Making edibles at home is super easy and way less expensive than buying them at a dispensary. All you need is a little cannabis, a lot of heat and a moderate amount of time and patience. Find out how to make a variety of edibles, from baked goods to a four-course tasting meal.
How to Make Edibles: Decarbing Cannabis
Before you decide on what kind of edibles you want to make, you’ll want to decarb your cannabis. This is simply a process of heating your buds up to 220 F for around 30-to-45 minutes. You need to decarb any cannabis that you’re not planning on exposing to heat because this process activates the THC.
But by all means, if you don’t want the benefits of THC in your canna-food, don’t decarb.
When you smoke marijuana, you heat it with a lighter, which is why you don’t need to decarb those buds first.
All you need to do is lay your bud on a sheet pan and stick it in the oven at 220 F for up to 45 minutes.
Cannabutter and Cannaoil
Cannabutter is super simple to make and you can whip up a batch that’ll last you for several weeks (or days, depending on your consumption).
All you need to do is grind up some marijuana buds and remove the stems. Heat a stick of butter in a saucepan on low heat. If you want to make ghee (clarified butter), simply skim the white solid off the top of the liquid butter. Add your cannabis and continue to simmer for 45 minutes.
You can either strain your butter or leave the cannabis solids intact.
The process for making cannaoil is exactly the same; simply add oil to your saucepan instead of the butter and cook your cannabis for up to 45 minutes on low heat.
Handle hot butter and oil with caution as you don’t want it to splatter. You might even want to let the oil cool for a bit before straining.
Use ½ cup of butter or oil for every ¼ ounce of cannabis.
One of the most nostalgic and popular ways to make edibles is through baked goods. They really take you back to buying those pot brownies in college.
You can make baked goods in a variety of ways. The most common is to replace the butter you’d use to make regular brownies with cannabutter. If you’re not going to decarb your cannabis beforehand by making cannabutter or oil, you just need to make sure you’re baking those brownies at a minimum temperature of 220 F for at least 30-to-45 minutes.
Otherwise, we love this simple cannabis brownie recipe that utilizes cannabutter.
The easiest way to make tea at home is to buy a cannabis tincture to add to a cup of home-brewed tea. You can make your own cannabis tea, but that process is trickier as THC is a lot like oil — it’s not soluble in water. Tinctures are also the easiest way to make cannabis candies and gummies.