How to make pot brownies
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- What to know before making weed brownies
- What do you need to make pot brownies?
- How to make cannabutter
- How to make infused coconut oil
- How to make weed brownies
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Brownies pop up first when people talk about edibles, and it’s no wonder why. Their sweet, chocolatey goodness satisfies those with a sweet tooth as well as those searching for a potent alternative to smoking weed.
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first pot brownies on record were created by the famous cannabis activist Mary Jane Rathburn, who came to be known as “Brownie Mary” for her invention. Rathburn wanted to provide much-needed cannabis medicine to hospitalized AIDS patients in the LGBTQ community. To do so, she baked cannabis into her delicious homemade brownie recipe and snuck her pastries into hospitals in the 1980s. Rathburn later was arrested for whipping up the brownies in a historic bust that catalyzed media attention around California’s cannabis legalization movement.
Today, Brownie Mary’s recipe is lost to history, but her legacy lives on. Thousands of consumers, cannabis chefs, and DIY enthusiasts have tried their hand at whipping up the deliciously infused, chocolatey desserts. Cannabis brownies are almost a right of passage in stoner culture. Read on to learn how to make your own pot brownies at home.
What to know before making weed brownies
As with any rite of passage, horror stories about pot brownie experiences gone awry have proliferated cannabis culture. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before trying your hand at homemade brownies.
Dosage is everything
When it comes to edibles, proper dosage is everything. Depending on the cannabis flower you buy for your butter, one strain can be much more potent than another. Is your weed THC-dominant, more CBD-heavy, or balanced? What is your weed’s terpene profile? All these compounds and factors influence the effect your cannabis will have on you, particularly when your digestive system processes it.
Ask your budtender and read your bud’s label and lab certificate to get all this information. A low-THC strain will be more suitable for a mellower canna-brownie experience, for example.
Once you’ve figured out a proper dosage for your canna-butter, use that information to determine how much infused butter to put in your brownie recipe. It’s totally fine to mix infused and non-infused butter to keep dosages milder. And remember, some trial-and-error will happen as you experiment, so start low and go slow to find your perfect dose.
The quality of your bud matters, especially when it comes to eating cannabis. While many states require lab testing for adult-use or medical marijuana, not all of them do. If you’re infusing your own edibles, source your cannabis from a third-party-tested vendor.
What do you need to make pot brownies?
Recipes for most homemade cannabis brownies include a similar list of ingredients. Here’s an easy pot brownie recipe with which to get started in your kitchen:
- ½ cup of canna-butter OR infused coconut oil
- Two eggs
- 1 cup of white sugar
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder (add more cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavor)
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
You’ll also need the following tools for this brownie recipe:
- an oven
- 8″ square baking pan
- a large saucepan
Of course, to simplify things, you could purchase a pre-made brownie mix from the store. Sub out the oil or butter called for in the recipe with canna-butter or infused coconut oil.
Whether homemade or store-bought, all pot brownies share a commonality: the addition of infused butter or oil.
How to make cannabutter
Cannabutter is what makes a pot brownie a pot brownie. You can’t simply throw your flower into a recipe and call it a day: you must first decarboxylate your weed and infuse it into a high-fat carrier, such as butter. Decarboxylation is the process of THCA turning into THC by way of heating the flower. This process occurs naturally when we smoke or vape weed, but is an essential extra step when creating edibles.
During the cooking process, the butter absorbs the activated THC in the cannabis and makes it ready to add to your recipe.
Making cannabutter isn’t tricky, but it takes about 3 hours to cook. It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Try the following recipes to create your own, evenly dosed cannabis butter. You can make cannabutter either on the stove, or in a slow cooker.
It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How to make infused coconut oil
Coconut oil is an excellent dairy-free alternative for those who don’t like butter or can’t eat it due to dietary restrictions.
This infused coconut oil recipe requires a slow-cooker and five hours to make, so this is another infused ingredient you’ll want to concoct before it’s time to bake your edibles.
How to make weed brownies
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients and tools, it’s time to start baking.
- First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease the 8-inch square baking pan to prepare it for the finished cannabis brownie mixture.
- Next, melt the 1/2 cup of canna-butter in the large saucepan until it’s completely liquefied. If you’re substituting infused coconut oil, melt the coconut oil in the saucepan until it is liquid and easily mixed.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 1 cup sugar, two eggs, and teaspoon of vanilla extract and make sure to mix the infused butter or oil thoroughly. Beat in the 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, the 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. If desired, you can mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl before adding to the saucepan.
- In the above step, it’s essential to mix the cannabis butter or oil evenly. This ensures an even spread of cannabis throughout the recipe, which will produce even doses when you cut your brownies into squares.
- Pour the cannabis brownie batter into the greased pan, spreading evenly. Place the pan in the oven and allow the mixture to bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook, and remove the pan from the oven when you can insert a toothpick in the brownies and it comes out cleanly.
- Remove the cannabis brownies from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan before cutting into equal servings
Voila, your cannabis treats are ready to eat! Make sure to limit yourself to a single portion (or even less) to start and wait two hours before consuming more. While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you.
While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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How to Make Cannabis Oil, Butter, and Edibles at Home
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Hey, pass the doobie… err, the gummy. You hear the latter more often these days, because the love of edibles is growing like a weed (see what we did there?).
In 2014 in Colorado alone (aka the capital of cannabis), 2.85 million units of edible cannabis-infused retail products were sold. Plus, nearly 30 percent of people who enjoy weed say they use it in edible or beverage form.
But hold up — can we interrupt this programming and say we aren’t encouraging you to eat edibles?
Fair warning: In recent years, cannabis-related visits to the ER have tripled in Colorado. Between 2014 and 2016, about 10 percent of emergency room visits were a result of ingesting cannabis.
Proper measurement of cannabis is crucial. And it’s better to take a less-is-more approach. Remember, it takes longer to feel the effects of edibles, and those effects last longer and can be more intense.
The first thing you need to learn is how to make cannabis-infused oil and butter. Soon you’ll be on your way to gummies, chocolate bars, and gluten-free crispy rice treats that’ll take you and your taste buds on a ride.
Have you ever made an herb butter? Cannabutter is no different. To make your own cannabis-infused butter, the only ingredients you need are:
- 1 pound butter
- 1 cup water
- 1–2 ounces cannabis
Combine butter and water in a pot over low heat. Once butter melts, add ground cannabis to the mixture to simmer for 2–3 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally so it doesn’t come to a boil and so the THC is evenly distributed throughout.
Use and store like regular butter. If you’re new to making cannabutter, you can get more in-depth info at Marijuana Doctors.
Just like you can infuse cooking oils with herbs and other ingredients, you can infuse them with cannabis. Any oil — olive, coconut, whatever you have on hand — will do.
To make the oil more potent (so you feel the effects more), the weed has to be decarboxylated.
It’s way simpler than it sounds: Preheat the oven to a low temperature (about 225 degrees) and bake 1 cup of ground cannabis for 40 minutes.
To infuse the coconut oil, combine the following ingredients in a slow cooker:
- 1 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 1 cup decarboxylated cannabis
Stir at least every 30 minutes to mix evenly. Simmer for 8–12 hours, and then let the oil cool in the slow cooker. Place a large piece of cheesecloth in a bowl or cup and carefully pour the oil mixture into the cheesecloth.
Secure with a string and use your hands to squeeze out the canna oil. Pour the oil into a mason jar or another container and let it cool in the fridge. Use the canna oil as needed.
Below are five recipes for weed edibles you can make at home. Just remember that edibles have a delayed onset (of up to 3 hours), unlike the instant high of inhaled smoke. So start small and be patient. Moderation is your friend.
Tip: Refer to The Cannabist to learn more about how much THC to add to your edibles.
Important note: Statistics show an increased number of calls to poison control centers due to children, adults, and family pets consuming cannabis edibles because they look like familiar treats and were not stored safely. Please label and store your creations with care.
1. Paleo berry cannabis gummies
You’re going to need a gummy bear mold for this recipe, and it’s worth it. Once you see how easy it is to form these little bears, you’ll reminisce about eating an entire bag of Haribo in one sitting.
But please don’t eat these with abandon. This isn’t just a sugar high.
These gummies have just five ingredients (two of which are water and lemon juice). You can also freeze your weed gummies so you’re ready for all the festivals (or just a night out with your besties).
2. Vegan cannabis chocolate bar
This is a chocolate bar you won’t be able to eat in one sitting — and not because of a lack of self-control. If you eat the whole thing… well, we don’t even really know what would happen. But just take our word for it: You’ll be way too high.
Pull out the typical ingredients you’d use to make this easy chocolate, but instead of regular coconut oil, use the cannabis kind.
We’re pretty sure this recipe was created for those of us who can’t even when it comes to spending time in the kitchen. Just melt chocolate and cannabis oil in a pot, coat the bananas, and freeze them.
Yep, that’s it. High-five for fast recipes that can get you… high.
4. Gluten-free cannabis crispy rice treats
Meet the new pot crispy treat. Made with nut butter, brown rice syrup, and cannabis butter or oil, these treats are going to snap, crackle, and pop their way into your mouth.
Just don’t make them for the charity bake sale.
5. Vegan weed brownies
Who’s ready to get chocolate wasted? Literally.
Made from sunflower seed butter, honey, flax, egg, cocoa powder, and cannabis, these brownies rival the ones you made in high school.
For a paleo version, use a regular egg and a nut butter of your choice. And here’s a recipe for a more standard pot brownie.
Now you’re on your way to making cannabis treats at home. And hey, tell your friends to watch who they’re calling a pothead: Some people believe weed has helped them get in the best shape of their lives, and yes, that includes athletes.
Last medically reviewed on January 15, 2018
Seven magical recipes for canna oil, butter, gummies, brownies, crispy rice treats, and more.