Are you interested in making edibles at home?
If you live somewhere where there are abundant dispensaries, finding edibles is easy. If not, though, you need to figure out how to make an edible on your own.
It takes some practice to make them right, but making edibles isn’t complicated. There are plenty of edible recipes to choose from on the internet, but we’re going to go through the basic fundamentals that go into almost any edible.
Make sure to take notes for your next grocery run! Keep reading to learn more.
Don’t: Just Throw Weed Into the Mix
Before we explain how to make the base for your edibles, let’s start with what you shouldn’t do. While we love the benefits of cannabis edibles, there’s a way to do it wrong and ruin them.
Too many beginners try to make edibles by sprinkling marijuana into whatever baked goods that they’re making.
Not only will this not work, but it will also taste terrible. Instead, make cannabutter.
Do: Make Cannabutter or Cannabis Oil
This is how you end up with a product that only has a faint taste of marijuana instead of the taste of burnt grass. Infuse a fat with your cannabis instead.
This is a simple process once you know how to do it.
Do You Decarboxylate?
This is a somewhat new term, but decarboxylating is the new trend in making cannabutter. This means that you’re going to heat up your marijuana first before heating it up again in your fat.
To do this, break your weed up (you don’t have to grind it, just make it smaller) and lay it out on parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to around 240 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Put the marijuana in the oven for 30 minutes or until it’s a golden color and let it cool. Then, grind it.
A note: If you have certain kinds of vaporizers (somewhat outdated ones that use a battery to heat the marijuana and create vapor) skipping this step will still end with a strong product. You may be able to re-use that marijuana depending on how brown it is.
Infuse in Fat
The next step is the infusion. There are several ways to do this, but this is our favorite.
Take either 2 sticks of butter or 1 cup of coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat it over the stove. Once it’s melted, reduce it to a low simmer and add your marijuana. The amount you want to add will depend on your preference, but you want to end up with 5-10 mg per serving when you make your final products.
Start small if you haven’t tried edibles before.
For coconut oil, cook on the lowest setting for 2 to 3 hours. With butter, you can bring it to a low simmer if you choose.
Once you’re finished, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth and pour it into a jar to harden in the fridge.
You’re ready to cook with it! Use a bit of this oil in any of your meals or baked goods. Finding what tastes good and works for you is a trial and error process, but we suggest brownies or cookies as a first attempt.
Now That You Know How to Make an Edible, Get Started
Once you know how to make the cannabutter (or oil), figuring out how to make an edible is a simple matter of knowing how to cook.
Use small amounts of oil to start while you’re still testing it out. You’ll learn the right amounts over time for your own tolerance level.
Time to get baking!
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