How to Make Cannabis Oil, Butter, and Edibles at Home
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Hey, pass the doobie… err, the gummy. You hear the latter more often these days, because the love of edibles is growing like a weed (see what we did there?).
In 2014 in Colorado alone (aka the capital of cannabis), 2.85 million units of edible cannabis-infused retail products were sold. Plus, nearly 30 percent of people who enjoy weed say they use it in edible or beverage form.
But hold up — can we interrupt this programming and say we aren’t encouraging you to eat edibles?
Fair warning: In recent years, cannabis-related visits to the ER have tripled in Colorado. Between 2014 and 2016, about 10 percent of emergency room visits were a result of ingesting cannabis.
Proper measurement of cannabis is crucial. And it’s better to take a less-is-more approach. Remember, it takes longer to feel the effects of edibles, and those effects last longer and can be more intense.
The first thing you need to learn is how to make cannabis-infused oil and butter. Soon you’ll be on your way to gummies, chocolate bars, and gluten-free crispy rice treats that’ll take you and your taste buds on a ride.
Have you ever made an herb butter? Cannabutter is no different. To make your own cannabis-infused butter, the only ingredients you need are:
- 1 pound butter
- 1 cup water
- 1–2 ounces cannabis
Combine butter and water in a pot over low heat. Once butter melts, add ground cannabis to the mixture to simmer for 2–3 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally so it doesn’t come to a boil and so the THC is evenly distributed throughout.
Use and store like regular butter. If you’re new to making cannabutter, you can get more in-depth info at Marijuana Doctors.
Just like you can infuse cooking oils with herbs and other ingredients, you can infuse them with cannabis. Any oil — olive, coconut, whatever you have on hand — will do.
To make the oil more potent (so you feel the effects more), the weed has to be decarboxylated.
It’s way simpler than it sounds: Preheat the oven to a low temperature (about 225 degrees) and bake 1 cup of ground cannabis for 40 minutes.
To infuse the coconut oil, combine the following ingredients in a slow cooker:
- 1 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 1 cup decarboxylated cannabis
Stir at least every 30 minutes to mix evenly. Simmer for 8–12 hours, and then let the oil cool in the slow cooker. Place a large piece of cheesecloth in a bowl or cup and carefully pour the oil mixture into the cheesecloth.
Secure with a string and use your hands to squeeze out the canna oil. Pour the oil into a mason jar or another container and let it cool in the fridge. Use the canna oil as needed.
Below are five recipes for weed edibles you can make at home. Just remember that edibles have a delayed onset (of up to 3 hours), unlike the instant high of inhaled smoke. So start small and be patient. Moderation is your friend.
Tip: Refer to The Cannabist to learn more about how much THC to add to your edibles.
Important note: Statistics show an increased number of calls to poison control centers due to children, adults, and family pets consuming cannabis edibles because they look like familiar treats and were not stored safely. Please label and store your creations with care.
1. Paleo berry cannabis gummies
You’re going to need a gummy bear mold for this recipe, and it’s worth it. Once you see how easy it is to form these little bears, you’ll reminisce about eating an entire bag of Haribo in one sitting.
But please don’t eat these with abandon. This isn’t just a sugar high.
These gummies have just five ingredients (two of which are water and lemon juice). You can also freeze your weed gummies so you’re ready for all the festivals (or just a night out with your besties).
2. Vegan cannabis chocolate bar
This is a chocolate bar you won’t be able to eat in one sitting — and not because of a lack of self-control. If you eat the whole thing… well, we don’t even really know what would happen. But just take our word for it: You’ll be way too high.
Pull out the typical ingredients you’d use to make this easy chocolate, but instead of regular coconut oil, use the cannabis kind.
We’re pretty sure this recipe was created for those of us who can’t even when it comes to spending time in the kitchen. Just melt chocolate and cannabis oil in a pot, coat the bananas, and freeze them.
Yep, that’s it. High-five for fast recipes that can get you… high.
4. Gluten-free cannabis crispy rice treats
Meet the new pot crispy treat. Made with nut butter, brown rice syrup, and cannabis butter or oil, these treats are going to snap, crackle, and pop their way into your mouth.
Just don’t make them for the charity bake sale.
5. Vegan weed brownies
Who’s ready to get chocolate wasted? Literally.
Made from sunflower seed butter, honey, flax, egg, cocoa powder, and cannabis, these brownies rival the ones you made in high school.
For a paleo version, use a regular egg and a nut butter of your choice. And here’s a recipe for a more standard pot brownie.
Now you’re on your way to making cannabis treats at home. And hey, tell your friends to watch who they’re calling a pothead: Some people believe weed has helped them get in the best shape of their lives, and yes, that includes athletes.
Last medically reviewed on January 15, 2018
Seven magical recipes for canna oil, butter, gummies, brownies, crispy rice treats, and more.