Learning how to make edibles with cannabis at home is easier than you think. However, before you rush in your kitchen and use up your precious weed, there are some important points to consider.
We’ll start with a standard base infusion of cannabis that you can use in any recipe. The standard base uses cooking oil or butter and is basically prepared in the same way. It is aptly named cannabutter or cannaoil infusion.
You can use any of your favorite recipe to make edibles when butter or oil is required.
Choosing a Strain
Choosing the right strain is the first step in learning how to make edibles. If your looking for an elevated feel good CBD strain. A relaxing and pain relieving Indica or a pick me up Sativa.
My suggestion is to start with a low THC strain. Choose a cannabis strain that you are familiar with, that you have been smoking or vaping. Using a strain with a 10 to 15 percent THC level is perfect for edibles.
Every cannabis strain provides different effects, with different results to each individual. Remember using Sativa’s provides energy and vigor and Indicas are good for sleep and relaxation.
Decarboxylation is your first step
You can read a previous article we had written about Decarboxylation.
In brief decarboxylation naturally occurs when you heat or add a flame to your cannabis. Your cannabis strain will not become psychoactive without heating or burning. Making sure that your cannabis is decarboxylated before learning how to make edibles is a must.
Decarboxylation also activates the full medicinal power of other cannabinoids found in your strain, such as CBD’s, CBN’s and CBG’s.
If you skip decarboxylation your finished product will be weak or inactive.
Infusion and your standard base
Almost every recipe for the most common foods require the addition of butter and or oil. The standard base is usually referred to as cannabutter or cannaoil infusion. The use of this infusion will be your base on how to make edibles quickly and easily.
Let’s start. For your base infusion, you can use any type of cooking oil, including coconut and olive oil or butter. Be careful, as butter burns quickly, so watch your cannabutter closely as it heats.
Ingredients: 1 cup of salted butter
1 cup (7-10 grams) of ground cannabis, decarboxylated
- Grind the decarboxylated weed with a coarse grinder. If you grind your cannabis too fine, it will produce a strong plant taste.
- In a bowl or saucepan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter. Simmer over low heat until the butter melts. The addition of water helps control the temperature and prevents the butter from burning.
- When the butter starts to melt, add your cannabis.
- Using a liquid thermometer. Keep your heat low and allow it to cook for 2 to 3 hours (ideally over 160F, but never over 200F). Do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Place a funnel on top of a jar with a cheesecloth. When the butter has cooled, pour it over the cheesecloth and let it strain slowly. Do not over squeeze the ingredients inside the cheesecloth. As it may release bad tasting ingredients into your mix or excess plant material.
- Place your jar in the refrigerator until the butter cools. The water that you added previously in step 2, will now be at the bottom of the jar. You can now remove the solid butter from the top.
How to Dose your Edibles
To determine the effects, of your cannabutter batch. Try about 1 teaspoon of your cannabutter, either on toast or drizzled over some popcorn. This will give you a good idea on the strength of your product. Wait an hour and see how you feel. Learning how to make edibles is easy.
Evaluate the effects you experienced with your test. Use the cannabutter test dose as a starting point to increase or decrease the quantity to your desired effects.
The final amount that gives you the desired effects you are looking for can now be used. By multiplying that quantity to the per servings of your edible batch.