You don’t have to be a chef to make your own edibles. Check out this guide to learn how to make cannabis-infused treats at home.
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Decarboxylate your cannabis
Decarboxylation is the process of heating your cannabis to release the THC. This is an important step because it activates the THC so that you can feel the effects of the cannabis. THC is the compound in cannabis that makes you feel high. Without decarboxylation, the THC would not be activated and you would not feel any effects from the cannabis.
Preheat oven to 245 degrees F
To decarboxylate your weed, place it on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 245 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-40 minutes. This process activates the THC in your cannabis so that it will be more potent in edibles. Keep in mind that the THC will continue to degrade if you cook your weed for too long, so be sure to remove it from the oven before it starts to burn.
Spread cannabis evenly on baking sheet
The first step to making weed edibles is to decarboxylate your cannabis. This important step is often skipped by amateur cannabis cooks, but it’s crucial to the process. Decarboxylation is the process of converting THCA into THC, which is the compound that gets you high.
To decarboxylate your cannabis, preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread your ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 45 minutes. Let the cannabis cool completely before using it in your recipe.
Bake for 30-40 minutes
The smell of baking cannabis is unmistakable, and decarboxylation is an essential step in making edibles. Depending on the method you choose, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to decarb weed. The process not only activates THC, but it also breaks down other cannabinoids like CBD and CBN for maximum potency.
If you’re patient enough to bake your cannabis, we applaud you! This old-school method is tried and true, and it’s still one of the best ways to decarb weed. Just preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit, spread your ground cannabis on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 30-40 minutes. stirring every 10 minutes or so. Keep in mind that the smaller the pieces, the shorter the bake time will be.
After you’ve baked your cannabis at the correct temperature for the correct amount of time, let it cool on the baking sheet. Once it’s cooled, you can either use it right away or store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to six months.
Infuse your fat or oil of choice
The process of making cannabis-infused fat or oil is pretty simple. You will need to gather your supplies, including weed, fat or oil, a grinder, and a stovetop. The process will take a few hours, but it is worth it!
Combine cannabis and fat/oil in a saucepan
Place your ground cannabis in a saucepan with your fat or oil of choice. Heat the mixture on low, stirring frequently. Keep the mixture at a simmer—you do not want it to come to a boil, as this will cause the cannabinoids to evaporate. The general rule of thumb is to simmer for 1-2 hours. The longer you simmer, the more potent your final product will be.
Once you’ve reached the desired potency, strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove the plant matter. Your infusion is now ready to use in any recipe that calls for fat or oil!
Heat over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally
Over the past few years, I’ve tried a ton of different methods for making weed-infused fats and oils. After experimenting with different methods, I’ve found that the best way to infuse your fat or oil of choice is to heat it over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
This method is pretty straightforward: all you need to do is add your weed (ground up or as whole buds) to your fat or oil of choice, and then heat it over low heat for 2-3 hours. Be sure to stir it occasionally so that the weed doesn’t burn.
Once you’ve heated it for 2-3 hours, turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Once it’s cooled, you can strain it through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove the plant matter. Your weed-infused fat or oil is now ready to use!
Use in any recipe that calls for fat or oil
Cannabis-infused products are becoming more and more popular as people learn about the benefits of CBD and THC. You can now find CBD oil in a variety of products, from tinctures to gummies to topicals. But what about cooking with cannabis? Cannabis-infused oils and butter (or “cannabutter”) are a great way to add the benefits of cannabis to your favorite recipes.
There are many ways to enjoy edible cannabis, and the best way is often dependent on personal preference. Some people prefer to bake with it, while others like to add it to their favorite recipes. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, edible cannabis is a great way to get the benefits of CBD and THC without smoking.
When cooking with cannabis, it is important to remember that the THC will need to be activated before it will be effective. This can be done by either decarboxylating the cannabis first, or by cooking it at a low temperature for a long period of time. Once the THC has been activated, it can be used in any recipe that calls for fat or oil.
So go ahead and enjoy your edible cannabis! Whether you choose to bake with it or add it to your favorite recipe, you’re sure to love the results.