Lets Talk: Making Edibles and Learning How to Decarboxylate
Marijuana Edibles: What are they?
Before you try to make marijuana edibles yourself, it’s important to know what they are and what to expect. Marijuana edibles are simply food or beverage products that have been infused with THC from marijuana. Some common examples include candy, gummies, brownies, cookies, chocolate bars, and beverages such as tea plus many more. Typically, they taste like regular food products. Don’t let their appearance deceive you because they can also get you high.
Most cannabis users will opt for marijuana edibles over other methods of consumption when they want stronger effects. While most methods of consumption can get you high for a few hours, the high from edibles is at least double that time, if not longer. Oral consumption of marijuana will also provide a stronger high than you would experience from smoking or vaping.
Some people enjoy the recreational high they provide. The high can also add an interesting element coupled with intercourse. Notably, edibles can also be extremely beneficial for medical users. Marijuana edibles can provide powerful relief for health issues such as chronic pain and inflammation, stress and depression, insomnia, and more. Edibles can be a lot for people that aren’t seeking a potent psychoactive experience, but there are ways to curb this effect. For example, to get a more manageable high, you can take a microdose of edibles. Alternatively, by making edibles yourself, you can control the potency.
Marijuana Edibles: Do They Work?
Oh yes, they do! If you’ve ever tried a marijuana edible you already know how different the high is compared to other methods of consumption. Edibles provide a powerful and long-lasting high.
Smoking or vaping marijuana, Delta-9-THC (aka THC) reaches your system instantly and you feel the effects immediately. However, the high will only last a few hours. When you consume THC orally, your liver converts it to 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a more potent form.
You’ll get the same kind of effects from ingesting edibles like feelings of happiness, euphoria, stimulating your senses, and relaxation. However, be careful to not overdo it because edibles typically don’t kick in until about 30-90 minutes of consumption and the effects will be much more pronounced and last for much longer.
The effects can vary, so it’s important to exercise caution when consuming marijuana edibles. Beginners should start with a dose of 10mg or less. Making your own edibles will probably require some trial and error, but it is advisable to start by eating only a small amount first and then waiting until the effects wear off before starting to increase any dosage.
Marijuana Edibles: Let’s Make Them!
First things first, you must decarboxylate the weed to activate the THC in the marijuana without burning it and allow you to bind it to butter or oil. To decarboxylate your weed at home, you only need an oven, tray, and parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 245°F. It will be hot enough to activate the THC in the weed but not burn it. Spread weed buds across a baking tray and cover with parchment paper. Use around 8-15 grams to start, but you can use more if required.
Place the baking tray in the oven and rotate/ shake your tray every 10 mins so the buds are evenly heated. After 30-40 mins, take the baking tray out of the oven and leave to cool.
Grind your weed before you infuse it into butter or oil. The THC contained in the weed is now active and ready for infusion.