • Consumption (Edibles such as brownies, gummy bears etc)

What is the difference between the two? What are their differing effects and why does this happen? 

Consumption

Consuming cannabis is most commonly done by making cannabutter and using this butter in a plethora of recipes – cakes, gummy bears and even pasta! Other ways of consuming cannabis can be done through the use of cannabis oil. 

When consuming cannabis, it is a common experience for it to take longer to absorb into the system, this is due to the longer breakdown of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC breaks down into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more intense and potent in comparison to smoking marijuana. This is because, the higher affinity for CB1 receptors in the brain causes the consumption to be significantly stronger. In turn, this leaves you with an extended high of 5-8 hours – depending on how much you consume in a smaller period of time).

Smoking

Smoking is usually the first image that comes to mind when thinking of marijuana. This is often done using a joint, spliff, vape or bong and is regularly mixed with tobacco when smoked in a joint. 

Smoking cannabis differs greatly from the consumption of cannabis, this is because when a user smokes a joint, it immediately goes to the brain as does oxygen when breathing and inevitably ends up in your bloodstream quicker. Leaving users with an immediate high which is characterised by feeling relaxed, at ease and at times; euphoric. This high lasts for 1-2 hours and enables individuals to gauge how much they intake due to the intensity and immediate nature of the high hitting their system. 

How to: Bake with Cannabis- Brownie edition.

The world's best pot brownies originally found from Greencamp.

Pot brownies have been a symbol of weed edibles for decades and are also one of the most popular cannabis-infused foods ever.Alex Trpkovich, Content Writer from GreenCamp

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups of sugar
  • ¾ cups of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 120grams of cannabis butter (check out our recipe here) 
  • 2 large eggs
  • A bit over ⅓ cup of flour 
  • Extra chocolate of your choice (for the toppings!!) 
  • Oreos (optional for the toppings)

Method:

  1. Make cannabis butter and leave at room temperature (Easier to mix for later!)
  2. Preheat your oven to 162°C (325°F).
  3. Grease your brownie pan with butter and line with baking paper to prevent any sticking.
  4. Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, salt, water and cannabis butter to the mixing bowl. Whisk to blend all the ingredients together.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating them with a whisk (or electric mixer) until the mixture is glossy.
  6. Incorporate flour to the bowl and whisk the entire mixture for about 3 minutes.
  7. Add mixture to greased pan and top with your extra chocolate and oreos!
  8. Bake the mix for about 20-30 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, they're ready.
  9. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them out of your pan.
  10.  Best served immediately with cannabis infused ice cream and enjoy!

Pick your high: Joint or edible

Although both methods of consuming cannabis have the same overall effect, they largely differ in how long you'd prefer to experience your high. Opt out from your usually spliff to a handful of gummy bears or a bowl of cannabis infused pasta!

Looking for a longer, more intensified high? Edibles are a great way to do so, just beware of how much you intake as it's a bit difficult to gauge whether you've had enough or not since they take a little while longer to absorb. On the other hand, if you want a quick hit – a joint is your best friend! Smoking cannabis immediately sends it straight to the brain and circulated around into your bloodstream much quicker. All you need to do is take your pick.

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Catherine Phung
Catherine Phung

Catherine Phung is a full time university student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Marketing at UNSW. Catherine has interests in baking, powerlifting and is venturing into research within the cannabis industry.