Updated on January 17, 2021.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Bet your mother-in-law didn’t think you would be using your Instant Pot to decarboxylate your weed. If you have been cooking edibles for a while, you know that something happens whenever you decarboxylate your cannabis. Your lightly toasted weed can make your whole kitchen (or house) smell like a café in Amsterdam.
You have your medical card. Or you live in a state where cannabis is legalized for adult-use or recreational. But that doesn’t mean that you want to advertise that you have weed at home. The smell of marijuana wafting out your windows could invite some nosey questions. Or other problems.
Cooking with cannabis can be a lot of fun. A lot of natural fruits, vegetables, and herbs are rich in terpenes. When combined in a great recipe with cannabis-infused butter, or oils, it can multiply the psychoactive effects.
Edible cannabis produces a different kind of ‘body high’ compared to other methods of intake. And of course, it depends on the profile of cannabis you are using in your recipes. One of the best parts of cooking with cannabis is that the analgesic effects (for people with chronic pain) can provide relief for up to eight hours. If inflammation is a problem for you, ask your dispensary about high CBD strains, which may help.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis in Your Instant Pot
Did you know that you can avoid the aromatic problem of decarboxylating weed by using your Instant Pot? It is easy too. All you need is your cannabis, a glass mason jar (with a sealable metal lid), and your Instant Pot.
Hand cut or use your marijuana grinder to break up the cannabis into small pieces.
Place your herb in the mason jar, putting the ring and the lid on, and close tightly.
Put the sealed jar into your Instant Pot, and then fill with water to about 50% of the jar’s height.
Close the lid to your Instant Pot and cook on high for approximately 40 minutes.
Release the steam and pressure when the timer goes off. Then, remove the jar (use oven mitts) and let the jar cool before opening.
Some cannabis chefs have said this is the easiest and least wasteful way to decarboxylate cannabis. And, of course, with the sealed jar, the smell of the activated marijuana is reduced to almost nothing. The process is so easy that you may be thinking about big batch decarboxylating your cannabis for making edibles. But since it takes only 40 minutes, many people decarb only the amount they need to cook or make edibles that day.
Cannabis Recipe Ideas for Your Instant Pot
Now that you have your mason jar with decarboxylated cannabis ready to go, what kind of recipes can you use to experiment with?Among all the recipes you might be searching for online to try with your Instant Pot, the cannabis-infused ones may be most beneficial for symptom management. Check out some of these great ideas to use your Instant Pot to create some new snacks, sauces, and meals.
THC-Infused Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a superfood for a variety of reasons. There are many evidence-based studies that support the use of coconut oil for cooking because of the wellness benefits. Coconut oil has something that people who follow the keto diet love; MCT. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are easier to digest and are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. They are a fast and healthy energy boost (which can also reduce cravings for carbohydrate energy sources).
Some of the other benefits of coconut oil (thanks to natural MCTs) include:
Stronger hair and nails
Help reduce dental decay
Can help raise HDL (good cholesterol)
May help reduce fat deposits in the abdominal area
Some studies have also suggested that coconut oil may help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. The ketogenic diet, which is high in healthy fats, has been recommended for adults and children with epilepsy. However, researchers are still trying to figure out how it works.
When you create a THC infused coconut oil, you can store it in the fridge and use it the same way you would use other cooking oils. That means for frying, baking, or in salad dressings or marinades. But as a healthier alternative to high cholesterol fatty oils. Check out this recipe from wakeandbake.co.
On your toast? Check! Before you make your famous scrambled eggs? Yep. And you can also use THC-infused cannabutter in any recipe that calls for butter. Just make sure you label your ‘buzz butter’ in the kitchen so that your partner doesn’t get an extra special ‘surprise’ in their bulletproof coffee.
Where else can you use cannabutter?
On top of popcorn for an evening snack
Chicken ‘pot’ pie
On top of grilled meats like chicken or steak
In baked desserts
Corn on the cob (seriously, try it)
Remember, if you live with children in your home, to label the container off-limits. Put it at the very back of the fridge to prevent accident use. And while some people prefer to keep their butter on the counter at room temperature, you should refrigerate your cannabutter to prevent it from going rancid.
Follow this cannabutter Instant Pot recipe from High Times.
Entrees for Infused Instant Pot Dinner Ideas
Beyond snacks, salad dressings, and cooking oils, your Instant Pot can prepare all kinds of psychoactive entrees. One of the cool things about using an Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) is how easily flavors penetrate the meat. So, unlike other conventional methods where spices and sauces stay outside the meat, Instant Pot cooking provides a more thorough diffusion of flavor. And it keeps the meat tender too.
1. Cannabis-Infused Honey Garlic Chicken
This recipe requires cannabis-infused honey. Check out this easy recipe from Honest Marijuana to make your own. The rest of the ingredients are economical (parsley, cloves, soy sauce, garlic, and a few other staples you may already have).
This is one of those easy, almost no-mess recipes that you can just mix up and throw together in your Instant Pot. Set the timer and forget it until it’s time to eat. You may want to pair it with some fresh salad with a cannabis-infused coconut oil dressing).
2. Instant Pot ‘Crack Chicken’ Recipe
A recipe that may be one of the most popular Instant Pot recipes out there. Replace the cooking oil with your THC-infused coconut oil for this recipe. You can also mix your decarboxylated cannabis with the ranch dressing to add an extra dose or two for your meal.
Get the recipe from one of our favorite food bloggers, Katerina, on Diet Hood.
3. Pot Infused Garlic Butter Steak Bites Recipe
This is another great Instant Pot entrée that you can modify and infuse with cannabis. Have you ever ordered steak tips in a restaurant? This recipe creates a similar meal with tender, juicy steak pieces. Our recommendation is to infuse the beef broth in the recipe to have a cannabis rich gravy that will give you “all the feels.”
Cannabis-Infused (and Heavenly) Instant Pot Dessert Recipes
Life is short. Eat dessert first! We love that mantra. And if you are eating your leftovers from your Instant Pot adventures the night before, you can use your favorite pressure cooker again. Why not create some easy and mind-blowing decadent desserts in your Instant Pot?
1. Instant Pot Cannabis Infused New York Style Cheesecake
We could barely type that title without salivating. Who doesn’t love real New York cheesecake? But before you start baking with your Instant Pot, you will want to buy an extra seal ring. Do you know that thing that goes at the top of your Instant Pot? You should have one for baking desserts, and one for meats and soups. Because garlic cheesecake is gross, and the flavor will transfer if you don’t replace that seal.
Moving on. People are amazed at how easy it is to bake delicious desserts in an Instant Pot. And we’re not just talking about loose desserts like puddings or flans. To upgrade this great recipe to a cannabis-infused treat, you can use your cannabutter. Or you can consider mixing in some of your decarboxylated cannabis with the graham cracker crust. Try this tasty recipe and treat yourself!
2. Better Than S*x Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
If you say so, but who doesn’t love a rich chocolate cake? We bumped this recipe to the top of our list of baking. After all, when social distancing and working from home starts to get to you, there is always chocolate.
This recipe takes one stick of butter. Since your THC infused cannabutter isn’t going to be in a stick formation anymore, you can measure out about 1 cup of butter to make this fantastic recipe psychoactive. A fun fact also about chocolate and dopamine. There is a reason why people eat chocolate to relax. And this recipe was created by a nurse food blogger.
Chocolate contains tyrosine, which is the precursor to dopamine. The hormone that helps you feel happy, content, and relaxed. Real cocoa (the good stuff) also contains serotonin and endorphins that contribute to mood regulation and appetite. Pair it with a euphoric Sativa strain but beware of the munchies! Or don’t. It’s a pandemic, after all. Get you some chocolate.
If you have your medical card or live in a state with legalized adult-use cannabis, start some new culinary adventures at home. And make sure to tell your mother-in-law that it was the best gift ever!