The special brownie is the OG of the cannabis edibles world. People have been enjoying these chocolatey treats since long before you could simply walk into a recreational dispensary in Vancouver and order from a massive menu.
Making your own edibles can be intimidating, though, especially if you’ve never done it before. Keep reading to learn what you need to know before trying to make your own marijuana brownies.
How to Make Pot Brownies
One of the great things about making cannabis edibles is that you can turn just about any recipe into a recipe for edibles. That’s especially true if the recipe already calls for butter or cooking oil. All you have to do is make or buy a batch of cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil, depending on what the recipe calls for.
Most people definitely make their brownies with butter, but there are also some recipes that call for oil. If you choose to make your own butter or oil, it’s a good idea to decarb your cannabis first.
How to Decarb Weed
Decarboxylation is the process of activating THC in cannabis with heat. To do this, preheat your oven to 250°F. Spread your cannabis on a baking sheet, and bake it for about 30 minutes. Very fresh, moist cannabis may take slightly longer, while dry cannabis will decarboxylate more quickly.
After your flower is decarbed, simmer it in melted butter or oil for about 45 minutes to complete the infusion. Strain the plant material from your butter or oil using cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Store your infused product in the fridge to help it last longer.
How Much Weed for Brownies
When you’re measuring out your cannabis for brownies, you can get very exact and scientific with it. Here’s how you can make your calculations:
- Amount of Cannabis in Grams * Percentage THC Content * 1,000 = Milligrams of THC
- For example: 1 Gram of Cannabis * 20% THC * 1,000 = 200 Milligrams of THC
- Then cut the total batch into appropriate serving sizes. 200 total milligrams of THC will make 20 brownies with 10 milligrams of THC each.
Some people aren’t comfortable with these kinds of calculations, or may not know the THC consistency of their cannabis, or may not have a way to measure cannabis precisely. If that sounds like your situation, don’t worry. You can still eyeball it by thinking about how many brownies you want to make, then including the amount of cannabis you’d consume in that many sittings.
Tips for Making Weed Brownies
Here are a few more ideas for making pot brownies:
- You can make your cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil in larger batches and save some for later. Just make sure you store it appropriately and mark the container so you don’t accidentally consume it when you’re not planning to get high.
- If you’re using a recipe that calls for amounts of butter or oil that would make your edibles too high in THC, you can mix some cannabutter and some regular butter.
- Be extra patient with homemade edibles. Even if you do careful calculations, you won’t have an exact idea of their final THC content like you do with well-tested edibles from your favorite Vancouver dispensary.
Recreational Dispensary in Vancouver, WA
Come visit us at Fire & Frost Cannabis to get premium flower or cannabis oil for your next batch of pot brownies. Our friendly budtenders will walk you through our entire dispensary menu, and they may even give you more pointers for making your own edibles. We look forward to your visit.
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