If you’ve ever tried baking edibles, you know it’s something of an art form. And at least the first time out, you probably encountered mistakes when baking cannabis edibles.
After all, the baking process is a bit different from that of when you make your standard run-of-the-mill cookie (although one could argue there is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill cookie).
So if you’re still struggling to achieve the perfect edible – or if you’ve never even tried – we have some suggestions here that should make the process a bit more seamless.
Most Common Mistakes When Making Cannabis Edibles
Right out of the gate, you need to understand that consuming THC orally is going to pack a stronger punch than when you smoke or vape it. This is because it’s converted to a stronger and more potent compound known as 11-hydroxy metabolite. By itself, this compound is almost five times stronger than THC.
We’re also going to assume that you’re not a master candy maker and are therefore not attempting to make gummies or other candies. Thus, the following mistakes apply to making baked goods such as brownies and cookies.
So without further ado…
Not Testing Out the Dosage
When baking cannabis edibles, accuracy is KEY. First, decide whether you’re going to use a homemade cannabutter or an oil-based THC baking ingredient.
Then sample a teaspoon of it and wait a few hours to see how it affects you. While you may not think this is much, remember our caveat about 11-hydroxy metabolite. You don’t want to mess with this potent chemical. Otherwise you may end up with a brownie or cookie that sends you down the paranoia rabbit hole.
Dosage can also be negatively impacted by a dented or warped baking tray or sheet that will cause the THC to pool unevenly. So while one person may feel nothing, another may get the lion’s share of THC and start scurrying down the above-mentioned rabbit hole.
Once you set out to start the actual baking process, try not to get too baked yourself. You’re going to need to do some serious stirring and if you’re feeling too mellow to do this, you’re going to end up lumpy brownies and/or cookies where the THC content has not been spread evenly.
These are buzz kills – no matter how you slice it.
Oven Is Too Hot
THC that’s cooked at too high a temperature is going to break down and you’ll be left with ineffective (not to mention burnt) baked goods. You’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that your chosen cannabis concentrate is well mixed into the batter, so be sure now that your oven temp is no higher than 375ºF.
Be good to your cannabis and it will be good to you.
Gearing Up to Make Your Own Edibles?
We hope that highlighting the above mistakes when making cannabis edibles helps you to avoid them. Just remember that even if you don’t nail it right out of the gate. with some practice you’ll get the hang of it.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for more stories, studies, or other information about all things cannabis, keep checking back with our blog!