If you’ve spent any time in a dispensary, you’ve no doubt come across a myriad of tasty edibles. From the classic brownie to gourmet chocolate to candies and more, there’s a flavor and product type for almost everyone. Did you know that you can make edibles at home, too? The typical process requires decarboxylating buds and infusing butter or oil before cooking, but not everyone has the time for all of that. You can make all kinds of delicious infused recipes at home by cooking with tincture.
What’s a Tincture?
A tincture is a liquid cannabis extract. Most involve soaking plant matter in alcohol to pull out beneficial cannabinoids. When complete, manufacturers discard the plant bits and bottle the liquid. Some tinctures use glycerin or an oil such as olive or coconut. These products are ready-to-use as manufacturers decarboxylate the plant first, a process that activates the cannabinoids.
Ways to Add a Tincture to Your Favorite Recipes
When it comes to cooking with a tincture, your options are practically limitless. Even so, tinctures do lend themselves to some recipes better than others, especially if they’re alcohol-based.
One of the easiest ways to cook with a cannabis tincture is to buy one from the dispensary. It’s ready to go as soon as you’re ready to cook. Now, you can make a homemade tincture if you so choose, but doing so will require some time.
Alcohol-based tinctures lend themselves particularly well to infused candies such as gummies and lollipops. You can also add them to different types of beverages. They work well in coffee and tea, especially if you add a splash of milk or cream.
If you’re looking to add your tincture to a favorite recipe, you have a few options. One is to drop your dose into a soup or stew right at the end of the cooking process or directly into your bowl after you’ve dished it out. Either way, be sure to mix it well. You can do the same with a sauce or dressing. It’s really that easy!
Benefits of Cooking with a Tincture
There are several benefits of cooking with a tincture:
It doesn’t get much easier than dropping your dose right into your food. Whether you’re adding it at the end of the cooking process, mixing it into your bowl before you eat, or whisking it into a dressing, there’s no real extra work that you need to do.
Your dose is in your food. Unless you say something, no one will know it’s there.
It Gives You Longer-Lasting Results
While it takes longer to feel anything when you eat it versus applying it under your tongue, the effects of your dose will last a bit longer.
It Allows for Precise Dosing
Tinctures are one of the most accurate dosing methods around. You know exactly how much you put in, so you know exactly how much you’re getting.
Combine your love of cooking with your love of cannabis and infuse some of your favorite homemade recipes. Not only will you get your dose of cannabinoids, but you’ll get to do it in a flavorful, enjoyable way. With a cannabis tincture, there are hardly any extra steps to your cooking routine, allowing you to incorporate the liquid into your favorite recipes with ease.