How to Make Pot Brownies
When I first tried to make pot brownies, I grounded up an ounce of weed and put it in my brownie mix. Two hours and $400 later, I found out that it doesn’t really work that way. Then I tried cooking the marijuana in butter. I ended up burning the butter, ruining another half ounce of cannabis and making really disgusting brownies. Although a lot of people extract THC in butter, I find that vegetable oil is the easiest way to get it done. Learning how to cook cannabis in oil is only the beginning. There are a few things we need to go over if you want to have a good experience with edibles.
This is where most weed brownies go wrong and is the most important part of the process. People fail to measure. An ounce for a batch of marijuana brownies is WAY too much. When I hear someone doesn’t like cannabis edibles, it’s usually because they got too high. It’s because they didn’t know their dosage. When I first made pot brownies, each serving had over a gram of cannabis in it. I was high for 36 hours. It was not pleasant. You need to know exactly how much you’re taking in. Cannabis is medicine, and you shouldn’t take any medication without knowing the dosage. I have found that .2 grams per serving of high-quality bud is a perfect amount. I make 24 cannabis brownies per pan, so I grind up five grams of cannabis.
Cooking the Oil
Before you start cooking, make sure your place is well ventilated. If you live in an apartment I would put a towel under the door and open the windows; the smell is pretty powerful. I personally love it, but your neighbors might not.
To make cannabis oil, start by grinding the flower. I like to use a coffee grinder. It makes for a smoother tasting end product. It’s OK if there are some stems in there, but try to take out the seeds. Next, pour the amount of oil that the recipe calls for in a small frying pan, add the marijuana to the oil, and set to a medium low heat. Cooking it can be tricky; if you don’t cook it long enough it won’t extract the THC and CBDs. If you cook it too long you’ll burn the THC and CBDs right out of it. You’ll know its done when it starts to smell slightly burnt, which should take about 10 minutes. The key is to let it simmer while still mixing it with a rubber spatula. If you notice it smoking too much, turn the heat to low. It’s better to take longer on low heat than to rush it.
Making the Pot Brownies
Once the oil cools, remeasure it. Sometimes it loses some volume during the cooking process so you might have to add a little more. Some people strain out the plant from the oil so you don’t taste it in the finished product. It does make for a better tasting brownie, but you lose about 20% potency. If you’re really worried about it, throw the oil in the blender before adding it to the brownie mix. Once the oil is prepared, make the brownies as the box directs.
Eating cannabis is very different than smoking it. Most users get impatient. They expect to feel the effects of the medication in ten minutes. Don’t smoke before eating the pot brownies. You want to understand how the brownies affect you. You should start to feel it in about 45-60 minutes. Your high won’t peak for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours. The high is full head and body and almost feels like a narcotic. It’s great for aches and pain, or as a sleep aid. The best part about cannabis edibles is that the high lasts for 4-6 hours. Enjoy and stay up!