For years, I prepared my homemade cannabis edibles with the same process, blind to the small mistakes I was making along the way. Yes, I achieved a product that would do the job (sometimes too well), but I had no idea that I could improve the flavor and consistency all while conserving time, money, and product by tweaking just a few steps along the way. All it took was putting the cooking utensils down for a few hours and listening to a pro.
A few months back, I attended the Puff, Pass & Bake class led by Chef Torrin Panico, who led us through the process of cooking cannabis oil properly while addressing some common missteps along the way. As soon as I understood the basic science of decarboxylation and infusion, I saw all of the flaws in my own process.
There isn’t one right way to make quality cannabis edibles; experimentation, trial, and error are all a part of the craft. But consider these cooking tips and see if it changes your batch for the better.
Mistake #1: Spending too much money on flower for cannabis edibles
Solution: A little goes a long way
I hear plenty of tragic tales of people throwing a half ounce of cannabis into a slow cooker thinking that’s how much cannabis it takes to make a cup of infused butter. Remember this ratio instead:
Lipids in the oil can only bind with so many cannabinoids, so exceeding this ratio is, by some standards, wasteful.
Buying less cannabis is one way to save money, but if you’d like to save even more, consider infusing your oil with cannabis stems, trim, or with cannabis flower that’s been vaporized (called “ABV,” or “already been vaped” cannabis).
Mistake #2: Throwing ground cannabis straight in the slow-cooker
Solution: Decarboxylate cannabis in the oven first
Before cooking with cannabis, you must decarboxylate it. First, let’s be clear: don’t just throw unactivated, raw flower into your batter or dish. Not only will it taste bad, it won’t allow the cannabinoids to fully activate and bind to lipids. That means you won’t feel much of anything and will have only succeeded in wasting precious cannabis.
Many people know to decarboxylate cannabis in the oven first, but it’s worth noting here for anyone who doesn’t know or doesn’t see the point in doing so. You can skip this step and add your raw cannabis to the slow cooker to decarb in the oil, but you might find that this longer oil soak simply worsens the taste of your cannabis oil. It’s also more difficult to control the temperature in a slow cooker and you risk burning off essential cannabinoids, but in an oven, you can set the temperature low and keep it steady.
Mistake #3: Heating and decarbing at the wrong temperatures
Solution: Know how hot and how long to heat your cannabis and cannabutter
Not only is it crucial to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it, you have to decarboxylate it correctly. That means setting your oven to the right temperature, letting it heat for long enough, and mixing it to activate the most surface area. Generally speaking, you want to:
If you’re tight on time, you can set the oven to 300°F (150°C) and cook for 10 to 18 minutes, stirring every five minutes–but the low-and-slow method is always best when dealing with delicate cannabinoids.
When steeping the ground cannabis in oil, try to maintain a temperature between 160-200°F (low or medium on a slow cooker). Use a thermometer to check the temperature and let it cook for about three hours with the cover removed.
Mistake #4: Grinding your cannabis into powder
Solution: Use a hand grinder for a more coarse grind
Ever wonder why your edibles have a strong grassy flavor? The grind of your cannabis might be too fine. Pulverizing your cannabis with a food processor or a coffee grinder until it’s a powder will:
Once your cannabis has decarboxylated in the oven, grind it coarsely with a hand grinder. Cannabinoids readily bind to the oil’s fats, and a coarse grind will allow it to effectively absorb without pulling in unwanted plant material.
Mistake #5: Improperly straining the oil
Solution: Strain with cheesecloth and let gravity do the work
Once you’ve infused your oil, it’s time to strain out the plant material. Cheesecloth is often recommended because it allows oil to pass through while separating it from the ground plant material, but only if you let gravity do the straining for you. Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth to get every drop of oil out. Milking it like this will push out a little more oil but a lot more plant material.
Mistake #6: Baking too little oil into your dish–or, God forbid, way too much
Solution: Test the oil’s potency before incorporating it into a dish
Eating homemade edibles doesn’t have to be like Russian Roulette. You can run a “strand test” beforehand to gage how much infused oil you’ll need in your recipe based on its potency. Here’s how.
Take 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of your oil as a personal dose and add it to a food or drink. Wait an hour and see how you feel. This will help you determine what an appropriate single dose would be. Once you’ve determined how much oil yields your desired effects, multiply that dose per serving if making a shareable batch (if making a cake, pizza, a pitcher, etc.). Or simply scoop that perfect dose onto each individual dish (if infusing a plate of pasta, a cup of coffee, a piece of toast, etc.).
Mistake #7: Uneven distribution of potency in an infused batch
Solution: Stir well. Really, really well.
We’ve all been there: you made a perfectly good batch of cannabutter for your brownies, but after eating an entire piece, you don’t feel a thing. So you eat another, and still don’t feel a thing. Your friend, however, ate half a one and is somewhere in the cosmos. What happened?
You probably didn’t stir the batter well enough. If making a batch of infused food, stir like your life depended on it. This will ensure that the oil is distributed evenly across the batch and that your perfect dose makes it into each individual slice.
If you aspire to perfect your infused dishes, be sure to stop by a Puff, Pass & Bake cooking class in Denver, CO, or Las Vegas, NV, to learn all the secrets (while having a jolly good time with other stoned people). When it comes to cannabis and cooking, there’s always more to learn.
Thanks to: https://www.leafly.com
If you are a lover of cannabis, then there is a high chance that you will have dabbled in the world of edibles! Even newbies are often drawn towards marijuana as a result of there being so many great cannabis-rich recipes circulating in the U.S.
And we can’t blame people for being curious; over the years, as the cannabis industry has boomed, so has the gastronomy side of things! Gone are the days of the simple pot brownie (although we still love a good old chocolate pot brownie!), as now you can get your hands on practically any food that is weed-infused – and we can’t get enough!
Across America, it is now even possible to go into specialist restaurants where you can sample some fine dining – with a side of marijuana! Things like cannabis pizza, pasta, curry, ice cream and even wine are now on the table (literally and figuratively), which is exciting news for weed lovers the world over.
If you are stuck for inspiration, however, you have come to the right place! We have put together a list of our five current favorite cannabis-infused recipes that are sure to blow your mind!
#1 Hash Yogurt – The Beginners Recipe
If this is your first time incorporating cannabis into your cooking, then look no further than this delicious and super simple hash yogurt recipe! Not only does it make a delightful after-dinner treat, but also it will take you less than 10 minutes to put together!
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#2 Nugtella – The Chocoholics Recipe
In every great edibles list, there must be a chocolate number for those with the ultimate sweet tooth, so we could think of no better recipe for you guys than this cannabis-infused Nutella – nuts, weed, and the nation’s favorite chocolate spread all rolled into one!
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#3 Weed Ice Cream – The Chilled Recipe
Who doesn’t love a good ice cream? Perhaps the single most famous dessert of all time, there was only one thing that could ever make it better: cannabis! This weed ice cream makes for the perfect dessert (adults only!) and is pretty easy to make, too.
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#4 Paleo Gummy Bears – The “Healthy” Recipe
Children and adults alike have enjoyed gummy bear sweets for as long as we can remember, but for the health conscious these treats aren’t something we can indulge in regularly. Enter these “healthy-ish” gummy bears, infused with cannabis – for adults only!
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*MarijuanaBreak Tip – These Paleo gummy bears are full of great nutrients, and are the perfect treat for microdosing!
#5 Go Bananas – The Cheeky Recipe
These delicious chocolate-coated bananas are not only quick and simple to make, but they taste amazing and incorporate our favorite cannabutter recipe to bring you a lovely little buzz with every cheeky bite!
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5 Mind-Blowing Cannabis Recipes: Final Thoughts
If you are a lover of food and cannabis, then you can’t really go wrong with these recipes. However, it is important to take note that edibles work differently from smoking joints. An experienced cannabis smoker may still quite easily go wrong when it comes to edibles, as they take a much longer time to enter the system, meaning it can be a while before you feel the familiar cannabis buzz.
Be careful, and make sure to only eat small amounts at a time unless you want to go into a THC-induced paranoia.
Also, microdosing your edibles is a great way to control how much weed you are consuming, and will help you to avoid any unpleasant side effects later on.
Thanks to: https://www.marijuanabreak.com
If you want to know how to make marijuana edibles, the secret is cooking with marijuana butter. First let’s talk about why make weed edibles?Positive Effects of Edible Marijuana
It’s clear that if you cook your weed, you get a longer, stronger, and more legal experience than smoking marijuana but there are a few cons. The most obvious is that you don’t get as acutely high from pot edibles as you do from smoking marijuana. The second con is that dosing is much easier smoking weed than it is with edibles. Overdosing on edibles can produce a frightening experience but is usually not physically dangerous. The third con is simply that it takes about an hour to feel effects of edibles.To make a good weed bake and have a positive experience is easy to do, just follow these simple basic steps.Step #1 Don’t hate, decarboxylateThe first step in any weed bake is to choose a high-quality strain of weed, then make it super-strong by decarboxylating it, which is a fancy word that means to bake it on a baking sheet at 240 degrees for 25 mins to an hour, depending on how much weed you’re using for making edibles. This will concentrate the bud and convert more of the cannabinoids to the potent thc that you want.Strains: Indicas to Meditate, Sativas to StimulateWhen choosing a strain to use in your bake, consider the effects each strain offers. Indicas usually offer profound relaxation while sativas are more stimulating. If you want to treat anxiety and pain, you might want an indica. If instead you want to address fatigue, a sativa might be more appropriate. There are as many different strains of these basic categories as there are vendors and the different strains offer different experiences. One way to tell a potent strain is by smell. You want a potent and deep aroma from the strain you choose. You may have to test different strains for thc edibles and ask other users and vendors what effects each give to find the strains that are right for you.Step #2 Cooking with Cannabis ButterCannabutter is the essential ingredient for any weed bake. Don’t be intimidated, it is extremely easy to make.Here’s what you need to make basic cannabutter.Ingredients:
The basic process is to put your decarboxylated weed and butter in a pot with a little water just to make sure the butter doesn’t burn, and heat on a low simmer for 3 to 6 hours. Long as the butter doesn’t burn, the longer you heat, the more cannabinoids you get in the butter. Some prefer to heat in a crockpot to 6 hours. Let it cool enough to handle, strain out the plant material and discard (the thc is now inside the butter!), then put it in the fridge overnight for it to harden. Next, remove the hardened butter from the residual water and you have your main ingredient, your precious canna butter infused with powerful cannabinoids. For more specific instructions on making canna butter, view our detailed explanation on Making the Marijuana Oil here: https://www.ncsm.nl/english/information-for-patients/cannabutter-oil-recipeTop 3 Marijuana Cookies Recipes (aka Weed Cookies)WE RECOMMEND to READStep #3 Bake or Make with your Canna butter or Canna OilYou can bake cookies, cakes, and brownies or make syrups and candies with your canna oil or canna butter. All you need to do is follow the instructions for making these foods and replace the oil required in the recipe with your cannabutter. It has a great taste and amazing medicinal effects.We will give you right here, the basic steps for making simple, but tasty and powerful marijuana edibles.
MORE HERE: https://www.ncsm.nl/english/information-for-patients/make-weed-edibles
Published on Aug 11, 2015
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