Cooking with weed, especially butter or oil, reeks. You can air the room out or use candles to mask the smell, but it’s of little use. If you’re set on cooking with marijuana, plan accordingly and be ready to have the smell linger for up to 48 hours.
Another thing you should be aware of before you go off trying recipes is — the dose. You should be extra careful when deciding how to dose edibles because it’s harder compared to other methods of consumption. It’s important to remember that getting the right weed measurements is a tricky business that requires some serious math skills.
- First, determine how much THC is in the pot strain you’re using. Most strains have an average of 10% THC content (anything over 20% is considered pretty strong). If you’re not sure how strong your weed is, go with the 10% average.
How much weed you need to make edibles depends on how much THC you want to use per serving. The serving size for weed edibles in Colorado is 10 mg of THC, but a good starting point for beginners is around 5 mg per serving.
- Then, convert the amount of weed you have into THC milligrams. How many mg in a gram? Every gram of cannabis bud has around 1,000 mg of dry weight, which means that one gram of weed has about 100 mg of THC-provided you are using a strain with 10% THC.
- Next on the list on how to make edibles and get the right amount of weed is to divide the THC content by the recipe measure to calculate the THC dose per serving.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re making cookies. If the average yield is 60 cookies, you would need around 3 grams of pot to get 5 mg of THC per cookie.
One last tip on how to make edibles with weed — be careful how much you consume in one sitting.
Keep in mind that the high from ingesting weed is different than smoking. It not only takes longer to hit but it is much more intense and lasts for longer. Make sure you don’t get impatient while waiting for the buzz to kick in and eat too much too soon.
Bear in mind, when it comes to cannabis and cooking — less is more.
How to Make Edibles: Step One-Decarboxylation
Before you even get started, you need to decarb your weed.
Let’s be clear, you shouldn’t eat or cook with raw cannabis. Raw weed not only tastes bad but it also doesn’t get you high.
Decarboxylation is a fancy term that involves heating cannabis so that THC (i.e., the cannabinoid that gets you high) is activated. Luckily, the term sounds more complicated than the actual process.
All you need to do to complete the first step of the “how to make weed edibles” process is tear or break the leaf and put in a preheated oven at 240ºF (or 115ºC) for 30 to 40 minutes until it turns golden brown.
After that, grind the leaf until you get the consistency of table salt. You shouldn’t grind the weed too fine (a rookie mistake) because this will make your butter or oil turn green and taste too much like grass.
Step Two — Making Cannabutter
To learn how to make cannabis edibles, you need some tips on how to make cannabutter. Cannabutter is one of the basic ingredients for almost all weed recipes and luck it’s super easy to make.
How to Make Cannabutter
- 1 cup unsalted butter, or 2 sticks
- ½ of water
- 1 cup of ground cannabis
- Melt the butter. Add water to regulate the temperature and keep an eye on your brew because butter burns pretty easily. If you are making cannabutter in a double boiler, fill the lower chamber with 3 to 4 cups of water, put the butter in the upper chamber and set it on medium heat.
- Just as the butter starts to melt, add the marijuana. Let it simmer for 2–3 hours. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t boil.
- Once the butter has cooled off, filter the liquid using a cheesecloth to remove the excess raw material and pour the remaining liquid into a container.
- Let it cool in the fridge for an hour. Take out the solid butter leaving a brown liquid behind.
- Do you know how long to cook cannabutter in a crockpot? The answer is 8 to 12 hours (depending on the strain you’re using and the temperature setting). When using a slow cooker or crockpot to make cannabutter, make sure that the heat setting is low, or around 160ºF (70°C), throughout the entire process.
Why should you use a slow cooker? Firstly, that way it is almost impossible for the mixture to burn. Another benefit is that the butter (or oil) is more potent. As the saying goes: Good things come to those who wait, so even though slow cooking is slower, it’s definitely worth the wait.
How to Make Cannabutter Stronger
One way to ensure maximum potency of your cannabutter is to use a stronger weed strain. Simply put, the stronger the weed strain, the more potent the weed butter. White Widow, Bubba Kush, and Trainwreck are recommended as the best cannabis strains for making cannabutter. They have about 16% of THC.
But, don’t be fooled by thinking more bud means more potency. Like we said before, with edibles less is more, so don’t spend too much on the flower and make sure you use everything the plant offers.
How to Make Edibles with Shake
Some useful advice: When making cannabutter, you can always use shake, thus ensuring that nothing goes to waste.
Shake refers to the leftover pieces at the bottom of your bag of weed. For all intents and purposes, the shake is just smaller buds that may sometimes contain stems and leaves. But, seeing as you are straining the butter anyway, these bits and pieces don’t really matter.
So, save the good stuff for smoking and turn to shake and stems for your kitchen adventures!
Remember, there is no such thing as the ultimate cannabutter. Even the High Times Cannabutter Experiment couldn`t pick a clear winner, and they used a scientific approach to decide on the best method for making cannabutter. Cooking cannabutter is a process of trial and error. You need to try different methods and dosages until you get to the one that tastes just right to you.
Once you get your cannabutter ready, you get started cooking for real and make anything starting from the classics to more complicated edibles.