In the Kitchen With Mary Jane: Cooking with Delta-8 THC

People have been making cannabis-infused edibles for centuries now, dating back all the way to 10th century India and “bhang,” a cannabis-derived beverage that is traditionally distributed during the spring festival of Maha Shivaratri and Holi. Since then, people have combined their favorite green herb with practically any type of food or drink they desire, both for the sake of a buzz and to enjoy the many health benefits offered by cannabis.

Delta-8 THC might not have the same tradition, yet it is just as viable an option for making edibles as its sister compound Delta-9 THC. But how do you cook with Delta-8 and what kind of edibles can you make with it?

Can You Cook With Delta-8?

Absolutely! Delta-8 THC is almost identical to Delta-9 THC, and people use the latter to make edibles all the time. The only major difference is that Delta-8 offers a less intense high, which can actually be a positive with edibles since they tend to hit people a little harder than just smoking or vaping. Not only are there a number of Delta-8-infused edibles on the market (including Delta Ape’s own gummy candy), but you can make your own as well.

You don’t need to be an expert chef to make your own edibles either. While you can get fancy if you’re cooking skills are up to the task, if you can follow the directions on a boxed cake mix, then you can make your own Delta-8 THC edibles. The key thing that you have to be on top of is dosing. To do this, simply multiply the serving size of the product by the number of portions you plan to make. So if you’re planning on making a tray of 10 brownies, simply add 10 doses worth of Delta-8 extract to the mix. That way, each one will have a standard dose of Delta-8 THC.

What Can You Make With Delta-8?

Just like with Delta-9 THC, you can make practically anything into a Delta-8 edible. The easiest way is to use a Delta-8 distillate, either by itself or mixed with an oil or butter. Also remember that cannabis compounds naturally bond with fats, so it’s a good idea to take your Delta-8 THC with fatty meals to optimize its effectiveness. Some of the foods that pair well with Delta-8 THC include:

Breakfast foods

  • Buttered Toast
  • Coffee
  • Full-Fat Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Omelets
  • Smoothies

Lunch foods

  • Cooked Salmon
  • Green Salads (w/ High-Fat Dressings)
  • Pizza and Flatbreads
  • Pot Pies
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tuna, Chicken, or Egg Salad

Dinner foods

  • Chili
  • Creamy Risotto
  • Cured Meats
  • Gravy & Stuffing
  • Sauces & Condiments
  • Tacos & Burritos

Desserts

  • Baklava
  • Brownies
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies

These are just suggestions though. Outside of low-fat foods or ones that might get soggy when the extract is applied, the only foods we’d suggest avoiding when making edibles would be anything that requires a specific amount of liquid for texture or thickness, as it could prove difficult to match.

Eating Responsibly

Something that’s important for first-timers to know is that cannabis-infused edibles tend to hit people a bit differently than smoking or vaping. When you inhale marijuana smoke, cannabinoids are absorbed into your bloodstream, which produces a nearly immediate effect. However, when you ingest marijuana, the THC needs to be processed by your liver. The result is that it will often take much longer before you experience any noticeable effects, but when you do, they will be far more intense than with most other methods for enjoying cannabis.

It can be difficult to say exactly how long it will take before you feel the effects, as it can vary based on a number of factors, such as weight, diet, metabolism, and overall tolerance to cannabis. Additionally, certain types of edibles take longer to kick in than others, especially gummies, cookies, and brownies. Meanwhile, products like lozenges, gum, and lollipops tend to take effect far more quickly, as the THC is absorbed through the mucus membranes of the mouth rather than having to be ingested.

The general rule of thumb with edibles of any kind is to START SLOW. The most common mistake that people make trying edibles is that they’ll eat a little, not feeling anything, then keep on eating until it finally takes effect, after which point, they’ve eaten way too much and are on their way to a bad trip. Instead of getting impatient, start small and only eat more if it’s been at least 60 to 90 minutes since you started.

At the end of the day, edibles are something that will come down to your own limits and personal preferences. Some people might not enjoy the strong “body high” that you typically get with edibles, while others might just be picky about which foods to pair with Delta-8 THC. But while they might not be for everyone, Delta-8 edibles can be a fun way to experiment with cannabis and have a unique experience.

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