Truth is, cooking up cannabis edibles is no different to mastering any other type of recipe. There’s a glaring gap between pro cannabis cooking and amateur hour, which most DIYers find it difficult to traverse.
Or more accurately, don’t bother attempting to traverse.
If you’re a serious about stepping out of amateur hour with your homemade edibles, a few tips and tricks from the pros can go a long way.
For the most part, these are the biggest and longest-standing errors that make it possible to concoct killer cannabis culinary creations in the kitchen:
1. Not Decarboxylating Properly
You know you need to decarboxylate your weed, but doing it properly is a different story entirely. Oven temperatures should be kept between 110° C and 120° C, your weed should be spread out in a thin layer and stirring every 10 minutes or so over the course of an hour is essential. Attempt to rush the job and it’s game over before it begins.
2. Failing to Keep Your Cannabis Course
Logic would suggest that grinding weed practically into dust would be the best way of ensuring it infuses efficiently into your edibles. In reality, grinding too finely is what causes that grass or hay-like flavor in the resulting edible. Never grind your weed any finer than the consistency of granulated sugar.
3. Using Low-Quality Weed
Technically speaking, it’s possible to use low-end weed (and pretty much any cannabis plant matter) to create edibles that get the job done. The problem is that the weaker the cannabis, the more you need to reach the desired potency level. And the more weed you use, the more your edibles end up tasting like low-grade weed.
4. Pressing the Plant Matter Through a Strainer
When making infusions like cannabis oil or butter, it’s necessary to strain the liquid through a filter or cloth to remove the plant matter. At which point, the temptation can be to press and squeeze the debris in the filter, in order to extract as much liquid as possible. In doing so, you’ll end up with a bitter and unpleasant tasting infusion for your efforts.
5. Inconsistent Distribution
Inconsistent distribution of THC in edibles can also be problematic. This is where you fail to adequately stir and mix your cannabis creations on a regular basis throughout the process, in order to ensure every bite has the same approximate dosage. As opposed to one cube of chocolate containing enough THC for five people and the rest having next to none at all.
6. Failing to Take Potency Notes
This is more or less the only effective way of continuously stepping up your game, with regard to the potency of your future edibles. Make notes of exactly how much weed you use, which strains you use, the approximate THC content of the strain and so on. There’s a fair amount of experimentation involved in finding the right amount of THC to suit your tastes, so be sure to take notes.
7. Choosing the Wrong Strains
Last up, it’s important to remember that the strains you choose will have a marked impact on the effects of the edibles and the way they taste. Edibles packed with Sativa weed are great for a daytime pick-up, those with tons of THC from Indica specimens are best reserved for relaxing evenings.