How to Bake with Cannabis

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Are you new to baking gluten free recipes with cannabis or marijuana? Start here!

If you are a seasoned pro and know how to bake with cannabis, scroll through to “sharpen your knife” or …

How do you cook with weed?

Baking infused gluten free recipes can be incredibly daunting. Not only are you trying to infuse your recipes with CBD or THC, you are baking them gluten-free also, which adds another level of difficulty.

Have no fear! I am going to break down how to bake with cannabis for you. If you have any questions I haven’t answered, please ask in a comment below and I’ll answer them, and add them to this page.

How do you infuse gluten free baked goods with cannabis?

Infusing gluten free cookies and brownies with CBD or THC is much easier than you may think. While you can infuse many difference substances with cannabis, we are going to stick to the easiest, and most accessible marijuana infusion methods as we learn how to bake with marijuana.

  • CBD or THC Distillate
  • CBD or THC Infused Oil or Butter

Infusing Gluten Free Recipes with Distillate THC or CBD

The easiest method for starting out is to use a purchased CBD or THC distillate and add it directly to your recipe. Some Distillates are water soluble, which means you can very easily dissolve them in whatever liquid you are using in your recipe (milk, water, etc.)

THC distillate in a brown glass tincture bottle laying on a white background on top of marijuana leaves

Some THC Distillates may still need to be dissolved in oil. Just mix them with the oil in your recipe until evenly blended (you may need to gently heat it, to melt your TCH concentrate), and then add it to your recipe.

You should be able to get directions from your dispensary, or from the packaging of your distillate for the best way to dissolve your distillate before adding to your “baked” baked goods.

Pros of using CBD or THC Distillate

  • Exact dosing. Your distillate should be tested so you’ll know exactly how much CBD or THC you are adding to your gluten free cannabis recipe. No guessing or calculators.
  • Less work. You don’t have to decarb your cannabis, grind it, or infuse it in oil.
  • Water-soluble. Some distillates, like Ripple, are water-soluble which means you can dissolved them in whatever liquid is in your recipe. This means you can add some THC to your grandma’s famous gluten free red velvet cake, without adjusting the recipe.
  • No “weed” taste. If you aren’t a huge fan of cannabis’ herb flavors (yet) then concentrated CBD or THC Distillates may be a good fit for you because they often don’t have terpenes (the herby marijuana flavors).
  • No “weed” smell. We all have neighbors. If you are flying under the radar, then distillate is a way to not alert any noses about what you are baking.

My favorite THC distillate is Ripple. I get my CBD distillate from a local CBD store.

Cons of using CBD or THC distillate

  • Can be more expensive if you are making CBD or THC infused gluten free treats often.
  • No terpenes, or cannabis flavor, which is a con if you love the different terpene aromas and they are something you enjoy.

Infusing Gluten Free Recipes with CBD or THC Infused Oil or Butter

While distillate may not be as readily available, depending on the dispensaries in your area, flower or hash may be more readily available.

open glass jar of marijuana on a countertop beside a pair of tongs, with a scale for weighing weed in the foreground

Making your own cannabis infused coconut oil to bake with is easy, and you can do it without smelling up your entire neighborhood.

You can also purchase marijuana infused coconut oil or cannabutter at some dispensaries.

Dried weed on a scale to weigh before baking with cannabis

Pros of using cannabis infused oil or cannabutter

  • Making your own cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter may be less expensive.
  • You can control the flavor of your THC infused coconut oil by picking your favorite marijuana strains.
  • Cannabis herb flavor, if that is your thing.

Cons of using cannabutter or cannabis infused coconut oil

  • It can be a bit of a process to make your own cannabutter or marijuana infused oil. It takes at least a few hours, even if you use an easy, simplified method.
  • Making your own cannabutter can smell up your house! I’ve developed a low-smell method using quart-sized canning jars, but some small amount of smell is inevitable.
  • Has cannabis terpenes or the distinct “weed” flavor, if that isn’t your thing.
  • The amount of THC and CBD you extract into your oil or butter can vary vastly, which can make dosing more difficult. Use a THC Calculator to take out some of the guesswork, and always take a small amount first to test its effect on your body.

Choose your THC or CBD

Now that you know how to bake with cannabis, and all the different ways you can infuse your gluten free cannabis treats, you can choose how to infuse.

Most of the recipes on this site use infused cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter because while there are some time-related cons, it uses the most readily available ingredients.

I’ll note in each recipe which kinds of distillates or concentrates you can use instead of infused coconut oil and how you’d use them, so you know all your options.

I’ll also note in each recipe how the cannabis flavor, AKA terpenes play with the other flavors in the recipe.

In some recipes, like gluten free weed brownies, the marijuana terpene flavors aren’t as strong because of the other ingredients they are baked with. The chocolate overtakes the terpenes, so the cannabis flavor is subtle.

In other recipes, like gluten free weed chocolate chip cookies, the terpenes have a chance to shine through because the entire cookie isn’t chocolate.

Before you bake and get baked…

I have one very important thing to remind you of before you jump into making your first gluten free weed recipe:

With any cannabis infused recipe, it is very important to mix your batter thoroughly, and measure your ingredients and serving sizes carefully so you have better control of the THC dosage. Please try eating one serving and then wait an hour or two to see how it affects you before eating more.

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