With auburn leaves and crisp autumn mornings in front of us – it’s time to hunker down, throw on a sweater, and break out a recipe to prep for hibernation. But Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking just won’t get the job done this time. Has proved to be a hellscape with no end in sight, and we require dishes that will lift us up and knock us out!
A buffet of grade-A cannabis edibles can do exactly that, and we’ve compiled a list of DIY edibles that will make your mouth water and your eyelids heavy. But before we eat away our sorrows, there are a few basic pillars of DIY edibles that must be addressed.Decarbing Your Weed
While it’s no filet mignon, and you most likely won’t be gobbling down plain decarbed pot anytime soon – decarbing your weed is essential in ensuring your DIY edibles have the potent effects that every stoner is looking for.
What Does it Mean to Decarb Your Weed?
In short, decarboxylating your weed ensures your flower is psychoactive, or high-inducing. Applying heat to your cannabis converts THC-A into weed’s primary psychoactive compound – THC, thus “activating” it. To decarb your bud and prep it to be included in some delicious recipes, follow the link above.
How to Make Cannabutter
Now that your pot is decarbed and your stomach is growling, you’re only one step away from letting loose on a whole treasure trove of edible recipes. That step’s name: Infusion. Taking a beautiful, fat-based backbone of the culinary world and infusing it with THC is the most common way to integrate cannabis into your cooking. And what’s the infusion agent of choice? Butter, of course!
- 1 cup of butter
- 10 grams of ground, decarbed bud
- Over low heat, melt your butter in a saucepan. Be sure to not scorch the butter (if you’re worried, you can add up to a cup of water to help regulate heat).
- As the butter melts, add your decarbed marijuana. Stir well.
- Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, maintaining a low heat. Keep the mixture at a temperature between 160 and 200 degrees F.
- When the butter cools a bit, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth to remove the bud scraps.
- Refrigerate or freeze the strained butter until it’s solidified.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
Cannabis-infused olive oil is a healthier, plant-based method for adding a psychoactive kick to your dishes. Like butter, oil is 100% fat. However, olive oil has less saturated fat and no cholesterol, so if you’re looking for a health-conscious way to eat food and get high – olive oil is the way to go!
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Nut Butter
While high-class culinary innovation has its place in the cannabis culture, sometimes people just want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you’re one of those people, cannabis-infused nut butter can be what takes your sandwich from elementary school to “higher” education.
How to Make Weed Tinctures
Tinctures offer a clean simplicity that the other options we’ve discussed can’t live up to. Using alcohol to leech the THC from the flower, tinctures become a liquid cannabis concentrate. And unlike with cannabis olive oil or cannabutter, you won’t look insane trying to ingest a tincture on its own. Generally, tinctures are ingested by dropping a few drops of the concentrate under your tongue, but they can also be used to create a variety of edibles, including ice creams, cocktails, and candy!
Cannabis-Infused Peaches and Biscuit Recipe
You can’t go wrong with a home cooked, Southern style meal. This quick and easy cannabis-boosted breakfast pairs sugar and cannabutter-coated peaches, crunchy pecans, and warm biscuits to make a flavor combination that tastes like home and feels like heaven.
Cannabis Blueberry Biscuits
If peaches and biscuits didn’t make your stomach rumble and your eyes red, maybe some blueberries will do the job! These medicated mixtures of fresh fruit, flaky biscuits, sugary glaze will put all of the best parts of Panera and pot into the same warm, crumbly package.
Cannabis-Infused Banana Coconut Pancakes
It’s like IHOP, but it gets you stoned – and there aren’t creepy men staring at you from the booth in the corner. In any case, these banana coconut pancakes manage to feel both high-class and homestyle in every fluffy bite.
Toaster Strudels walk the fine line between warm nostalgia and wake and bake paradise. Whether you’re sticking with the classic Cream Cheese and Strawberry or venturing to the uncharted areas of Wildberry and Boston Cream Pie, you’re going to wind up in a happy place. Add a cannabis glaze to the top and happy becomes an understatement!
- 4 Toaster Strudels
- ⅓ cup of melted cannabutter
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
- 4-6 tablespoons of milk
- Combine cannabutter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly mixed until a glaze.
- Place Toaster Strudels in a toaster, on your preferred toaster setting.
- Once the Toaster Strudels pop up, transfer the pastries to a plate. Coat the pastries in your cannabis glaze.
Embrace honey sticks
Of all the food trends and familiar ingredients that unite the disparate edible scenes of legal states, honey sticks are a surprisingly common factor. I’d venture to say there’s at least one brand in every legalized state producing THC-infused honey sticks that look identical to the sticks you enjoyed/dreaded as a kid. Numerous brands make hemp-derived CBD versions, but be sure you review that brand is transparent about lab results for their hemp ingredients. Then get drizzling on baked goods, oatmeal, a charcuterie board, or your afternoon tea.
Chocolate is both delicious and healthy. As the byproduct cacao seeds, chocolate is basically solid vegetable juice. What makes it unhealthy is all the sugars and other additives that are used to make chocolate more delicious. This is why, in order to get the most benefits, you should go with dark and bitter chocolate.
Turning chocolate into edibles is also pretty easy and convenient. All you need to do is decarboxylate the cannabis, grind it to a fine powder, then add it to molten chocolate. Different recipes will have different steps, but that’s the gist of it. The decarboxylation process is the trickiest part of the recipe, and you can skip if you have some cannabis butter you can use.