If you’ve never tried cannabis edibles before, you might be intimidated by the idea of making your own. But trust us: making your own edibles is easier than it sounds! In fact, there are plenty of DIY cannabis-infused treats that you can make at home with just a few simple ingredients and some planning ahead of time. Even if you’re not much of a chef, making edibles is an easy way to get more cannabinoids into your system without smoking or vaping. Keep reading for tips for making cannabis edibles!
Decide What Edibles you Want to Make
There are many options when it comes to edibles, but when it comes down to it, you can choose between baked goods, drinks, and candies. Baked goods like muffins and cookies are great for a group setting, while drinks like tea and coffee are good for when you want to chill at home. Candies are the perfect on-the-go treat.
THC-Infused Butter: The Base for Most Cannabis Edibles
If you’re new to making homemade edibles, we recommend starting with some THC-infused butter. THC-infused butter is the foundation for most cannabis edibles, whether baked goods or candies. It’s easy to make and can be used in a variety of different ways. You can bake it into any baked goods you like, or you can make delicious cannabis-infused candies by rolling the butter in sugar or cocoa powder. Making THC-infused butter is super easy.
All you have to do is warm some butter on the stove over low heat, add medical marijuana and let the two cook together for a few minutes. Remove the butter from the heat and let it cool before transferring to a container and storing it in the fridge.
Weed Butter and Flour
If you want to make baked goods like cookies or muffins, you’ll also want to make flour. Don’t worry — it’s super easy to make cannabis flour. All you have to do is process raw cannabis (like stems, buds, or leaves) in a blender or food processor until it resembles a fine powder. Once you’ve made your flour, you can use it like any other flour in any baked goods that you like.
Weed butter and flour are what make marijuana edibles like cookies and brownies high in THC and CBD. You can also use weed butter and flour in coffee and tea for a more mellow effect. Weed butter is simply butter that’s been cooked with cannabis. You can use it in almost any baked good!
Sugar and Syrup — The Sweet Stuff
If you prefer to make edibles that are more sugary than baked, or if you’re making candies, you can use sugar or syrup in your recipes. You can use either one to infuse cannabis into your edibles. The process is pretty similar to infusing your butter: warm the sugar or syrup on the stove over low heat, add ground cannabis, and let the two cook together for a few minutes.
Remove the syrup or sugar from the heat, let it cool, and then transfer to a container and store in the fridge. Sugar and syrup make potent edibles, but you can use less cannabis in your recipes if you want a milder effect. You can also use sugar or syrup to make cannabis-infused coffee or tea.
Dried Fruit and Nuts — a tasty, healthy addition.
If you want to make something savory, like a trail mix or a granola with cannabis, dried fruit and nuts make a great addition. You can add as much or as little cannabis to the mix as you like. There are a few different ways to infuse dried fruit and nuts with cannabis: you can make a cannabis-infused butter and stir it into the dry ingredients, or you can make a cannabis-infused syrup and mix it in.
If you want to make a cannabis-infused syrup, warm sugar and cannabis together on the stove over low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool. Before serving, drizzle your syrup over the dried fruit and nuts.
Create Small Batches and Freeze ’em!
If you don’t have a lot of people around to eat your edibles all at once, or if you want to save some for later, you can freeze your cannabis treats. Simply make a small batch of baked goods or candies with a small amount of weed butter or sugar. You can also use a mix of butter and sugar in your recipes.
Freeze what you don’t eat, and you can enjoy your edibles later! If you’re making something like granola, simply mix the cannabis-infused butter or syrup with the dry ingredients, place it in a container, and freeze it. If you’re making baked goods, you can freeze them, too, but make sure you wrap them well in plastic wrap first. These are good tips for making Cannabis Edibles last longer!
Don’t Forget the Fats.
Cannabis edibles often contain high amounts of fat, so make sure to pair your cannabis treats with other high-fat foods to balance it out. For example, if you’re making a cannabis brownie, you might want to also eat a side of chips or cookies, or have a milkshake or bowl of ice cream for dessert.
If you’re making baked goods, don’t forget to add in other high-fat ingredients like cannabis oil, coconut oil, or chocolate. If you’re making a cannabis drink or tea, adding dairy or cream will bring your cannabis dose down a little bit.
Leafy greens — any way you can get ’em in there!
If you’re trying to eat healthily and also make weed edibles, don’t forget about leafy greens! You can add fresh, raw greens into almost any cannabis-infused recipe, and they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals. There are a few ways to infuse greens into your edibles: you can add a handful of greens to your sugar or syrup while it’s cooking, or you can add them to your butter while you’re cooking with cannabis.
You can also make a cannabis-infused vinegar that contains greens. Adding greens to your edibles will bring your dose down a bit, so use them when you want to eat healthy.
Take your time when baking with weed.
Another few Tips for Making Cannabis Edibles. Don’t forget to take your time! You might be in a rush to get your baked goods done and out of the kitchen, but keeping your cannabis ingredients warm for too long will cause the THC to break down, making the effects take longer to kick in.
You should aim to keep your cannabis-infused ingredients warm (like butter or syrup) for about three hours, and your cannabis flour for about four hours. That way, you’ll have you own weed edibles that will kick in quickly and last for a good amount of time. Baking is a great way to make cannabis edibles because you can control the amount of cannabis that goes into each serving. Simply scale down the amount of cannabis you use in each recipe. If you want a milder edible, use less cannabis. If you want a stronger edible, use more.
Making cannabis edibles doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. There are plenty of ways to infuse your favorite foods with cannabis, and it’s easy to scale down the amount of cannabis flower to suit your needs. Remember, it’s always better to use less cannabis and eat your full portion than it is to eat too much and not be able to finish your meal. When in doubt, use less cannabis and enjoy the effects of a full and delicious meal! Hopefully we helped and gave you some good tips on how to make cannabis edibles!