How to make and use cannabis flour

Published Jun 1, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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A lot of people that are new to the edibles game turn to common ingredients like cannabutter or cannabis oil to make them, as it’s easy to make and to incorporate into some of the sweetest recipes out there. The thing is that the main reason so many edibles users turn to sweets is because it helps to cover up the flavor left behind by the cannabis concentrate, but there is a way around that, and it’s just as easy to make and use as long as the recipe you’re cooking calls for a bit of flour.

How to use cannabis flour

Using cannabis flour is just as simple as any other type of flour, as it is the same consistency and can easily be used to replace the called for flour in almost any recipe. Whether you want to make up a delicious loaf of cannabis-infused banana bread, if you’d prefer a deep and delicious pizza crust, this flour will do the job, and it won’t come paired with a noticeably strong taste like many other popular alternatives. You can make cookies, muffins, cakes, doughs, loaves of bread, and more, as almost anything is possible with cannabis flour if you put your mind to it.

The buzz

Cannabis flour is made using plant materials, but there is a special step that is taken to activate the cannabinoids within called decarboxylation. This is where you raise the temperature of the flower just enough to convert the THCA into THC, which will leave you stoned and feeling great if eaten. Without this added step, you will not get high from foods made with your cannabis flour, and you won’t unlock the benefits of CBD either.

Making CBD edibles with cannabis flour

CBD edibles are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, as they can be helpful for so many things, but to make your own CBD edibles, you need to start with very specific cannabis or hemp flower. Since there is no way to selectively extract only one cannabinoid, and even CBD requires decarboxylation to come alive, you’ll need to begin with plant materials that contain mainly CBD. Otherwise, you will risk experiencing some of the psychoactive effects of THC.

How to make flour with cannabis

Learning how to make flour is a whole lot different than making cannabis flour, as technically it’s a blending of ingredients rather than making any one of them from scratch. There is no major arm work, as you won’t be pulverizing the flour from raw materials, which means that anyone can do it without any special tools. For this recipe, you’ll start out with flour and cannabis or hemp materials, and carefully combine them into a potent powder that is perfect for all different kinds of recipes.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Calories: 455


Servings: 1 ½ cups


  • ½ cup cannabis plant materials (make sure to remove any stems or seeds)
  • 1 cup flour


  • Grinder
  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl
    · Whisk
    · Storage container


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°F.

  2. Use a grinder to reduce the cannabis buds and leaves to a powder and then spread them across a baking sheet.

  3. If you’re using dry cannabis plant materials, then bake them at 220°F for 25 minutes, but if you’re using a fresh batch, then they may need up to an additional 25 minutes.

  4. Give the cannabis grind enough time to cool down and then dump it into a large mixing bowl along with the flour.

  5. Use a whisk to gently sift the ingredients together until the green specs seem to be evenly distributed throughout.

Your flour is now done and can be poured into a storage container until ready for use.

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