Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes While Cooking Cannabis Edibles

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:

  • 1:1 – 1 cup of oil to 1 cup of ground cannabis (about 7-10 grams)

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:

  • Heat the oven to 245°F (120°C)
  • Cook for 30 to 40 minutes
  • Mix the buds every 10 minutes

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:

  • Introduce chlorophyll to your oil, lending a strong plant-like taste
  • Cause your butter or oil to turn green (which may look appealing, but at the cost of flavor)
  • Make it impossible to strain unwanted, bad-tasting plant material

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.

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5 Cannabis Recipes That’ll Blow Your Mind


5 Cannabis Recipes That’ll Blow Your Mind

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!

What You’ll Need:

  • A tub of yogurt (flavor of your choice, but we LOVE strawberry and chocolate for this recipe)
  • Around a joint’s worth of hash (about 0.5 g should be plenty)
  • Oil (we recommend either butter or coconut oil)
  • Cooking/frying pan
  • Stove

What to Do:

  • Simply pour your butter or coconut oil into the pot or frying pan over a low to medium heat.
  • Crumble your hash into the melted cooking oil.
  • After a couple of minutes over the heat, your oil and hash should begin to melt and combine.
  • Use a spoon or small utensil to stir to mix the combination
  • Once thoroughly mixed, pour into yogurt and combine.
  • Once cooled, chow down!

#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!

What You’ll Need:

  • A jar of Nutella (available in most any food store)
  • Cannabis-infused oil (recipe for which can be found here)
  • Mixing bowl

What to Do:

  • This is another super quick and simple recipe, so once you have your Nutella and have prepped your cannabis oil, let’s go!
  • Place your Nutella into a mixing bowl; the amount is entirely up to you – it just depends on how much you want to put together.
  • For  every serving of Nutella you want to do, mix in one dose of  cannabis  oil. Once mixed in, stir well until the oil has been evenly  distributed  through the chocolate and can no longer be seen.
  • Keep stored in the fridge, and once it’s cool, you are good to go!

#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.

What You’ll Need:

  • 500 ml ice cream
  • 75 g sugar
  • 50 g of cannabis butter (recipe for which can be found here)
  • Saucepan (x2)
  • Mixing bowl

What to Do:

  • Take the ice cream and heat it up in a saucepan over medium heat, bringing it to a simmer.
  • Using  your other saucepan, melt 50 g of cannabis butter, adding in  the sugar  to melt together making a sweet and cannabis-rich liquid.
  • To  combine your flavor, mash up the fruit of your choice in a mixing   bowl. We love strawberries, but you can do any fruit you like.
  • Once your fruit is mashed to your desired texture, combine all the ingredients and add to a large container.
  • Pop your mixture into the freezer for a few hours until frozen, then enjoy!

#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!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2/3 Cup pureed fruit (we suggest berries such as blackberries, raspberries or strawberries, but any berry will do)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
  • 2-3 tsp. cannabis tincture
  • Three tablespoons of grass-fed gelatin (can be found online or in some health food stores)
  • A gummy bear mold
  • A saucepan

What to Do:

  • Combine your fresh fruit (or juice) into a saucepan with 1/3-cup water, lemon juice, sweetener and place on medium-low heat.
  • Add to this mixture your cannabis tincture, and slowly whisk in the grass-fed gelatine.
  • Continue whisking the mixture until smooth and well combined.
  • Turn off the heat and, using a spoon or dropper, fill your mold with the mixture.
  • After around 5 minutes in the freezer, or 15 in the fridge, your bears are ready to remove from the mold and enjoy!

*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!

What You’ll Need:

  • Half of a sliced banana
  • ½ tsp. cannabis oil or Cannabutter
  • One tablespoon of chocolate chips (dark, milk, or white)
  • Heat-proof bowl
  • Parchment paper

What to Do:

  • Place your chocolate chips and cannabis oil (or cannabutter) into a heatproof bowl that can be placed in the oven.
  • Heat  slowly over low temperature, allowing the mixture to gently  melt  without burning or ruining the cannabinoids in the oil (around 120   degrees).
  • Once melted, stir the mixture until it is super smooth with no lumps or bumps.
  • Add into the chocolate your bananas ensuring they are all coated well.
  • Once you are happy with your bananas, place them on a parchment paper lined baking tray and pop them into the freezer.
  • That’s it – you’re done. Once frozen, you are ready to indulge in your cannabis-infused treats.

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.


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How to Make Weed Edibles


How to Make Weed Edibles: Best Edible Marijuana Recipes

  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

  • You don’t have to know how to cook to follow simple medical marijuana edibles recipes
  • Once you learn how to make cannabis edibles, you will have a healthier alternative to smoking pot
  • Edibles thc is more relaxing and lasts longer than smoked thc
  • Cooking with marijuana butter gives you the option of making delicious food from baking pot cookies to bud brownies and hash candy that delivers the medical effects of marijuana, from pain relief to fighting cancer
  • Weed  cooking to bake cooked medical marijuana products, cooking with  cannabis butter, is sometimes legal where weed smoking is still illegal
  • The effects of edible marijuana come on slower and is stronger and lasts longer than smoked 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:

  • A cup or less of water
  • 1 lb. of butter, unsalted
  • 1 oz. of high quality lightly ground weed bud or trim

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: 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.

How to Make POTENT Cannabutter - The Easy Way!

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Differences Between Ingesting and Inhaling Cannabis

Published on Aug 11, 2015

In this episode of Leafly's Cannabis 101 we break down 5 major differences between ingesting cannabis and inhaling it. Ingested cannabis has a completely different metabolic process for how our bodies intake and absorb THC.