Culturally, marijuana use is often equivalent to smoking. This can be through a bong, pipe, or joint. However, not everyone enjoys smoking. To some, it is a preference, while to others, there may be underlying health issues that would be aggravated by smoking. In addition, if we’re brutally honest, smoking is not the most convenient or discreet method of enjoying marijuana.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get more from your weed. Extracts and concentrates make up one of the ways of enjoying cannabis. Concentrates contain a higher amount of THC than the flower and are more discreet to use. The common ways of using concentrates and extracts include vaping, dabbing, tinctures, capsule form, and even edibles.
If you love cookies and marijuana, you are guaranteed to enjoy consuming your marijuana as an edible. Cooking cannabis into tasty and delicious homemade edibles is an easy, enjoyable and rewarding process. In addition, consuming edibles will give you a more potent and long-lasting high compared to smoking. Furthermore, making homemade edibles allows you to add flavors and toppings of your choice, such as peanut butter and nuts.
Edibles are often available in the form of cookies, chocolates and other forms of baked goods. It doesn’t matter if you are a master baker or a novice baker. Making these home goodies is easy and takes a short time to prepare. However, before mixing your dry and wet ingredients, you need to extract THC from your flower buds. Below, we have shared how to decarboxylate weed and prepare cannabutter. In addition, we have shared a recipe on how to make cannabis chocolate chip cookies.
How to Decarboxylate Your Weed
Decarboxylating your weed is the first step when making any marijuana edible. Dry cannabis flowers do not contain high levels of THC or CBD. Instead, the flower buds contain THCA and CBDA, which are acidic but non-intoxicating cannabinoid forms. Decarboxylation converts THCA and CBDA to THC and CBD active forms so that they can be infused into fat-based ingredients, such as cannabis butter.
Decarboxylation occurs when marijuana is heated at low heat for about 40 minutes. This simple process only requires a stash of weed, a baking tray, and parchment paper. However, skipping this step results in less potent cannabis edibles. In addition, the edibles are inactive and have non-intoxicating effects.
The strain of weed you use will determine what is infused in the food you’re making and the effects. For example, Indica strains are more ideal if you’re looking to have a soothing and relaxing high, while Sativa strains are more suitable for their mentally stimulating characteristics. In addition, hybrid strains offer a mix of Sativa and Indica effects.
To decarboxylate your weed:
- Start by preheating your oven to 245ºF.
- Spread 7-10 grams of weed buds on the tray and cover it with parchment paper.
- After heating the buds for about 30-40 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and wait for the buds to cool down. Once they’re cool, begin grinding them.
In addition, you want to shake the tray regularly while in the oven to ensure all the buds’ surfaces are exposed to heat. Otherwise, they will be irregularly heated.
How to Make Cannabis Butter
The best way to make marijuana edibles like cannabis cookies and brownies is using cannabis butter. This is because the THC present in weed joins the fats in butter, resulting in a powerful flavoring that is used in several ways. To prepare your cannabis-infused butter, you will need a cheesecloth, a saucepan and a clean glass container or jar.
To get started, fill the saucepan with one cup of regular butter and one cup of water for every 7-10 grams of weed. Next, place the saucepan on medium heat as you wait for the butter to melt in water. In addition, water helps to adjust the temperature and limit the butter from burning.
When the butter has melted, stir it into the water and reduce the heat to a low setting of about 160-180ºF. Next, add your decarboxylated weed buds and stir them into the mixture. Let the mixture simmer for about 2-3 hours while stirring frequently. However, make sure that the mixture doesn’t come to a full boil since this could ruin the cannabis.
2-3 hours of simmering is enough time to have your cannabis-infused butter ready. Now you can prepare to strain the butter into the glass jar. Using a cheesecloth, cover your container and strain the liquid butter through it to get rid of any leftover weed. Next, use a lid to cover the container and put it in the fridge to solidify.
Once the cannabis butter is hard, stick a knife in the middle to separate it and remove excess water. After this, your cannabis butter is set to be used in your marijuana recipes.
THC Infused Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Cannabis chocolate chip cookies are some of the delicious weed cookies that are easy to whip up in your kitchen. The recipe below is easy to follow whether you are a beginner in baking or a master chef. In addition, you can always customize the recipe to fit your preference, either making the cookies dairy-free or gluten-free.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of cannabis butter
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3 cups of chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons of hot water
The first step is to preheat your oven to 350ºF before you begin making marijuana cookies. Next, cover a baking tray with parchment paper or a baking sheet. Next, add your brown sugar, white sugar and cannabis butter into a large bowl and combine the ingredients. Next, beat your 2 eggs slowly into the mixture and thoroughly blend all the ingredients.
Add a teaspoon baking soda in a cup of hot water to dissolve it. Next, pour the baking soda solution accompanied with your vanilla extract into the mixture. Stir the mixture. Then taking a small bowl, add salt and flour and combine them well. The next step is to pour the dry ingredients in the smaller bowl into the larger bowl and thoroughly whisk. Once the mixture is well blended, add the chocolate chips and other fillings of your choice, including raisins.
At this point, take your tray and add large spoonfuls of your cannabis chocolate chips cookies mixture. Make sure to spread out the cannabis-infused mixture to give enough space to flatten. If you have followed this recipe to the t, you should get around 24 spoonfuls, equivalent to 24 cookies. However, be sure to adjust your teaspoon sizing depending on whether you want more or fewer cookies and how potent you would like them to be.
Place the tray in the oven and leave it for about 10 minutes for the cookies to bake. The edges of your cannabis cookies will start to turn golden brown once they are ready. Take the tray out of the oven and wait for the cannabis chocolate chip cookies to cool before devouring a piece and storing the rest in a container.
What are the Diet Options Available for Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies?
1. Gluten-free Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fortunately, several gluten-free alternatives are available, especially if you are allergic to gluten but would love to indulge in cannabis-infused cookies. Like baking cakes and other pastries, gluten-free flour alternatives are readily available on the market and in most grocery stores. If you follow the recipe above, swap out the wheat flour for gluten-free all-purpose flour.
2. Dairy-free Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
Delicious dairy-free cannabis chocolate chip cookies are not impossible to make. The first thing you want to make sure of is that you use cannabis-infused coconut oil in place of cannabutter. This is because the cannabis-infused coconut oil is vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and vegetarian. In addition, if you are prone to allergies after consuming butter, coconut oil is great for controlling allergies.
Additionally, you can use this oil for other purposes, such as skincare. To make your cannabis-infused coconut oil at home, swap out the regular butter for coconut oil and follow the infusing steps above. The second way of ensuring that you consume dairy-free weed-infused chocolate chip cookies is to countercheck that your chocolate chips are dairy-free.
The potency of your cannabis edibles will depend on a variety of factors. For example, the strain of weed that you use will influence the effects that you will experience. The second determinant revolves around how well you have followed the recipe. For example, when making cannabis butter or cannabis-infused oil, it is important to follow the process keenly. Using high heat might scorch the butter, while cooking for few hours may not extract all the THC.
Cannabis tolerance is also key when determining the potency of your homemade edibles. For instance, if you are new to marijuana edibles, half a cookie or less is more suitable to get you started. Remember, you can always have some more later on. However, if you are used to indulging in weed chocolate chip cookies, you may need to have two or more cookies to reach your desired high.
One of the tips you can use to test the potency of your cannabis product is spreading 1/4 teaspoon on a snack to see the effects you’ll be experiencing in an hour. In addition, there are online dosing calculators that you may opt to use. Based on the results, you may reduce or add the amount of marijuana butter or oil you use in your recipe.
Eating marijuana cookies is one of the best ways to appreciate cannabis. However, it is important to recognize that cannabis edibles can be very potent. In addition, if this is your first time indulging in cannabis chocolate chip cookies, it is advisable to start low. This is because it is likely that the effects will be greater than sublingual or inhalation methods.
Cannabis edibles have a delayed onset time of 30 minutes to 2 hours. However, the effects of the high can last anywhere between 6-12 hours. As such, take some time before helping yourself to a second serving. In addition, ensure to label the weed cookie jar to prevent someone else from accidentally eating them thinking they’re normal cookies.
Preparing homemade weed cookies is a fun and engaging DIY project. However, you don’t have to rush to the kitchen every time you want to enjoy a cannabis cookie. Ordering baked edibles online will save you lots of time and energy.