Between the health-issues connected to smoking and the verdict still out on the safety of vape pens, ingesting marijuana with edibles has become more popular among cannabis users than ever. Seeing how purchasing edibles on a regular basis from all of the marijuana dispensaries near me can become pricey and a bit of a gamble with varying doses, making edibles is the ideal solution for stoners interested in eating their weed. Before you get too adventurous and fancy, let’s start with some of the simpler edible recipes. But first, a quick review on decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate and release the THC. When smoking marijuana, the decarboxylation process is ignited by fire, be it a lighter or matches. However with edibles, the decarboxylation process requires the cooking of cannabis at around 215-225 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Decarboxylation makes the weed in your edible more potent. If you don’t decarboxylate your cannabis properly or at all, then consumption of the edibles likely won’t have an effect.
Almost every cannabis edible recipe begins with cannabutter. As you might’ve guessed, cannabutter is cannabis infused butter and it’s just as easy to make as it sounds. First you melt as much butter as you think you’ll need into a saucepan. Add some water to prevent the butter from burning. Then add your ground up, decarboxylated cannabis and let it simmer for 2-3 hours. Once it’s ready, strain the butter into a jar. Cheesecloth works as a great strainer because it will catch all of the little ground-up pieces of weed, while still letting every bit of cannabutter pass into the jar. Once you’ve completed the straining process, place a lid on the jar and refrigerate. Now you have the quintessential marijuana-infused ingredient to help make all the edible recipes you’ve been craving.
As we mentioned before, cannabutter makes for the perfect marijuana-infused ingredient, no matter what you’re cooking. But just in case you’re still a little intimidated, start small with a cup of tea. Simply boil water, brew your favorite tea, and once ready add a teaspoon of cannabutter to infuse the hot beverage. In the event the cannabutter makes the tea taste too much like weed, just add milk, honey, and/or sugar for a sweetened taste.
Even in the age of legalized marijuana, the most beloved edible remains the classic batch of weed brownies. Also known as cannabis brownies, bud brownies, special brownies, or edible brownies — this baked good is only made better with our favorite added ingredient. First preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then melt 1½ teaspoons of cannabutter along with 7½ tablespoons of regular butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chocolate until it’s combined with the butter. Once smooth, take the pan off the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. While its cooling, whisk 1 cup of all-purpose flour and a ½ teaspoon of baking powder in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon of salt until it is fluffy and light yellow. Now add your chocolate/butter and mix until combined. Then add your flour and mix until combined. Finally, pour it all into a greased (butter or cooking spray) pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. After allowing it to cool for 20 minutes, cut up the brownies and enjoy. But remember, these aren’t your average brownies, so be careful with that sweet tooth.
I know what you’re thinking, “Weed Bacon, are you insane?!” Perhaps we are, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. This super simple recipe begins with sprinkling ground-up decarboxylated marijuana on one side of each slice of bacon. Then you bake the bacon at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Quickly remove and flip the bacon. Now sprinkle the second side of each slice of bacon with ground-up decarboxylated marijuana and toss it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Boom, just like that you’ve got yourself some weed bacon. And don’t go tossing out that leftover bacon grease. Save it for a later date to infuse a different dish with your favorite new ingredient, marijuana-infused bacon grease. You can thank me later.
For some, the “Firecracker” may have been your first experience with cannabis edibles. While for others, this may be your first time ever hearing of the weed treat. The beauty of the “Firecracker” is that it only uses three ingredients and is ready in half an hour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and lay out a sheet of foil. Simply spread a layer of peanut butter (or sunflower butter for those with nut allergies) on top of a graham cracker. Then sprinkle ground up marijuana onto the cracker and top it off with another graham cracker. Wrap the “Firecracker” in foil and toss it in the oven for 30 minutes. When your timer goes off, the “Firecrackers” will be ready for consumption. Now do you see why this is most stoner’s first edible experience? There’s absolutely no cooking necessary outside of turning your oven on and off. What more could you ask for?