Most of us cannabis connoisseurs remember that first time we tried our hand at baking some cannabis brownies. Depending on how old we were, some of us had detailed instructions we downloaded from the internet, while others had a recipe written down on a napkin that had been in our pocket for an entire summer’s day. For those younger internet users, the brownies probably came out as some of the finest chocolate cannabis edibles there are. For the sweaty napkin bakers, this was unlikely the case. On the other hand, for those of us unfortunates without the internet, our first, second and sometimes third batches came out just terrible. Sadly, our initial forey into creating our own chocolate cannabis edibles may have been less than satisfying.
However, times have changed and a new day has dawned. Depending on where you live nowadays you can likely just take a drive to a local dispensary for your chocolate cannabis edibles, but where is the fun in that? Sometimes it’s fun to do things for yourself, even if it’s a little bit timeconsuming. The feeling of creating something delicious yourself after toiling away in the kitchen is something else. Especially when the tasty treat that you are creating has tremendous amounts of marijuana in it.
For those wannabe creators of scrumptious chocolate cannabis edible delights, we have decided to compile a do-it-yourself at-home recipe for you. That way, if you want to give it a go, you don’t have to waste a half-ounce trying to read a sweaty napkin. But before you start, you need to prep your cannabis. After all, you don’t just dump your flower into some brownie mix. That’s mature stuff! The very first and most important step is to make your own cannabutter. So let’s get to it!
Step 1. Make Your Homemade Cannabutter
Cannabis butter, or cannabutter, is considered to be the “nugs & bolts” of most cannabis-infused edibles. With cannabutter, you can infuse almost any kind of food with cannabis. Any recipe that uses butter, oil, or fat can be infused so give it that extra “kick.” Generally, you want to start with full-fat butter. However, the process can also be replicated using other kinds of fat like coconut oil, olive oil, and many more.
What You’ll Need to Make Cannabutter:
- 1/4 ounce of cannabis flower (7 grams)
- 1 cup of water (8oz)
- 1 cup of butter (8oz)
- Cannabis grinder
- Nonstick baking sheet
- 1 airtight glass jar
- A thermometer
- Stovetop pot
Ingredient Quality Matters… Bigtime!
We shouldn’t have to tell you that if you use some dirty, low-quality cannabis for this process your chocolate cannabis edibles are going to come out likewise. Turning some dirt weed into dirt butter is going to make some dirt chocolates. On the flip side, if you’ve got a bunch of shake at the bottom of a bag or some older buds, turning them into cannabutter is a great option to utilize all that sweet, sweet, THC instead of tossing it out. After all, there’s no reason to be wasteful when it comes to weed.
You must know the THCA percentage of your cannabis before you start to cook. THCA stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, and it is THC in its very basic starting form which is found in fresh flower before it is smoked or heated up. After you smoke flower the THCA turns into regular THC and doesn’t do you any good when making cannabutter. Generally, when it comes to cannabutter you don’t have to be too particular about which weed strain to use, or if it’s sativa or indica. Typically, there’s is no way that you can control how the cannabutter will make you feel unless you plan to decarb the weed at a certain temp.
Make sure that you use high-quality butter. It doesn’t matter if it’s salted or unsalted, but make sure that it’s not some cheap, generic butter because the fat content will be subpar. Vegan butters like Earth Balance contain less saturated fats. However they’re by no means a lost cause. They cointain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats so they will still work great for cannabutter.
Grind That Ganja!
Make sure and grind the cannabis before you place it on the pan. It doesn’t matter what kind of grinder you use, but make sure it’s ground down before you apply any heat. This is very important. The next step is to decarboxylate or “decarb” the flower. This process creates a chemical change that makes the THCA convert to THC. This is done by heating your oven to about 230 to 245 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your oven, its age, and how evenly it cooks.
Then spread the ground cannabis on a non-stick baking sheet that has not been used to cook any food before. If you don’t have a new baking sheet lay down some parchment paper to protect the cannabis from any residue on the pan. Then bake for 20 minutes.
Infusing Your Butter
After you have decarbed your weed, the next step is to infuse your butter. Mix one cup of butter and one cup of water in the stovetop pot. The water will help the butter heat more evenly and any water that doesn’t evaporate in this process will be removed when this step is over. Then set your burner to the very lowest heat and add your decarbed cannabis and mix it up, then cover the pot with a lid. Finally, let the mixture simmer for 3 to 4 hours while stirring occasionally.
Then, strain your butter by placing a cheesecloth over a jar and securing it with a rubber band. Next, slowly pour the butter through the cheesecloth and dispose of the compost left on top of the cheesecloth. Make sure to squeeze the cheesecloth out really good if you want to get all the THC out. Just make sure not to burst through the cheesecloth and spill plant matter in your jar. After you let the butter cool, you will be able to see any left-over water as it will be sitting beneath the solidified butter, secure the butter with your finger and pour out the additional water.
Step 2. Bake Whatever Delicious Chocolate Cannabis Edibles You Want
Now that you have your perfect cannabutter you can make whatever chocolate cannabis edibles your precious little heart desires. Make sure that whatever recipe you choose does not call for an oven heat of more than 325 degrees. Any more than this will damage the THC of the cannabutter. Trust us, you don’t want to go there.
Also while we’re at it, do not microwave your cannabutter to soften it for baking. Instead, fill a large glass with hot water and let the glass sit for one minute. Then pour out the water and invert the cup over your cannabutter. Then, it should soften in two to three minutes.
Ok, You’re Read to Do Your Thang!
If you follow these simple guidelines, then you should be able to bake all kinds of amazing chocolate cannabis edibles. Chocolate-covered berries, brownies, chocolate bars, chocolate cake, chocolate-covered almonds, peanut butter cups, and more. The list goes on and on! You can use up all the shake and keif that you have accumulated over time, or you can go to the dispensary and buy some top-shelf premium-grade flower for your baking endeavors. Depending on your budget, tastes, and desires, it’s all up to you.
However, baking isn’t for everyone. Cooking isn’t for everyone for that matter. So if after reading this, you’ve lost the motivation to get your Betty Crocker on, or you’ve tried it and failed, there are other options. If you’re in Nevada, you’re in luck. Whether you in Las Vegas, Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, or anywhere in between, the best gourmet chocolate covered edibles are made right here!
OMG THC, a locally-owned women-led Las Vegas cannabis edibles producer makes some of the best chocolate cannabis edibles money can buy. If you’re in the mood for an easier way to enjoy gourmet chocolate cannabis edibles, or you’re just to worn out to make them yourself, head over to your local Nevada dispensary and give them a try. We promise, you’ll be glad you did!
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