How to Make Pot Brownies The Easy Way
Cannabis edibles have been consumed for hundreds of years, and can be made in numerous ways. I’m going to outline for you what I believe to be the simplest way to turn dry herb into delicious cannabis-infused brownies, and share with you a couple of tips from my years of experience making my own “special” brownies.
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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Buy a Box of Brownie Mix
Seriously, you really can’t go wrong with Betty Crocker or any other store-bought brownie mix. The most important thing is to buy a brownie mix that requires vegetable oil; the more oil it requires, the better. If you do that, you’re well on your way to getting baked on some baked goods.
Making Cannabis Oil for Pot Brownies
Take out a small pan and place it on a burner on your stove. I like to let the cannabis simmer for a good while on a low heat setting (2-3) to maximize the absorption and to prevent the oil from getting a burnt smell or taste to it. Then pour your vegetable oil into the pan (most brownie mixes require around 1/2 a cup) and let it heat up.
While your vegetable oil is getting warm, de-stem and grind up your buds. For large batches, I have used a blender in the past, but a medium-sized grinder will do the trick. Don’t forget to weigh what you are putting in the brownies so that you know how much cannabis you are ingesting. One of the first batches I ever made, I didn’t, and spent a day and a half sleeping and watching TV. I recommend using about 4.5 grams for your first batch, and cutting the brownies into 9 squares (1/2 gram each).
Once your herbs are sufficiently ground up, add them to the warm oil on the stove. I usually let my oil simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. When the oil is done and ready to be used, the buds themselves will turn a brown color, but will not smell burnt. The oil will take on some of the color as well. Strain the leafy material, or leave it in–it’s your choice at this point. I don’t believe that leaving the ground herb in the oil produces a more intense effect.
It’s Time to Make Brownies
Combine your cannabis oil with the rest of the required ingredients and follow the baking directions from the box. Once they’re done, they are ready to eat. If you find the taste of cannabis off-putting, you might try adding a half cup of creamy peanut butter to the brownie mix before baking.
TIP: I highly recommend making a second tray of non-cannabis brownies in case you want more brownies but don’t want to fall into a coma. The munchies are 100% real.
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2018 Update: Crock-Pot Method
Wanted to share a quick and easy update for you!
First I want to start with ACCURATE MICRO DOSING for edibles, too many times I hear about people not properly dosing edibles and essentially being in a pot brownie como for 3 days! Look I did it once when I was in high school some 20 years ago, I threw some herb in the batch and figured “Shit ya thats enough, should do the trick!” and ya oh shit did that do the TRICK for like 3 days it SUCKED!
SO needless to say dosing is important, so here is how I figure it out:
When getting your medicine from a dispensary it will state the THC percentage, if you have the actual percentage USE THAT NUMBER if you dont use 10% THC as your go to average. If your medicine if HIGHER Quality bring the percentage UP if your Medicine is lower Quality then bring it DOWN in %.
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EXAMPLE CANNABIS AT 10% THC
1 gram of cannabis = 1000 milligrams
10% of 1000 milligrams is 100 milligrams
As an example, let’s say I used one ounce or 28 grams of average quality marijuana (10% THC RIGHT!) to make one cup of butter.
That would mean 2800 milligrams of THC went into that one cup of butter.
(28 grams = 28000 milligrams x 10% THC = 2800 milligrams of THC)
WHAT I ALWAYS DO is 28 Grams or 1 Oz for 1 Cup of Butter or 1 Cup of Oil
So here is how I FIRST make my Canna-Butter or Canna-Oil for my Recipe
- Pre-Heat Oven to 225
- Grind My Herb
- Take a Cookie Sheet, put aluminium foil on it, spread out Ground Cannabis
- Place in over for 15 min (This will DeCarbonoxilate the Herb, pulling the THC/CBD out of the plant material)
- Get a Smaller Crock Pot, Turn it on Low for 8 hr setting (You can use a pot and put it on low for 2-4 hours stirring occasionally, but a Crock Pot is SOO much easier! Here is a link for a cheap one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P2LEE0/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- I Spray the CrockPot with Pam or some cooking Spray
- I will put 1 cup of water in the CrockPot – It will Cook Off
- Place 1 cup of Oil or 1 cup Butter (Whatever you perfer, I like GrapeSeed Oil Personally)
- Add Baked Grounded Herb
- Click the Button and Let the CrockPot do the rest
- I Normally will stir it every hour or so if I get bored, not needed, but I like to
- Once it has cooked for 4-8 hrs, turn it off and let it sit for about 30 min
- Then I will take a Large Bowl and put a fine Pasta Strainer, like the fancy metal ones you know what Im talking about, and place it in the bowl
- Then I SLOWLY pour the Canna-Infused solution into the strainer
- I take a spatula and make sure I get all the goodies out of the pot and into the strainer
- I personally will let the concoction sit in the strainer for an hour or so and will occasionally take my spatula and push down on the herbs ever so lightly to just MILDLY squeeze out any of the butter or oil remaining. Dont go crazy here, look there is maybe like 1 tablespoon of the oil in the herbs, its not worth squeezing the hell out of it because it will affect the taste of the butter/oil. If you squeeze the shit out of it you will get plant material in the butter and it will taste like plant material, its not worth the little extra you would be getting! What I normally do is which the plant material that is remaining I will take it out of the strainer and mix it with 5-10 cups of my dogs dog food and store it in a plastic container. Then I will give him 1-2 scoops of that food mixed with his regular food at night. Its good for the dogs fur coat but also the dogs joints, hips, appetite and shit its cannabis right so you know that pups gonna sleep like a champ!
- Once all the Cannabis has been strained out, you are now left with your solution of cannabis infused butter or oil!
- I will take this butter or oil and put it in a mason jar and put a label on it with a date and put it in the fridge. If refrigerated the butter and oil has the same shelf life that it would normally have, so it can last a good 3-6 months no prob!
Now that I have made my cannabis oil or butter well guess what?!
I can use it for ANY recipe, so if I am making brownies from the box and the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, WELL, I can use 1 cup of Cannabis Oil!
BUT WAIT HOW MANY MILLIGRAMS ARE GONNA BE IN MY BROWNIES??
Well thats a simple answer! Here is the breakdown:
- If you use the whole cup of butter and that Butter is from the example above then it has 2800 MG of tHC in the Batch!
- Then once you bake the brownies lets say you cut them into 28 pieces right
- Then 2800 divided by 28 is 100mg per BROWNIE!
Now in my honest opinion, I think that is WAY WAY too much! Now 100mg might not be alot for a seasoned cannabis user, but remember ever strain will affect you differently, just as the way it is consumed will affect you differently. If you go back to the analogy of the common cannabis is 10% THC and 1 Gram is then 100MG of THC and you Roll a Joint with 1 Gram, then think to yourself how does a 1 gram Joint Affect you? For me, I do not smoke a whole joint in 1 sitting, I will have maybe 3-5 hits, then come back in an hour, have 2-3 more, and so on. I may consume .35-.5 gram cannabis from a joint max an evening. So if I were to eat that entire 100mg Brownie, you see how I would be a zombie for 3 days?!
I am a firm believer in start low and increase. You can always add, you can never remove. So what most dispensaries sell their edibles in is doses of 10mg. So lets give you a quick example of how you can do that with the recipe and canna-infused oil/butter we created above:
- Lets use 1/4 Cup of our Canna-Butter and 3/4 cup of regular Butter which equals 1 cup of butter like the recipe called for, right?
- That means that our Brownie mix will now have 700mg THC
- Next Lets spread this out on a LARGE Brownie Pan that can give me more room
- Next Lets make SMALL bit sized brownies, you dont need alot and you can always get more!
- So lets cut them into 35 Bite Sized Pieces
- Now lets do the Math: 700 mg of THC went into 35 brownies so 700/35= 20mg of THC per Brownie!
Easy Peasy, see Math can be fun! And Tasty!
Whats even cooler is now that you have made that 1 Cup of lets say Canna-oil in the crockpot and you only used 1/4 of it well you have 3/4 a cup of Canna-Oil Left, so you can cook more fun dishes, here is what I do:
I have my Canna-Oil in a Mason Jar, and I use a 1ml Dropper
So Lets do some more Math LOL
There is 236 ML in a Cup
And if that Cup has 2800 MG THC then that means that 1 ML of Canna-Oil will have 12mg of THC: 2800/236=11.86 Right!
And now I have that Perfect 10mg Dosing!
So lets say I made a nice Steak, Rice and Broccoli dinner, but lets say I want to add some Medicine to it right. So I take my Dropper and I will put 1 ML of Oil over my bed of Rice, stir it around, maybe sprinkle a little cheese on top, and BAM! I have a dinner with 10mg of THC infused Rice! Yum Yum and Night Night!The easiest recipe for making pot brownies, ever. Anyone can do it! Read the article for the recipe and tips on making cannabis foods and edibles.
The Best Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
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The best recipe for simple and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using either cannabis-infused coconut oil, cannabutter, or cannabis sugar. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 25 minutes.
Let’s make Cannabis Brownies!
If you’re finding this recipe through a random search, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
After combing the internet for a perfect cannabis brownie recipe, I realized that it didn’t exist, so I sought out to create it.
Many recipes are too complicated and inaccurate, and I wanted something simple I could share with you and my Cannabis Compass Online Course students.
Instead of making this complicated, I’ve set out to make this the easiest guide for how to make cannabis brownies with simple infusion instructions and four alternative infusion options.
Please join my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community if you have any questions about cooking with cannabis, making cannabis brownies, how to make this recipe specifically, or anything else you can think of!
Option #1 – Make cannabis oil or Cannabutter first
The easiest and most palatable option for making cannabis brownies is to start by making either cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter first.
Mastering just one of these recipes will help you make more recipes beyond just brownies.
If you have never made either of these recipes before, be sure to:
Making your own oil or butter at home allows you to choose what type of cannabis flower you want to use.
THC dominant cannabis flower is the most preferred starting material, but you can also use CBD hemp flower, or even leaves, trim, and shake.
I also have instructions on how to make these brownies with full-spectrum CBD oil at the end of this post.
Once you have your cannabis-infused oil or butter prepared, you can use it anywhere fat is called for in a recipe.
That means you can then use this recipe or your Grandma’s sacred brownie recipe as is, and just swap regular oil or butter for infused oil or butter.
Should You Use Butter or Oil For Your Cannabis Brownies?
Choosing between using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter is a personal taste preference.
I prefer the coconut oil while my husband prefers cannabutter.
Learning how to discover your own personal cannabis preferences is something I teach inside my Cannabis Compass Online Training Course.
Either way, they perform nearly the same when baking and can be made the same way following the same methods, and used nearly interchangeably in any recipe.
Option #2 – Make Cannabis-Infused Sugar
While it’s more likely that you have access to cannabis butter or cannabis oil, you can optionally make a cannabis-infused sugar to use in this recipe.
You can use cannabutter and cannasugar in combination for an ultrastrong batch, or use either one, depending on what you have on hand and readily available.
OptIon #3 – use CANNABIS Flower
Alas, some impatient friends don’t want to wait the 4 hours to make an infused oil and insist on adding cannabis flower buds directly to the batter.
While it’s not my favorite or the most palatable way to make brownies, it will still work.
However, it’s important to note that you must decarboxylate the dried cannabis flower before adding it to the batter in order to reap the full benefits of activated CBD and THC.
If you skip this step, your brownies will not be as strong as you desire, or many not produce any intoxicating effect at all.
Option #4 – MAKE BROWNIES WITH THE LEFTOVER PULP
It’s not my favorite way to make brownies, but yes, you can absolutely add the leftover cannabis pulp from making butter to your brownie mix.
I would recommend still using the infused butter or oil as called for and then adding in a ¼ to ½ cup of the leftover pulp as an additional ingredient.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of nuances when it comes to cannabis edibles, which is exactly why I put together this Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
This guide will answer all of your questions about cannabis edibles in general.
This Guide to Edibles covers:
- The Importance of Decarboxylation
- Understanding Edibles Delayed Onset
- Exploring Why Edibles Can Be More Potent
- Determining Final Product Potency
- Safety Considerations for Consuming THC Edibles
- Why Edibles Are Both An Experiment & Commitment
- Dosing Recommendations for Beginners
Below you will find questions and answers specific to this cannabis brownie recipe.
Can I just use a BROWNIE box mix?
Yes, you sure can!
A typical Betty Crocker brownie mix calls for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of vegetable oil.
Just swap that vegetable oil for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of your cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter and follow the directions as is.
How much Cannabis should I use?
When making cannabis coconut oil or butter, the most commonly used ratio is 1 ounce of cannabis flower to 16 ounces (1 pound) of oil or butter.
This recipe calls for a half-cup of cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter, which breaks down to approximately ¼ ounce of cannabis flower used in this recipe.
How do I make potent Cannabis brownies?
Your final milligram dosage of either CBD or THC will be entirely dependent on the strength of the material you start with.
If you make your product with trim or shake, it will be less potent than if you make your cannabis oil or butter with premium, high-quality flower.
When it comes to edibles, remember: the better the bud, the better the budder.
You can also adjust the amount of cannabis flower used to make your oil or butter.
While the traditional ratio is 1 ounce of flower to 1 pound of oil or butter, you could do a ratio of 1 ounce of flower to ½ pound of oil or butter for a more potent final product.
How do I find the final dosage of each brownie?
It’s important to know that estimating the final potency of cannabis edibles is nearly impossible unless you know the percentage of CBD or THC in the material you start cooking with.
If you purchase your flower at a dispensary, it will state the % THC, making the process much easier.
From here, you can input your information into an online calculator that will help you guestimate your final concentration.
If you don’t know the potency of your starting material, the final potency can be anyones guess.
What are the effects of Cannabis brownies?
Cannabis edibles affect every person differently because of our own unique endocannabinoid systems (ECS).
This paired with our own unique physiology means we will all experience the effects differently.
Some of the most common effects include a feeling of intoxication or being ‘high’, sleepiness, drowsiness, happiness, pain relief, and more.
Additionally, some people will not feel the effects of edibles at all, as covered more in-depth here in my Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
How long do CANNABIS brownies take to kick in?
It can be difficult to determine your ideal dosage when orally consuming cannabis because the onset of the desired effect is significantly delayed in comparison to sublingual, topical, or inhalation consumption.
Orally ingested cannabis is slower to take effect, with the typical onset time ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, or even longer, depending on the individual.
While the effects of edibles are delayed, they tend to manifest stronger and last longer with a peak onset of noticeable effects setting in between 1 to 3 hours post-consumption.
The effects of cannabis edibles can last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours or more and vary gratefully from person to person.
Will making Cannabis brownies make my house smell?
If you are decarboxylating your own cannabis flowers and infusing your own cannabis coconut oil or butter before making your brownies, then yes, your house will definitely smell.
If you already have the oil or butter prepared and are not actively decarbing or infusing, and simply just making brownies, the smell will be significantly reduced.
How long do cannabis brownies last?
In my house, 24 hours!
But in all reality, these cannabis brownies have the same shelf life as any other brownies and should be consumed or frozen within 7 days to prevent spoilage.
What if my dog ate my Cannabis brownie?
As silly as that sounds, its a legitimate question that gets asked more times than I’d like to admit.
Dogs do well with CBD, but they don’t do great with high amounts of THC.
If your dog eats your cannabis brownie, I urge you to call your vet for further recommendations.
Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
The very best recipe for easy, simple, and delicious Fudgy Chocolate Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 40 minutes.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour*
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter*
- 1 cup white sugar (or cannabis-sugar)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- *Optional toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Grease an 8″x8″ metal baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder to remove any lumps, then add the salt, followed by the baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, cream together the cannabis oil (or cannabutter), white sugar, and brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed sugar and beat on medium speed for one minute (note: the color of the mixture should lighten a bit).
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low until everything is well incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to a greased baking pan. Lightly tap the pan to even out the batter.
- Optional: add any topping as desired, like sea salt.
- Place the pan in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
- The time will depend on your oven and your brownie consistency preferences. Test the finished brownies with a toothpick. Unlike making a cake, the toothpick does NOT need to come out clean. Making fudgy brownies will leave deliciousness on the toothpick. Just verify that what is in the toothpick doesn’t have a batter consistency, which would indicate that the batter needs to bake a bit longer.
- If you can wait, allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy and repeat!
*Cannabis coconut oil is easier to work with at room temperature or when it is melted, as compared to refrigerated. Just don’t melt it in the microwave!
*When measuring flour or cocoa powder; we recommend you use a spoon to transfer the flour from the container to your measuring cup and then leveling out with a flat edge, like a butter knife. This helps prevent packing and makes for better brownies.
*For even FUDGIER brownies, use a 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup.
*Optional: Your brownies can be topped with chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or flaked sea salt before baking.Easy, simple, and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients & ready in just 25 minutes. ]]>