Marijuana edibles used to be this taboo thing you were lucky if you could get your hands on – and not get caught. With the legalization of weed in so many states now, though, edibles are being sold in marijuana stores like any other baked good would be offered in a bakery.
But, the ease of access to legal weed also means you can start getting your hands dirty in the kitchen with it yourself. There’s no need to go to the store every time you want to enjoy an edible, and it’s pretty fun to come up with your own recipe!
If you don’t know the first thing about how to make edibles, keep reading for five easy-to-follow tips that will help you create the most delicious weed treats ever.
1. Use Butter, Not Bud
The most basic rule of making an edible is to use cannabutter or cannaoil. If you mix fresh bud into the recipe, you’ve already messed it up.
Instead, you have to combine the THC-rich oils with something like a stick of butter or a cup of vegetable oil. Whether you use butter or oil – and how much of it – depends on the recipe you’re making.
A brownie mix you buy in the store, for example, calls for oil. Cakes or cookies that you make from scratch, on the other hand, come out best when you use butter.
Focus on getting a potent canna-creation first, then work on mixing it into classic baked goods. The best way to get the most out of fresh bud is to decarboxylate it first in the oven, then melt it down slowly in a pot with butter/oil and a bit of water.
2. Measure and Time Everything
As you can see, turning fresh marijuana into something you can work with while baking is a process of its own. That’s why accurate measuring and timing are a must. This isn’t a recipe you can just eyeball.
If you want the highest level of potency in your butter/oil, you need to get your ratios right, which you can read more about before getting started. Keep in mind the ratios will vary depending on the quality of the weed you’re using and how many edibles you’d like to make. After all, it takes much more cannabutter to bake 20 brownies than it does to make 5 or 10.
3. Start with the Classic
Once you have your cannabis concentrate ready to go, it’s time to have some fun. Start with classic edible recipes like brownies and cookies before you dive into the more complex stuff.
This helps you understand how the cannabutter/oil reacts to the other ingredients you’re using. It also gives you a chance to work on how strong you’d like to make your edibles.
This is one of the most important details to pay attention to when creating any cannabis recipe – are you looking for something that gets you floored in a few bites, or do you want a treat you can actually enjoy and get a little buzz from? Keep a clear definition of this in your mind as you work. This will help you control the effects of the THC, and it may even help you conserve your concentrate for another time.
4. Don’t Hesitate to Go Gourmet
If you feel like you’re getting the hang of making basic marijuana edibles, try your hand at more gourmet creations. Think about it: there is so much you can do with oil and butter!
People put this stuff on everything. A little bit of cannaoil can take your morning avocado toast to the next level. Or, it might be cannabutter that you need to make a savory pasta dish or even mashed potatoes with.
Hopefully, these suggestions are stirring your imagination. At the end of the day, making edibles is just a fun spin on experimenting in the kitchen. Start paying attention to everything you eat with oil and butter, then see if there’s a way to incorporate a cannabis concentrate into these foods the next time you get the munchies.
Before you know it, your kitchen will be stocked with delicious creations like cannabis-infused milk and homemade candies! Oh, and gourmet can also mean taking baked goods up a notch. Why not turn classic weed brownies into slutty brownies or double-chocolate cookies?
5. Be Patient
The thing about upgrading your marijuana recipes is that you won’t always get them right on the first try. Do your first attempts in small batches so you can conserve your precious cannabis concentrates and try a few different things. This will result in the absolute best, sure-fire recipe for every weed treat you make.
More so, it will help you be patient with yourself. No one wants to work so hard to make a huge batch of brownies only to have them come out bad – weed-infused or not. It’s also a good idea to get your savory dishes down before you start inviting people over to enjoy them.
Celebrate your small victories when you get things right on your very first try. But, don’t give up on the dishes you were really hoping would be winners. Keep working on them until they taste just as good as anything else, or even better.
Make the Best Marijuana Edibles You’ve Ever Had
It’s one thing to start smoking and trying different marijuana strains, but turning your favorite buds into delicious marijuana edibles opens a whole other world. There’s no limit to what you can do with cannabutter/cannaoil once you know what you’re doing.
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