Are you wondering what to do with all that extra cannabis trim? Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your trim while staying within the law.
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Decide what you want to make with your trim.
The first step is deciding what you want to make with your trim. The most common options are cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil, both of which can be used in a variety of recipes. If you want to get a little creative, you can also use trim to make cannabis-infused honey or sugar.
Once you’ve decided what you want to make, it’s time to get started! The process for each recipe is slightly different, but they all start with the same basic steps: decarboxylation and infusion.
If you want to make edibles, you need to decarboxylate your trim.
Decarboxylation is the process of heating your cannabis trim to activate the THC. THC-A is not psychoactive, but when you decarb it, it turns into THC. The process of decarbing weed is also known as “activating” it. You need to do this step if you want to make edibles because otherwise, your food will not get you high.
You can decarb your trim in the oven or using a weed tea infuser, but the oven method is going to be more reliable. If you’re looking for exact temperatures and times, check out this decarboxylation chart from NCSL. Basically, you want to bake your trim at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes.
Once your trim is decarboxylated, you can use it in any recipe that calls for weed. You can make cannabutter or oil using trim, or you can add it directly to food. If you want to add it directly to food, just crumble it up and sprinkle it on. Remember that edibles can take a few hours to kick in, so start with a low amount and wait at least 2 hours before eating more.
If you want to make oil, you need to infuse your trim.
Cannabis oil is a versatile product that can be used in cooking, as a topical salve, or even ingested on its own. If you’re a medical cannabis patient or adult-use consumer and have excess trim, you may be wondering what to do with it. While some people enjoy smoking or vaporizing their trim, others prefer to infuse it into oils or make edibles with it.
If you want to make oil, you need to infuse your trim. The process of infusing cannabis into oil is called decarboxylation, which is when you heat the cannabis at a low temperature to activate the THC. Once your trim is decarboxylated, you can infuse it into any type of oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. This infused oil can be used in cooking or baking recipes, or applied topically as a salve.
If you want to make edibles with your trim, the first step is also decarboxylation. You can spread your trim on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven at 220-245 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes. Once it’s finished decarbing, grind your trim into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or food processor. This powder can be stirred into recipes for brownies, cookies, cakes, or other THC-infused treats. You can also use it to make cannabutter or cannabis-infused oils like olive oil or coconut oil.
Cannabis trim can also be used to make tinctures and topical salves. For tinctures, you’ll need to soak your trim in high-proof alcohol like vodka or Everclear for two weeks before straining out the plant material and storing the tincture in a dark glass bottle. To make a topical salve, start by infusing your trimmed cannabis into coconut oil following the instructions above. Once the infusion is complete, mix in equal parts of beeswax pellets until the salve reaches your desired consistency. Store your finished products in dark glass jars fitted with tight-fitting lids and label them clearly so they don’t get mistaken for non-medicated products
If you want to make tinctures, you need to extract your trim.
Cannabis trim is the leaves and small buds that are trimmed off of the larger buds when they are being prepared for sale. While trim doesn’t have the high concentration of THC that the buds do, it still contains a good amount of cannabanoids that can be used to make tinctures, edibles, and other cannabis products.
To extract your trim, you will need to decarboxylate it first. This can be done by spreading it out on a baking sheet and baking it in an oven at 220 degrees for 30 minutes. Once it’s been decarboxylated, you can infuse it into a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil using a slow cooker set on low heat. After infusing for 4-8 hours, strain the oil and store it in a dark, cool place. You can then use this oil to make tinctures, edibles, or topicals.