This is going to be a short post, but I felt compelled to do it this very moment because I'm getting lots of questions about it. You may have noticed that I don't recommend blanching your cannabis in any of my recipes or oil tutorials.
Some chefs recommend blanching your cannabis before cooking with it and say it's the bees knees, but I've gotten lots of comments from you guys about how it's more like being stung by 1,123,314 hornets, leaving you with soggy half burnt weed and weird textured oils.
So what's up with this technique? And why don't I talk about it in my recipes or oil tutorials?
Why Blanched Cannabis Isn't My Thing
There are edibles chefs that argue that for flavor's sake, you need to blanche your cannabis before infusing oil with it to remove all of the “impurities” found in cannabis. Otherwise those impurities will make your infused foods taste terrible. And that's really the only argument I've ever heard for blanching. They claim that the blanching process will remove all of those nasty little things, make your weed food taste better and give you a more pure cannabis infused oil.
Let's get very clear about this. When chefs talk about the reason for soaking and blanching, the “impurities” they mention include things like “insecticides” and “chlorophyll.”
I'll touch base in just a moment why labeling chlorophyll an impurity is ridiculous, but what I'd love to drive home about this topic is that whenever possible, let's all use cannabis that is grown without using chemical pesticides and fungicides. Especially if you're using it to treat a condition.
Blanching and Chemical Residues
I'd love to dive into the topic of all of the different pesticides and fungicides that are currently being used while growing cannabis, but I don't have the time to do that here today. What I will say is that the chemicals used on cannabis are typically much more dubious than those used while growing conventional food.
If you're consuming black market cannabis, you may be ingesting chemicals that are not legal for human consumption. Many of these chemicals are supposed to only be used in low concentrations on ornamental plants (like the sad shrubs growing in medians and in bank parking lots) and are being used in high concentrations on a plant you put into your lungs and your poor digestive system.
Buy weed without chemicals. Grow weed without chemicals. However you get your cannabis, try your damnedest to buy or grow it sans gnar.
If you do have to buy cannabis without knowing what's on it, then by all means try to do something about it… these non-scientists say that soaking it in water for a few days and then blanching it will remove all of that, so I guess?… go for it?
I'm not convinced that it removes pesticides from the plant material entirely, and have never been presented with evidence to back up these claims, but I feel like it's something worth researching.
Chlorophyll is Gross… wait… what?
So now we're onto that supposed infusion ruiner – chlorophyll.
It's what makes infused oil green and apparently (according to some chefs) makes your food taste bad. I get that I have a health-based palate (I'd drink Multigreen Kombucha over Dr. Pepper every. single. time.), but I think that there are many cases where infused oil enhances the flavor of what I'm eating.
I think I made one smoothie that tasted a little odd (pears and cannabis aren't bffs), but I mess up the flavor of my smoothie about 3 times a week, so that's really not all that special.
IMHO, nearly everything I've ever made with cannabis tasted great when I added my infused coconut oil. I put it on toast. I put it in my tea. I like the flavor of cannabis infused coconut oil. Scratch that. I love that flavor.
And here's what's crazy to me about this idea… chlorophyl is AMAZING for you. That green stuff that these flavor purist cannabis chefs are saying is the scourge of cannabis is considered a superfood. It is reportedly a cancer-fighting, liver detoxing, wound healing, colon cleansing badass.
And I don't know about you, but taking all of the trouble of blanching to get rid of something that is good for me? Nah. I'll pass.
Again, if you hate the flavor of cannabis, really want to put cannabis on fish or in delicate pastries, or if the cannabis you're using is covered in chemicals, then… why not give it a shot? Otherwise… if you're using tasty organic homegrown or dispensary cannabis, IMHO it's unnecessary and can potentially make your next batch of oil more complicated then it needs to be.
I feel like this is going to be one of those troll bait posts that I'm going to wish I never wrote. Let's do it… in the comments section below 😉