4 Healthy Cannabis Edible Recipes You Need to Try
In the US, about 16 percent of cannabis users have tried edibles at some point. Cannabis edibles offer users all the benefits of cannabinoids, like THC, without smoking. Even though cannabis is safe, combusting it in pipes to smoke may hurt your lungs.
Health-conscious cannabis users prefer edibles. The problem is, most edibles on the market are packed with sugar and preservatives.
Sweet edibles make sense because sugar covers the sometimes bitter cannabis flavor. The sugary choices leave dieting cannabis users out in the cold, though.
Take matters into your own hands and make healthy cannabis edibles at home. Once you master the first step, you can create any kind of cannabis edibles you desire.
Where to Start on Your Cannabis Edible Journey
To use cannabis for cooking and baking, infuse it into something fatty. Without fat molecules to cling to, the THC and other cannabinoids won't fully infuse. The good news is, you don't need a lot of infused oil or butter for a pleasant high.
Fats that work well with cannabis:
- Coconut oil
- MCT oil
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
- Bacon fat
- Avocado oil
What fat base you use depends on the healthy cannabis edible recipe you're cooking. Cannabis butter is a popular staple for frequent cannabis bakers.
If you don't plan to cook with cannabis often, oil might be a better choice. Most edible cannabis oils stay shelf-stable for two months.
How to Make Edible Cannabis Oil
Your cooking vessel is the secret to successful cannabis oil. Infusing the oil over direct heat can burn off the THC. Instead, find a double boiler or temperature-controlled slow cooker.
You will also need:
- Roughly-ground cannabis
- Large metal bowl
- Clean oil jar for storage
Combine equal parts of cannabis and oil in your cooking vessel of choice. Heat the oil on low and let it infuse for six hours. Keep the infusion under 245F or the cannabis will scorch.
When it's time, put the strainer over the bowl and line it with cheesecloth. Pour the oil through the strainer and let it sit for a few minutes. Don't squeeze the cheese cloth into the bowl or the oil will turn bitter.
Hummus offers a tasty alternative to dip for health-conscious people. Spice up your afternoon snack by adding edible cannabis oil to your hummus.
Ingredients and tools you'll need:
- 1 1/2 cups canned chickpeas
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons of cannabis oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 to 8 tablespoons cold water
- Serving bowl
To prepare the hummus, put everything in a blender, but only add half of the water. Blend the ingredients for two minutes and check the texture. If you want thinner hummus, add water a tablespoon at a time, then blend.
Spoon the hummus into the serving bowl. You can add a little cannabis oil and roasted pine nuts on top to dress it up.
Greek Style Lamb Meatballs With a Cannabis Twist
Yes, cannabis oil works in meatballs, too. The trick is baking your meatballs instead of frying them. Frying will burn off the THC, even if it's inside the meatball.
For this recipe you'll need:
- 2 pounds ground lamb
- 1 red onion, grated
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of cannabis oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Baking sheet
- Pan spray
- Mixing bowl
Preheat your oven at 350F and coat the baking sheet with pan spray. A thin coat of olive oil on the pan works, as well.
Making lamb meatballs takes four easy steps:
- Combine everything except the flour in the bowl and mix by hand
- Measure out walnut-sized meatballs and roll them so they stay together
- Dredge the meatballs in flour and place on the baking sheet
- Bake the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes or until they reach over 145F inside
These Greek-style meatballs pair well with the cannabis hummus as a starter. Serve your cannabis meatballs over pilaf to turn them into the main dish.
Pesto with Edible Cannabis Oil
The best healthy cannabis edible recipes use no cooking at all. If you've got seven minutes and a blender, you can create a perfect pasta sauce.
Be careful with this recipe. Too much THC causes anxiety and raises blood pressure.
What you need to make cannabis pesto:
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup cannabis oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
- Food processor or blender
In the blender, combine everything except the oils and cheese. Pulse the blender to mince the ingredients. Once it's ready, combine the oils and drizzle them into the running blender.
Finish the pesto with the cheese and blend it for another 10 seconds. Serve the pesto on penne pasta topped with more cheese. To mix things up, use the pesto as a pizza sauce.
Indulge in a Low Sugar Cannabis Carrot Cake
Every good cannabis meal needs dessert, but that dessert doesn't need to be pure sugar. Carrot cake uses the sugar from carrots to replace some of the white sugar.
Everything you need to make cannabis carrot cake:
- 1/4 pound carrots, grated
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup yogurt, plain
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup equivalent of your favorite sugar alternative
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
- 3 tablespoons of cannabis oil
- 2 bowls
- Hand mixer
Preheat the oven at 350F and lightly grease an eight-inch cake pan. This recipe also makes great cupcakes.
Making the carrot cake:
- Sift together dry ingredients
- Beat eggs, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and orange zest together
- Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
- Fold in the carrots
- Pour into the cake pan
Bake your carrot cake for around 40 minutes. If you put a toothpick in the middle, it should come out clean. Let the cake cool and frost with buttercream.
It's Time to Grab Everything You Need to Make These Healthy Cannabis Edible Recipes
Before making any healthy cannabis edible recipes, you need cannabis. Many first-time edible makers pick strains they enjoy smoking.
You can also try buying strains with flavors that compliment your recipes. Your local Origins budtender will be able to help pick the ideal strains.
Browse our store to see how each strain we carry works with your lifestyle. You might find a new favorite strain today.