The Rise of Gourmet Cooking with Marijuana: Getting the Basics Right

Gourmet Cooking with Marijuana

Cannabis edibles are more popular than ever. From weed starters to pot mains and ganja desserts, anyone can start cooking with marijuana at home. Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of the Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, is now printing her second edition for hungry edible enthusiasts. With more than 100 gourmet marijuana recipes inside, she also offers an online cannabis-cooking course.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Lawrence is just one of many entrepreneurs finding success in the multibillion-dollar legal cannabis industry. Unlike others selling already baked foods, such as cookies, gummies, and brownies, she is showing people how to make it themselves, from the comfort of home. Every dish in her book contains marijuana, and without exception, they will all get you high.

Since releasing the Cannabis Kitchen back in September last year, Lawrence has been demonstrating her cooking skills at arranged retreats and hotels. She even filmed her four-part online course. Called “Cooking with Cannabis: The Fundamentals,” it has been available online through the Green Flower Media Academy to anyone older than 21-years since April this year.

Cooking with Marijuana at Home

Lawrence covers all the basics in her book and online course. Readers and viewers learn the why, who, and how of cooking with cannabis, and she pays particular focus on correct dosages and safety. The course is available across the United States, but it would be wise to exercise extreme caution when cannabis cooking in an illegal state.

Buying marijuana edibles online is expensive. Most legitimate patients struggle to afford them and opt for cheaper options instead, such as oils and flowers. However, cannabis cooking is very affordable if you do it from your own kitchen, but there are some general rules to know before you start. You cannot just throw a bunch of buds into the pot, as it will not work and you will not feel anything.


The trick to success when making cannabis edibles to create your infusions beforehand. This is what you use in your recipes, and if you do it the right way, it will be a potent dish indeed. A simple online search will return hundreds of weed recipes for you to try, but the vast majorities are unhealthy junk foods. If you know how to make a base infusion, then you can add it to any gourmet dish you can think of.

Become a Cannabis Cooking Expert

The Cannabis Kitchen covers every recipe type imaginable. There are breakfasts and juices, appetizers and entrees, cocktails and desserts, salads and side dishes, rice plates and pasta bowls, and plenty of delicious main courses. What is most important; however, are the systematic instructions. You will need to know exactly how to extract and infuse cannabis, and how to prepare butters and oils.

All that you need to turn any dish into a potent cannabis delight is a base tincture. Most people infuse oil and butter, as they are the most common ingredients used in almost all recipes. This is how to do it:

Cannabis Butter


making cannabis butter

Butter is the best medium to use for cannabis cooking. You need it to make most cakes and desserts, and you can even use it instead of oil in your frying pan. This canna-butter recipe makes approximately two cups, and THC levels per cup can be as high as 70 milligrams. This is potent, so you do not need to add much to your dishes. It is sufficient to get whoever eats it high.

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What You Need

  • Airtight Storage Jars
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • 2 Cups Water
  • ½ Ounce Marijuana, finely ground
  • ½ Pound Butter


  • Combine water and marijuana in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
    Simmer for one hour.
  • Ensure there are two cups of water, so add more if moisture reduces.
  • Take off heat, cover, and let cool for approximately two hours, or to room temperature.
  • Return to heat and add butter.
  • Allow to simmer for another hour.
  • Cover and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, return saucepan to heat and bring it to simmer again.
  • Stir well.
  • Remove from stove, cover, and cool to room temperature.
  • Use cheesecloth to line your strainer and place over a measuring cup, bowl, or wide-mouth jar.
  • Strain mixture by pouring butter through strainer.
  • Squeeze every drop of oil from the cheesecloth, twisting as necessary.
  • Throw cannabis bits into your composting setup.
  • Pour butter into an airtight container.
  • Leave in the refrigerator overnight. Butter and water will separate.
  • On the third morning, loosen butter by running a knife along the container’s edges.
  • Using the knife, remove butter from the water.
  • Reline the strainer with fresh cheesecloth and strain remaining butter as before.
  • Place canna-butter in airtight containers, label them, and keep refrigerated for no longer than two months. You can also freeze it, in which case it will last six months or more.

Cannabis Oil

making cannabis oil

Using oil instead of butter is just as effective, and more useful for salad dishes and many home-cooked meals. This cannabis oil recipe makes roughly a quarter-cup. Be warned, however: THC levels are exceptionally high. Some canna-oil recipes contain as much as 284 milligrams of THC, which means some extremely stoned dinner guests.

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What You Need

  • Cheesecloth
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Coffee Grinder
  • ¼ Cup Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ Ounce Cured Cannabis Flowers, finely ground


  • Grind marijuana in coffee grinder until powdered.
  • Weed will stick to the inside of the grinder, so be thorough about scraping it out. Do not lick the spoon, as that goo is especially potent.
  • Pour oil into a large, shallow saucepan or frying pan.
  • Simmer on low heat for 10 or 20 minutes, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove saucepan from stove and allow cooling.
  • Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and cover a measuring cup, bowl or wide-mouth jar with it.
  • Stain mixture through cheesecloth and squeeze every drop of oil out.
  • Throw cannabis remains onto your compost heap.
  • Use immediately, or pour oil into a corked or lidded glass jar.
    Label and date your oil.
  • Store in a cool, dry area. The oil will last as long as a year there.

Making Cannabis Edibles

The THC levels mentioned in these recipes may not be entirely accurate. Calculations used assume the strain contains at least 10 percent THC, which is universally standard. However, many strains contain significantly higher THC concentrations, and naturally, potency will be even stronger in these strains. Use these calculations solely to compare, as a strain’s actual potency determines how it will affect you.

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Comments (2)

  1. Avatar for Masche taz Masche taz August 19, 2017 / 10:04 pm / Reply

    Great !!! I am excited to get on this. Going to try tomorrow

  2. Avatar for ja valja ja valja August 20, 2017 / 10:34 am / Reply

    Looks Good. I am interested

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