How To: Making Homemade Marijuana Edibles
Making Homemade Marijuana Edibles
The consumption of cannabis leads to the alleviation of countless physical and mental conditions. The herb is most defined as the one single miracle cure for pretty much all that ails you. This is because cannabis and hemp are super foods. Super foods are foods that contain a large mass of nutrients essential to body and brain function. Cannabis has all of these nutrients, including those hard to find Omega 3s, making it one of the most powerful super foods in the world. Millions of individuals simply smoke the buds of the cannabis to reap the benefits, and this method works just fine. However, consuming marijuana through edibles is a great solution for anyone who does not care to smoke the plant. Marijuana edibles are also a more potent option for those who utilize the herb for medicinal purposes.
What are the benefits of eating cannabis opposed to smoking it?
Eating marijuana results in an entirely different experience than does smoking it. When marijuana is eaten instead of smoked, the effects are both intensified and likely to last much longer. When the herb is smoked, the effects kick in rather rapidly, however when eaten, it may take anywhere form 30 minutes to three hours to take effect. Smoking marijuana may be a quick high, but it also fades quickly. Eating it, on the other hand, is a slow but long and powerful ride. Eating cannabis is guaranteed to cause a transcendent experience of calm and relaxation, therefore it is best to consume cannabis in a comfortable location, without the stresses of extreme activity. Consuming marijuana edibles may also result in an array of other effects, including hallucinations and a care free attitude. Unlike smoking the herb, eating it can be known to elicit a very trippy experience.
The only issue with consuming cannabis edibles is the fact that dispensary bought edibles are usually packed full of sugars, fats, and are very pricey.
How to get the healthiest, most delicious edibles?
Instead of purchasing pricey, sugary marijuana treats from the dispensary, you can easily start making your own right from home. There are endless recipes for countless simple and delicious edibles. The first step is to stock up on cannabis infused oils, such as coconut and olive oil. This is because eating marijuana in straight plant form will not render the same effects, and can be rather bitter and disgusting to taste. The human body is not designed to digest THC in natural form, so the herb absolutely must be heated down into oil in order to achieve the psychoactive effects. Furthermore, since THC is fat soluble, it needs to be cooked down into a fat substance, such as oil, butter, or milk.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis?
Before cooking with marijuana, you need to send the herb through a process called decarboxylation. This is a heating process that works to break down the THC in order to be properly digested.
1. Preheat oven to 225F (110 C.)
2. Line an oven-safe dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Break the buds into smaller pieces and place into the dish, close together but not stacked.
4. Bake product for 20 minutes, or until all moisture is removed. This goal has been achieved once the plant color changes to a medium brown.
5. Once the material becomes dry and crumbly, remove from the oven.
6. Set the plant material aside and wait until it is cooled. Turn the oven up to 240F / 115C.
7. Once product is cooled enough to handle, crumble the weed into the oven safe dish.
8. Cover dish with aluminum foil and return to the oven. Continue baking for 45 minutes to an hour. For a higher CBD, bake for an hour to 90 minutes.Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before removing the foil. If the end result is not ground enough, simply place into a food process and gently pulse until coarsely ground. Place in an airtight glass container and store in a cool, dry place.
What not to do while making homemade edibles?
Once your marijuana has undergone the decarboxylate process, it’s time to use it for some delicious marijuana edibles. Making your own marijuana edibles is a very individual process, consisting of a fine balance of science and art. The exact instructions will heavily depend on the strain of marijuana used, the amount, and the specific edible you wish to create. With this being said, there are a few universal rules to follow when making homemade edibles.
Never add actual weed plants to the recipe.
As said before, the human digestive tract is not designed to digest THC in raw plant matter form. If you throw marijuana plants into your recipe you will most likely throw it back up; and it will end up tasting bitter, harsh, and disgusting anyway. Not to mention, because the plant wasn’t heated down into a fat substance, there will be very little decarboxylation properties, resulting in a minimal effect.
Quality not Quantity is the key.
It does not take a severe potency or extreme amount of marijuana to create a delicious high quality edible. The average and recommended dosage of THC is ten milligrams therefore that is all you need to have the perfect physical, mental, and medicinal effect. Consuming too high a potency of THC will not provide a better high; rather, it will result in some pretty negative side effects, such as difficulty moving and functioning, paranoia, anxiety, and headaches.
Always use clean marijuana.
Marijuana may have countless impurities, including pesticides and dirt. In addition, Chlorophyll itself has a pretty distinct and unpleasant taste. If you fail to clean the plant before cooking it, you will end up with these and every other impurity inside your food. This may negatively affect the taste and quality of your much awaited edible. To clean the cannabis you simply have to soak the bud for a few days in distilled water and then blanch it. This results in the cleanest most pure plant possible.
Never cook your product above 340 degrees fahrenheit.
Almost every recipe calls for you to cook the food at 350 degrees. Generally this would be ideal, however, because most ovens are not precise, and fluctuate between 10 and 20 degrees, it’s best to keep the dial around 340 degrees. This is an important point, because THC begins to degrade at around 365 degrees. In the same regard, you have to be very meticulous while cooking on the stove top. Because of the risk of degrading the THC and losing potency, you must add the cannabis oil in at the end of the cook-time opposed to the beginning.
What are the common methods of cannabis extraction?
There are various methods for extracting and cooking with cannabis. While a few methods are more extensive, and better left to professionals, there are many methods that are easily and viably carried out at home.
Cannabis infused butter is the most popular and versatile method of extraction. It literally works for everything! This is also the best option for cannabis treats such as brownies, cakes, and other desserts that call for butter and eggs.
Finely ground cannabis buds
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
Solid container with tight-fitted lid
Use saucepan to melt butter on medium heat.Gradually add in the ground cannabis, stirring as you add a little at a time.Simmer mixture on low heat for 45mins, stirring frequently. If done properly, you should start to see small bubbles forming.After 45 minutes of simmering, strain the butter into the container to filter out the ground buds; pressing the spoon firmly against the ground buds to extract all the butter.
Cannabis Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an incredibly simple, effective, and versatile way of extracting THC. Because of the high saturated fat content of coconut oil, it is successful in absorbing far more cannabinoids than any other base.
3.5g of ground cannabis
Tbsp. coconut oil
Oven safe dish
Solid container with lid
Preheat oven to 290 F (143 C).Place ground cannabis in an aluminum foil pouch and put into the oven for 7 minutes. Set a timer, and remove product from the oven immediately after 7 minutes. The weed should be a lightly toasted brown color.Once you have removed the product, turn the oven down to 250F (120C).Transfer the toasted weed to an oven safe dish and add the melted oil, mixing thoroughly. Cover with foil and return to the preheated oven.Set a new timer, and leave in oven for 60 minutes.After an hour, remove from over, let cool a minute, and strain oil into a container.
Cannaoil is a wonderful option for everything from baking and cooking to sauces and dressings. This really is a must have for cannabis cooking enthusiasts.
6 cups olive or canola oil
1 ounce of finely ground cannabis buds
Heavy saucepan or double boiler
Solid container with airtight lid
1. Slowly heat the oil in saucepan, on low heat.
2. Once oil is slightly heated, gradually add the cannabis bit by bit, stirring until it is fully coated in the oil.
3. Simmer for 45 minutes on low heat, stirring consistently.
4. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for a minute.
5. Strain oil into airtight container and store in refrigerator.
CannaMilk is a delicious option for anyone looking for a smooth rich tasting extraction. You can use cannabis milk for drinking as well as cooking.
1 cup Whole Milk or Cream
3.5g of finely ground cannabis
1. Combine the milk and cannabis to a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Bring mixture to a rapid boil.
3. Turn heat down to medium low and allow to simmer for an hour.
4. Allow milk to cool for a minute before straining into an airtight container.
How to use your marijuana extractions?
Now that you have processed, ground, and extracted your cannabis, you are more than ready to make and enjoy the most delicious marijuana edibles for your personal and medicinal needs. The following are just a few benefits of consuming cannabis.
What are the benefits of Marijuana Edibles?
Consuming cannabis opens an entire plethora of physical, mental, and medicinal benefits.
1. Treats Glaucoma
2. Reverses the negative effects of tobacco
3. Helps alleviate seizures and other issues related to seizure conditions
4. Prevents the spread of cancer
5. Slows and progression of Alzheimer Disease
6. Reduces levels of anxiety
7. Eases the pain of Multiple Sclerosis
8. Cures muscle spasms
9. Increases the effectiveness of Hepatitis treatment
10. Relieves arthritis discomfort
11. Alleviates Irritable Bowel Syndrome
12. Treats Lupus and resulting issues
What are common marijuana edibles to start with?
Now that you know the many benefits of cannabis, I’m sure you’re excited to eat. So, where do you start? Well, there is an endless world of cannabis based recipes. However, there are a few popular and highly raved edibles that are sure to spark anyone’s taste buds (and mind). Any one of these mind blowing edibles will have to craving more, and right on your way to becoming a cannabis edible guru.
· Bud Brownies
· Cannabis Cookies
· Cannabis Candy
· Hemp Tea
· Pasta Sauces
· Mac N Cheese
A quick online search will produce countless recipes for each edible. This will allow you to completely personalize your recipe and experience to suit your personal desires and needs.
Once cannabis is added into edible treats, it doesn’t take much to induce the perfect results. The recommended dosage is ten milligrams of THC, so it is best to start with that amount. After you have tried a recipe with ten milligrams, and gotten accustomed to consuming edibles, you can take the dosage up or down to meet your personal needs. There is no right or wrong answer as far as dosage. The only goal is to not consume so much that you experience negative effects and ruin your high.
Go ahead and enlighten the mind. Try a delicious homemade edible recipe today, and remember to share the experience with a friend. You never know, maybe a friend could really use the physical, mental and medicinal miracles of cannabis; and no one likes to get high alone anyway. Sharing is caring.