The internet has lately been abuzz with zealous enthusiasm for all things homemade, as stay at home orders and social distancing keeps many of us indoors. If banana bread isn’t cutting it, now might be the perfect time to consider making your own cannabis edibles!
With make-your-own edibles, you can control dosing, flavor, and quantity to suit your tastes, and end up with a product custom made for your needs.
To find your dose using flower or concentrates the formula is simple. First you will need to identify the potency of the product you are using and the weight of the product in grams.
Let’s say you are using a gram of flower that contains 30% THC. There are 1000 milligrams in a gram so the maximum potential activation would yield 300mg of THC. However, the flower does not typically reach its maximum potential potency. Typically activated flower in this way will produce around 70% of the potential in this case the total yield would be about 210mg.x
Using concentrates to create edibles at home (especially RSO) is a more precise method for dosing. Because the product is already activated there is no loss in potential. Let’s say you are using 1 gram of RSO that contains 80% THC to make edibles. The gram would contain 800mg of THC. After melting the RSO into butter or oil there would still be 800mg of THC in the product.
Now that you’ve got dosing down, here are some of our favorite recipes from around the internet:
A stepping-stone to all kinds of yummy edibles is cannabis-infused oil. It forms the foundation for gummies, chocolates, and treats galore.
Also known as canna oil. Any oil you have on hand—such as olive or coconut oil— can be infused with flower or concentrate and used for cooking. To make the oil more potent, your cannabis has to be decarboxylated. This process is what makes the THC in your cannabis psychoactive.
If you would like to skip the decarboxylation step, you can simply add Item 9 Labs Rick Simpson Oil to your recipe. For precision dosing and already activated THC, this is the method we have found works well for patients looking to bake their own potent edibles. Please see dosing instructions above.
If you would like to use flower or concentrate- simply preheat the oven to a low temperature (about 225 degrees) and bake 1 cup of ground cannabis for 40 minutes.
To infuse the oil, combine the following ingredients in a slow cooker:
- 1 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 1 cup decarboxylated cannabis
Stir at least every 30 minutes to mix evenly. Simmer for 8–12 hours, and then let the oil cool in the slow cooker. Place a large piece of cheesecloth in a bowl or cup and carefully pour the oil mixture 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 another container and let it cool in the fridge.
This easy recipe requires a gummy bear mold. It only calls for a few simple ingredients (including your homemade canna oil!) Pro tip: go slow – these tasty treats shouldn’t be eaten with total abandon. Go slow and monitor the effects. They can also be frozen to enjoy at any time.
Here is a paleo version!
This one comes from legendary celebrity chef Mario Batali. They only take about a half-hour from start-to-finish and promise to deliver in both flavor and effect.
If you’d like a vegan version, head over here.
If you’re ready to take it to the next level and use concentrates to make your own edibles, you’ll be able to control your dosing more precisely and elevate your home cooking. Here is a tutorial on the basics.
Before you get cooking, a warning is in order. In recent years, trips to emergency rooms around the country have grown exponentially as a result of overdoing edible cannabis. Proper dosing is essential, and it is best to take a less-is-more approach as you begin experimenting. The effects of edibles can be more intense and longer-lasting, so best to proceed with caution.
Have fun and let us know how it goes!