May 7, 2020

First edibles project!

These aren't your grandma's brownies

Yesterday is the first time I've made and consumed edibles.

Yes, ever.

People that know me will tell you that I'm obsessed with ANYTHING that says Funfetti on the box.  Pancakes? Yep.  Coffee creamer?  You bet.  So when I saw these brownies at the grocery store you know I had to snatch them up.

I went to the dispensary this week and picked up some more flower - I'll have a dispensary review of Native Green Wellness up this weekend!  I got 3.5g of Lemon Cello with the sole purpose of decarbing it and turning it into infused coconut oil.  I liked the idea of coconut oil because then it will have multiple application purposes, and coconut oil has a higher smoke point than butter (unless it's clarified or ghee) or other plant based oils.

The first step to edibles is decarboxylating your flower or concentrate.  There's a great instructional video and step by step instructions on CannCook TV's Website.  You can find that here.  Decarboxylating is necessary for converting the THC(a) (tetrahydrocannabidiolic acid) and CBD(a) (cannabidiolic acid) along with any other cannabidoids in raw flower or concentrate to the forms that are absorbed through the body by the endocannabinoid system.  Heating your raw material to a certain temperature converts the THC(a) and CBD(a) to THC and CBD (tetrahydrocannabidiol and cannabidiol) which are the two main active components in the cannabis plant!  I could talk about this all day but feel free to do your own research on the subject of the decarboxylation process.

I used 4g by weight of flower, 3g of THC flower and 1g of CBD flower.  I used my Ninja blender with a small container to grind the flower into a medium-fine texture, making sure that the stems and trim-type material were included and broken up well.  For this recipe I used a 3:1 ratio of Lemon Cello flower at 21.6% THC and 0.32% CBD and some Special Sauce CBD flower at 19.6% (both from Native Green Wellness).  I transferred the mixture to a pint jar with a lid and baked it in the oven in a shallow pan at 225 degrees for 2 hours. To find the potential dosage, you take the concentration% x 10 to find the dosage per gram by weight, which made my 4g of flower approximately 220 mg THC/200 mg of CBD, respectively.  Since I used 3 grams of CBD flower the entire amount came out to 660/200 THC/CBD.

After the flower was finished decarbing and slightly cooled, I took a wide-mouth quart jar and added 2 cups of virgin, refined coconut oil that had been gently melted and allowed to cool to a temperature that was safe to work with and poured it in the large jar.  I then added the decarbed flower, screwed on the lid, and put it in the oven in a shallow pan to create indirect heat at 250 degrees for about an hour.  After an hour I swirled the jar to stir the oil, and then returned it to the oven for about another thirty minutes.  Right here is a great informational post about infusing oils on CannaCook.  I carefully removed it from the oven and let it cool for about an hour before proceeding to the next step - straining!

Finished infused coconut oil before straining

I used a piece of clean cheesecloth and strained it into a glass measuring cup and then transferred the strained infused oil back into the original quart jar that I used.  These are the doses per measurement of this completed batch: Coconut Oil 5/5/2020

I used 2/3C (160ml) infused oil to make the brownies as outlined by the directions on the package.  I'll save you from the math from trying to figure out how much the dosage is per piece!  I cut the brownies into 24 even pieces which brought each piece out to ~9/3 THC/CBD which is a perfect dose for most people's tolerance.

I got a great relaxed body feeling from the extra dosage of CBD as well as an elevated cranial feeling from the majority of sativa in the Lemon Cello flower that I used!  This process took a few hours but was super easy and I'll definitely be doing it more in the future!  I have a great appreciation and respect for the labs in the state mass producing our ready to eat edibles for the dispensaries, and fully understand why most edibles from the dispensaries have such a hefty price tag!  This oil would be great for topical use or to make some AWESOME "shatterproof" coffee!

I hope this post has been helpful and that you will take it upon yourself to try making your own edibles in the future!  Please visit CannaCook.com and checkout CannaCook TV on YouTube for great videos of infused recipes from my ARK420 Podcast Co-Host, Christopher Miles and his lovely wife, Chelsie!!