Based on social changes in Canada and the USA regarding marijuana and how the public’s view on the herb has changed, edible marijuana has become one of the most popular products consumed both for medicinal and recreational use.
This is because many users do not like to smoke either due to the combustion of cannabis or due to the effects that it causes when smoked. These days, marijuana edibles encompass a large number of preparations that can range from post-lunch desserts as well as medicinal gummies. There is no denying that baking cookies or brownies remains an all-time classic.
Despite how popular these marijuana byproducts are, knowing how to make edibles requires a certain amount of knowledge, both of cooking and marijuana, to make your perfect weed edible.
Most people are looking for something that has a delicious flavor and is also powerful. Unfortunately, you will not have great results by filling your preparations with a pre-purchased mix on a cookie sheet, adding chopped grass with your favorite grinder, and leaving said preparation in the oven. That is why we are going to leave you the best recipes, tips, and tricks for making the best pot edibles at home.
Let’s get started
If creating a delicious edible is more important to you than the potency of what you have at home, then you already have taken a step towards making the best cannabis edibles. To get started, you should have six large eggs, two sticks of unsalted butter, vanilla extract, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and fine salt.
Also, it is necessary to have a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent the preparation from sticking to the mold. You will also need a weed grinder, a food processor, a wooden spoon, a cheesecloth, and two large pots.
Select the best marijuana
Just like when you want to smoke marijuana and you’re looking for a certain trip or defined sensation, you need to select the variety that you are going to use very carefully depending on the product you want to obtain when making your cannabis edibles. We can ask ourselves, do I want an energetic trip or something more relaxed? Despite the fact that weed will hit everyone differently, we can say that sativa genetics provide energy for consumers and indica genetics are better for relaxing and sleeping.
Do you want potted edibles to fill you up for running a marathon? In this case, we suggest Sour Diesel, Santa Muerte, Cindys 99, Afghan Hawai x Laos x Jamaica, Maracuya, Pure Haze, Dream Queen or Sweet Island. If you want something more relaxed for watching a series or movies while relaxed on the sofa or reading a book, it is better that you select varieties such as Chemdog #4, Grizzly Purple Kush, Narkosis, Kabrales or Alien OG.
Decarboxylate the weed
First of all, marijuana that hasn’t been burned is not going to hit you because in order for it to release its cannabinoids such as THC, it needs to be combusted or decarboxylated. It is more common to smoke marijuana rather than eat it, so this step is important when making weed edibles.
Due to the above, it is necessary to prepare the herb to make the marijuana edible in order to succeed in hitting your consumers. The boiling temperature of THC is 314ºF and heating cannabis for too long will result in reduced potency. But don’t worry because the process itself is simpler than you think:
- First, you need to preheat your oven to 240ºF. If you have an oven thermometer to measure the real temperature of the oven, this is even better.
- Carefully place the weed on the oven tin with some space in order to avoid that the parts of the marijuana sticking together, one on top of the other.
- You must maintain the temperature of the oven and leave the weed between 30 – 40 inside it. It is important that you look at the pot every 5 or 10 minutes to see what tones it is taking and to avoid burning.
- You must remove the marijuana from the oven and proceed to grind it so that the larger pieces are well crushed. The finer the pot is, the easier it will go into the rest of the mix.
Now, the next step is to make the famous “cannabutter” because this cannabis butter is the one that will deliver the exquisite stick to your cannabis edibles. Here, we share a version simmered in wafer that is easy to make and considered the best “cannabutter” in the United States and North America.
In a medium saucepan, boil a liter of water. Once the water comes to a boil, add your sticks of butter and let them melt completely.
After this, add your marijuana and reduce the heat to a simmer. The real key here is that the herb should always be floating between 1.5 and 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. This process will take three hours and should be done over low heat until the mixture begins to thicken on top.
Then, you should take the butter and marijuana mixture and put it in a container lined with paper to prevent the mixture from sticking. With a spatula, you can remove every last drop of “cannabutter” to let it cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour until it becomes like a spread, both in consistency and texture.
The perfect amount of cannabis for edibles
Despite the fact that marijuana varieties have different potencies, it is normal to think that the average THC ranges from 10% – 15%. Then, If you have about 7 grams of weed, each gram of cannabis buds has 1000 mg of dry weight. Therefore, if a variety has approximately 10% THC, 10% of 1000 mg would be 100 mg. So, for home cooking or baking, it’s safe to assume that one gram of cannabis contains at least 100 mg of THC.
It is noteworthy that in some states in the USA, the serving for pot edibles is 10 mg of THC. For example, a cookie recipe makes 60 cookies. So, each cookie would have about 11 grams. If you are a novice user of cannabis edibles then divide each preparation into 4 so that the punch is not so intense and allow 1 hour between each portion so that the trip does not hit you in a bad way.
Be careful not to screw up because a lot of new cannabis edibles cooks find that they eat a lot of their weed edibles and have bad experiences. If you want to lower the euphoria a bit or simply the states caused by cannabis food, you can try trying pistachios or pine nuts which contain pinene, a chemical that encourages mental control. This could allow you to have a better experience. Another trick that works well according to some users is eating lemons, oranges, and grapefruits because the citric acid and its terpenes can help control the cannabis adventure.
8 steps for making cannabis cookies
During this article, we have shared with you how to make cannabis edibles. Now, we are going to show you how to make the famous cannabis cookies which are a favorite and one of the most traditional recipes among lovers of edible cannabis.
Ingredients for cannabis cookies
- Mixing bowl
- Mold for cookie mix
- 4 grams of ground herb
- Small saucepan
Step 1: Prepare the Cannabutter. With dedication and love, you must prepare the cannabutter. In this article, we already explained how this is done.
Step 2: Begin by preheating your oven to about 350 ° F.
Step 3: You must decide how much cannabutter to use in the preparation. It is important that you know your level of resistance to cannabis, especially to edibles.
Step 4: Now, you must continue adding the rest of the ingredients to the mixture as indicated by your traditional cookie recipe. Here, you can add dried fruits such as almonds or walnuts, among others.
Step 5: The mixing of the ingredients must be efficient and intense to ensure that the cannabis butter is distributed evenly.
Step 6: You can put small balls of cannabis cookie dough on the baking sheet with a little distance between each ball to avoid sticking or becoming misshapen. Also, it is possible to put the mixture into a container for cookies and leave them in the oven.
Step 7: Put the cookie sheet or pan with the mixture into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the top and edges.
Step 8: After taking the cookies out of the oven, you must let them cool for some time. This can take between 2 and 3 hours. When they are cold, you can consume the cookies. Remember to wait at least 1 hour between cookies in order to avoid bad experiences.
What are the best varieties for making edible cannabis?
For this, we are going to present you with 3 varieties that are perfect for making cannabis edibles. We’ve selected these strains for their flavor, potency, and effects so your weed edibles will have exactly what you are looking for.
We recommend Santa Muerte because it is a mostly sativa variety with an intense, mental, energetic, and euphoric punch. For this reason, the cannabis edibles with Santa Muerte will give you the energy you want for the day. However, we recommend that you consume small doses because the power of Santa Muerte can raise you more than necessary.
Another point in favor of this strain is its flavor that has notes of haze and herbs, making it ideal to combine with edibles with mint, pineapple, or lemon flavor to create super refreshing cannabis byproducts. Now, imagine a Pineapple cake or a Lemon Pie cake made with Santa Muerte. For sure you are thinking that it is a galactic cannabis delight.
We leave you Chemdog #4 on our list of recommendations because this mostly indica variety will help you stay relaxed. It is a great ingredient if you want to make edibles that help you relieve pain, fall asleep, or reduce your stress levels. Chemdog #4 is also a high-potency strain and for this reason, we recommend that you consume edibles made with this variety at night so that you do not feel the overwhelming effect during the day as it can affect the your work.
The flavor of Chemdog #4 is rather citric and the terpene limonene dominates, therefore, so does the lemon flavor. This means that desserts with more citrus flavors and cakes and pastries that have fruits such as orange, lemon, mango, and green apple will mix great with this marijuana.
Afghan Hawai x Laos x Jamaican
This anthology, a cross of Afghan Hawai x Laos x Jamaican, is mostly sativa and is sure to get you high every time you consume the cannabis edibles made with its buds. If you make cannabutter with Afghani Hawai x Laos x Jamaican, you should be clear that the flavors you will taste are going to be a mix of earthy and woody notes that make you fly like the Caribbean wind with its tropical touches, leaving a spicy aftertaste on your palate.
When you mix the cannabutter of this sativa variety with your preparations, be careful and use small amounts because if you dose very intensely, you run the risk of making the final product too powerful. If this happens, the high effect will leave you in the clouds in a way that you may not be able to control which is why moderation in the consumption of cannabis edibles is always key.
At this point, you already know all the secrets and magic to making the best cannabis edibles. Now, it is in your hands to try the most delicious recipes with marijuana. If you have any questions, write us a comment and we will answer you as you are part of our community and that is important to us. We will see you on the next blog!