When you think of edibles, chances are you think of brownies. The classic cannabis-infused chocolatey treat (best shared with friends before sitting down for a movie marathon or heading out for a hike) is not only delicious, but it's also relatively easy to make.
When it comes to making your own edibles at home, it can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you’ve never done it before. But whether you’re using a box mix or baking your brownies from scratch, we’ll walk you through the process so you can get perfect, potent edibles every time. All you need to get started is a bit of fresh bud or concentrate from your local dispensary and the regular baking supplies.
Disclaimer: our suggested recipes are intended only for consumers over 21+ or are registered patients.
Start with cannabis-infused ingredients
Unfortunately, you can’t just grind up your bud and add it to your batter. So, before you can make your edibles at home, you’ll need to prepare cannabis-infused oil, butter, or milk for your recipe. Remember that making cannabis-infused products at home is not an exact science, and it is difficult to predict the exact potency of your end product. To be safe, you should always test it out before using it in a recipe so you know exactly how potent it is before you dive in.
When making cannabis-infused ingredients at home, here are some tips and tricks to help you produce the best product possible.
- Decarboxylate your cannabis by baking your bud at 240°F for 40 minutes. Decarboxylating, also known as “decarbing,” altars the chemical structure of flower and transforms THCA into active THC while keeping cannabinoids and terpenes intact. Translation? It makes your cannabis psychoactive so you can actually get high from your edibles.
- Choose an oil with high-fat content, like coconut oil, for the best results. Cannabis compounds are fat-soluble, meaning they break down better in fat. Other great options are olive oil and canola oil.
- Take your time. You can’t rush the process of infusing your cannabis with your cooking oil. In a double boiler, heat 1/4 oz of ground, decarbed cannabis and one cup of oil on a stovetop for at least six hours, making sure to stir occasionally.
- Don’t overheat your oil. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is: do not let your oil come to a boil. Heat is not a necessary part of infusion, but it significantly speeds up the process. For the best results, do not let your oil heat more than 200°F.
- Strain your cannaoil before adding to your batter. Use a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer to make sure no excess plant material ends up in your final product. Though it might be tempting, don’t squeeze or try and push the oil through the strainer, just pour and let gravity do its thing.
- Thoroughly mix your batter to make sure your cannabis-infused ingredients are thoroughly and evenly distributed so you can better predict the potency of each serving size.
If you prefer a no-mess, no-hassle option, you can use a variety of concentrates including Rair’s distillate darts, tinctures, and even rosin to make your edibles. Because concentrate is already decarboxylated, you don’t have to do any extra heavy lifting, you can simply add to your batter and bake.
Calculating your potency:
When baking edibles, try to figure out the potency so you can accurately determine the safest serving size of each brownie. For the best high, you should aim for 10mg per serving. Because the measurements will vary greatly depending on the percent of THC in your concentrate or cultivar, here are some tips to help you consistently calculate the best dosage.
Calculating your cannaoil:
- First, you need to know the amount of THC in the bud you started with. For example, if you’re infusing 1/4oz (7,087mg) of Fat Banana where the THC is 15.77%, (7,087mg x .1577) then you have 1,117.6mg of THC.
- When decarbing, assume 90% of the THCA will turn into THC (1,117.6mg x .9) for 1,005.84mg of THC per 1/4oz of decarbed Platinum Garlic.
- When infusing your oil, assume at least 60% of the THC will be extracted from the plant (1,005.84mg x .6) for 603.5mg of THC per cup of oil.
- For a serving size of 10mg THC, one cup of oil yields about 60 servings (603.5mg / 10) of 10mg edibles.
- Most brownie recipes call for ⅓ a cup of oil, so each batch yields approximately 20 servings (60 / 3) of 10mg brownies per batch.
Calculating your concentrate:
Calculating the serving size of your edibles when using concentrate is much easier because you can more accurately gauge the amount of THC added to each batch. And because all of Rair’s concentrates are 1g or 1000mg, you can use the same formula to figure out your dosage every time.
- Using the same calculation as you did for cannaoil, calculate the mg of THC in each concentrate. For example, if you’re using 1g of Original Glue rosin where the THC is 67.77%, (1,000mg x .6777) then you have 677.7mg of THC or approximately 68 servings of edibles.
- Using a third of your rosin each batch of brownies will yield about 22 servings of 10mg brownies per pan.
Our biggest tip overall is to make sure that regardless of what method you choose, your concentrate or cannaoil is thoroughly and evenly distributed throughout your batter so that when you portion your serving sizes, they’re as accurately measured as possible.
Choosing your recipe
When you’ve finished making your cannabis-infused ingredients, you can keep it simple and go with the box mix. But when it comes to baking cannabis-infused treats that will truly blow your mind, we recommend looking to the unlikely queen of cannabis herself, Martha Stewart. Known for her knack for homemaking, Martha Stewart is also a fan of the 420, has baked edibles with Snoop Dogg, and her famous pot and pecan brownie recipe is one of the best.
When you’re finally finished making your brownies, you’ll probably want to dive right in, but remember to go slow when eating your edibles. Because it can take up to two hours to feel the full effects of your brownies, we recommend waiting at least 60 minutes before going in for your second (or third) piece. Be sure to save your cannabis-infused oil in the fridge, where it will keep for six months, so you can make another batch… because trust us, you’re gonna want it.