So, you want to learn how to make edibles at home? The first thing you need to know is that making edibles takes more than just dumping your weed into a brownie mix. 

The good news is you don’t have to be a whizz in the kitchen to cook a good batch of marijuana cookies. 

Even better news: we’re here to show you how to do it! 

Follow this simple and easy guide and you too will be cooking up all sorts of delicious weed treats in no time. 

How to Make Marijuana Edibles — What You Need to Know

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First, a few words of caution.

The Smell

Cooking with weed, especially butter or oil, reeks. You can air the room out or use candles to mask the smell, but it’s of little use. If you’re set on cooking with marijuana, plan accordingly and be ready to have the smell linger for up to 48 hours. 

The Dosage

Another thing you should be aware of before you go off trying recipes is — the dose. You should be extra careful when deciding how to dose edibles because it’s harder compared to other methods of consumption. It’s important to remember that getting the right weed measurements is a tricky business that requires some serious math skills. 

  • First, determine how much THC is in the pot strain you’re using. Most strains have an average of 10% THC content (anything over 20% is considered pretty strong). If you’re not sure how strong your weed is, go with the 10% average. 

How much weed you need to make edibles depends on how much THC you want to use per serving. The serving size for weed edibles in Colorado is 10 mg of THC, but a good starting point for beginners is around 5 mg per serving. 

  • Then, convert the amount of weed you have into THC milligrams. How many mg in a gram? Every gram of cannabis bud has around 1,000 mg of dry weight, which means that one gram of weed has about 100 mg of THC-provided you are using a strain with 10% THC. 
  • Next on the list on how to make edibles and get the right amount of weed is to divide the THC content by the recipe measure to calculate the THC dose per serving. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re making cookies. If the average yield is 60 cookies, you would need around 3 grams of pot to get 5 mg of THC per cookie. 

Make sense? If this seems like too much work, you can always use an online calculator.

The Effects

One last tip on how to make edibles with weed — be careful how much you consume in one sitting. 

Keep in mind that the high from ingesting weed is different than smoking. It not only takes longer to hit but it is much more intense and lasts for longer. Make sure you don’t get impatient while waiting for the buzz to kick in and eat too much too soon. 

Bear in mind, when it comes to cannabis and cooking — less is more.

How to Make Edibles: Step One-Decarboxylation 

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Before you even get started, you need to decarb your weed.  

Let’s be clear, you shouldn’t eat or cook with raw cannabis. Raw weed not only tastes bad but it also doesn’t get you high. 

Decarboxylation is a fancy term that involves heating cannabis so that THC (i.e., the cannabinoid that gets you high) is activated. Luckily, the term sounds more complicated than the actual process. 

All you need to do to complete the first step of the “how to make weed edibles” process is tear or break the leaf and put in a preheated oven at 240ºF (or 115ºC) for 30 to 40 minutes until it turns golden brown. 

After that, grind the leaf until you get the consistency of table salt. You shouldn’t grind the weed too fine (a rookie mistake) because this will make your butter or oil turn green and taste too much like grass.

Step Two — Making Cannabutter

To learn how to make cannabis edibles, you need some tips on how to make cannabutter. Cannabutter is one of the basic ingredients for almost all weed recipes and luckily it’s super easy to make. 

How to Make Cannabutter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, or 2 sticks;
  • ½ of water; 
  • 1 cup of ground cannabis.

Description:

  • Melt the butter. Add water to regulate the temperature and keep an eye on your brew because butter burns pretty easily. If you are making cannabutter in a double boiler, fill the lower chamber with 3 to 4 cups of water, put the butter in the upper chamber and set it on medium heat.
  • Just as the butter starts to melt, add the marijuana. Let it simmer for 2–3 hours. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t boil. 
  • Once the butter has cooled off, filter the liquid using a cheesecloth to remove the excess raw material and pour the remaining liquid into a container. 
  • Let it cool in the fridge for an hour. Take out the solid butter leaving a brown liquid behind.
  • Do you know how long to cook cannabutter in a crockpot? The answer is 8 to 12 hours (depending on the strain you’re using and the temperature setting). When using a slow cooker or crockpot to make cannabutter, make sure that the heat setting is low, or around 160ºF (70°C), throughout the entire process. 

Why should you use a slow cooker? Firstly, that way it is almost impossible for the mixture to burn. Another benefit is that the butter (or oil) is more potent. As the saying goes: Good things come to those who wait, so even though slow cooking is slower, it’s definitely worth the wait. 

How to Make Cannabutter Stronger

One way to ensure maximum potency of your cannabutter is to use a stronger weed strain. Simply put, the stronger the weed strain, the more potent the weed butter. White Widow, Bubba Kush, and Trainwreck are recommended as the best cannabis strains for making cannabutter. They have about 16% of THC.

But, don’t be fooled by thinking more bud means more potency. Like we said before, with edibles less is more, so don’t spend too much on the flower and make sure you use everything the plant offers. 

How to Make Edibles With Shake

Some useful advice: When making cannabutter, you can always use shake, thus ensuring that nothing goes to waste. 

Shake refers to the leftover pieces at the bottom of your bag of weed. For all intents and purposes, the shake is just smaller buds that may sometimes contain stems and leaves. But, seeing as you are straining the butter anyway, these bits and pieces don’t really matter. 

So, save the good stuff for smoking and turn to shake and stems for your kitchen adventures! 

Remember, there is no such thing as the ultimate cannabutter. Even the High Times Cannabutter Experiment couldn’t pick a clear winner, and they used a scientific approach to decide on the best method for making cannabutter. Cooking cannabutter is a process of trial and error. You need to try different methods and dosages until you get to the one that tastes just right to you. 

Once you get your cannabutter ready, you get started cooking for real and make anything starting from the classics to more complicated edibles. 

How to Make Edibles Brownies

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Weed brownies are a classic for a reason. Incredibly tasty, rich in chocolate (and weed), easy and simple to make — there are so many reasons to love good old-fashioned marijuana brownies

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of chocolate; 
  • 3 ¾ ounces of unsalted butter;
  • ¾ cup of cannabutter;
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour;
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder;
  • 2 large eggs;
  • 2 cups sugar;
  • ½ teaspoon salt;
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract;
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional).

For advice on how to make easy edibles follow this step-by-step pot brownie recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180°C).
  • Grease the pan with regular butter.
  • Next, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a saucepan.
  • Mix the sugar, cocoa, vanilla, salt, water, cannabis butter, and add the melted chocolate.
  • Now, add the eggs (one at a time).
  • Add the flour to the bowl and whisk for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into a pan and bake for 30 minutes. 
  • Let it cool, cut up the pieces, and enjoy!

How to Make Edibles Candy 

One of the great things about these THC edibles is you can choose from a variety of flavors, all of which are guaranteed to bring back childhood memories. Not to mention that they look and taste incredible!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar;
  • ½ cup of corn syrup;
  • ¼ cup of water;
  • 2–3 spoons of cannabis tincture, or 2 cups of cannabutter;
  • 1 tablespoon of flavor (your choice);
  • ½ cup of honey;
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.

How to make hard candy edibles:

  • Grease two baking trays, or molds, with cannabutter, or regular butter.
  • Put water, sugar, and corn syrup in a big pan, stir and heat until you bring the mixture to a temperature of 270°F (130°C). 
  • Add salt, remaining cannabutter, or tincture, and honey and heat to a temperature of 300°F (150°C).
  • Pour the mixture into the molds, or baking trays, and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Cut it up into cubes and store until the candy is ready to serve. 

Note: this recipe could also be used to make mouth-watering weed lollipops.

How to Make Edibles Cookies

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They might not be exactly like the one you Grandma used to make, but weed cookies are still a delicious treat anyone can enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour;
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips;
  • 1 cup of cannabutter;
  • ¾ cup unsalted, melted butter;
  • 1 cup of white sugar;
  • 1 cup of brown sugar;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla;
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda;
  • ½ teaspoon of salt.

How to make pot edibles:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Put the cannabutter, sugar, and eggs in a bowl. Then, add the vanilla. 
  • Dissolve the baking soda and then add it to the mixture.
  • In another bowl, mix the flour and salt. If you are not using cannabutter, you can put the decarbed bud in this mixture and then add it to the butter mixture. 
  • Add the chocolate chips.
  • Cover the top of the baking tray with parchment paper and put the dough on the tray. 
  • Bake for about 10 minutes until the cookies get nice and brown.

How to Make Edibles Without Butter 

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Although cannabutter is the prime ingredient in most marijuana edibles, there are plenty of other ways to make yummy weed edibles. What are they?

Cannabis Oil (Canna Oil)

Lately, cannabis coconut oil has grown into a popular substitute for cannabutter because of its high amounts of saturated fat which is known to absorb more cannabinoids than butter.

However, you don’t have to go with coconut oil. To make cannabis oil, you can use any herb oil (coconut, olive) you have handy. Follow this simple procedure and you will no longer have to wonder how to make edibles with oil.

To make canna oil you need one cup of oil and one cup of decarboxylated marijuana. That’s it! 

To infuse the oil you should:

  • Heat it and gradually add cannabis stirring occasionally. Maybe add some water to keep it from burning. 
  • Let the mixture simmer for 45 minutes (or 8 to 12 hours in a crockpot) and then strain it with cheesecloth to extract the oil. 
  • Put it in the fridge and let it cool.

Wax, Shatter, and Live Resin

Are you interested in how to make edibles with wax? It’s pretty simple.

An alternative to flower, marijuana concentrates are a good way to make weed edibles. You just need to decarb the concentrate and then add it to whatever edible you are thinking of making. 

Shatter does cost more than the flower, but if you’re using it for edibles, you’ll need much less. Plus, the smell is not as bad as with cannabutter

Wax or flower-the choice is yours, although if you haven’t tried BHO before, you should be aware that it leaves a harsh, acrid aftertaste that might be hard to shake off. 

How to Make Edibles With Kief

Kief refers to the small, sticky crystals on cannabis, separated from the trichomes in the grinding process. Kief is rich in terpenes and cannabinoids making it the purest and most potent part of the plant. 

You can use kief to make butter and oil, or you can just add kief to whatever edible you’re consuming.  

Here’s a great tip: Mix kief in some cookie dough and voilà — you’ve made some kief cookies! 

How to Make Edibles Gummies

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Newbies and stoners alike love cannabis gummies (and CBD gummies as well). They are easy to make and even easier to consume. Still, try not to eat a lot in just one sitting! These gummies pack more than just a sugar punch. 

Weed gummies don’t need butter, so you can use tinctures, cannabis coconut oil or hash oil

Ingredients:

  • 1 and a half cup of juice, or ⅔ cups of pureed fruit;
  • 4 tablespoons of gelatin;
  • 3 tablespoons of honey;
  • 1 oz of CBD tincture, or 7 drops of hash oil; 
  • ⅓ cup of water;
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

How to make gummy edibles:

  • Put the water, juices (or fruit puree) in a medium saucepan and cook on medium to low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Next, add the tincture, whisking it slowly into the mixture.
  • Then, add the gelatin and keep whisking until the grains dissolve. 
  • Pour said mixture into the molds and let them cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Finally, take them out of the molds and cover them in granulated sugar (so they don’t stick) or you can add some citric acid to make them a bit sourer. 

How to Make Firecracker Edibles

What you need for just one firecracker

  • 1 graham cracker;
  • Peanut butter;
  • Nutella;
  • 1 gr of cannabis. 

What to do:

  • First, break the graham cracker in half. 
  • Next, spread the peanut butter on one half, and Nutella on the other.
  • Sprinkle the cannabis on the cracker (alternatively, you can mix it in with the peanut butter).
  • Sandwich the two pieces together and wrap them in tin foil. 
  • Finally, bake for approximately 22 minutes.

Firecracker edibles are the easiest edibles to make, and also one of the tastiest. 

How to Make Cannabis Snacks

Not everyone has a sweet tooth! If you are looking to make something more savory, but still get high, there is always “potcorn,” weed bacon or even cannabis-infused soup

To make cannabis popcorn, just replace regular butter with cannabutter and make popcorn the old-fashioned way (in a saucepan rather than the microwave). How to make popcorn edibles fast? Get ¼ cup of cannabutter, ⅔ cups of popcorn kernels, and add some salt to make the best potcorn ever! 

Making weed bacon is even easier. Just sprinkle some weed on your slice and bake both sides at 275°F for the perfect “canna-snack.”

FAQs

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How long do edibles take to kick in?

In general, edibles take about one to two hours to take effect. But if you are not one for waiting, you probably want to know 

How to make edibles kick in faster and quicker? 

There are some things you can do to make sure they hit you faster, like eating on an empty stomach or opting for cannabis-infused beverages instead of solid foods. 

Try tinctures or specially designed edibles that are made to take effect sooner. Finally, increasing your metabolism can help weed get to your bloodstream faster.

Also, eating edibles with fatty food makes the effects of marijuana last longer. On the other hand, eating cannabis candies (or any sugary food) means the high will last for a shorter period of time. 

How long should you wait between edibles?

An essential tip on how to make edibles: If you’ve consumed an edible, but still don’t feel high, don’t get another. You should wait for at least two hours between edibles if you want to avoid unpleasant consequences. Eat something rich in fat instead. 

Another good tip: make, or purchase, some kind of food that is weed-free in case you get the munchies and eat more marijuana edibles than is good for you. 

How to get edibles out of your system fast? 

No matter how careful you are, there is always the chance that you mess up the dose. In that case, eat some pistachios or pine nuts to lessen the high. Also, consuming citric acid (found in lemons, grapefruit, and orange juice) raises blood sugar levels and helps calm you down if you get too high

Bottom Line  

Is there anything better than eating something you’ve made for yourself? Add getting high to that feeling of pride and you’ve got a winning combination! 

The important thing to remember is that there may be countless tips on how to make edibles by yourself, but once you get the basics, feel free to use your imagination. If you make a mistake, just try and try again and eventually you’ll succeed in making some yummy edibles!