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  1. How to dose cannabis edibles at home
  2. How to make weed edibles
  3. How to make cannabutter
  4. What are alternatives to cannabutter?
  5. What are the best homemade weed edibles?

Edibles are favored in the cannabis community for their dosing ease, long-lasting effects, and, in some cases, extra strength. Pre-made edibles can carry a hefty price tag at a dispensary, or perhaps you’re looking for that just-right recipe for your dietary needs. If you have some flower and other ingredients lying around, you can make your own tasty treats in the comfort of your kitchen. Read on to learn how to make edibles at home.

Edibles are favored in the cannabis community for their dosing ease, long-lasting effects, and, in some cases, extra strength. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to dose cannabis edibles at home

The first thing you’ll do is make some cannabis butter. Correctly dosing your homemade edibles will impact how much cannabutter you use once you start cooking. Before making infused ingredients, buy flower that is clearly labeled with its cannabinoid and terpenes. If you want a particular type of experience, ask your budtender for a strain that matches your edible goal.

After you’ve chosen your flower, you’ll have to do a little math to dose your weed butter properly. Let’s suppose you start with 10 grams of flower containing 20% THC. That would leave you with 2,000 milligrams of THC total. After decarbing the flower (2,000 x 0.9), you will have 1,800 mg of THC. Following the extraction in oil or butter (1,800 x 0.6), you will have 1,080 mg of THC in that oil, which is sufficient for 216 standard portions containing 5 mg each.

A little cannabis goes a very long way when making edibles. You can reduce the potency in a recipe by having a regular-butter-to-cannabutter ratio that skews heavily in the direction of regular butter. You can also shop for cannabis with a low percentage of THC and a higher percentage of CBD. Just make sure to adjust the math accordingly.

How to make weed edibles

Before you can start making edibles at home, you must perform an essential part of any edibles recipe: decarboxylating the weed.

Decarboxylating, or decarbing, weed is the process of using heat to convert the non-psychoactive THCA in raw cannabis into THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the feeling of being “high.”

There are lots of possibilities for decarbing weed so choose what works best for you or experiment with different methods. Baking is simple but other methods include sous vide cookers, slow cookers, or simply cooking weed in a high-fat material such as butter. Just remember that a lower temp and a shorter time frame ensure better cannabinoid preservation.

Once the weed is decarboxylated, it’s time to start cooking.

How to make cannabutter

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Once you’ve decarbed the weed, it’s pretty simple to make cannabis-infused butter. Weedmaps has two existing recipes for making your own cannabutter. One is an easier, streamlined approach. The other includes more detailed instructions, including all the tools you might need for canna cooking.

Your finished cannabutter will last up to two months in the fridge and six months frozen.

What are alternatives to cannabutter?

The reason butter is primarily used to infuse cannabis into edibles is that when heated, a high-fat material (such as butter) more easily extracts cannabinoids from decarboxylated plant matter. However, butter isn’t the only fat in the kitchen, and many dairy-free cannabis chefs have created alternatives.

Kief

Decarboxylated kief can be added to several homemade components of other dishes, like a no-salt seasoning blend, gluten-free flour, and coconut “milk.”. Check out this list of kief-centered edibles that serve as an alternative to cannabutter.

Decarboxylated kief can be added to several homemade components of other dishes. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Coconut oil

You’ll need a slow-cooker for this recipe, but it makes a delicious, dairy-free alternative to butter. Coconut oil may also have other health benefits, including promoting weight loss, boosting immune system function, and regulating metabolism.

What are the best homemade weed edibles?

Now that you understand how to decarb your weed and the basics of cannabis-infused ingredients, we’ve compiled a list of some essential cannabis recipes to make the perfect edibles.

Firecrackers

Firecrackers are an essential stoner food, easily made in 30 minutes, and able to satisfy both your cannabis and sugar cravings. Simply decarb your cannabis, follow the instructions, and, with virtually zero cleanup, you have yourself a delicious cannabis treat.

Firecrackers are an essential stoner food, easily made in 30 minutes, and able to satisfy both your cannabis and sugar cravings. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Brownies

Nothing says traditional edible like infused brownies. Mary Jane Rathburn, known forever as “Brownie Mary,” invented the marijuana-infused brownie and snuck them into hospitals to provide AIDS patients in the LBGTQ community much-needed relief in the 1980s. Rathburn was arrested for making brownies, a historic bust that created a media frenzy around cannabis legalization.

Nothing says traditional edible like infused brownies. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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You, too, can be a cannabis activist in your own kitchen. Simply select your favorite traditional brownie recipe and swap the butter it calls for with an equal amount of your cannabutter. The trick here is to ensure that the butter is evenly distributed in your mix. Use a microwave or stovetop to make sure the cannabis butter melts completely before adding it to a recipe.

For a dairy-free iteration, find a recipe that uses coconut oil and utilize your infused coconut oil instead. To keep things simple, of course, you could always use store-bought brownie mix and sub out the oil called for with melted cannabutter or infused coconut oil.

Cookies

Many cannabis enthusiasts love making infused cookies with their extra cannabis flower. Again, the trick is to select your favorite cookie recipe and swap regular butter with cannabis butter. Follow the instructions and bake the batch per the original cookie recipe.

The trick is to select your favorite cookie recipe and swap regular butter with cannabis butter. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Homemade capsules

Some people would rather skip the recipes and create consumable cannabis with a consistent dose. If this is you, homemade cannabis capsules allow you to convert your weed into pill form and seamlessly integrate cannabis into your daily routine. You can also add other herbs, such as turmeric, maca, or valerian, depending on your desired effects.

Homemade cannabis capsules allow you to convert your weed into pill form and seamlessly integrate cannabis into your daily routine. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Homemade cannabis capsules require a bit more math than the average edible to determine the dose of each pill. The referenced recipe will walk you through that. It works whether you’re using flower or infused oil. After a few calculations and some manual pill-filling, you’re ready to consume discreetly.

Cannabis tea

There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea to wind down in the evening, except perhaps cannabis-infused tea. You can create a potent cup of weed tea with leftover flower stems. Or if you’ve already made infused oil or butter, simply add that to traditional tea and let the cannabis dissolve into the liquid.

You can create a potent cup of weed tea with leftover flower stems. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to Make Cannabis Oil, Butter, and Edibles at Home

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Hey, pass the doobie… err, the gummy. You hear the latter more often these days, because the love of edibles is growing like a weed (see what we did there?).

In 2014 in Colorado alone (aka the capital of cannabis), 2.85 million units of edible cannabis-infused retail products were sold. Plus, nearly 30 percent of people who enjoy weed say they use it in edible or beverage form.

But hold up — can we interrupt this programming and say we aren’t encouraging you to eat edibles?

Fair warning: In recent years, cannabis-related visits to the ER have tripled in Colorado. Between 2014 and 2016, about 10 percent of emergency room visits were a result of ingesting cannabis.

Proper measurement of cannabis is crucial. And it’s better to take a less-is-more approach. Remember, it takes longer to feel the effects of edibles, and those effects last longer and can be more intense.

The first thing you need to learn is how to make cannabis-infused oil and butter. Soon you’ll be on your way to gummies, chocolate bars, and gluten-free crispy rice treats that’ll take you and your taste buds on a ride.

Have you ever made an herb butter? Cannabutter is no different. To make your own cannabis-infused butter, the only ingredients you need are:

  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1–2 ounces cannabis

Combine butter and water in a pot over low heat. Once butter melts, add ground cannabis to the mixture to simmer for 2–3 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally so it doesn’t come to a boil and so the THC is evenly distributed throughout.

Use and store like regular butter. If you’re new to making cannabutter, you can get more in-depth info at Marijuana Doctors.

Just like you can infuse cooking oils with herbs and other ingredients, you can infuse them with cannabis. Any oil — olive, coconut, whatever you have on hand — will do.

To make the oil more potent (so you feel the effects more), the weed has to be decarboxylated.

It’s way simpler than it sounds: Preheat the oven to a low temperature (about 225 degrees) and bake 1 cup of ground cannabis for 40 minutes.

To infuse the coconut oil, combine the following ingredients in a slow cooker:

  • 1 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
  • 1 cup decarboxylated cannabis

Stir at least every 30 minutes to mix evenly. Simmer for 8–12 hours, and then let the oil cool in the slow cooker. Place a large piece of cheesecloth in a bowl or cup and carefully pour the oil mixture into the cheesecloth.

Secure with a string and use your hands to squeeze out the canna oil. Pour the oil into a mason jar or another container and let it cool in the fridge. Use the canna oil as needed.

Below are five recipes for weed edibles you can make at home. Just remember that edibles have a delayed onset (of up to 3 hours), unlike the instant high of inhaled smoke. So start small and be patient. Moderation is your friend.

Tip: Refer to The Cannabist to learn more about how much THC to add to your edibles.

Important note: Statistics show an increased number of calls to poison control centers due to children, adults, and family pets consuming cannabis edibles because they look like familiar treats and were not stored safely. Please label and store your creations with care.

1. Paleo berry cannabis gummies

You’re going to need a gummy bear mold for this recipe, and it’s worth it. Once you see how easy it is to form these little bears, you’ll reminisce about eating an entire bag of Haribo in one sitting.

But please don’t eat these with abandon. This isn’t just a sugar high.

These gummies have just five ingredients (two of which are water and lemon juice). You can also freeze your weed gummies so you’re ready for all the festivals (or just a night out with your besties).

2. Vegan cannabis chocolate bar

This is a chocolate bar you won’t be able to eat in one sitting — and not because of a lack of self-control. If you eat the whole thing… well, we don’t even really know what would happen. But just take our word for it: You’ll be way too high.

Pull out the typical ingredients you’d use to make this easy chocolate, but instead of regular coconut oil, use the cannabis kind.

3. Canna-bananas

We’re pretty sure this recipe was created for those of us who can’t even when it comes to spending time in the kitchen. Just melt chocolate and cannabis oil in a pot, coat the bananas, and freeze them.

Yep, that’s it. High-five for fast recipes that can get you… high.

4. Gluten-free cannabis crispy rice treats

Meet the new pot crispy treat. Made with nut butter, brown rice syrup, and cannabis butter or oil, these treats are going to snap, crackle, and pop their way into your mouth.

Just don’t make them for the charity bake sale.

5. Vegan weed brownies

Who’s ready to get chocolate wasted? Literally.

Made from sunflower seed butter, honey, flax, egg, cocoa powder, and cannabis, these brownies rival the ones you made in high school.

For a paleo version, use a regular egg and a nut butter of your choice. And here’s a recipe for a more standard pot brownie.

Now you’re on your way to making cannabis treats at home. And hey, tell your friends to watch who they’re calling a pothead: Some people believe weed has helped them get in the best shape of their lives, and yes, that includes athletes.

Last medically reviewed on January 15, 2018

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