Cannabis edibles are a popular way to consume marijuana, but making them can be tricky. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a first-time cook, there are a few mistakes you should avoid to ensure your cannabis edibles turn out as tasty and effective as possible.
Mistakes to avoid when making cannabis edibles:
Not Decarboxylating the Cannabis
Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate its psychoactive compounds, such as THC. If you don’t decarboxylate your cannabis, your edibles won’t have the desired effects, and you’ll be wasting your weed. To decarboxylate cannabis, grind it up, spread it on a baking sheet, and bake it in the oven at 240°F for about 30-40 minutes. If you really want to dive into the science behind this process, take a look at this article.
Using Too Much (or Too Little) Cannabis
While you might think that using more cannabis will make your edibles stronger, it’s important to use the right amount to avoid overdoing it. The recommended dosage for cannabis edibles is 10 milligrams of THC per serving. Start with a low dose, and gradually increase it until you find the right amount for you.
Not Mixing the Cannabis Properly
It’s important to mix the cannabis thoroughly into the recipe to ensure it is evenly distributed. Failing to do so can result in some edibles being stronger than others, which can lead to inconsistent effects.
Not Labeling the Edibles
Labeling your edibles is crucial to avoid accidental overconsumption. Make sure to clearly mark the potency and dosage per serving on the packaging to prevent any confusion.
Not Allowing Enough Time for the Edibles to Take Effect
Unlike smoking, which produces an almost immediate effect, edibles can take up to 2 hours to take effect. It’s important to be patient and avoid consuming more edibles too soon, as it can lead to overconsumption.
Using Low-Quality Ingredients
Using high-quality ingredients is key to making tasty edibles. It’s important to use fresh, potent cannabis, as well as high-quality butter, oil, and other ingredients.
Now that you know the key mistakes to avoid, here are some of the best types of cannabis edibles you can make at home:
Brownies are a timeless favorite when it comes to cannabis edibles. They’re easy to make, and the chocolatey goodness helps mask the taste of the cannabis. Check out this recipe by Emily Kyle with more than 1,200 reviews.
Gummies are a popular way to consume cannabis because they’re discreet and easy to dose. You can use fruit juice and gelatin to make your own cannabis-infused gummies at home.
Cannabutter is a versatile ingredient that you can use to make a wide variety of edibles, from cookies to popcorn. It’s easy to make, and you can store it in the freezer for later use. Give this Food & Wine recipe a try.
It’s time to get cooking!
Making cannabis edibles can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to avoid these mistakes to ensure your edibles are safe, effective and tasty.