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Making Marijuana Edibles Is Way Easier Than You’d Think. Here’s a Beginner’s Guide.

If the only experience you have with edibles is ingesting an entire pot brownie (first mistake) at age 16 and truly, truly believing you were going to die, you’re not alone. Ahem.

But as you’ve gotten older, you’ve probably gotten wiser: You’ve either stayed away from pot-infused foods for good, or you’ve learned about portion control. If you’re in the former camp, yet still a little turned on by the idea of dipping your toes back in the weedy waters, this little fact may be of interest: Cooking your own edibles is incredibly easy.

“It’s fascinating to me because people think it’s really complicated and scary and hard,” Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook author Robyn Griggs Lawrence, said in an interview. “But it’s really easy: You combine a fat and your ground cannabis and there you have it.”

Edibles chefs may have special procedures they swear by — Lawrence said that many weed chefs want to attach a certain mystery to their art — but the basics are really quite simple.

What you’ll need

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Not such a heavy lift, huh? Once you make your weed-infused oil, it’s possible to turn almost any recipe into a psychedelic dish. It’s as easy as making one simple swap: Say you want to make brownies from a boxed mix. Swap in an infused oil for the one the recipe calls for, and there you have it: You made edibles.

Grinding the Mary Jane: No matter what method you use for infusing the oil (more on that below), the process begins by grinding buds. Lawrence said she has a dedicated coffee grinder for transforming the weed into a fine powder, but the process doesn’t require one. A mortar and pestle work, as do whatever kooky techniques you may have developed as a teen (with some persistence, an Old Navy gift card can grate a bud just fine).

Weed-to-oil ratio: The amount of weed needed to infuse the oil depends on the desired potency, but a standard ratio is an ounce of weed for each cup of oil, Lawrence said. For butter, The Cannabist recommends using four sticks of butter for every ounce of marijuana.

Most recipes won’t require an entire cup of fat, but leftovers can get saved for future edible endeavors. Lawrence makes a big batch, then freezes the leftovers in ice cube trays, which can last for at least a year. (She just thaws the cubes and get cooking when she’s so inclined.)

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Kate Batskeir on Mic

Published: July 31, 2020

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