A reader recently asked if I had any suggestions for edibles he could make in his dorm room or using the college cafeteria, as it was time to head back to school.
I have to confess that as a “senior” stoner," a lot of years have passed since I had to consider the topic of feeding myself within the limits of a college dorm or cafeteria. Decades of food writing have left me with an amazing, well-equipped kitchen. So this article was a fun challenge – recipes you make with limited ingredients, like those you can find in cafeteria and salad bar line, and just a few tools and cooking implements like a microwave and a torch (yes the same one you use for dabbing).
Tips for How to Cook with Cannabis in the Dorm
Unless you have an extremely cool Resident Assistant, or unless you ARE the RA, you’re not going to want to prepare marijuana-infused butter or oil in your dorm room in the traditional way. The smell would permeate the entire floor and beyond. What’s a dorm bound edibles enthusiast to do?
As I see it, you have two options:
Option I: Invest in the Ardent Lift Decarboxylator. This handy gadget not only perfectly decarboxylates your cannabis, you can also make small batches of marijuana butter, oil, or other infusions in it, with no odor! There is no easier, mess free way to make small batches of infusions.
Option II: Use marijuana concentrates instead.
Stir in some finely ground hash or kief or some BHO and you’ve instantly medicated your food without the muss or fuss of making an oil infusion, and without any of the accompanying olfactory clues that can come with its preparation (if you aren’t using the Ardent Lift). You’ll also get less green herbal flavor when using concentrates to medicate foods as they have most, if not all, of the plant material removed.
Be sure to decarboxylate concentrates before cooking with them. This is the chemical process that converts the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (or THC-acid) in the raw cannabis plant into psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (this is educational -- you are learning chemistry here). If you have access to a toaster oven, place your concentrate in an ovenproof dish and bake at 240 degrees F for 1 hour. There will be some odor from this, but nowhere near as strong as infusing oils. Or, here we go again, use the amazing Ardent Lift Decarboxylator.
Yes the heat of cooking a recipe will somewhat decarboxylate your cannabis, but usually not enough to make the most of its potency. In order to extract everything your plant material or hash or kief has to offer, I recommend taking the extra step of decarboxylating your cannabis or concentrates first.
Mega-Fast Medicated Munchies
Once you have decarboxylated kief or BHO, or infused oil or butter, you can discreetly use them in all kinds of foods, both in restaurants or foods you make yourself. Consider these options for starters, although I know you’ll come up with many more of your own.
- Dissolve decarbed kief, or hash oil or oil or butter in hot chocolate, coffee, tea, soup or other hot liquids.
- Stir decarbed hash oil into cold drinks.
- Sprinkle decarbed kief over a hot slice of pizza.
- Open sandwich or burrito, sprinkle decarbed kief on, or sprinkle with a little infused olive oil, close and eat.
- Stir decarbed kief or BHO or infused coconut oil into yogurt, cottage cheese, or ice cream.
Dank Dorm Room Dining Recipes
These easy to make recipes are great medicated or unmedicated. They take no pots or pans whatsoever and are quick and easy to make using ingredients and that are both inexpensive and easy to get your hands on