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Commonly Made Mistakes When Cooking Edibles

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No matter if it’s your first time making edibles or if you’re a seasoned pro, there are a few common mistakes that can be made that you’re going to want to make sure that you avoid. Making edibles at home can be a bit intimidating if you’ve never done it before. There’s so much that you have to make sure you’re doing correctly in order to get the right flavor, consistency, and dosage. You may be eager to go ahead and get started, but trust us, you’re going to want to make sure that you read this article first. 


You Cannot Cook With Raw Cannabis

Let us say this one more time, you cannot cook with raw cannabis. If you are cooking with cannabis you need to activate the THC and/or CBD. This requires heat and allows you to get the buzz you’re looking for. 


Not Decarboxylating The Cannabis First 

As we all know, you have to decarboxylate your cannabis before you start cooking with it. You never want to throw raw, unactivated flower into whatever you’re making. First off, it’s going to taste horrible but it also doesn’t allow the cannabinoids to fully activate and bind to the lipids. Basically, if you don’t decarboxylate it first, you’re not going to get any type of high effect, which is the whole point of making edibles. Not only are you not getting the effect you want, but it is pretty much a waste of the entire flower and your money at the end of it! 


Decarboxylating cannabis in the oven is probably the most well-known way to prep the flower for cooking. However, you can use a slow cooker to cook raw cannabis. Be aware that some people have found that this can worsen the taste of the oil since its harder to control the temperature in a slow cooker. It’s a bit more of a risk to do it this way but it can be done. So do your research before diving in.


Decarboxylating at the Wrong Temperature 

Like we stated above, you have to decarboxylate your cannabis, but you also have to do it at the right temperature. We know it’s exciting and you’re eager to get started but allow your oven to heat properly and get to the right temperature before you start mixing the buds. Typically you want to:

  • Heat the oven to 245°F (120°C).
  • Cook for around 30-40 minutes.
  • Stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Depending on the strain of flower that you’re using some may take longer or shorter. They also might need to be mixed at a lower temperature, so make sure you do your research or talk with your budtender before going all in. 


Over Grinding The Flower When Making Cannabis Butter or Oil

Whenever you’re looking to make some type of cannabis butter or oil, many sites tell people that they need to finely grind the marijuana that is being used to infuse the butter or oil. There are even a variety of devices that are geared toward making cannabis butter and oil that even include a grinder. If you’re guilty of over-grinding your cannabis, you may find that your edibles have a strong grassy taste to it. When you crush or grind your cannabis, you’re introducing chlorophyll into your oil which then leads to that strong earthy taste. If you’re making butter, it can turn the butter green which may look cool but it’s going to put the flavor of the butter in jeopardy. If your cannabis is too finely ground, it can also make it difficult to strain and lead to bad tasting material.  


Putting Too Little or Too Much into Your Dish

Making edibles can sometimes feel like Goldilocks, you have to have the perfect amount for it to taste just right. There is a way that you can run a “strand test” in order to gauge how much infused oil you are going to need based on its potency. 


Take ¼ or a ½ teaspoon of your oil as a personal dose and add it to some food or drink. Give it an hour or so, and see how you feel. This can help you determine what the appropriate single dosage would be. Once you determine how much oil you’re going to need, multiply that dose per serving if you’re making a bigger batch. 


Not Stirring Your Mix Well Enough 

You’ve probably been there before. You make a perfect, or what you feel to be perfect, a batch of brownies and you feel fine but your friend is high out of their mind. So why is one person affected and one isn’t? It’s actually pretty simple, you probably didn’t stir your mix well enough. If you’re making a batch of infused food, you better stir like there’s no tomorrow. This really will help make sure that the oil is distributed evenly across the batch and that each slice gets the perfect dose. 


Here’s the deal, we want you to experiment and have fun making edibles in the comfort in your own home, but if that sounds like too much, at Empire Health and Wellness, we have all types of edibles. From cannabis butter to chocolate and drink mixes to gummies, we’ve got it all. Or if you do want to take on the challenge, we have plenty of flower strains too. Visit us in store, in Modesto, or visit our online store here. We’re here for all your cannabis needs and hey, it’s always 4:20 somewhere, right?