Edibles are one of the most popular ways medical marijuana patients in Arizona like to medicate. If you also love to cook, it can be a special treat to prepare a meal, dish, or dessert with your favorite strain of cannabis-infused into the food. To successfully make your own edibles, you’ll have to get the process correct. Follow the steps below, and you should be on your way to enjoying delicious homemade cannabis edibles.
Choose the Strain
If you already have a recipe in mind, you may want to choose a cannabis strain that will complement the other flavors you’ll be cooking with. Different strains have their own unique tastes because of the terpenes that make them up. If you’re not familiar with the tastes of different strains, you can find information online or consult with your local medical marijuana expert. If you’re not interested in putting so much thought into the flavor of your bud, you can just determine whether you want an indica, sativa, or hybrid.
Decarboxylate the Cannabis
Once you’ve decided which strain you’ll cook with, it’s time to decarboxylate the flower. Cannabis doesn’t have a psychoactive effect when swallowed raw, and the decarboxylation process will help you extract more active THC in the next step. Heating the cannabis at any temperature above 200°F will activate the THC, but certain temperatures are more effective than others. A good option is to crumble your bud then heat it in the oven at 240°F for 40 minutes.
Remove the decarboxylated cannabis from the oven, then crush it up or put it in a grinder to get a nice fine grind. Some people recommend grinding it into a powder, which will help some with extraction but mostly add plant-like flavor to your finished product. A consistency like coarse sand will likely give you the best results.
Extract the THC
Your bud is ready for extraction once it’s decarbed and finely ground. THC is fat-soluble, so the best way to extract it is in butter or some sort of cooking oil (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, etc.). Simmer your ground cannabis in the fatty substance of your choosing for quite some time– you’ll get the best extraction if you simmer for at least 4 hours. Stir regularly throughout this process.
Don’t let it get too hot during this phase or you could burn the THC off. If you have a good cooking thermometer, try to keep the temperature between 160°F and 200°F during the steeping process. If you don’t have a thermometer, don’t worry– just keep an eye on things. If the mixture starts smoking it’s too hot and should be turned down.
Once you’re finished extracting the THC into your oil, ghee, or butter, use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to remove all of the ground cannabis flower. If you use butter, it may take about 24 hours to get cool and firm after you’ve completed the extraction. If you used oil, it’s nice to cool it to room temperature but it can really be used at any time. You can use your extract in any recipe where you can use oil, butter, or whatever you used to make the extract.
Consider the Dose
Unlike with the edibles you get at a trusted dispensary, it can be difficult to know exactly how potent your home-made extraction is. That said, you can still take a very educated guess. If you did the process correctly, you can assume that you extracted most of the THC. Therefore the total amount of THC in your extraction can be determined by multiplying the amount of cannabis you used (in milligrams) by the strains THC potency percentage. That is, if you used five grams of cannabis that is 15% THC, you can take the following steps:
● 5 grams * 1,000 milligrams per gram = 5,000 milligrams of cannabis
● 5,000 milligrams of cannabis * 15% THC = 750 milligrams of THC
● If you want standard 10-milligram doses, that scenario gives you enough extract to make 75 edibles.
Depending on how thorough you were throughout the cooking process, you may want to adjust how much extract you use in each dose after cooking a couple of times. It’s good to keep the dosage in mind though, especially if you’re concerned about taking too much.
Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Glendale
As Arizona’s first state-licensed dispensary, Arizona Organix has been serving the Greater Phoenix Area since 2012. We’re open every day from 8 AM to 10 PM, and carry a wide variety of different strains that would be great for cooking. Stop by today and ask our experienced budtenders about the best way to medicate using home-cooked edibles. You can even pick up a few edibles while you’re in the store just in case you want a backup snack.