If you use medical marijuana, you might be looking for a tasty way to get your daily dose in. The oil from cannabis can be bitter, so a great recipe can cover up that taste. Or you may only be able to access cannabis flowers. If that’s the case, you may rather have an edible than smoke your flower. Edibles are also a great way to micro-dose, which involves taking small amounts several times a day.
Although cookies are delicious and it might be tempting to grab several, remember that you will want to go slowly when you are using edibles. You may not notice the effects right away, but when you do, they can be more intense than if you were to smoke. They can take an hour or longer to start affecting you.
Since marijuana edibles look like regular food, you will want to make sure that you label them carefully to prevent any mix-ups. If you think you will want to keep munching after you have gotten in your dose, consider making one regular and one cannabis-infused batch. You can share the regular batch with others in your household.
Tips for Making Edibles
To get started with your edibles, you will want to gather some ingredients first. Many people enjoy marijuana recipes that contain chocolate. To really enjoy the experience, you should look for some high-quality chocolate. It is also good to have butter, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and sugar around. That way, you can make your own cookies or even cakes.
Picking Your Strain
Picking a good strain to use in your edibles will depend on your mood and whether you will be hanging out with your friends. Everyone reacts with marijuana differently. In general, a sativa can make you feel more energetic, while an indica strain may help you feel more relaxed.
If you want to feel energized, you might want to go with Sour Diesel, Golden Goat, or White Widow. But if you want to relax more, you may want to go with Bubba Kush, White Fire Alien OG, or Granddaddy Purple.
Getting the Dose Right
On average, you can assume that you will have around 10 percent of THC in your strain. There are 1,000 milligrams in a gram. So, a gram of cannabis would have 100 milligrams of THC in it because that is 10 percent of 1,000 milligrams. That means that when you are baking at home, you can assume that every gram of marijuana will have around 100 milligrams of THC.
Let’s assume you have about 700 milligrams of cannabis ready to bake with. By following a traditional cookie recipe, you might make around 60 cookies. That means that in each cookie, you have about 11 grams of cannabis and 1,100 milligrams of THC. If you are a first-time user, then you will want to cut the cookie into quarters. This would give you 275 milligrams of THC per dose. You should wait at least an hour between doses.
What If You Take Too Much?
Whether you have been using cannabis for a long time or are new to it, you might take too much at one time. There is no reason to panic when this happens. You might try eating some pine nuts or pistachios. These have pinene, which may help with your mental clarity.
You can also try eating citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, oranges, or lemons. These have terpenes that may help to counteract the effects.
1. Making Cannabutter
Many marijuana recipes use cannabutter or oil. That allows the cannabis to mix into your food really well. Butter is a great carrier oil for cannabinoids, such as THC. However, if you want to try something different, you can also go for olive oil or coconut oil. Remember that some types of oil, such as butter, can burn easily. You will want to stand there and watch it when it is cooking. To get started, you need:
- 128 grams of butter or other oil
- One dose of medical marijuana
Before you can start making your butter, you will need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This is an important step that will help to activate the product. This is the key when it comes to making potent edibles.
Normally, your bud produces a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is known as THCA. When you vaporize or smoke it, the THCA becomes THC, which is what gives you the psychoactive effects. You need to do the same thing when you are making an edible.
With some recipes, you may decarb the cannabis in your butter directly. While this can save you a bit of time initially, it can make the finished product bitter. It is better to leave the herb in the butter for as short of a time as possible. You will use the oven to decarb the cannabis first.
First, heat the oven to around 115 degrees Celsius. Spread out your bud on a baking sheet. It is a good idea to use parchment paper on the bottom of the sheet to stop anything from sticking. Then, you can place the tray in your oven and leave it for around 30 to 40 minutes.
If your marijuana is older and already starting to dry, you may not need to leave it in as long. Although it is better to leave it in at a lower temperature for a longer time, you can also bump up the temperature a bit and leave it for around 10 to 15 minutes if you want to get done faster. No matter how you choose to do it, you will need to mix the bud every 10 minutes or so. That will prevent sticking and help the cannabis to decarb evenly.
Once you take your bud out of the oven, you can use a grinder to break it up. That will help it blend into the butter a little bit better.
Making the Butter
Next, you will want to add the butter with equal parts water to a pan. Leave it on low to allow the butter to melt. When you add water, the temperature will be regulated, and the butter will be less likely to scorch.
When the butter starts to melt, add in your medical marijuana. Allow it to simmer, but don’t let it get much above 115 degrees Celsius. You can leave it for about two to there hours and stir it every now and then. You do not want it to boil.
To strain out the pieces of marijuana, you will want to use a cheesecloth. Place this over a funnel on a wide-mouth jar and allow the butter to flow through it. You should avoid squeezing the cloth because it can push the plant material in the butter, and it will not taste good at this point.
Now, place the butter in the refrigerator. You may notice extra water at the bottom of your jar. You can take out the solidified butter and drain your water. You should let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour before you take out the water. It is a good idea to be careful with the dosage, as it can be harder to get a precise measurement.
2. Kief Cookies
Using premade cookie dough is a great way to whip up a fast, delicious dessert. Or you can make your own recipe. You can use your favourite type of dough to make these. Then, you can form it into a ball and add a pinch of decarboxylated kief to it. The amount will depend on how much kief you want in each serving.
Then, you can gently fold the cookie dough, so the kief ends up in the middle. Follow the dough’s instructions to bake the cookies. Don’t forget to label them when you are done, so you can avoid any accidents.
3. Chocolate Canna Cup
This a great recipe for using your cannabutter up. It is perfect if you do not want to do any baking. For one cup, you will need:
- 1.25 millilitres of cannabutter
- 14.75 millilitres of chocolate
- Dried fruit or nuts of your choosing
If you are going to micro-dose, you can use a small amount of this cup throughout the day. The first step is to melt your chocolate and cannabutter together. Then, you should mix them together well. To get an even dose every time, you should make sure that you spend some time mixing them.
Next, you can pour the melted mixture into a small, lined muffin tin. If you are using any nuts or dried fruit, now is the time to add them. Let it sit in the refrigerator until it has firmed up.
4. Marijuana Bananas
If you want a fast, easy recipe, then you can go for these bananas. When you choose a ripe banana, you can easily disguise the bitter flavour of the cannabis. It involves using cannabutter, chocolate, and bananas.
First, you will start with half of a ripe banana sliced into pieces. You will use a few millilitres of cannabutter, depending on what your dose is, as well as some dark chocolate chips. The amount you use will depend on your preferences.
Next, combine the cannabutter and your chocolate chips in a glass baking dish. Use low temperatures to melt them together. That way, you can avoid accidentally destroying the cannabinoids in the butter. Stir everything together until it is smooth and free of any lumps. Add your banana slices and make sure that they are all evenly coated.
Put the banana slices on some parchment paper to prevent sticking. If you want to, you can place sprinkles, nuts, or fruit on your slices. Then, place them in the freezer for a couple of hours.
If you have marijuana-infused chocolate still in the bowl or your spoon, then you can lick them off and count this as one of your doses.
5. Making Popcorn
You might like salty snacks instead of sweet ones. If so, then there are plenty of ways you can use cannabutter in a salty recipe. Popcorn is one of the more popular ones. If you already have cannabutter, then this is a simple and quick recipe.
The trick here is to make your popcorn on the stove in a large pot instead of in the microwave. To start, you will heat up your butter with salt and pepper in the pot on the stove. Make sure the lid is on. Place a couple of kernels in the pan and wait until you hear them pop.
Add a handful or two of kernels to the pan and remove it from the heat for one minute. Oil gets very hot, and that will prevent anything from burning. Shake the pan a bit to evenly coat your kernels. After a minute has passed, place it back on the heat. Make sure you stand there and move the pan around as the kernels pop. That will prevent a burnt taste.
The popcorn is done when you notice several seconds between the pops. Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately. You can add more cannabutter to get in your daily dose. You may also want to add some more salt to your popcorn.
There are many recipes that allow you to enjoy the effects of a daily dose of marijuana. At the same time, you do not need to worry about the unpleasant taste of your cannabis. Following one of these recipes can help you get the experience and confidence to start coming up with your own.
You can also try using your cannabutter in other recipes that call for oil or butter. For example, you might try using your marijuana-infused butter to make a delicious buttercream frosting. If you are new to using edibles, remember to consult with your doctor before using them and start out with a small dose. You might be surprised at how potent they are compared to other methods of using cannabis.