When it comes to cannabis, edibles are the tastiest way to get your dose of THC or CBD. Effects may not be immediate but they are much more intense and longer lasting. Making your own edibles can sound incredibly daunting, especially if you are inexperienced and wish to make your own oils.
Fear not! Below are a couple of methods I’ve used to make edibles without any of the fuss associated with extraction. The main requirement: dry herb.
While this is your easiest option, it tastes terrible and is essentially super-dry herb on crackers.
Step 1: Preheat Oven to 280F
Step 2: Spread peanut butter or Nutella on one side of 2 crackers.
Step 3: Sprinkle 0.3g to 0.5g of dry ground herb on the spread and sandwich the crackers
Step 4: Wrap in foil and put it in the oven for 25 minutes
Step 5: CAUTION: HOT! Let it cool
I suggest water/a cup of milk for this not-so-tastey dish. Make 1-3 servings/person.
Use your favourite pre-rolled cookie dough.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 300F. If your recipe calls for a higher temp, just leave your cookies in longer (THC burns off at 325F).
Step 2: Grind 0.3 to 0.5g of dried herb per cookie desired, combine with dough and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Spoon cookies onto a sheet and bake until golden brown.
Step 4: Let cool! Add your choice of toppings, I suggest chocolate sauce!
If you’re feeling adventurous your next step is: decarboxylation. Basically, heating your cannabis prior to extracting the oil converts THCA/CBDA to THC/CBD. Skipping this step will result in less potent oil.
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 230F-250F. Extremely dry herb should be set to 230F, fresh herb to 250F
Step 2: Grind 5g to 7g of herb and spread evenly on a baking tray (sheet optional).
Step 3: Bake in oven for 25-35 minutes stirring every 7-10 minutes, keeping spread apart. Dry herb for 25 minutes, Fresh herb for 35 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from oven and grind it again, the finer the better.
Fans, open windows, and Febreeze candles will aid in masking the aroma. Making the oil can be challenging because you get high in the process. Make a checklist/print this out.
• Small pot
• 125ml of coconut oil
• Large spoon
• Mesh strainer
• Small jar
Step 1: In a pot, melt oil on low heat.
Step 2: When oil has melted, stir in herb. If you have a thermometer, keep temperature below 290F.
Step 3: Stir every 3-4 minutes until the oil starts bubbling. If there are no bubbles after 30 minutes, increase the heat. If it simmers, lower the heat.
**NOTE: It is easier to increase the heat slowly than to bring down the temperature. For your first attempt be conservative and add your own notes. Everyone’s burner is different.
Step 4: Once bubbling begins, set timer for 60 minutes. It’s easy to lose track of time. Don’t rush! Continue to stir every 3-4 minutes.
Step 5: When the aroma changes from cannabis to heated oil, it’s almost done. Turn heat down to its lowest setting and stir frequently for another 10 minutes.
Step 6: Set cheesecloth in strainer, on the jar. Slowly pour the oil. CAUTION: HOT/CHAUD
Step 7: Carefully, use a large spoon to squeeze out the remaining oil – don’t use hands!
Step 8: Let cool. Cover jar for later or get started on your cake! Oil should be dark.
I suggest: Betty Crocker’s Devil’s Food Cake – its flavour blends best with this oil – bake at 310F for several minutes longer. For vegan cakemakers, I suggest soy or almond milk and a fatty binder like flax seed (1.5 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tbsp water will replace 1 egg in a recipe).
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