The 10th Amendment of the US Constitution allows states their right to govern themselves and gives people the power to decide. Recreational weed use is now legal in 10 states and Washington DC while medical cannabis is legalized in 33 states and Washington DC as of November 2018.  

With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana, more people are also becoming interested in edibles or cannabis-infused food.  However, you have to remember that while some states allow for medical and/or recreational cannabis, others do not.  So check your state laws before preparing any of these cannabis edibles, as per advice from budtenders in licensed cannabis dispensaries.

Preparing Cannabis

You cannot make cannabis edibles without preparation or decarboxylating the weed. Prepare supplies including cannabis, a baking pan, aluminum foil and oven. Grind the weed before spreading it to the pan.  Bake half an ounce of it for 40 minutes at 240 degrees F.  Take it out the oven, let it cool, and you’re good to add it to edibles that may include the following.  

[Here is a useful THC Decarb Chart or more tips on how to decarb weed.]

Best Five Cannabis Edibles Recipes to Try

Cannabutter

Cannabis-infused butter is a common way of preparing weed edibles. But while it seems easy and quick to prepare, it can be a bit complicated.   Check out the following for the steps.

Ingredients

  • 128 g of butter
  • 7-10 grams of ground decarboxylated cannabis

Preparation

  1. Melt your butter before adding a cup of water into a saucepan.  Simmer. [The water will help in controlling the temperature and preventing the butter from burning.]
  2. While the butter is melting, you can slowly add the ground cannabis.
  3. Let it simmer over low heat (not exceeding 200 degrees F) for another two or three hours. Do not let the mixture come into a full boil. Make sure to stir it occasionally, too.
  4. To strain the mixture, use a funnel and put it on top of a jar with cheesecloth lined over it. Pour the mixture. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth, or it will just push bad-tasting plant material into the mixture.
  5. Refrigerate and let it solidify.

Cookies with Cannabutter

Check out this recipe that is a union of your favorite oatmeal and cannabis butter.   You’ll not just love its yummy taste but also its fiber content.

Ingredients

  • One cup cannabutter
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • Chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Two eggs
  • Two tsp vanilla extract
  • One half tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation

  1. Melt the cannabutter.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, oatmeal, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon) in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, and cannabutter.
  5. Mix all the ingredients and make a dough. Sprinkle the chocolate chips.
  6. Make up to 30 cookies.
  7. Put in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Let them cool and enjoy.

*The cookies will have up to five milligrams of THC.

Cannabis Oil

Marijuana oil or cannabis oil is a valuable weed edible because it can be infused in many recipes. In the following, you can check out the easy and simple steps to make this backbone ingredient of many marijuana recipes.

Ingredients

  • A cup ground cannabis flower
  • A cup of coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Grind the cannabis. You can use the entire plant or only the flower. Just remember that anything that is small enough can pass through the strainer and end up in your canna oil.   As the very least, do not grind the cannabis into powder.
  2. Combine the cannabis and coconut oil into a slow cooker or double boiler.
  3. Start heating over low fire for a few hours for decarboxylation and for scorching prevention. In a slow cooker, you can cook it over low heat for four to six hours or at least six hours in a double boiler.
  4. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add a small amount of water to prevent burning. 
  6. Maintain temperature only up to 245 degrees F.
  7. Strain and store your canna oil.

TIP: Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth to prevent adding chlorophyll into the oil.  You can simply discard any remaining plant material or add it into another cannabis-infused dish. This coconut-cannabis oil can last for at least two months or more if refrigerated.

Rice Noodles with Cannabis Oil

Ramen noodles are a favorite among cannabis enthusiasts because they’re quick to prepare. Just follow these steps and have a serving of warm and tasty noodle dish on any given day. 

 If you’re ready, boost your cannabis experience while also getting the high you’re looking for with these rice noodles with cannabis oil.

Ingredients

  • 20 g butter
  • Two cups water
  • 1 to 2 g dried bud
  • Ramen noodles
  • Spices (oregano, chili, etc)
  • Vegetables (carrots, onions, etc)
  • Cheese, optional

Preparation

  1. Set the fire on medium heat.
  2. Pour the water into the pot.
  3. Simmer, not boil, the water.
  4. Grind the bud if you’re looking to consume the entire plant material. Alternatively, you can just grind it with a bit of texture if you want to have it chunky.  It depends on your personal preference.
  5. Put the butter and weed into the hot water.
  6. Add the noodles with the spices included. Again, simmer without boiling.
  7. Place the noodles together with the broth in a bowl when preferred consistency is reached

Things to Know:

  • The heat is going to decarb the buds to make them psychoactive.
  • The butter will be binding the cannabinoids to the fat.
  • The water is needed because of its lower boiling point than the butter’s fat. It will keep the temperature down and prevent the cannabis from burning.  So if there is barely any water left, you can add more.
  • Do not let the temperature be on a high to prevent scorching and degrading the cannabis.
  • The effects of ramen noodles will hit between 30 minutes and 3 hours after consumption.

Read More: 5 Facts to Know About Canada’s Cannabis Industry, Its Growth

Cannabis Candies

Satisfy your sweet tooth with cannabis-infused sweets like these cannabis lollipops. Take note that you’d need tincture for this recipe and most other canna candies for that matter.

Materials

  • Lollipop mold and sticks
  • Candy thermometer

Ingredients

  • Cannabis tincture
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • Citrus flavoring
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • A cup of natural sugar

Preparation

  1. Get a saucepan and combine corn syrup, sugar and filtered water.
  2. Keep stirring to dissolve sugar over medium heat.
  3. Boil the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees. Use the candy thermometer to check.
  4. Take out heat.
  5. Cool it down up to 250 degrees F.
  6. Stir in the tincture and flavoring.  Do not expose the tincture to flame or fire source if it is alcohol-based.
  7. Pour the cannabis candy mixture into lollipop molds, and then insert the sticks.
  8. Let cool and harden for about 20 minutes.

Reminder:  The strength of the lollipops can be measured by the tincture amount used divided by the number of lollipops made. 

Try these awesome cannabis recipes and enjoy your weed in an entirely new way.  Just remember, the effects of cannabis in edibles vary per the strength of the cannabis product and its amount divided by the number of finished edibles (*applicable for countable finished products like cookies, lollipops, etc).

Enjoy your cannabis edibles today!

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