The world of cannabis edibles is continually expanding, and there is no shortage of cannabis companies creating delicious edibles. But did you know that some of the best cannabis-infused foods and beverages can come right out of your own kitchen? While cooking with cannabis oils and butter has been the go-to method for cooking canna-infused food, tinctures are gaining popularity in the cannabis kitchen. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of cooking with cannabis and dive into how to use tinctures in your culinary adventures.
The Basics of Cooking with Cannabis
To cook with cannabis, you must use a cannabis product that has been decarboxylated. If you ingest flower as-is, you won’t get the effect you are looking for. Why? Because the process of decarboxylation is what activates the cannabinoids in cannabis.
If you’re smoking, vaping, or dabbing, the heat you put to the product does the job for you. But if you are cooking, you need to use a product that’s already been decarboxylated. Things like cannabutter and canna-oil have gone through the process of decarboxylation, and tinctures are created with cannabis that has been decarboxylated. That’s why you can successfully cook with any of these products.
Now that you understand the basics let’s focus on cooking with cannabis tinctures.
Cooking with Cannabis Tinctures
So, what do you need to know about cannabis tinctures when it comes to cooking? Cannabis tinctures are created with a different process than cannabis oil or butter. Canna-oils and butter are created by extracting the cannabinoids into a fat. Because cannabinoids like THC are fat-soluble, these types of products have a high bioavailability, and you’ll absorb a large amount of the cannabinoids.
Tinctures, on the other hand, are extracted into high-grade alcohol. This makes them an ideal choice for things like infused candy recipes like THC gummies or lollipops. Tinctures are also a popular choice for THC infused beverages.
Benefits of Cooking with Cannabis Tinctures
The biggest benefit of cooking with cannabis tinctures is simplicity. You can add them to just about any food or drink, which isn’t the case with cannabis oils or butter. I mean, who wants greasy candy and cocktails, right? You can add a tincture to anything you’d like, including juices, soups, ice cream, salad dressing, and even mashed potatoes and gravy. They give you the freedom to be as creative as you want to be!
Another added benefit of cooking with tinctures is precision. With a tincture, you can measure out the exact amount of THC down to the droplet. This is a much more difficult feat with canna-butter.
Other Things to Consider
Remember that ingesting a tincture will work differently than using it sublingually (under the tough). When you use a tincture sublingually, it will absorb straight into your bloodstream within about 15 minutes. When you eat a tincture, it has to pass through your digestive tract where the cannabinoids have to pass through your liver.
Because of the longer process, the onset could take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. You’ll also lose a little bit of potency from ingesting a tincture rather than using it sublingually. That means the number of drops you put under your tongue will have different effects than when you add them to food. But with a little experimentation, you’ll find your sweet spot for cooking with tinctures.
Now that you know the ins and outs of cooking with tinctures, it’s time to give us a visit at Green Goddess. We’ve got a wide selection of tinctures that you can have fun in your kitchen. Our friendly staff will help you choose one that will work for your goals!