You’re looking for a golden brown color as opposed to the more vibrant green of an untoasted leaf. Take out of the oven and let the toasted marijuana cool. Then put the weed in a food processor and pulse it for a second so it is ground coarsely. With a major step out of the way, it’s time to make “cannabutter,” infusing your active marijuana into a food perfect for baking: butter.
While there are numerous methods for achieving this, some of which take up to eight hours, here is a wafer-simmered version that is both simple and heralded by The Cannabist as the best cannabutter in the US. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring a quart of water to the boil on the stove. Once boiling, add your sticks of butter and allow them to melt completely. After that, add your marijuana and reduce the heat to simmer. The real key here is that the weed should always be floating about 1.5 to 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. The butter should cook at a low heat for three hours until the mixture starts to get thick at the top. Take the mixture and place it in a bowl lined with cheesecloth.
After allowing the liquid butter to cool for an hour, put it in the fridge until it takes on the consistency and texture of a spread. We swear we’re almost to the part where you can actually eat your weed edible. Although marijuana strains differ in potency, it’s safe to assume that the average version is about 10 percent THC. Let’s suppose you have a quarter-ounce of marijuana, which is 7 grams. According to The Cannabist, “Every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10 percent THC, 10 percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. So for cooking or baking at home, it’s safe to assume that a gram of cannabis contains at least 100mg of THC.” For further context, in the 420-friendly state of Colorado, it has been mandated that the serving size for weed edibles is 10mg of THC. First-time users learning how to make weed edibles should cut theirs into quarters, and allow an hour between each dose. If you screw up the math and eat way too much of your freshly cooked weed edible — don’t worry, it happens to everyone — there’s no need to panic. But there are a few things you might want to have on hand to bring you down a bit. According to the British Journal of Pharmacology, people can try to curb their high by consuming pistachios or pine nuts, which contain pinene, a chemical that helps with mental clarity. Additionally, eating the citrus acid found in lemons, oranges, and grapefruits can help, thanks to the terpenes contained inside. The best tricks we have to offer for making edibles. Perhaps you’re someone who prefers salty snacks over savory ones. Popcorn has become a go-to choice for edibles in recent years and is simple to make if you’ve already created your cannabutter using the above method. But before you go shoving your weed in your microwave, it’s important to note that you’ll be making popcorn the old-fashioned way using unpopped kernels heated in a saucepan. Simply combine two or three cups of kernels with two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of cannabutter, add salt and pepper for taste, et voila , you’ve got “potcorn.” And there’s even more good news. Popcorn has more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables. So now you know how to make an edible, you can use it to get healthy. If you want a deeper dive into the topic of weed, watch the video below. Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE is board-certified in addiction medicine and preventative medicine. He is the medical director at Alcohol Recovery Medicine. Umhau was a senior clinical investigator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These pictures show marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, in varying stages of growth, processing, and use.
You may be concerned about plants you find growing in and around your home. Or, you may wonder whether what you discovered in your child's room is marijuana or indicates your child may be using marijuana.
Even if you live in a jurisdiction where marijuana is legal, there are age restrictions and your child can end up on the wrong side of the law. You should prepare to have a conversation with your child about the risks involved in using or selling marijuana when underage. If you find plants around your home that look similar to the marijuana plant in the photo, someone in your household is trying to grow their own weed. The plants have changed considerably in recent decades as they have been bred to produce more buds.