Because cannabis is becoming more legalised in different areas, cannabis products are becoming more mainstream. There is a nearly endless array of edibles to choose from besides the traditional marijuana brownie. In fact, nearly every one of your favourite types of foods can be turned into a cannabis edible with the right technique. It is fun and easy to make your own edibles, and if you want to try to make your own, having some recipes of your own can be helpful.
What Are Marijuana Edibles?
This is any type of food that has been infused with CBD, THC, or other components of the cannabis plant. They are a good option if you do not want to smoke marijuana but enjoy it every now and then. You can get them as cookies, brownies, tea, and even hot sauce. When you make your own at home, you can choose how potent you want them to be.
The Cooking Process
This will begin by decarboxylating your cannabis. You should heat it so that you can activate the THC for your body to absorb. With smoking, decarboxylation happens when you light the bud. But with edibles, you need to heat the marijuana at a low temperature to keep the plant matter intact. That way, you can infuse the oil or butter with it.
Making Cannabis Butter or Oil
You should begin with a basic ingredient infused with cannabis. CBD and THC are soluble in fat, so your body can use them better if they are dissolved in fats. Baking often uses a lot of oil or butter, and both of them can be easily infused with marijuana. But you can also infuse honey and coconut oil with fats to make your edibles.
It is not hard to make cannabutter, but it might take a bit of time. You can do it when you are home for a couple of hours or even put it in a slow cooker overnight. Just make sure that you are around if you put it on the stovetop.
You will need a cheesecloth, slow cooker or stovetop, butter, cannabis, and water. Simply place the water, butter, and decarboxylated cannabis in the pot or slow cooker and leave it on a low heat for several hours. The water will keep it from burning. You can then strain out the pieces of plant matter with the cheesecloth and allow the butter to solidify in the fridge. Any excess water can be then drained off.
Use the butter or oil as you would with any regular recipe. If you add extra ingredients, such as lavender or honey, you can make flavoured butters.
This is a good addition to hot beverages such as tea or even naturally flavoured hot chocolate. You can drizzle it over some sweets or eat it by itself. You will need honey, a cheesecloth, cannabis, and a stovetop or a slow cooker. You will make it the same way that you made your cannabutter. It can be somewhat messy, but once it solidifies and cools, you can keep it for a couple of months.
When you think of baking with marijuana, one of the first things that comes to mind might be a brownie. There is a reason that cannabis brownies are so popular. The chocolate, rich taste can often hide the unpleasant taste of the ingredients. You can use a recipe to make them from scratch, find a box mix, or even buy them at a store. Use cannabis-infused butter or oil for the brownies.
Peanut Butter Cookies
This is another classic baked good that you can infuse with cannabis. It is simple because it only has peanut butter, flour, sugar, cannabutter, and eggs. Of course, you can also add some ingredients of your choice to any cookies that you make. For example, you could make a salty and sweet version by adding some bacon bits to them.
You might be surprised to learn that it is fairly easy to make your own gummies at home. If you do not like baked goods or you want something that is easy to transport while you are on the go, you can make some homemade gummies yourself.
You can find a basic recipe to get started and add a cannabis tincture to it. The gelatin and creamed honey are what make the gummies sturdy enough. You should also look for some moulds that you can use to drop the mixture in while it sets. An eyedropper can be helpful for placing the mixture in each of the moulds neatly. It is easy to change up the recipe to make your preferred shape and flavour.
Making Cannabis Drinks
Remember that marijuana is soluble in fat, not water, so it will bind better to oil and butter than water. But you can still infuse drinks. Just infuse some oil, butter, or even honey. You can also add some drops of your favourite tincture to a beverage.
There are a few possible methods of making some cannabis-infused tea. If you use the dried flower to infuse some hot water, you will likely end up with a weak tea. However, if you want to have a mellow tea with a low dosage, it is one option.
You can also brew up your favourite herbal tea and then add some cannabis-infused honey or a tincture to have a more potent drink. If you like lattes, you can add some cannabutter or marijuana coconut oil to get a richer, smoother taste.
Once you have made your edibles, you should store them correctly. The cooked or baked goods that you make are like many others, and they will have the same storage life that regular food will. To keep them fresh, keep them in an airtight container or bag to preserve their taste. You can put baked goods in the fridge or even the freezer to make them last longer.