Hey, pass the doobie… err, the gummy. We’re hearing 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 (a.k.a. the capital of cannabis), 2.85 million units of edible retail cannabis-infused products were sold. Plus, nearly 30 percent of people who enjoy weed say they use it in edible or beverage form. And before you go thinking they're just a bunch of potheads, some people believe it’s helped them get in the best shape of their life, and, yes, we mean athletes.
So it seems like a natural progression for more and more people to make edibles at home. And we’re not just talking about the standard pot brownie. Once you know how to make your own cannabis-infused oil and butter, you're just minutes away from popping (fruit-based) gummies, (vegan) chocolate bars, and even (gluten-free) Rice Krispies treats guaranteed to take you and your taste buds on a wild ride.
Hold up, can we interrupt this programming and say we aren’t encouraging you to eat edibles? But if you’re into that sort of thing, we want you to know your weed edibles can be made from more natural ingredients than a box of Duncan Hines and white sugar.
Stating the obvious here: Proper measurement of cannabis is crucial. It's better to take a less-is-more approach; you don’t want your dinner guests falling asleep/laughing uncontrollably/petting your dog excessively before the main course is served. Weed can do some crazy things to your brain, and if you want to know the science behind it, pull out your notebooks because this is pretty fascinating.
We referred to The Cannabist to find out just how much THC we should be adding to our edibles.
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 on low heat. After butter melts, add ground cannabis to the mixture to simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally so it doesn’t come to a boil and so the THC is evenly distributed throughout the cannabutter. Use and store like regular butter once done. If you're not a regular cannabutter maker, you can get more details here.
Just like you can infuse cooking oils with herbs and other ingredients, you can do the same with cannabis to create a canna oil. 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 (around 225 degrees) and bake 1 cup ground cannabis for 40 minutes. To infuse the coconut oil, combine the following ingredients in a Crock-Pot:
- 1 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 1 cup decarboxylated cannabis
Stir at least every 30 minutes to evenly mix. Simmer for 8 to 12 hours and let oil cool in the Crock-Pot. Place a large cheesecloth in a bowl or cup and carefully poor the plant matter 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 other container to let it cool in the fridge. Use the canna oil as needed. Not a canna oiler either? Learn more tricks for your treats here.
Now, to get a buzz going without processed foods, try making these weed edibles at home.
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 the same way. This high is a little different from that sugar high. With just five ingredients (one being water and another lemon juice), you can also freeze your weed gummies, so you're ready for all the festivals this fall (or just a night out with your besties).
Finally, a chocolate bar you won't be able to eat in one sitting—and not because 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.
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. Melt chocolate and cannabis oil in a pot then coat the bananas and freeze. Yep, that's it. High five for fast recipes that can get you... high.
Meet the new pot brownie. Made with nut butter, brown rice syrup, and the cannabis butter or oil, these treats are going to snap, crackle, and pop their way into your mouth. Just don't make these for the charity bake sale.
Who's ready to get chocolate wasted? Literally. These weed brownies are no boxed-version bars. Using sunflower seed butter, honey, flax egg, cocoa powder, and cannabis, these healthyish brownies rival the ones you made in high school. For a Paleo version, use a regular egg and any nut butter of your choice.
Cori Keating is a journalist and blogger who loves a good read, a long hike, and writing for her blog Why So Well.