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Cooking With Cannabis

Edibles are steadily gaining popularity in North America but are currently illegal for purchase or distribution here in Canada. Until the government adds edibles to the list of what can be sold, making your own is a simple and legal option. Edibles are foods that incorporate cannabis through cooking or baking and can be made at home through a variety of methods, including using traditional dried flower, our Maker’s Mix products or the Emblem Cannabis Oils.

Determining your optimal dose requires careful consideration and guidance from a healthcare professional. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider in order to determine your individual dose before trying these recipes.

Unlike inhaling cannabis, where cannabinoids enter the body through the lungs, edibles introduce cannabinoids through the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in long-lasting and intensified effects. The intensity level varies depending on the dose, the type of cannabis product used, your own body and even how much other food you’ve eaten, as the effects can be stronger on an empty stomach. Depending on how the body metabolizes the cannabis, it can take between 30 minutes and two full hours before the you notice effects. We recommend not consuming more than your initial dose before the entire two-hour window has passed to ensure you don’t over-medicate. The oral consumption of cannabis is one of the strongest ways to take your medical cannabis and it’s very easy to overdo it, especially when just starting out.

We’re breaking down the infusion process into three specific ways to incorporate cannabis into your cooking. Here are your Emblem options:

Dried Flower

When making your own edibles using dried flower, you first have to grind the cannabis flowers and bake them. If you’re making your own canna oil or butter, the recipe always starts with cooking the dried flower in the oven before it can be steeped in the oil. This heating process—whether it happens through a portable vaporizer or your kitchen’s oven—is called decarboxylation. In addition, accessory products like the LEVO and the Magical Butter Maker can help simplify the process.

How To Decarboxylate Dried Flower:

1. Preheat your oven to 110° C (225° F).
2. Break up the cannabis flower into small pieces and place them on a baking sheet or dish lined with parchment paper. They should be close together, but not piled up on top of each other.
3. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on how fresh your dried flower is and your particular oven. When they’re ready they will be a light to medium brown shade and will be crumbly.
4. Once cooled, your dried decarboxylated flower is ready to be transformed into baked goods, canna oil or any other recipes you’d like.

Maker’s Mix

These milled cannabis blend are a fused combination of our high-quality strains, available in three distinct varieties: sativa, indica and hybrid. Each Maker’s Mix blend is already pre-milled into small pieces and decarboxylated. This means when you want to make your own edibles or cannabis-infused topicals, much of the work is already done for you. Instead of having to grind, bake and cool your medical cannabis flower, simply use our Maker’s Mix and you’re ready to start.

Emblem Oils

With an easy and more precise dosage method, medical cannabis oils are ideal for oral consumption. However, they can be just as effortlessly added to what you’re eating. Because our extraction process includes decarboxylation, there is no need to decarb the oil on your own before cooking like you have to with dried flower. This means you can just add the oil to basically anything without any fuss or extra time. To add your oil into a food, simply measure your dosage as you normally would do with the syringe and add that specific amount to your recipe. If you’re cooking for one, you only need one dose. If you’re making a large batch, multiple your single dose by how many servings you are creating. (For example, if you’re making a dozen brownies you’ll want to add twelve times your single-use dose.) Ensure you mix thoroughly to distribute your medical cannabis evenly throughout your recipe.

Tips For Safe Edible Use

• Dosing remains highly individualized and varies according to your symptoms and strength of the cannabis strain being used.
• As a general rule, try and maintain easily understood ratios between amounts of cannabis and butter or oil being infused. If your infused oil or butter is particularly strong, consider using only half infused and half non-infused, or whichever ratio works best for your specific needs.
• It’s incredibly important to keep your edibles out of reach of children, pets or anyone else in your household who should not be using them. Make sure your edibles are properly marked and stashed safely away.
• We said it above, and we’ll said it again. It is important to remember to always “start low and go slow.” It may take between 30 minutes and two full hours before the you notice effects.

Canna Ginger Cookies
Makes 24 Cookies

Perfecting the ultimate balance between sweet and spicy, ginger cookies have long been a wintertime favourite. If you’re using cannabis infused butter, make the recipe as is. However, if you’re adding your cannabis oil directly, you may want to slightly reduce the amount of (non-infused) butter you are using to maintain the correct amount of moisture. This recipe makes two dozen medium-sized cookies, so you’ll need to add that many doses of oil during the butter and molasses stage. All of the spice amounts here can be reduced or increased based on your preference. If you don’t have all of these spices on hand, using a pre-blended pumpkin pie spice will work almost as well (maybe with a little extra ground ginger added for good measure).

Ingredients
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup cannabis infused butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground clover
½ teaspoon allspice
Cinnamon sugar (mixture of ½ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon)

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 177° C (350° F).
2. In a small saucepan, melt your butter (infused or non-infused) over low heat before mixing in the molasses.
3. Add in the brown sugar and cannabis oil if you are using it. Stir well and turn off the heat. Pour into a mixing bowl.
4. Sift together your dry ingredients before gradually adding them to the sugar and butter mixture using a mixer to thoroughly blend.
5. To ensure the proper number of cookies, separate the mixture into halves and then into halves again. If you want to get specific, you can weigh your dough sections to make sure the amounts are even. Once you have quartered your dough, you’ll make six dough balls with each for a total of 24.
6. Roll each dough ball into the cinnamon sugar and place on a cookie sheet, with 12 cookies total on each sheet.
7. Bake the cookies until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, approximately 10 minutes.
8. Cool the ginger cookies and store in a labeled, air tight container, safely away from children.

Other Safety Tips:
Dosing remains highly individualized and varies according to your symptoms and strength of the cannabis strain being used. As a general rule, try and maintain easily understood ratios between amounts of cannabis and butter or oil being infused. If your infused oil or butter is particularly strong, consider using only half infused and half non-infused, or whichever ratio works best for your specific needs. It’s incredibly important to keep your edibles out of reach of children or anyone else in your household who should not be using them. Make sure your edibles are properly marked and stashed safely away.
It is important to remember to always “start low and go slow.”
Determining your optimal dose requires careful consideration and guidance from a healthcare professional. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider in order to determine your individual dose.