Here you will find the most important staple cannabis recipes you can make at home with easy, beginner-friendly step-by-step guides that will allow you to infuse any recipe you already love.

Staple Recipes For Your Cannabis Kitchen

For the new cannabis consumers in my Well With Cannabis Community, I often hear that it can feel overwhelming when deciding where to start.

With so many different recipes and opinions, I know it can get confusing and lead to not wanting to try anything.

To keep it simple, these are my six favorite standard staple recipes that can take you can experiment with.

Mastering these essential recipes will allow you to convert just about any recipe you already know and love into a cannabis-infused recipe.

Recipes to Stock Your Cannabis Kitchen

Are you ready to get started making cannabis recipes in the kitchen? Below you will find my seven favorite recipes to get started with.

6 Simple Cannabis Recipes for Absolute Beginners

Cannabis Butter


Cannabis butter, or cannabutter, is one of the most essential cannabis recipes for anyone looking to make edibles at home.

Once you have your cannabis butter made, you can use it in just about any recipe you can dream of that traditionally calls for butter.

There are several kinds of cannabutter you can make at home, including:

Once made, you can use cannabis butter in just about any recipe, from sweet to savory recipes, like classic brownies to chocolate chip cookies.

A picture of homemade cannabutter.

Easy Crockpot Cannabutter » Video + Photos

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Are you ready to make some cannabutter? This step-by-step beginner's guide will teach you how to make weed butter at home in a crockpot or slow cooker. You can then use your cannabutter to create all of your favorite edible recipes!
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Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil

Staple Cannabis Recipes Cannabis Coconut Oil

This recipe is the holy grail of all cannabis recipes as it can be used as the base of many edible and topcial recipes.

It is also naturally vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

Once you have your cannabis coconut oil made, you can easily swap it anywhere a recipe calls for fat.

This allows you to make just about any recipe a cannabis-infused recipe.

Beyond just cannabis edibles, cannabis-infused coconut oil is the perfect base for many topical recipes like cannabis salve and cannabis lip balm.

Two mason jars of cannabis coconut oil, one liquid, one solid.

Easy Crockpot Cannabis Coconut Oil

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This easy, step-by-step beginner's guide will teach you how to make cannabis coconut oil at home in a crockpot. It is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make a cannabis-infused oil that is vegan, dairy-free, and versatile enough to be used as a base for recipes and self-care products.
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Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

Cannabis Olive Oil

Cannabis-infused olive oil is a light, delicious, and versatile cannabis infusion perfect for no-cook applications.

The final product is a cannabis-infused olive oil that can then be used to make so many different delicious cannabis recipes, like my popular cannabis pesto or zesty lemon cannabis vinaigrette.

A white counter with a glass jar of cannabis olive oil

Easy Crockpot Cannabis Olive Oil Recipe

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Learn how to make a delicious cannabis olive oil at home with just a crockpot or slow cooker. This recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to make a dairy-free, plant-based cannabis oil that can be used in many different recipes.
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Cannabis Alcohol Tinctures

A cannabis alcohol tincture is traditionally a medicinal preparation made with high-proof grain alcohol to make your tincture at home.

I have a few different cannabis alcohol tincture recipes for you to choose from:

Once you have a cannabis tincture made, you can use it as is or evaporate it to make full-extract cannabis oil or cannabis-infused sugar.

Green Dragon Tincture

Green Dragon Tincture Recipe

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Discover the benefits of making your own tincture and how to make a traditional cannabis tincture recipe with alcohol, known as The Green Dragon, at home.
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Cannabis-Infused Sugar

Cannabis Sugar

I love cannabis sugar because it can act as a staple recipe to infuse all other recipes once it’s made. 

I also love the versatility of cannabis sugar; you can use it for many different recipes, including brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cocktails, drinks, or a scoop in your morning coffee.

Plus, if you’re looking for a very, very potent recipe – you could use both cannabis butter AND cannabis sugar together for a double dose of CBD or THC.

Cannabis Sugar

Easy Cannabis-Infused Sugar

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Learn how to make delicious, versatile cannabis sugar using a cannabis alcohol tincture and white sugar for a staple cannabis recipe that can be used to make a wide variety of medicated recipes.
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Full-Extract Cannabis Oil


Full extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO, is a concentrated, whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis extract.

This means that all of the important plant compounds, from cannabinoids to terpenes and other plant materials, are present in the extract.

Once the FECO is prepared, it can be used in various application methods, including tincturestopicals, and edibles.

It is not recommended to use FECO for inhalation or vaping

How to Make Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)

Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)

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Complete, detailed, beginner-friendly instructions for teaching you how to make your own full-extract cannabis oil (FECO) at home in a safe and easy way.
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Cannabis-Infused Milk or Cream

How to Make Cannabis Milk or Cream

Cannabis-infused milk or cream is a wonderful staple recipe for making infused drinks more easily.

From smoothies and lattes to homemade ice cream, cannabis-infused milk or cream is versatile and delicious.

A white countertop with a glass of cannabis infused milk

Easy Homemade Cannabis Milk or Cream

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This beginner-friendly guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of making cannabis milk or cream, complete with dosing recommendations, dairy-free alternatives, and delicious recipes to use your new creamy infusion in.
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Important Things To Know

Cooking with cannabis is easy when you have the right essential cannabis recipes to get you started.

Consuming cannabis through food is a delicious way to medicate, but it can also have unintended consequences if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into first. 

If you are brand new to cooking with cannabis in the kitchen, there are a few important things to know before diving in and enjoying some of these delicious cannabis-infused recipes.

Here are some important things to know about consuming edibles.

Experiment & Commitment 

Consuming cannabis edibles is truly a self-experiment that requires both curiosity and patience.

It will likely take several tries to find a dosage with an identifiable onset and duration time that you can rely on. 

For this reason, I always recommend consuming cannabis edibles in the safety of your home.

I also recommend consuming edibles when you a significant amount of time, at least 24 hours, to stay put and comfortably enjoy the experience.

Experimenting with dosages and duration times requires a time commitment from yourself.

With the notoriously delayed onset and duration time of edibles, you should plan on devoting at least 6-12 hours to your experience.

During this time, plan to be safe in your home with no need to travel anywhere, no driving a car, and no operating heavy machinery.

Delayed Onset of Effects

It is important to know that it could take between 30-minutes to several hours to feel the effects of your cannabis edible as it goes through your digestive system

As tempted as you may be to eat another serving after not feeling anything for 30-minutes, be sure to give yourself more time before eating it.

This will prevent any overconsumption of THC, which may cause unwanted side effects if that is not your intention.

More Potent Than Smoking

When cannabis is eaten, it goes through the digestive system.

As it passes through the liver in what is known as the hepatic first-pass metabolism, Δ9-THC is hydroxylated into 11-OH-THC, a potent psychoactive metabolite that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. 

This intoxicating metabolite causes more potent, increased intoxicating effects for most edible consumers.

Unknowingly consuming too much THC, especially cannabis edibles, may result in disorientation, dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, and tachycardia.

Additionally, each person’s body will react differently to different cannabinoids due to our unique endocannabinoid systems (ECS).

Understanding your own ECS will help you determine your reaction to cannabinoids.

You can learn more about the endocannabinoid system in your body with in-depth education from my Cannabis Compass Online Course.

Don’t Skip Decarboxylation

Before making any of these staple recipes, it is important to note that all raw cannabis or dried cannabis must undergo a process called decarboxylation to enjoy the active forms of CBD or THC. 

Raw and dried cannabis flower contains what is known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA).

These cannabinoids are found in the raw cannabis plant material and contain powerful health benefits.

However, these cannabinoids are not intoxicating in their natural state.

You will want to decarb in an oven or Instant pot and adjust your time and temperature depending on whether you’re decarbing THC or CBD flower.

Determining The Potency

Without knowing the concentration of CBD or THC in your starting raw material and without lab testing, it is nearly impossible to estimate the final potency of your homemade cannabis recipes. 

Knowing the percent concentrations of your starting flower, you can use my online edibles calculator to guestimate the final product potency.

Get Creative In The Kitchen

One of the biggest things that hold members in my Well With Cannabis Community back from experimenting in the kitchen is the scary thought of – ‘what if I mess it up?

For many people, getting cannabis may still be difficult or illegal, and the thought of ‘wasting’ it in a botched recipe is enough not to want to try.

One recommendation is to get started experimenting in the kitchen with CBD flowers.

With less than 0.3% THC, CBD hemp flower is legal in most states, easier to access, and cheaper.

While it does not contain the THC traditionally desired in a cannabis edible, it is a great way to allow yourself time and mistakes in the kitchen.

As I always tell my new members, it’s important to note that edibles affect us all completely different, which is why it is so important to remain patient and be willing to experiment.

I suggest trying many different things, like the recipes featured in this post, to see what your body responds to best.

Always start with a low dose and titrate your way up from there. It may take some time to find your perfect option, but when you do, it’s so worth it!

A picture of Emily Kyle in a cannabis garden.

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Hi, I’m Emily Kyle and I teach people just like you how to use cannabis to find joy, enhance productivity, improve relationships, and naturally support your overall health and wellness.

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  1. Just asking about size of mason jars, I didn’t know if you are using quarts or pints. Thank you

  2. Hi Lisa. Pint jars are preferred since they easily fit most devices used for infusing.

  3. When would you consider flower to be too old to use for edibles? Especially if stored in air tight containers with humidity packs…or not?! At what rate does THC and CBD degrade or lose potency?

  4. Hi JJ. Cannabis is never too old because you will always get some benefit from it. THC converts to CBN over time, producing sleepier effects. With optimal conditions for storage, cannabis can preserve its freshness between six months and a year. Some studies have shown loss of potency around the one-year mark.
    16% potency lost at 1 year
    26% potency loss at 2 years
    34% potency loss at 3 years
    41% potency loss at 4 years
    In reality, the lifespan of cannabis depends on how it is stored. If you keep cannabis in the right conditions, you can preserve terpenes and cannabinoids, deter issues with mold and keep weed fresher for longer.I hope this helps!