If you’re looking to create some home made cannabis edibles, there are a few pointers that you need to be aware of. Preparing cannabis edibles is a great way to use ingredients that you control mainly sugar and salt content. As well it’s a great way to save money and stay discreet. Here are some techniques and common cannabis cooking mistakes to avoid while cooking cannabis.
When baking your buds the main rule to follow is keeping the temperature low. Low and slow is the way to go. Decarboxylating your cannabis should be done slowly, the longer it will take to decarb your cannabis the more likely the terpenes and aromatic hydrocarbons will be more effective and enhance your “high”.
For the best result, preheat your oven to 245°F this is the perfect temperature for releasing the terpenes. The cannabis should be decarbed at 245°F (120°C) for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring the buds every 10 minutes throughout.
Never Pass On Decarboxylating
Cannabis needs to be heated in order to activate the cannabinoids. While heat is necessary to decarb your cannabis, too much is no good and none is outright terrible. Raw cannabis contains no THC and requires the process of adding heat or decarboxylation order to start the chemical reaction that converts the THC-A into THC.
Over Grinding Your Cannabis
Over grinding will not improve your cannabis flavors, increase the THC levels or give you a more powerful “high”. Although it is necessary to grind your cannabis flowers, finely ground cannabis will only add plant material and increase the herbal flavors to your recipes. When making cannabis butter or oil which are key ingredients to many cannabis recipes, you will need to strain out the cannabis. By over grinding you will have a very fine powder which some of the material will find its way into your butter or oil, and add a more greener color to your final edible product.
Once your cannabis mixture has infused with your butter, oil, or herbal mixture the next step is straining. Straining your infusion is often overlooked by many beginners, for best results a cheesecloth to filter out any small particles of hemp will work the best. After the majority of the liquid has sipped through, lift the cheesecloth and squeeze out the remaining liquid trapped inside. This way you get the maximum amount of oil out of your hemp, you are now ready to proceed to your recipe.
Over or Under Medicating
This is where there is no real formula to controlling the strength of your edibles, experience is the only true formula. Over or under medicating edible batches is a common problem with beginners. A good way to test your batch prior to adding it to any recipe is to test a small quantity. For example if it’s butter that you have infused make yourself a toast and butter spread a measured quantity and wait to see how it affects you. With this test you can determine the strength of your single dose and adjust accordingly the quantity to your edible batch. Each batch that you produced needs to be tested this way as not all of your batches will have the same potency.