If you love to cook or bake and you also enjoy cannabis, it’s natural for you to want to bring the two together and create your own edibles. While the world of edible creation is fun when you love to create your own concoctions, it isn’t exactly something you can completely improvise. There may be many ways to approach cooking with cannabis, but only some are going to be effective in terms of flavor, time, and money. Of course, you will have to experiment to put your own flair on the process, but here are some tips to ensure you get the highest quality possible.
Don’t Use Too Much Cannabis
Many people are under the impression that the more cannabis they use in edibles, the stronger they will be. This often ends up with people wasting a half ounce of weed that could have been put to better use. Instead of just trying to use as much cannabis as possible, use a 1:1 ratio of oil to cannabis — one cup of oil for every cup of ground cannabis. This is because there are a limited number of cannabinoids the lipids in the oil can bind to, so anything over this ratio will be a waste of weed. If you are concerned with saving, you can use stems or previously vaporized marijuana to make edibles.
Decarboxylate the Cannabis First
Some novice cannabis chefs will make the mistake of just dumping cannabis into their batter and hoping for the best. This is a great way to make an edible that is gross and not effective. The way to avoid this is to decarboxylate the cannabis in the oven first. This is the key to activating the cannabinoids while not disturbing the taste.
To properly decarb the cannabis, set your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your cannabis buds in a pan and put it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, mix it up. Then, you can steep the weed in oil between 160 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about three hours.
Coarsely Grind the Marijuana
If you have ever tasted a very strong weed flavor when eating an edible, the cannabis was likely ground up too finely before cooking. This ensures that there will be chlorophyll in your oil, which makes it taste more plant-like. Instead, you can use a hand grinder to coarsely grind up your weed after you decarb it. The cannabinoids will bind to the fats in the oil without bringing the plant material with it.
Strain With a Cheesecloth + Gravity
Once your cannabis oil has been infused, you will want to strain out the plant matter. Cheesecloth is great for this method. However, do not try to squeeze out the oil. Instead, let gravity take care of the process for you. While you might get a little more oil out by squeezing, you will also get a lot more plant material.
Dose Your Edibles Properly
The issue with homemade edibles is often about potency. It’s common for these treats to be either too weak or too strong because it is a little bit more of a gamble than buying edibles at the store. You can address this by testing the potency of your edibles before you finish your recipe. Take a half teaspoon of oil and add it to food or drink and consume it. Wait for an hour and see how it has affected you. This gives you a gauge of how much one dose would be. From there, you can multiply that number by the servings in your dish. Alternatively, you can dose each individual plate when serving.
You may have noticed that when you eat homemade edibles, some pieces are insanely strong, while others don’t seem to have any effect. In all likelihood, the batter was not adequately stirred. If you are doing a large batch of edibles, make sure to stir a lot so the oil is evenly distributed. This ensures every piece is adequately dosed to your liking.
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