Basics To Making Marijuana Edibles
Friday, Feb 26, 2016

Many people are interested in consuming marijuana for the health benefits, but would prefer to ingest the stuff without actually smoking it. Luckily, there are many ways to medicate with marijuana, including cooking, baking, and more. In this article, we will cover how to use the different methods in a way that will benefit you as much as possible.

But first before reading on: remember that it’s important to activate the THC in order to release the full potential of your marijuana’s psychoactive effect. The activation process usually occurs automatically when a plant is burned, vaporized, or smoked but for tinctures or edibles, this has to be done separately. Read Decarboxylating Marijuana – The Internal Process of THC Formation and find out how decarboxylating marijuana works.



Besides personal preference and differences in lifestyle, eating marijuana has a number of significant benefits. Such benefits include the fact that the effects of the marijuana generally last longer, but without a sudden onset. It, therefore, serves as an effective all-day solution ideal for anyone interested in using marijuana medically. And also for people who rely on it to maintain a high quality of life.

Marijuana (flower, leaf, trim, etc.) Cooking oil of your choice Grinder (can be a coffee grinder, food processor, blender, or something similar) Double-boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc. Take your marijuana product (it could be the entire plant, or just the buds, or the buds and leaves — this is completely preference-based) and grind it all up. Generally speaking, measure out a ratio of marijuana and oil that is around 1:2, but remember that this can also vary according to preference. Dissolve the marijuana into the oil by heating up both products together on low. This process takes hours and allows the THC activation to occur, without burning (and therefore destroying) the active ingredients. You have several options for how exactly to do this. If you are using a crockpot, you should do it for a minimum of 6 hours (up to three days) while stirring occasionally. For a double-boiler, keep it on low for 6-8 hours while stirring occasionally. For a regular saucepan, perform this process on low for three hours minimum while stirring often, as burning can occur quicker in a regular saucepan. The addition of small amounts of water can also help reduce the risk of burning. Put the oil through the strainer, then store it properly. Discard the leftover plant matter. The oil should last for a minimum of 2 months, but for longer if kept cool. 5 ounces (100 grams) butter 5 fluid ounces (100 mL) water 5 ounces (100 grams) of ground leaves, or 0.2 ounces (5 grams) of ground weed Heat up the water and butter together in the same saucepan. Add the marijuana and stir it in. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the mixture, so the marijuana matter has been removed. Place pan in refrigerator until butter has solidified. Once butter is solid, pour out water. The marijuana butter is now ready to use. Store the butter in plastic wrap or in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. When stored in the fridge, marijuana butter should last 3-4 weeks while marijuana butter that is stored in the freezer should last for as long as six months. 5 fluid ounces (100 mL) of milk or cream 5 ounces (100 grams) of ground leaves, or 0.2 ounces (5 grams) of ground weed Strainer Heat milk or cream in a saucepan slowly, never allowing it to come to a boil. Grind the marijuana, then add to the mixture and stir gently. Allow the mixture to simmer (not boil) for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and cool the milk, then store in the refrigerator. One small glass jar and a lid One brown medicine bottle with an eyedropper Measure out your marijuana. In general, a ratio of one gram of marijuana to 1 fluid ounce (35 mL) of alcohol is a minimum, with 6 grams of marijuana to 1 fluid ounce as the maximum. Start out moderate for your first batch. Cut up the amount of weed you are using, then set it out to dry. Fresh marijuana does not work well for the making of tinctures. Combine the marijuana and alcohol in the glass jar, soaking it for as short as one day and as long as ten days. There is a lot of disagreement about how long to soak the mixture, so this is also a process of trial and error for each individual. After the mixture has soaked for the appropriate amount of time, pour it through a strainer, to get out the plant matter. Pour the tincture into a brown medicine bottle with an eyedropper lid. This protects the product from the sun, which would break down the THC. The eyedropper also makes for easy dosing.