Thanks to the rapid legalization of marijuana use, we are delighted in a number of ways on how to consume marijuana. There is an endless variety of cannabis edibles you can prepare at home. This is the most appetizing way to consume marijuana. What are cannabis edibles? Cannabis edibles are cannabis-infused products that are consumed through the mouth.
Making cannabis edibles can be done in the comfort of your home. Plus, you can infuse your favorite brownies or cookies along with your favorite marijuana strains. In this article, you will learn the easy cannabis edibles preparation guide.
What are Cannabis Edibles?
Cannabis Edibles are any types of foods that are infused with cannabis. They are mixed with your favorite baked products and still feel the effects of THC and CBD kicking in. Also, cannabis edibles are a great option for people not wanting to associate themselves with the smoke of marijuana as it may be hard for their lungs to cope up with the smoke.
Another good thing about cannabis edibles is that they are processed by our digestive system then metabolized by the liver and onto the bloodstream. This means that although it may take a few more minutes or hours before we could feel the effects of marijuana, we are going to expect a more intense and profound high in the process. You can pretty much turn any products you love and infuse them with cannabis.
How can I cook cannabis edibles?
Before infusing any cannabis to any baked products, decarboxylation is a must. This process is activating the active compounds present in marijuana; in this case, we’re activating the cannabinoids. This is done so that we could still feel the effects of Marijuana when they are infused with our food. The process of decarboxylation is heating your cannabis material at a certain heat within a specified amount of time. Just like how you smoke weed when you smoke weed, heat is needed to burn the materials, then it’s activated, and now you can feel high.
When cannabis leaves, flowers, and buds are exposed to heat, it activates the THC or CBD. THC is the primary compound for inducing high, whereas CBD is known to having no psychoactive effects but is intended for its medicinal benefits.
In the case of edibles, you are going to decarboxylate your marijuana leaves at a much lower temperature. This is done to keep your marijuana leaves intact and to prepare it for the next step, which is infusing these to other products.
Now that you’ve read how decarboxylation works, we’ll go directly on how to do the decarboxylation process so that you can infuse your favorite goods with THC. The most popular way on how to decarboxylate weed is through the oven. To decarb your cannabis bud, you’ll only need a few materials and your weed.
Things you’ll need for decarboxylation:
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Pan
- Finely grounded Cannabis
- Scissors or Grinder
- With the use of a grinder or scissors, cut your cannabis leaves into tiny bits of pieces. Be sure that they are in small pieces, not too fine, not too large.
- Pre-heat your oven at around 200F
- Place your freshly grounded buds onto the parchment paper and lay it out evenly on the baking pan.
- Bake for around 40 minutes. Done.
Decarboxylated cannabis is the first part when making cannabis edibles. They are now ready for the infusion part.
What is Infusion?
Infusion refers to the method used in infusing cannabinoids such as CBD and THC into other substances. The easiest products to infuse THC is through oils or butter. The most popular way to infuse cannabis onto different kinds of baked products is by infusing it to butter or oil. This is because THC is fat-soluble; this means that THC binds easily through these substances, making it easy to stay.
After making cannabis butter or cannabis oil, they can now be used as ingredients in your favorite recipes, or they can now be simply added to other types of food. The next part is, I’ll be teaching you how to infuse butter and oil with cannabis.
As the name suggests, it is butter infused with cannabis or cannabutter. It is a versatile cooking component that can be added to many food preparations, such as baked products. When planning to make cannabutter, remember that butter burns easily, so it is ideal for keeping your heat at a minimum.
To make cannabutter, here are the steps:
- Pre-heat the saucepan; once heated, put your butter in.
- When the butter melts, add your decarboxylated cannabis
- Simmer the mixture for 2 to 4 hours.
- Place a strainer on top of an empty container and let the mixture run through the strainer.
- Let it cool down at room temperature.
When cooling down the liquid, allow it to solidify. Putting the container into the freezer can speed things up.
When planning to make cannabutter, be sure that you already made your decarboxylated cannabis. It is widely believed that using a decarboxylated weed will make your baked product more potent.
Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
The process of making cannabis-infused coconut oil is comparable to that used for the cannabis butter. Due to the cannabis’ versatility, they can be easily infused into the coconut oil and can be used as an ingredient for other recipes.
To make cannabis-infused coconut oil, here are the steps:
- Heat the pan and put the coconut oil in, don’t let it come to a boil. Just let it simmer.
- Add your decarboxylated cannabis onto the oil
- Let it simmer for around 2 to 3 hours. Stir it frequently and don’t let the temperature exceed 200F
- Strain the cannabis materials out of the mixture.
- Let it cool down at room temperature.
Cannabis edibles are easy to make with these quick and basic steps. As long as you follow each step, you are bound to have a successful one. Edibles are a good way to enjoy the effects of marijuana, as well as your favorite baked products.
Take note that it will be hard to dose cannabis off of cannabis edibles. Be sure to start small land slowly and let the high come through you. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, get hit and high!