Marijuana is surprising medical professionals by its effectiveness in treating chronic pain and other health problems. Currently legal in 29 states, many are wondering how to make weed edibles that are both potent and tasty.
Do you have your chosen strain and are you ready to get started? Here are the steps you need to get started making edibles.
Why Make Edibles?
Although CBD and edibles have been hitting the mainstream scene recently, the use of marijuana is no new trend. Marijuana can be traced back as far as 6,000 BCE when it was used in China and Taiwan.
During these times, marijuana was a common agricultural crop for various uses. Hemp cord was used in pottery, and cannabis seeds and oil were both used in food.
Cannabis was even recorded to have been used as medicine in 2,737 BCE. It’s also mentioned in a Persian religious text.
Fast forward to today, and cannabis is being used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. You’ve probably heard of “pot brownies” or other baked edibles, but why are they so popular?
Edible marijuana is a great alternative to smoking that gives you a relaxing high while also enabling you to enjoy a tasty treat. For some individuals, the high can last longer than smoking.
You can also get creative with your edibles recipes and you don’t have to be a trained chef to know how to cook it. Just remember that eating marijuana takes longer to kick in than smoking, which means you need to plan accordingly. If you plan on enjoying an edible treat, then eat it earlier in the day or else you won’t be able to drive.
How to Make Weed Edibles: Know Your Strain Before You Begin
If you’re home for the evening and looking for a fun way to enjoy your marijuana, this guide will show you the most important steps to make edibles. Before you begin, you’ll want to know which strain you have and how it will work into a recipe.
Your marijuana strain will affect the smoking experience, and the same goes when cooking weed. If you’re not sure what’s best, you can get more information from your local dispensary.
Daytime Treat or Nighttime Treat?
Depending on your level of experience with marijuana, you may or may not know which strain is best for your recipe. Different strains will affect you in various ways that can impact your plans for the day or night. The main question for you to ask yourself is: daytime treat or nighttime treat?
How a strain’s high hits you is based on several factors. The potency of your strain plus your tolerance, weight, and metabolism will all affect your experience.
Even how much you’ve eaten during the day will change your experience. A good rule of thumb to remember is that sativa strains typically give energy while indica strains are better for winding down.
What’s more, each strain will taste different when baked or cooked into a recipe. Some strains will give off a more fruity flavor while others might smell like coffee.
Once you’re set on your strain and you know what your body can handle, it’s time to get cooking. Follow these simple steps to make a tasty edible treat.
Step One: Apply Heat
The first rule of thumb to getting high from weed is to heat it. Without heat, your marijuana is simply a raw plant. It’s full of THCA and sometimes considered a “superfood” due to its essential vitamins and acids.
This is why the best way to make edibles is to begin by heating up your weed. This process is called “decarboxylation” or “decarb.” But what is decarboxylation exactly?
Because raw cannabis is non-psychoactive, you need to decarb to get the desired effects. Heating weed makes the compound called cannabinoid acid to change into a form that is usable by the body.
The most basic way to decarb your weed is to break it up into bits and scatter it onto a baking tray. Next, slide it into the oven at 220-250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake it for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it until you see it take on a golden brown color.
You’ll likely notice a particular aroma during the cooking process. If you’re not careful, your house will start to smell like weed.
If you want to avoid this, then vacuum seal your weed and boil it for 55 minutes. Whichever method you choose, you’re one step closer to your finished product.
Step Two: Make Your Infusion
Some of you might have a picture in your head that making edibles simply involves whipping up a batter of brownies and sprinkling some weed on top. Although that’s a great visual for a sitcom, the edible-making process is a little more involved than that.
This is because the next step involves an infusion. Once you’ve applied heat to your cannabis, it’s now ready to be cooked again so that its essential elements are infused into another compound.
Sound confusing? In summary, you’ll be infusing a cooking ingredient, like butter or oil, with your cannabis. This can then be used in various recipes.
Because “cannabutter” can be used in a wide variety of recipes, we’ll add the recipe below. It’s easy to whip up, simple to store, and you can make anything from cookies to popcorn with it.
Easy “Cannabutter” Recipe
In a medium saucepan, bring one quart of water to a boil. Next, add your sticks of butter and stir until they melt completely.
After that, sprinkle in your decarb-ed marijuana and reduce the heat to a simmer. Remember that you want your cannabis to be floating about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the pan.
Allow this to simmer for roughly three hours or until it starts to thicken at the top. Once that happens, remove the pan from the stove and pour into a bowl lined with cheesecloth.
When it’s cooled down enough to avoid burning your hands, squeeze the cheesecloth to separate the liquid butter from the solid butter. Next, allow the squeezed-out mixture to cool until it takes on the consistency of a spread.
Once this is complete, you have a perfect cannabis-infused butter to use in your favorite brownie or cookie batter. What’s more, you’ve finally made it to the fun part: eating!
Step Three: Choose Your Recipe and Enjoy
The fun part about making edibles is that you can get creative with which recipes you choose. Enjoy the tried-and-true “pot brownie” option or get creative with popcorn cooked on the stove and drizzled with “cannabutter.”
If you don’t enjoy using butter in your recipes, you can infuse other compounds like olive oil or even truffle oil. Any high-fat compound will do, and you can get creative by sprinkling in herbs like rosemary to add extra flavor.
Coconut oil also makes a great infusion option because it’s high in fat and great for both food recipes and skincare recipes. If you spend time making cannabis-infused coconut oil, try making a face-mask for a relaxing night-in.
Short on Time? Here’s a Speedy Edible Recipe
If you’re super short on time or can’t be bothered to cook an infusion, here’s another option for you: cannabis Nutella. Not many people know that you can eat cannabis right after it goes through the decarboxylation process.
Keep in mind though, it isn’t going to taste as good. But it’s a simple option when you want to enjoy a treat in a short amount of prep time.
To get started, make sure your cannabis has been properly “decarb-ed.” Then, grind it up into a very fine powder. You can then use this powder to sprinkle into a serving of Nutella or other sweet spreads.
Whatever you choose, we recommend something with plenty of flavor to mask the cannabis taste. Once it’s mixed in, lather it onto a piece of toast or eat it right from the spoon.
Tips and Tricks for Enjoying Edibles
If you’re new to edibles, remember that it’s important to get the dosage correct for what your body can handle. To give you a grid, Colorado has mandated that 10mg of THC is one serving size for weed edibles.
When you’re starting out, take it slow on the snacks. First-time users should cut their servings into quarters and allow one hour between each dose.
Both Tasty and Potent
If you’ve been looking for fun ways to enjoy your cannabis, this guide can help teach you how to make weed edibles. Once you master the decarboxylation and infusion processes, you can get creative and enjoy the way cannabis flavors blend in with recipes.
Looking for more ways to enjoy cannabis products? Check out our guide on how to take CBD oil.