In Part One of “Creating your own cannabis infusions,” we covered three ways to decarboxylate your cannabis. Now comes the fun part: Choosing your carrier. This step isn’t one to take lightly! The food that “carries” your cannabis plays a huge role in your edibles experience.
What’s a carrier?
Simply put, a carrier is what you use to “carry” your cannabis in an edible. Which one you pick depends on what you want to make, and your flavor preference. Here are the three most common carriers, and what they’re great for:
- Easy breakfast additions (atop toast, pancakes, waffles)
- Grains, like pasta or rice.
- Adding to frostings (the simplest way to dose a dessert!)
- Salad dressings
- Drizzling atop side dishes, or soups.
- Dipping oil for bread (or drizzling atop savory foods)
Coconut oil: Refined and Unrefined
- Baking (as a substitute for butter or vegetable oil)
- Fruit dishes & smoothies
- Your skin! Coconut oil makes an awesome cannabis salve
Both refined and unrefined coconut oil are extremely versatile. The main difference lies in the taste. If you want that coconutty flavor and scent to shine through, go for unrefined, which is made from fresh coconuts. For a neutral flavor profile, stick to refined coconut oil, which is made from dried coconuts. Even though it’s rather tasteless, it actually masks the flavor of cannabis.
Other carrier options include honey, maple syrup, pork lard, bacon grease, heavy cream, and ricotta. We think oils and butter are a great starting point, but once you’re comfortable with the right tools and methods, the options are numerous!
Hot tip: Looking to make candy, or infuse a beverage? A ready-made cannabis tincture or distillate is your best bet.
Once your cannabis is decarbed and your carrier is decided, it’s infusion time. Let’s do this!