Instead of throwing out that leftover cannabis flower pulp from making cannabutter or infused oil, save it and use it in one of these delicious recipe ideas using leftover cannabis pulp.
What Is Leftover Cannabis Pulp
I recently received a question over on Instagram from a reader who said “you’ve got the best cannabis cookie recipe and the easiest way to infuse coconut oil! Is there anything I can do with the leftover pulp?”
While some folks may argue that the spent cannabis flower is garbage after the extraction process has taken place, many counter-argue that the leftover weed material is full of beneficial nutrients, compounds, and even cannabinoids.
As a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner and a registered dietitian nutritionist, I am inclined to value all parts of the plant, especially for a full-spectrum experience. As long as you like the taste and enjoy it, it’s great to reuse and recycle cannabis plant byproducts wherever possible.
How Much Pulp Should I use?
If you’re brand new to cannabis edibles, it’s important to note that it can oftentimes be difficult to estimate your final product potency. It will be even more difficult here to estimate the potency because many of the cannabinoids will have already been extracted during the cooking process.
Ultimately, the potency of your leftover weed material will depend on two things, the potency of your starting material (i.e. buds, flowers, or trim, regular vs CBD flower), and the cooking process you have already used.
For these recipes featuring cannabis pulp, it is recommended to start low and go slow. We recommend starting with just a 1/4 cup leftover flower pulp addition and going from there.
This will give you time to experiment with not only the potency but the taste too, as the spent cannabis flower can have a very strong taste to some individuals.
It's easy to make a delicious cannabis-infused vinaigrette with fresh strawberries, avocado oil, and your leftover cannabis pulp. For this recipe, we recommend adding just a small amount, around 1 tablespoon, to the entire batch. The vinegar in the recipe will act as a solvent to help remove the remaining cannabinoids from the plant.
From there, you can choose to pair your vinaigrette with our deliciously creamy strawberry burrata salad or your own personal favorite!
Just like with your medicated salsa, you can spice up your Taco Tuesday with this tasty infused guacamole made using leftover cannabis pulp. The leftover pulp mixes well into an already made guac or your own personal favorite recipe.
For a delicious infused guacamole we recommend mixing 1/4 cup leftover cannabis pulp per 1 cup of guac. Paired with your favorite tortilla chips and maybe even some medicated salsa!
Use up all of your homegrown cannabis, basil, and parsley with this easy-to-make savory cannabis pesto that can be enjoyed as a dip, on meat, served over vegetables, swirled into pasta, used as a spread on sandwiches and so much more.
The leftover cannabis pulp will not be nearly as strong as your infusion would be, so you can use your discretion as to how much you want to use. It will depend on how much you have, how strong the flower you started with was, and your desired end experience.
What better way to use up those spent cannabis flowers leftover from making cannabutter than to make a delicious medicated garlic bread? It is likely that your cannabis flowers are already saturated with remaining butter from your straining process, which makes them perfect for this recipe.
You can either use your already made cannabutter here or simply mix 1 tablespoon of plant matter with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to taste. Mix well and apply to your bread of choice. Bake or broil until toasted and enjoy!
Spaghetti sauce is a great place to add in that leftover cannabis pulp. It already herbaceous and the flavor and texture of the pulp blends well with the traditional Italian herbs used to make spaghetti sauce.
We recommend adding in 1/4 cup leftover cannabis pulp to an entire batch of either homemade sauce or your favorite storebought sauce just before serving.
Who says cannabis-infused recipes can't be deliciously savory? This delicious Medicated Chili made with leftover cannabis pulp will make this hearty wintertime everyone's new favorite.
For this recipe, you can either add in 1/2 cup of spent cannabis flower to the entire batch, stir in and simmer just before serving, or you can stir in a teaspoon at a time to each individual bowl to individualize the dosages.