Eating cannabis is one of the safest and most fun ways to enjoy it. A good edible will have flying through the clouds with a smile on your face for 6 hours or longer!
But store-bought edibles aren’t the answer for everyone. Making your own edibles at home gives you more control over things like dosage, flavors, strains, effects, and even calories.
Many people are hesitant to try baking edibles at home, but cooking with cannabis is actually easier than you may think. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about how to bake your own cannabis edibles!
Decarboxylating Your Flower
Making your own edibles is basically the process of infusing your cannabis into butter or oil, and using that cannabutter or infused oil to bake your favorite recipes.
But before you can begin infusing your flower into anything, you will first need to decarboxylate it.
Decarboxylation is the process of using heat to convert the THCA that covers raw cannabis into THC. Decarboxylation effectively activates the THC in your bud so that it can actually produce effects when ingested. It is also the reason why eating raw cannabis does nothing.
To decarboxylate your cannabis at home you will need a baking tray, some aluminum foil and parchment paper, and an oven. Here’s how you can easily and quickly decarboxylate your cannabis in an oven:
- Preheat your oven to 225℉.
- Grind up your cannabis, but not too finely.
- Place your aluminum sheet onto your tray and spread your ground cannabis out on it. Cover it with another aluminum sheet.
- Place in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
Decarboxylated cannabis can last for a long time and doesn’t have to be used right away. Just remember to store it somewhere dark and cool so as to prevent the THC content of your flower from degrading.
After you have finished decarboxylating your flower, you can infuse it into butter or oil, or cook with it as-is in flower form. Most people prefer to infuse their decarbed flower into cannabutter because it has a high fat content that makes edibles easier to digest, and because it works well with both sweet and savory dishes.
To make cannabutter you will need:
- One ounce of decarboxylated cannabis
- 1 pound of unsalted butter
- 2 cups of water
- A bowl, a cheesecloth, and some plastic wrap
To make cannabutter:
- Boil your butter and water in a medium saucepan until melted.
- Mix in your cannabis and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 hours, stirring at least once every 60–90 minutes. Try not to let all of the water boil away (add more if needed)!
- Let cool for a few minutes before filtering the mixture into a bowl using a cheesecloth.
- Place in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Remove the water that has separated from the butter and place it back in the fridge or freezer until needed.
Making Infused Oil
Some recipes simply don’t call for butter and using it could ruin the taste of your edibles. A common alternative to cannabutter is infused oil. Infused olive or canola oil is a more versatile cooking ingredient than cannabutter, making it a better choice for more complex dishes.
To make infused oil:
- Place your desired amount of oil in a saucepan over low heat until you can smell the aroma.
- Add your cannabis to the oil one spoonful at a time, stirring as you add.
- Simmer on low for about 45 minutes while occasionally stirring.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain the infused oil mixture through a cheesecloth and into a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Using Decarbed Flower & Kief
Infusing your cannabis into butter or oil before cooking with it is great for converting dried flower into something more appetizing. But once dried cannabis has been decarboxylated and activated, it can be added directly to recipes or even just be eaten on its own.
To add decarbed flower or kief to your recipes, simply grind it up real fine and sprinkle it in. Decarbed kief is usually a better choice for baking edibles as it is more finely ground and more potent.
Putting It All Together: Baking Edibles
Once you have some decarbed and infused cooking material, you can move on to actually baking edibles. There are many different recipes that work well with cannabutter, infused oil, and even decarbed bud. Just replace the recipe’s butter or oil with your own infused mixtures! To lessen the potency, only replace some of the recipe’s butter.
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