Cannabis is an amazing herb. It can help you treat, or at least manage, several of your medical conditions very effectively. And for this very reason, we are seeing a huge surge in the number of people getting a medical cannabis card. However, managing the supply of this medicine of yours isn’t always easy. Cannabis can be quite expensive sometimes. And due to this, a lot of users try to find some ways to bring down its cost. We are seeing people applying for medical marijuana grower license in Stockton so that they can grow their own herb. Many are making their own cannabis edibles at home. And a lot are trying many other things too.
However, today, we are here to talk specifically about preparing edibles at home.
Do you too make your own edibles at home? Amazing! But are you doing it right?
Even the people who have been preparing edibles themselves for years do not do it right sometimes. In fact, there are many mistakes you may make while preparing edibles at home.
Yes, there no one right way to do things. You need to experiment. However, there are a few edibles making mistakes you may avoid if you follow the below-given tips carefully.
Mistake 1: Spending Too Much on Flower
A lot of cannabis consumers while making edibles throw in too much of cannabis flower into their slow cooker (up to even half an ounce, sometimes). They think that this is what you need to prepare a single cup of marijuana-infused butter. However, they are actually wasting a lot of it.
You should instead stick to the ratio of 1:1. This means you need to use only one cup of cannabis (7 to 10 grams approximately) for every one cup of oil. Keep in mind that the oil particles can bind to this much cannabinoids only. And so, if you are using extra, you are certainly wasting it.
Having said that, you should not spend too much on your cannabis flower.
In addition to this, to save some more money, you may even consider using already vaped cannabis flowers, stems, or trims to infuse your oil. This should actually be your first choice especially if you are not very used to preparing edibles at home.
Mistake 2: Grinding Too Much
Have you ever found your edibles having a little grassy flavor? This may be because you ground your cannabis too fine. If you grind your marijuana flower using a coffee grinder or a food process, there is a pretty high chance you’ll make it into powder. And this may result in:
- Introduction of chlorophyll into your oil, which makes its taste a little plant-like.
- Your butter or oil turning a little green. This may look appealing at first. But this is costing you your flavor.
- The process of straining the unwanted plant material almost impossible.
After you have decarboxylated your cannabis, you should instead use a hand grinder to grind it coarsely. In this case, cannabinoids will still be able to bind with the oil fat. And grinding the cannabis coarsely will also keep the unwanted plant material from being pulled into the oil.
Mistake 3: Putting Cannabis Directly Into The Slow Cooker
First of all, let’s clear the fact that you must not throw the unactivated and raw cannabis bud into the dish or cooker. This will not only taste bad but the cannabinoids are also not active right now. And unless the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are fully active, they cannot bind to the oil lipids. This means even after so much hard work and effort, you won’t feel any of its effects. Everything will just be a waste.
So, what exactly to do?
Well, before you add your cannabis to the oil, you need to decarboxylate it. You must decarboxylate your cannabis in an oven first. A lot of people argue that you may do it directly in the slow cooker too. But if you do that, you are simply worsening the taste of the oil. Furthermore, if you try to decarboxylate in a slow cooker, you won’t be able to control the temperature easily. And thus, there is a risk of cannabinoids burning. However, with an oven, you can set a low and steady temperature without any trouble.
Mistake 4: Decarboxylating at the Wrong Temperature
A lot of people know that decarboxylation is an important part of your edibles preparation. However, what they don’t know is how to do it correctly. Many times they set their ovens at the wrong temperature. Sometimes they either heat it for too long or not long enough. And there are instances when people just skip mixing the bud in between. Even one of these mistakes can ruin your whole process.
Generally speaking, for the decarboxylation process to be right, you must:
- Set the oven temperature around 245℉ or 120℃.
- Cook it for approximately 30 to 40 min.
- Mix it around every 10 min.
If you do not have much time, you may set the oven temperature to 300℉, cook the bud for 10 to 15 minutes, and mix every 5 minutes. However, this is just an alternative. If you have time, a low and slow method is always the best.
While adding the ground cannabis to the oil too, you need to take care of the temperature for the best results. Try to keep it between 160℉ and 200℉. Keep the slow cooker at a low or medium setting. And let it cook for around three hours without the cover.
Mistake 5: Not Straining The Oil Properly
Okay, so you are done with infusing the oil. And now is the time to strain the unwanted plant material out of it.
But how to do that?
Experts often recommend cheesecloth for this purpose. It is because the pores of the cheesecloth allow the oil to pass through them very easily but they are not big enough for the plant material. However, if you want to do it properly, you must not squeeze the cheesecloth in order to get every last drop of the oil out. Instead, you should just let gravity do the work for you. If you try to squeeze it too hard, you may be able to get a few extra drops of the oil. But you will also get a lot of plant material in the final product, which you are actually trying to get rid of.
Mistake 6: Adding Wrong Oil Quantity to the Dish
As I said before, in order to get the edibles right, you need to experiment a little. And it doesn’t matter if you are making edibles for years or you have just got your medical cannabis card and trying it for the first time, it is true for everyone. You must test the potency of your oil before adding it to the dish.
Here’s how you can do it.
Take around one-fourth or a half teaspoon of cannabis-infused oil and add it to some drink or food of your choice. After mixing it properly, consume it as your personal dose. Wait for around an hour or two and see how exactly do you feel. By doing so, you’ll be able to determine how a single dose of your final baked product will feel like. Once you have an idea of how much oil you’ll require to get the desired results, multiply it to the number of servings your final product will have. You may also add a particular amount of oil to each dose individually if you like.
That was all you need to know, for now, about a few common mistakes you may make while preparing cannabis edibles at home. I hope the above tips help you. Making edibles is an art. So, keep practicing and soon you’ll be able to make some amazing finger-licking cannabis edibles at home.