Discretion, variety, and long-lasting effects are just a few of the reasons why people reach for edibles when they consume. Virtually any recipe that calls for an oil or butter can be infused; from salad dressings to main course meals; it simply depends on what fat you choose to infuse.
Edibles allow the body and mind to observe the benefits of cannabis for six to eight hours – much longer than other consumption methods such as smoking, where effects can be gone in an hour or two. However, it is important to remember that the onset time with edibles is different as well; effects can take 30 minutes to an hour or two to kick in, so be patient! This is important because when THC is digested, it converts into a more potent form, meaning a little will go a long way.
Since Canada’s current legalization plan doesn’t allow for the commercial sale of edibles in the initial phase, look below for tips on how to infuse your own snacks, meals and beverages.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 - 2 grams of cannabis
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of water
- A saucepan
- A baking tray
- Parchment paper
The Prep Work
Before you infuse your fat or oil, you’re going to have to decarboxylate your cannabis; this is the process of activating the cannabinoids such as THC or CBD so when they are ingested, the effects of your chosen strain will be felt. Some recipes will tell you to skip this step and decarboxylate the cannabis right in the hot fat, however, the less time you soak the flower, the less your finished product will taste like cannabis.
- Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit
- Prep your flower. We suggest using 1 to 2 grams depending on the dosing you are looking for. Remember THC becomes more potent when ingested, so 5mg of THC can go a long way. The way you prep your cannabis here is your choice, and you have two options. You can either grind it to increase potency or chop it up with a knife into popcorn-sized pieces; this will make it easier to strain later on.
- Once it’s prepped, cover an oven tray with parchment paper and place your flower on it.
- Place the tray in the oven and let your flower cook for 30 to 40 minutes, mixing it around every 10 minutes with a wooden spoon.
Now that your cannabis has been decarboxylated, you are ready to infuse! You can infuse a lot of different fatty substances including butter or olive oil; here we’ll look at how to infuse coconut oil to add a summery vibe to your dishes.
FYI, coconut oil has one of the highest concentrations of fatty acids, making it a stronger binding agent for cannabinoids. Coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fats (compared to olive oil, which contains less than 20%); because of the higher fat percentage in coconut oil, it retains more cannabinoids resulting in a higher potency of your edibles.
- On a stovetop, add ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of water into a saucepan. The water helps to regulate the temperature and keeps the oil from scorching.
- Once the oil is totally liquefied, add your decarboxylated cannabis.
- Keep your mixture on low heat and let it simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.
- After the 2-3 hours have passed, you are ready to strain. Set a funnel lined with cheesecloth at the top of a mason jar and pour your mixture over the cheesecloth into the jar.
- Once the liquid has finished draining freely, you can press the remaining liquid through, close up the jar and put it in the fridge. Your infusion is ready to make its way into your favourite snacks and meals!
Story by Sophie Naprawa
Photo by Saty + Pratha
Van der Pop does not condone or endorse the illegal consumption of cannabis.