Cannabis is now legal in Canada. People are getting more and more into edibles because it’s healthier and discreet alternative to smoking weed. You can make all sorts of different edibles, from brownies, cookies, chocolates or gummy bears. If you are looking for specific edible recipes please check our blog.
Cannabis edibles are a great way to consume cannabis. They are discreet, and you can control the dosage by how much you eat. In this article we will go over two ways to make cannabis edibles:
- Using the flowers (for advanced), is the traditional way to do it but it is also the more time-consuming and less accurate way to craft your cannabis treat. Dosage is harder to control with this method.
- Using concentrates such as distillate (for beginners) is probably the easiest way for you to start making your own edibles. Concentrates have an accurate THC content and it does not need to go through decarboxylation and infusion process.
In this article, we will walk you through both methods so that you can choose the one that is best for you! Making the perfect edibles require a certain amount of knowledge, both of cooking and marijuana. To get the perfect potency, it is important to understand how to decarboxylate cannabis if using your own weed. If you choose concentrate-based edibles you will have to figure out the right dosage.
So you want to make edibles? We’ve got the perfect recipe and instructions on how. It’s not as simple as buying brownie mix, adding crumbled weed on top and putting it in the oven. But don’t worry – we’ll help guide you through the whole process of making your own edibles!
How to use Weed to make edibles?
The items you need
So you have weed at home and want to bake your edibles! That’s a good start. Many people find that they are more at ease handling the marijuana aspect than actually cooking up some THC-infused edibles! If you’re looking to make edibles, weed potency should not be your number one focus. The most important is to start with quality ingredients and the proper kitchen utensils. The goal should be getting quality ingredients that will make your edibles delicious.
Choose high-quality chocolate, dark chocolate is your way to go. Anything between 70% and 85% will work just fine. If you can find a good brand like Callebaut or Guittard it’s even better (it is actually the brand we use for our own edibles).
Pick up six large eggs, coconut oil or two sticks of unsalted butter (depending on your preferences), vanilla extract, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and regular salt. Basically, the ingredients to bake the classic home brownie
You’ll also need a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a weed grinder food processor, a wooden spoon, cheesecloth and a double-boiler, or a make-shift double boiler (such as a glass pyrex bowl or stainless steel bowl perched on top of a saucepan with water below)
Now that you have everything handy let’s learn how to make edibles so they can turn into delicious space cake!
Choose the right strain
Making your own cannabis edibles can be a fun and cost-effective way to get high. However, choosing the wrong strain can lead to an unpleasant experience. Picking the right strain for edibles is important, as it depends on your mood and the social situation you are planning. Even though weed can impact everyone differently, here are some tips to help you choose the right strain!
Sativa dominant strains like Super Lemon Haze, Durban Poison, Jack Herer tend provide an energetic high perfect for daytime use.
Indicas like Bubba Kush, Granddaddy Purple, and Northern are better for relaxation and sleep at night.
If you have a strain that you love and that gives you the effect you are looking for you should do edibles with it. This way you know what to expect. If that is the case don’t worry much about Sativa or Indica.
The reason why marijuana is most commonly smoked rather than eaten has to do with the THC molecule. THCA is an inactive form of cannabis’ most prominent cannabinoid. This non-psychoactive acid occurs in the trichomes that cover fresh marijuana plants and individual dried flowers within it; however, this also means you can’t get high off THca by itself!
THC is the psychotropic or active version of the same cannabinoid. When you smoke weed, the THCA compounds are rapidly heated and changed into THC which gives you the “high effect”.
The process of decarboxylation (also known as “decarb”) is what transforms raw cannabis into an enhanced, potent form. In more scientific terms; it changes the chemical structure of various cannabinoid compounds found in plants – including THC!
Decarboxylate Cannabis in your oven:
- Preheat the oven to 250°F, and be aware that this will make your house smell strongly of weed for a few hours. You’ve been warned!
- Break up your weed buds into smaller pieces and place it on a cookie sheet. Make sure that the cannabis is nicely spread; this is important because you want everything to be toasted evenly.
- Now, heat the cannabis until it’s decarboxylated at 250°F for 25-30 minutes. You could also use a lower temperature and longer cooking time if you want more of those precious terpenes! Once the process is done your weed should look golden brown as opposed to the original green.
- After toasting the weed, let it cool before putting it in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds so that you have ground it coarsely.
Infuse in Oil or Butter
Now that your weed is active, it is time to make your Cannabis Oil or Cannabutter. Once this step is done you will be able to cook and bake easily with it. There are many ways to achieve this infusion, however, we’ve selected the easiest and fastest way for you. We don’t want to add some complicated steps to this already long process. Let’s see how to infuse your decarboxylate cannabis into Oil:
- Add water to the bottom pan of your double-boiler. Now add the amount of coconut oil that you need for your recipe to the top section of the double-boiler. Heat until it melts.
- Stir in the desired amount of decarboxylated cannabis, according to your dosage preferences into the melted oil.
- Continue to heat the cannabis and oil over low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. We aim for a target temperature range of around 130 to 150°F, use a probe thermometer to check the temperature. Make sure that the oil stays below 200°F.
- When time is up, line a strainer with cheesecloth and place it over a glass bowl. Pour the cannabis mixture through this fabric, gathering up all of those lovely oils that have been released! Gently squeeze the cheesecloth to extract all of that extra oil from your cannabis. Be careful as the oil will be hot, we advise that you wear kitchen gloves for that part.
- Transfer the cannabis-infused oil into a glass jar. Your oil should be stored in a cool dark location, a refrigerator is a good option.
Now that you have your Cannabis oil ready you simply have to follow your classic brownie recipe. You have to be cautious about the dosage, please read below and everything will be fine.
How much cannabis is necessary for edibles?
Well, it all depends on your tolerance to Cannabis and THC. If you are not familiar with edible dosage we recommend that you take a look at our edible dosage chart by weight. For beginners, we recommend 10mg THC per serving, which is enough to get you high but you will still be in control of the situation. Always wait at least two hours before taking more edibles as it takes time to kick in!
Now you need to calculate how many milligrams of THC your weed has. According to Weedmaps: “On average weed strains, have around 15-20% THC. That means, for every gram of dried flowers you have between 150mg and 200mg. Consequently, if you make a recipe with 1gram of weed you should have between 15 and 20 serving whether it is Cookies or Brownies.”
How to use Concentrates to make edibles?
Cannabis concentrates are a new type of cannabis products with high level of THC. You can make them using different techniques. The most popular way to make them is by using solvents such as butane, ethanol, propane and CO². One of the advantages of concentrate is that it comes with an accurate THC content, for example, Distillate usually comes at 90% Of THC. Meaning that you have a lot more control over the dosage for your edibles. Concentrates are also widely available in Canada and the US making it easy to order it online.
Some of the most popular cannabis concentrates are shatter, wax, live resin and Distillate. When it comes to edibles the most popular concentrate to use is Distillate. The distillate has a big advantage because it does not need to decarboxylate, it already has active THC in it. According to Wikileaf edible-making process is much easier and faster when using Distillate.
The best way to avoid the cannabis smell? Distillate! Whether you share kitchen space with roommates or want the perfect treat for yourself, there are many advantages when making edibles using this versatile product.
Use Distillate for your Edibles
Once you purchased you THC Distillate making infused edibles is really as simple as adding the extract to your oil or butter at a low temperature. Here is the breakdown for making distillate infused edibles below:
- Loosen the distillate by submerging the container in warm water.
- When the mixture is no longer sticky, measure out the amount you require.
- Pour the distillate into your oil or melted butter (the amount needed for your recipe)
- To assure thorough incorporation, constantly stir the mixture while it’s heating. When heating, keep under 300°F to maintain cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds.
- Once your Distillate has been completely dissolved in the oil you can combine all ingredients together and bake the the mix like it is a regular one.
How much concentrates should you use?
That depends entirely on your experience level and what you plan to use your edibles for. If you are new to concentrates, we recommend starting with a lower dosage. Make sure to check our dosage chart by weight before making your edibles with concentrates.
You can easily calculate the dosage per serving. Here’s an example:
If your distillate contains 90% THC, one gram if it will contain 900 milligrams of THC (1000mg x 0.9 – 900mg). For reference, Canada limits the THC content of edibles to 10per serving in Licensed stores. If you follow this recommendation, you could use one gram of distillate to make 90 individual weed gummies.
Benefits of using Distillate for edibles
- Easier and faster than infusing oil with weed as you don’t have to decarb it.
- Dosage accuracy, as it comes around 90% THC you can safely measure the amount of distillate you need for your batch of brownies, cookies or gummies.
- No Cannabis flavour or smell.
Check out all our edibles recipes and make your own edibles at home easily. Brownies, Cookies, Gummies and Cannabutter, we have all the most popular edible recipes ready for you!
Last Thoughts about making your own edibles
In this article we’ve detailed the two main ways to make edibles by yourself, one is more traditional, using your weed, decarb it and infuse in oil.
The other one is relatively new and convenient, using concentrates and especially THC Distillate. While there is not a method that is better than the other, Making edibles with distillate is more convenient for most people but also more reliable for dosage.
Now the choice is yours, you can make all types of edibles both ways, cookies, brownies, gummies… Your imagination is the only limit now. If you want to find specific recipes you can take a look at our recipes such as Easy Weed Chocolate Edible Recipe.
At BC Weed Edible carry bulk distillate but also flowers if you want to try making your own eedibles. If you are lazy or don’t have the time to do it yourself we also carry every type of THC & CBD edibles from 10mg up to 1000mg for the strongest! Check out all our products if you want to try them or simply geet inspiration for your next edible recipe. If you order from us for the first time you will get 15% Off your order with the code: FIRST15!
Let us know in the comment section below if you have any questions about making edibles and we will help you with it!