There’s no denying it: We all love-infused edibles. In fact, cannabis edibles were one of the best-selling infused products of 2020. And that trend is only likely to continue. But if you’re a particularly adventurous cannabis user, you may be interested in crafting your own infused edibles. That’s why, in this post, we’re going to examine how to make weed edibles and provide tips on how much cannabis it takes to make great edibles.
How to Make Weed Edibles: The Background
Before you learn how to make weed edibles, you need to understand the basics. First, we’ll cover how much weed it takes to make edibles. Then, we’ll explore decarboxylation, an essential step in all delicious edible recipes that’s not as scary as it sounds!
How Much Weed Does it Take to Make Edibles?
It’s natural to wonder, “How much weed does it take to make edibles?” To answer this question look within, oh wise one. First, you’ll want to determine how powerful you want your edibles to be. You’ll buy most weed by the gram, but we’re breaking down to milligrams for the edible doses. (As you’ll recall from science class, there are 1,000 milligrams in one gram.)
- Low Dose: 1 mg to 10 mg THC
- Medium Dose: 11 mg to 20 mg THC
- High Dose: 21 mg to 50 mg THC
- Heroic Dose: 51 mg THC and up
To determine how many milligrams of THC your flower will provide, you’ll need two pieces of information.
First, you need to find out the THC percentage of the flower you’re using. Then, you need to multiply that percentage by the total weight of flower you’re using. Finally, multiply that number by 1,000 to convert from grams to milligrams. Story problem time: If you have weed that lists 15 percent THC and you have 1 gram of that flower, that’s 150 mg.
Step Zero: Decarboxylation
Before you can start making any infused edible, you need to decarboxylate your flower. Decarboxylation, also known as heat activation, is a necessary part of making edibles.
When you decarb your flower, you transform THCa into THC. Since our bodies can’t process THCa, you won’t get high if you don’t decarboxylate your weed before making edibles.
To decarboxylate your flower, first grind it into a fine powder. Then, preheat your oven to 240 degrees. Then, bake your flower for 40 minutes. Once your flower is decarboxylated, it should exhibit a brownish, toasted color.
After weed is decarbed, it has approximately 75- to 90-percent its original potency. So, since you had 150 mg in our example above, the conservative estimate for the decarbed potency is 135 mg.
Infused Edibles Recipe: Making Cannabutter
Butter is one of the most widely-used ingredients in recipes across the culinary world. From simple snacks buttered toast to intensive dishes like baked goods, butter enjoys a spot at the top of the baking food chain.
Since it’s almost entirely fat (and since THC is fat-soluble), butter also makes a great medium to infuse with THC! Once you have some cannabutter, you can let your imagination run wild with gourmet THC-infused delights.
THC-Infused Cannabutter Recipe
This recipe only requires three different ingredients: a cup of butter, a cup of water, and cannabis. You’ll also need a few different pieces of equipment including a cheesecloth, saucepan, bowl or mason jar, and stove. Once you’ve gathered the proper supplies and tools, you’re ready to get to work.
- Heat: Melt the cup of butter and water together in the saucepan. Do this on a low heat and stir to keep the mixture from clumping up.
- Add cannabis: Once your butter begins to melt, you can add in the ground and decarboxylated weed flower.
- Simmer: Let the mixture simmer between 160 and 200 degrees fahrenheit for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally.
- Strain: once you’ve finished simmering, strain the mixture into a bowl or mason jar using the cheesecloth. Then refrigerate and solidify. Stir the whole mixture very well before using, as the molecular structures of the three ingredients will cause some separation as the cannabutter cools.
Remember our 135 mg potency? You can now cut that by about 40% due to cutting in the other ingredients, so we’re left with 81 mg. If you use all the butter and are making, say, a square pan of brownies that you cut into 16 pieces, that’s a nice low dose of about 5mg per brownie (81 divided by 16). Of course, that’s with perfect mixing, which is pretty challenging so expect slight variations.
That’s it! Once your cannabutter solidifies, you’ll be ready to start making your own infused edible recipes!
How to Make Weed Edibles: Stocking Up on Supplies
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