How to Make the Perfect Marijuana Edibles

March 5, 2021

For some people, the best way to get the effects of marijuana is by eating it. Unlike smoking joints, eating perfect marijuana edibles doesn’t hurt the throat or lungs. This makes it the ideal mode of delivery for patients who need to medicate or people who are tired of smoking.

The cannabinoids in marijuana are known to soothe upset stomachs. Hence, it is recommended to chemotherapy and HIV patients to relieve vomiting and regain their appetites. For others, eating weed gives them a longer-lasting buzz that they can enjoy throughout the day.

The only downside is that it usually takes around an hour before the effects start to kick in. Even so, marijuana edibles provide more variety with the same potency and fewer side effects. So, how do we infuse weed to our favorite meals or snacks?

While it sounds easy, cooking marijuana can be tricky and complicated. So, to get the best results, we must learn the basics. Understanding the right way to do it increases our chances of success of making delicious weed-infused dishes. Also, it helps us avoid making common mistakes that mess up the flavor and potency.

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So, in this article, we will learn the crucial steps to making the perfect marijuana edibles. Then, know how to make the versatile cannabutter or oil which we can combine with most food. Moreover, we include some simple starter recipes to enjoy.

Basic Steps

Since marijuana is a complex plant, it needs to undergo some special processes when cooking it. As such, these instructions help get rid of the impurities, improve its flavor, and keep its potency. So, follow these vital steps to enjoy high-quality edibles.

Clean the Weed

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Before anything else, make sure that the leaves or buds are free from any pesticides. There is nothing worse than the taste of chemicals with harmful effects ruining a good batch of weed. So, before cooking it, run it with water to give it a good cleaning.

Soak it Overnight

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While some people think that this step is not necessary, soaking the weed in water overnight gets rid of the chlorophyll. This substance makes any food that we infuse it with turn green and bitter. So, to get a clean look and taste, give the weed a good soak.

Decarboxylate it

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Marijuana releases the THC and other cannabinoids when we heat or burn it. This is the same process that occurs in smoking joints, bongs, or vapes. In tinctures and edibles, we accomplish this by finely chopping the weeds then warming it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until it becomes dry.

In doing this step, check to make sure that the temperature stays the same since some ovens tend to fluctuate. Basically, extreme heat ruins the weed by destroying all the cannabinoids. So, be careful that it doesn’t get too hot.

Essentially, decarboxylating the weed ensures that we activate the full potential of its psychoactive and medicinal effects. It also makes the plant matter more easily digestible. Hence, we highly recommend applying this step when cooking edibles.

Cook it Slowly

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Again, it’s vital to cook weed edibles over low heat, preferably below the boiling point. This is especially true when making cannabutter or oil. It may take longer time but we want to avoid scorching or overcooking the weed. So, avoid this mistake to get highly-potent edibles.

Infuse it in Fats

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Infuse it in Fats

Fats are the best compound that can hold all the desirable properties of weed. Hence, many people make cannabutter and cannaoil to capture the essence of weed. These marijuana-infused products are ready to use and add unique flavors to any favorite recipes.

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Most people like to make cannabutter since butter is more common when it comes to availability and flavor.

To make cannabutter, we need 100 grams of butter, 100 ml of water, and 100 grams of ground leaves or 5 grams of ground buds.
Start by cleaning the weed, then decarboxylate it. Use a saucepan or slow cooker but make sure to keep the temperature below boiling point. First, melt the butter then add the weed. Next, simmer and stir while adding water to keep it from drying out.

The length of cooking time ranges from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on preference. But the most people say, the longer the better. Then, pour the mixture into a strainer to separate the plant matter. Let it sit until it cools down then refrigerate it to harden.

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Canna Oil

Unlike cannabutter, canna oil uses coconut oil, hence, it has that added distinct taste. But this type of oil has more beneficial fats and may even be healthier than butter. Hence, most health-conscious people like this option.

In every 6 grams of marijuana buds, use 1 cup of coconut oil. We can also use water as needed to keep the mixture from drying out.
The steps in making this recipe are basically the same as how to make cannabutter. As such, take note of the temperature that it does not go beyond the boiling point. Also, don’t forget to stir occasionally and be patient in cooking it.

Cannabis Brownies

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Pot brownies are one of the most popular edibles because they’re yummy and simple to make. Many people who enjoy eating weed regularly make these treats either from scratch or straight from the box.

From Scratch

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Using the ingredients from the kitchen is a great way to bake cannabis brownies. For this, we need 8 pieces of 1-ounce unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup cannabutter, 1 and ½ cups flour, 5 eggs, and 3 cups sugar. We also need a tablespoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt, and a cup of pecans or walnut.

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To make, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit first. Then, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Melt the chocolates then add it to the egg mixture together with flour and salt. Pour the batter into a lightly greased pan and cook for 35 minutes or until done.

Using Brownie Mix

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For this simple recipe, use a box of brownie mix, and whatever amount of vegetable oil and eggs required by the box instructions. Also, we need an ounce of decarboxylated cannabis leaves. Add a cup of chopped walnuts if desired.

Since this recipe calls for oil, we will use this ingredient to infuse it with the marijuana leaves. So, heat a large skillet and, in low temperature, cook the leaves by stirring them in the oil until they emit a pleasant, nutty aroma. Let the oil cool before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients.

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Blend the mixture to a creamy consistency then pour it in a slightly-greased pan. Bake it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the toothpick we insert comes out dry. 

Happy Flapjacks

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To make happy flapjacks, get a cup of Jiffy or Bisquick mix, 1 ¼ cup of skim milk, and 1 egg. For the canna oil, use a cup of decarboxylated marijuana and cook it in 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

First, blend all ingredients and add the canna oil, then mix until the consistency becomes like paint. Place a ladleful in a preheated skillet and lower the temperature to avoid burning it. Cook each side for 30 seconds.

Sesame Skillet Marijuana Cookie
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For this simple snack recipe, prepare ¼ cup honey, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. We also need ¼ ounce of decarboxylated weed, and ¼ cup of toasted sesame seeds to roll the cookies in.

Simply mix all the except for the sesame seeds, then pour the batter in a large greased skillet. Cover it and cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until ready. Once cooked, remove it and allow to cool. Then cut it into desired pieces and roll in sesame seeds.

Stoner Fudge

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Bake this starter recipe by using 4 cups sugar, 10 ounces evaporated milk and 1 cup cannabutter. We will also need 7 ounces of marshmallow crème, 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

To bake, combine sugar, milk, and cannabutter in a large cooking pot on medium heat. Stir constantly until it reaches 236 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, remove the pot and add chocolate chips, vanilla, and marshmallow crème. Stir until well-blended and pour in a baking pan until it cools.

This preparation makes about forty 2-inch squares. Eating just one is enough to make an average-weight person high.

Hemp Tea

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Cannabis can also be enjoyed as a potent tea. To make a mug, we need a stainless-steel tea ball with a screw-on cap and 1/8 ounce of decarboxylated stem or leaves of weed.

Start by putting the weed loosely in the tea ball to allow some circulation. Then place it in a mug filled with boiling water. Let it steep for 15 minutes, remove the ball, then microwave the mug. Enjoy it with lemon, sugar, creamer, or just drink it plain.

The Perfect Marijuana Edibles

Again, eating marijuana is a great option to getting the health benefits or high that many people want. It has fewer negative effects and longer-lasting buzz. But it needs to be properly prepared and cooked to optimize its desirable qualities.

As we go through the basic steps of cooking cannabis, they seem challenging and complicated. But with enough practice, it becomes easier and more natural. Besides, these steps are vital to getting the maximum effect of the marijuana.

So, when deciding to cook with weed, consider the process first. With knowledge, we build the confidence to develop the skills. In time, we can create the best marijuana edibles that we can enjoy daily.

Faq about marijuana edibles

Are marijuana edibles bad for your liver?

Excess of everything or anything is bad. If you eat marijuana edibles in extra ordinary quantities then defiantly your liver will take some hit. But a limited amount of quantity won’t damage your liver

Do marijuana edibles affect your breathing?

Your breathing will certainly take a hit if you smoke extra ordinary quantity of weed but eating edibles won’t impact your breathing.

How long do marijuana edible’s last?

Marijuana edibles will not lose the THC potency for at least an year if stored properly.

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  4. By ray ,01 Jul 2016
    you do not carboxylate your weed?
    1. By Deb ,11 Jul 2018
      Read the article, then ask questions
  5. By Glenn Herman ,21 Oct 2016
    For the box brownies and pancakes I decarboxalate my flower for 1 hour at 240 ^F, then just add to mix and cook normally and works great.
  6. By FunyFarm ,05 Feb 2017
    No need to declarb if it is cooked into whatever, ad a mater of fact, no need to pre process the oil/weed mixture. The transformation of thca to thc happens with heat of cooking as long as it gets to […]Read More
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      1. By Deb_Em ,01 Apr 2018
        There is a group in DC that have edibles pop ups. They really have amazingly good edibles. Since you are so far away and wouldn’t be a competitor, maybe they would share some tips - I’m not sure if they’ve […]Read More
  9. By Hillarie A. Hoepfner ,23 Nov 2017
    This is the first time I've come across a site like this one. There may be more but I don't know about them. I like the Q & As and as soon as I can remember it, I'll go to […]Read More
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  11. By Grandma Haney ,14 Feb 2018
    Cannot wait to start my grow..still too cold here in Nevada..any thoughts about an outdoor grow in Northern Nevada??Dry ,alkaline soil however I plan to use Miracle grow mix only and chicken manure..any ideas?/ Love to all wherever you be
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,16 Feb 2018
      Grandma Haney, If you are using Miracly Grow soil, you do not need to worry about the alkaline soil in Nevada. You do need to make sure and PH any water or additives to 6.5 before applying to soil. Soil […]Read More
  12. By Tracey Jones ,05 Apr 2018
    I have made cannabutter and coconut canna using 14 gm per 2 cups oil. I tried several recipes. Only one was in able to get a buzz. I use magical butter machine. What am I doing wrong? I have copd […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      Tracy, When adding Cannabis to Coconut oil the recipe is fill whatever mason jar you have completely with a small air space at top. Decarboxylate the entirejar of leaf and flower matter. Allow to cool 100%,so terpenes re-enter the matter. […]Read More
  13. By David ,14 Jan 2020
    So theres no need to dry the herb after soaking It, or is that what the decarb will Do?
    1. By Latewood_ILGM ,29 Jan 2020
      David, Most of us do not soak buds. We decarb it in a sealed bag using a sous vide. some folks still decarb in an oven but, that leads to the terpenes escaping into thin air. Boiling style decarb allows […]Read More
  14. By antonio ,14 Jan 2020
    What do I do if my buds and leaves are already dry,
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,29 Jan 2020
      antonio. you can use dry or wet buds. Just make sure to decarboxylate the herb before using it for edibles.
  15. By José ,26 Apr 2020
    Nice break down. On our 2nd batch and refining our process based on this article. Question: What’s the right order and any tips for ground buds regarding soak, grinding, and decarboxylizing? We soaked the full buds overnight first, then let […]Read More
  16. By Donna ,27 Nov 2020
    Have you ever used the wooden stems of the plant for smoking vegetables? Any effects when you eat the vegs? I have used it for smoking jalapenos, in combination with apple wood and it turned out very well!
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