Getting ready to roll up your sleeves and make some edibles of your own? Baking your own edibles is super fun and rewarding. But there are a few things you should know before you get down to work in the kitchen. Here are our top 5 tips for baking with cannabis.
Decarboxylate Your Cannabis
THC will get you high but eating raw cannabis buds won’t. Why? Because those buds are actually covered in THCA, not THC. THCA is a cannabinoid that is known as the acidic precursor to THC. In order to activate the THC in your buds and make it psychoactive, THCA must be converted to THC.
This conversion process is better known as decarboxylation and happens by exposing cannabis to heat. One way to make it happen is by using a lighter to heat up the cannabis in your bowl. Another is by baking cannabis flower in your oven for a set amount of time. Spend some time preparing your flower by decarboxylating it first before infusing it into butter or just cooking with it raw.
Decarbing your flower will ensure that all of the THC inside of it is activated and that your edibles are as potent as possible!
Watch the Dosage!
It’s important to be mindful of dosage when baking your edibles, and when eating them. Cooking your entire stash may not be a great idea. If you’re new to edibles or have a low tolerance to cannabis in general, it’s a good idea to stick to a low dosage.
And remember that edibles can take some time to kick in. It can some time take up to 2 hours to feel the effects so don’t reach for another one too quickly or you may regret it later!
Open a Window
Even though you’re not smoking or vaping your cannabis, that doesn’t mean it won’t smell. In fact, baking with cannabis won’t just stink up your kitchen, it can stink up your entire house. Take care to open windows and close doors around your house in order to get that smell outside quickly and to keep it out of your rooms. If you’re worried about your neighbors getting a whiff of your baking, waiting to bake your edibles on a day with the right weather can really help. A strong wind can work to carry the smell away more quickly while the smell of rain can do a pretty good job of masking the scent.
Keep an Eye on the Temperature When Baking with Cannabis
It’s important to always keep an eye on the temperature when baking with cannabis. Decarboxylating or baking at too high of a temperature can destroy THC molecules and make your edibles less potent. It’s recommended to stay below 175℃ when working with THC in order to preserve as much of it as possible.
Don’t Waste Your Best Buds
There’s no need to cook with the best flower you can find. Since the taste, moisture, and freshness of the flower don’t really matter when cooking with it, most people prefer to use their lower-quality buds when baking with cannabis. Just remember that a low-THC flower means a lower-THC edible.
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