The dominant consensus is that marijuana packs a ton of benefits. One well-known way of enjoying weed’s perks is by adding cannabis-infused foods to your diet. Many prefer to make their own marijuana edibles because there are countless recipes and a wide array of dishes to enjoy.
Making edibles shouldn’t be intimidating. Anyone with a good batch of weed and a kitchen can make their own.
1. Choose Your Strain of Dope
There are numerous strains of weed emerging thanks to cannabis’ rapid legalization in many states. While pretty much all pot is good, you still need to consider your lifestyle and buzz preference. You can go to your reliable local cannabis dispensary and ask them for the best strain for you.
Make sure your buds are already dry by the time you decide to make your edibles; raw cannabis isn’t as potent compared to an already-dried batch.
2. Decarboxylate Your Weed
Cannabis’ psychoactive properties won’t release unless it’s heated— this is why most people smoke it! To achieve the effects of your edibles, your pot needs to go through decarboxylation.
To decarboxylate, you must preheat your oven to no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Many connoisseurs prefer the temperature to be somewhere between 230ºF to 250ºF.
Once your oven reaches the right temperature, gently break your buds into smaller pieces and line them on a baking pan. Cook your weed for 30-40 minutes. Make sure to check from time to time. You want your dope to have a golden brown color.
Allow your weed to cool down before grinding it using a food processor.
Infuse To Make Marijuana Edibles
The fun part of making edibles is choosing the type of cannabis infusion and which recipe you’ll be using it for— cannabutter and cannaoils are the most common infusions.
The exact measurements for cannabutter vary from one recipe to another but the majority of the people in the edible-making community call for butter and water. It’s a simple process of mixing the ingredients in a saucepan and bringing the concoction to a simmer then straining it with a cheesecloth. However, the ratio of the water, weed, and butter still depends on the recipe you’re following.
Cannabutter has always been the go-to ingredient for the classic brownie edibles, but it can also be added to cakes, coffee, popcorn, and other baked goods.
Vegans can also enjoy their edibles. Though cannaoil is commonly used sublingually, you can add it to your tea, smoothies, salad dressings, and many more. You can even stir fry food using cannaoil.
Making cannaoil is similar to cannabutter. The only difference is you replace the butter with the oil of your choice. You can use olive, canola, or even coconut oil. Make sure you follow your chosen recipe’s instructions carefully.
To Wind Things Up
There’s no shortage of cannabis-derived and infused products. From CBD vape cartridges to tinctures, marijuana is a super plant that has a lot to offer. We’re already enjoying its benefits, why not make it taste good, too? Make sure you buy marijuana from a reputable dispensary and follow the instructions of the recipe you choose.
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