Cook mouth-watering cannabis edibles with concentrates
In the last few years, cannabis edibles have come up as one of the coolest and most effective ways of doing marijuana. Candies, gummies, chocolates, cookies, brownies, beverages – the shelves at the weed dispensaries are packed with a huge variety of edibles that look very tempting and taste yummy. The market for weed edibles is fast expanding and is expected to hit $4.1 billion by the end of the year 2022.
Although a large array of readymade cannabis edibles are now available in the pot shops and online, some marijuana lovers still nurture a soft corner for the homemade edibles. Making your favourite dishes or snacks with cannabis concentrates is a great idea, especially when you have a range of premium quality marijuana extracts at your disposal. This post gives you a guide on how to make your own cannabis edibles with concentrates at home.
Why use cannabis edibles?
Before we move on to the main topic of discussion, let’s first understand the benefits of using cannabis edibles. Why should we prefer edibles over other methods of marijuana consumption?
• Using edibles are a healthier option compared to smoking or vaping. There are no harsh and harmful effects on your lungs or throats due to the strong weed smoke or vapor.
• As the edibles deliver the cannabinoids (THC, CBD and others) through the digestive system, the effects last much longer than other methods of consumption. The high as well as the medicinal effects usually peak 2-3 hours after consumption and can last at least 7-12 hours. This is particularly advantageous for the medical patients who can get a longer relief from the symptoms like chronic pains, inflammation, nausea, depression, anxiety etc.
• Edibles are totally discreet and very easy to use. You don’t need any paraphernalia like rolling papers, pipes, bongs, dab rigs, vape pens to get a quality marijuana experience.
What are cannabis concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates are basically extracted from cannabis flowers that have been processed to contain only the cannabinoids and terpenes while removing all unnecessary plant materials and impurities from them. As a result, they have much higher cannabinoid contents compared to the dried buds. While the THC content in average marijuana flowers usually ranges from 10 to 25%, it can reach up to 80% or even more in the concentrates. Cannabis Shatter, budder, crumble, live resin, rosin, wax, oil – there is a vast assortment of concentrates to choose from. Different types of concentrates vary in texture and consistency and come with different cannabinoid-terpene profiles. There are a variety of ways in which the concentrates can be consumed. You can smoke/vape them, or take them orally. Besides that, making different cannabis edibles with concentrates is also a popular practice.
Making cannabis edibles with concentrates
Making cannabis edibles at home is nothing new. People have been baking pot brownies and cookies for ages. However, using marijuana buds to cook edibles can be a bit tricky. Dosing correctly can be difficult, and your cookies may taste like too much of weed. Concentrates will help you to avoid such a fiasco and deliver some absolutely mouth-watering, flavorful edibles.
Decarboxylating the concentrates before cooking
The first step in making cannabis edibles with concentrates is to decarboxylate the concentrate you intend to use. This process converts the acid-based THCa into active THC – the compound responsible for producing euphoric sensations in the user. Although the exact method varies between different concentrates, it usually involves slow and low heating in an oven. After decarbing the concentrate, let it cool before infusing them into saturated fat or oils.
Choosing the infusing oil
While choosing a base oil for infusing the decarbed concentrate, you have a variety of options. One of the most popular choices is butter. However, expert cannabis cooks recommend oils that have high saturated fat contents. Jay Denniston, director of science at one of the top-rated edibles manufacturer Dixie Brands, says, ‘Dairy-based butter and animal fats do not offer the same stability and ease of use.’ Avocado oil, virgin coconut oils, or MCT oils are far better choices for dissolving the decarbed concentrates. Some cooks prefer to add two teaspoons of liquid or powdered lecithin to the infusion. This is thought to facilitate increased absorption of THC into the bloodstream.
Add the infusion to your favorite recipe
Now that your concentrate infusion is ready, it is time to start cooking. You can add it to a variety of snacks, appetizers, deserts, and side-dishes of your choice. Honey, stews, pies, pasta, confections, salad dressings – the options are truly unlimited. As long as the temperature doesn’t exceed 300°F, you can try out any recipe. The cannabis-infused foods prepared in this way will give you a much subtler marijuana flavor and deliver all the effects in higher potency than the edibles made from flowers.
Making cannabis edibles with concentrates – how to dose properly
One of the best advantages of using concentrates to make homemade edibles is that they are easy to dose. To calculate the dosage in the cannabis edibles with concentrates, you need a few data like the net weight and potency of your concentrate and the number of servings the edible will provide. The formula is very simple: multiply the weight of the concentrate by the percentage of the THC/CBD to get the total amount of THC/CBD in your cooked edible. For example, if you are using 1gm (1000mg) concentrate with a potency of 80% THC, your edible would contain 800mg of THC as a whole. Now, you can divide the total amount of THC/CBD by the number of servings to calculate the dosage of each serving.
While consuming the cannabis edibles made with concentrates, you need to be careful. Remember they are more potent than the edibles made with flowers. Also, as the edibles work through the digestive system in your body, they have a relatively slower onset time. After you take a serving, you need to wait up to 2 hours to feel the full effects. Cook your favorite recipes with cannabis concentrates and make life flavorful!