6 Tips on How to Make the Perfect Marijuana Edibles
Weed legalization initiatives across the country have changed the way a lot of people perceive marijuana.
With these developments, most people are now aware of the medical and recreational benefits of Marijuana, compared to a decade ago when most people viewed weed as a harmful substance.
Because weed edibles remain one of the most popular ways of getting ‘high’, the heavy supply of information on cannabis these days is helping many people to reinvent ways of preparing weed edibles.
Nowadays, it’s not surprising to find fancy new edibles, ranging from Crème brulé to beef jerky, although weed brownies and cookies are most popular.
Making really good edibles is however not as easy as it sounds.
It’s usually a process that requires you to have enough information about weed.
Additionally, for you to produce quality mouth-watering edibles, your cooking skills should be above-board.
One important thing to note is that people want a tasty but potent edible.
Unfortunately, making tasty and potent cookies involves more than whipping a pre-bought mix on a pan, adding weed to the mix, and stashing it into a hot oven.
Although preparing weed cookies sounds fairly complicated for the ordinary person, there’s no reason to worry.
Our informative guide will help you make the perfect Marijuana edibles.
What you need
When it comes to preparation of weed edibles, most people’s checklist will start with the weed itself. Granted, everyone needs to make sure that whatever they cook will be potent enough to inspire them.
While having some weed is a good starting point, we recommend that you first focus on getting all the ingredients that will transform your cooking from ordinary to exceptional.
Why not start with some quality chocolate like Schaeffer Berger or Guittard?
With the chocolate requirements checked, the next step is to grab six large eggs, some all-purpose flour, Kosher salt and baking powder. Other ingredients include two sticks of unsalted butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
Technically, chefs need a cookie sheet well lined with a parchment paper. A wooden spoon, a weed grinder, cheesecloth, food processor, and two large pots complete the list of required items.
If you’re with me up to this point, let’s continue with the process.
Picking your weed strains
There are tons of weed strains out there. As such, you’ll need to carefully pick the strain that matches your current mood, or the mood you want after eating your cookies.
It’s important to factor in the time of the day that you need to consume the cookies. Is it at night or in broad daylight?
For obvious reasons, you don’t want a strain that will pamper you to sleep when all you wanted was to go out and conquer the world.
White Widow, Sour Diesel, Golden Goat, Casey Jones, and Lemon Skunk are some of the best picks for anyone who wants a dose of energy.
If you just want to relax, strains like Bubba Kush, White Fire Alien OG, or Granddaddy Purple are excellent picks.
Do you ask yourself why weed is mostly smoked as opposed to being eaten as food? Well, there’s a reason for that.
Raw weed is a super food because its laden with a great combination of over 40 chemicals, including essential oils, acids, and vitamins. However, to get the weed ‘high’ sensation, some elements in the weed need to be heated. That said, you need to prepare the weed in such a way that everything that makes you ‘high’ is present in the cookie.
According to High Times, cooking weed must be done the right way to get the perfect result. For a start, the THC boiling point is 314°F. Overcooking your weed above this temperature for long periods makes the weed lose its potency.
Here’s the rather straightforward process of cooking weed.
- Heat your oven to 240°F. This is overly easy to check if your oven features one of those inbuilt thermometers.
- Carefully break down the Marijuana leaves into small pieces while placing them on the cookie sheet. Remember, the pieces shouldn’t be on top of each other.
- Place your cookie sheet in the oven for 30-40 minutes. The time needed depends on the strain of weed and the strength of your oven. Your goal here is to get the leaves to turn into a golden brown color.
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the Marijuana to cool. Place it in a food processor and grind slightly.
Having prepared your weed, it’s now time for making ‘Cannabutter’. This is essential because it helps you bake the weed. Cannabutter is perfect for baking.
Using Cannabutter is one of the many methods of making weed cookies. Some methods take up to eight hours. Our simple wafer-simmered version is praised by the Cannabist as one of the best cannabutter in the US.
Boil a quart of water in a medium saucepan.
Add the sticks of butter to the boiling water and give them time to melt completely.
Add your weed and let it simmer. As you’ll notice, weed tends to float over the butter. Cook at low heat for up to three hours or until you start seeing the mixture thickening at the top.
If you made it to this point, you’re not far away from the finished product, in this case, the cookie.
Remove the mixture from the oven and pour it into a bowl lined with cheesecloth.
Remove the remaining liquid butter. Allow it to cool and refrigerate it until it gains the consistency and texture of a spread.
You’re almost ready to actually eat it.
Different strains of weed have different levels of potency. However, the average is 10%THC. If you have a quarter ounce of weed weighing seven grams, here’s how you calculate the THC.
According to the Cannabist, one gram of weed is 1000mg of dry weight. Supposing your strain has 10%THC, then 10% of that is 100mg.
For home cooking purposes, we can then assume that every gram of Cannabis has 100mg THC. To further understand why THC values matter, the state of Colorado, which legalized recreational Marijuana allows only 10mg THC per weed edible.
In our case, if you had 700mg of weed to prepare the cookies with, you could generate up to 60 cookies using a classic recipe. In this case, each weed cookie will be 11 grams on average.
The dosage really matters. For first time users, it’s recommended they split the edibles into quarter pieces and allow an average of one hour before taking the next dose of quarter of a piece.
So, what happens when you eat too much of the freshly baked cookies?
While panicking would not help matters, you’ll need a few things to cool your ‘high’ a bit.
The British Journal of Pharmacology shows that weed users can actually reduce their ‘high’ by eating pistachios or peanuts with the pinene chemical, known for maintaining mental clarity.
Additionally, it’ll be a good idea to eat grapefruits, lemons or oranges.The terpenes chemical in these fruits does the trick.
And there we have it-the perfect weed cookie.
A little bonus
For those who prefer salty edibles to the savory types, we have good news for you. Popcorns! They’ve become an excellent source of weed edibles in recent years. If you’ve already prepared you cannabutter, you only need to add popcorns into the mix.
However, it’s important to note that you’ll need to prepare the popcorns by first heating the un-popped kernels in a saucepan the old-fashioned way.
To make popcorns, you need two or three cups of kernels mixed with Two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of cannabutter.
Add salt and pepper to taste and there you have your “potcorn”.
The beauty of using popcorns is they have antioxidants good for your health.