The public perception of marijuana has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, with it becoming both an exceedingly profitable endeavor for ambitious business people and a helpful remedy for various medical ailments. In 2022, we are seeing momentous cannabis pardons being granted here in the United States. Cannabis is ceaselessly advancing its reach beyond just hip-hop music fans, West Coast stoners, festival attendees and other celebrated subgroups; culturally speaking weed is flourishing throughout society.
Indulging in the marvelous experience of cannabis is no longer an activity that comes with legal anxiety. In fact, you can even enjoy it at a chic boutique similar to Apple Store! Moreover, weed has made its way into our kitchens as an amazingly strong ingredient for some truly mouthwatering dishes. Although making edibles isn’t something novel, now more than ever seems like the perfect opportunity to learn how to do so since accessing good quality marijuana is much easier and less nerve-wracking nowadays.
Crafting the perfect batch of edibles may take a certain level of knowledge when it comes to both cooking and cannabis, yet baking cookies or brownies will always stand out as all-time classics. Nowadays you can find weed edibles from Thanksgiving recipes to cupcakes, so there really is something for everyone!
Are you looking for a tasty and powerful edibles experience, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! We have the perfect solution: our easy-to-follow recipe on how to make weed edibles. Forget about tossing together pre-made mixes with crumbled cannabis into an oven – we’ll show you how making your own delicious edibles can be done in no time!
The actual items you need
If you’ve got some marijuana and are looking to make edibles, then you’re off to a great start! You may find the cooking part more intimidating than the cannabis aspect. Before worrying about potency as your main priority, seek out top-notch chocolate like Guittard or Scharffen Berger for an even tastier treat.
Additionally, you’ll need to obtain six eggs of a sizable size, two sticks of unsalted butter, vanilla extract and sugar for sweetness, all-purpose flour and baking powder as rising agents. As well as kosher salt which will bring out the flavor in your treat! Furthermore, from an operative standpoint – a cookie sheet accompanied with parchment paper is necessary alongside a weed grinder and food processor. For mixing purposes be sure to have at hand; one wooden spoon plus cheesecloth along with two large pots ready for boiling or simmering your ingredients.
Are you following along? Perfect. Now, let’s find out how to make delicious edibles so that these weed cookies can eventually evolve into a delectable marijuana-infused cake!
Pick your strain
As with unhealthy food, selecting the appropriate strain for making edibles relies on your emotions and what event you are attending. To assist you in choosing the right strain simply ask yourself “Daytime cookie or nighttime cookie?” Everyone reacts differently to marijuana but generally speaking sativas enhance energy while indicas induce calmness and sleepiness.
Want your cookies to make you want to get up and conquer the world? We suggest Sour Diesel, White Widow, Casey Jones, Golden Goat, or Lemon Skunk. But if you prefer something for you, your Netflix account, and a planned rendezvous with your bed, opt for strains like Bubba Kush, Granddaddy Purple, or White Fire Alien OG.
It is no coincidence that marijuana is most often smoked rather than eaten raw. Raw weed may not give the same psychoactive effects, but it can provide a wealth of beneficial chemical compounds like THCA and vitamins, essential oils, and acids which place it in the superfood category. With more than 400 different possible chemical components within the plant itself, there’s no denying its potential health benefits.
If you want to make the most out of your weed edibles and get a nice high in the process, then proper preparation is key. As High Times reported, “If you hope to experience an elevated state from your cannabis-infused treats, it’s important that every step is done correctly.” With this advice in mind, any chef can enjoy some delicious – and potent – weed pastries!
Despite being straightforward, heating your cannabis too much for an extended period of time can significantly reduce potency. To ensure you maintain the highest potency possible, take note that THC boils at 314ºF and do not exceed this temperature during process.
- Preheat your oven to 240°F. To get the best results, use an oven thermometer to ensure that it is heated up properly.
- To prepare the leaf, divide it into smaller portions and spread onto a baking sheet. Take care not to overcrowd the cannabis so each piece has ample room for optimal toasting.
- Place the sheet in your oven and watch it for approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on how powerful your oven is and what type of cannabis you’re making. When finished, you’ll know that the toasted leaf has turned from its vibrant green hue into a glorious golden brown color.
- Once your marijuana is toasted, carefully remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. After that, place the weed in a food processor and pulse for approximately one second until coarsely ground.
Now that the major step is complete, let’s make “cannabutter,” a type of food made with active marijuana perfect for baking. There are several different methods you can use to achieve this; some of which require up to 8 hours! Here, we offer an easy and award-winning alternative – wafer-simmered cannabutter – that has been acclaimed by The Cannabist as one of the best cannabutters in all of United States.
Begin by boiling a quart of water in an ample-sized saucepan. Once the pot is at a full boil, add your butter pats and let them dissolve completely. After that, reduce the temperature to low heat and incorporate your marijuana flower into it – making certain that they always float around 1.5 to 2 inches above the bottom of the pan. Let this mixture cook undisturbed for three hours until you observe its top layer becoming thickened.
Once you have your mixture in the bowl, cover it with a cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess liquid butter. After allowing the liquid to cool for an hour, transfer it to the refrigerator until it reaches a spread-like consistency. The end is near – soon enough you’ll be able to savor that hard earned cannabis edible!
How much weed do you need for edibles?
On average, marijuana strains contain approximately 10 percent THC, with variations in potency depending on the strain.
Let’s say you have a quarter-ounce of marijuana, which is equivalent to 7 grams. The Cannabist affirms that in every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1000mg of dry weight; if the strain contains roughly 10% THC, then it results with 100mg per each gram. For cooking or baking at home specifically, one can safely assume that an individual gram possesses at least 100 mgs worth of THC.
With respect to Colorado’s 420-friendly regulations, the serving size for weed edibles must be 10mg of THC. As demonstrated by our scenario with a chef who possesses 700mgs, those measurements can translate into 60 classic cookie recipes that each pack just over 11 grams of THC. For first-time users learning how to make these edible treats, it is recommended that they cut their cookies into quarters and wait at least an hour before consuming another dose.
Don’t despair if you accidentally consume too much of your homemade cannabis edible – we’ve all been there! Thankfully, some simple items can help reduce any unwanted effects and bring your high down to a more enjoyable level.
According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, consuming pinene-rich foods such as pistachios and pine nuts can be beneficial for improving mental clarity. Additionally, citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruits are packed with terpenes that make them ideal snacks when looking for relief from stress or anxiety.
With that, we have now come to the end of our list of tips for creating mouth-watering edibles. Now, before you go about making your heavenly treats – one last tip:
If you’re someone who prefers salty treats over sweet ones, you can rejoice! Popcorn has been a popular snack choice in recent years and is easy to make when using the cannabutter recipe above. So go ahead and enjoy your favorite savory treat without worry. Before you put your weed in the microwave, remember to make popcorn like they did it back in the day! All you need is two-three cups of unpopped kernels and combine it with two tablespoons each of coconut oil and cannabutter. Add some salt and pepper for flavor, et voila – “potcorn” is ready!