Before you tackle your next baking project, or try baking edibles for the first time, it's important to know the different options you have when it comes to cooking and baking with cannabis. You can purchase your own flower and make the perfect cannabutter at home, but if you're worried about smell, you may want to explore a different, more discrete, option.
Whether you share kitchen space with roommates or you'd prefer to spare your favorite cookware from a cannabutter mishap, there are a lot of advantages to baking with distillate. Find out more about some techniques for cooking with cannabis concentrate and how you can make edibles with distillate right at home.
Before you can roll up your sleeves and bake a batch of brownies, it's important to understand what cannabis distillate is and how it should be handled when cooking.
A distillate is a molecularly pure concentrate created through the process of distillation. In the case of cannabis specifically, the distillation process isolates cannabinoids, like THC or CBD, into a highly concentrated substance which can be used for a variety of purposes.
In addition to high levels of cannabinoids, one of the reasons cannabis users are baking with distillate more and more is due to the concentrate's versatility. Unlike cannabutter, which can often have remnants of plant matter, cannabis distillate is purely composed of cannabinoids, meaning you have a lot more control over the dose you add to cookie batter or drip on a batch as it cools.
One of the main reasons cannabis has such a distinct smell and even taste is due to the presence of organic compounds called terpenes. When cannabis is distilled for the purpose of isolating THC, non-essential compounds like CBD and terpenes also get removed and this removes the skunky, plant-like smell and taste that is often associated with certain strains.
Because distillate has no detectable taste and smell, it is very versatile and pairs nicely with just about anything. You can bake it into a batch of brownies or even add it to your favorite entree for dinner. You'll still get the therapeutic effects of THC without the distinct taste.
When baking with distillate, a lot goes a long way. Unlike cannabutter, you can use a relatively small amount of distillate in your batter and get the same effect as a recommended serving of cannabutter depending on the size of your batch of edibles. This means cooking and baking with distillate will save you trips to the distillery and could potentially save you money.
Now, let's get to the real reason we're all here: how to make distillate infused edibles. Interestingly enough, the answer to this riddle is a little anticlimactic--that's really how easy it is. Once you purchase your concentrate, it's really as simple as adding the distillate to your edible batter and baking at a low, consistent temperature. See our breakdown for making distillate infused edibles below:
While adding distillate to the batter will ensure that your cannabinoids are thoroughly integrated into your baked goods, this isn't the only way to bake with distillate. You can also get creative with your concentrate and stir a few drops into your frosting and spread that over your treats instead. This will keep clean up minimal, and you'll still be able to enjoy the effects of cannabinoids in your favorite baked goods.
Making edibles with distillate is a great solution for anyone living with roommates or for the seasoned cannabis user that doesn't happen to have any Cannabolish Odor Removing Spray at hand. To find more tips like these or to stay up-to-date on cannabis industry news, sign up for the 421 Club Newsletter and look for Cannabolish in stores near you.