Edibles are one of the many ways you can consume weed without smoking, especially if you either want to be discreet about your cannabis consumption—or you’re someone trying to preserve their respiratory system. If you know anything about the anatomy of your lungs and larynx (aka “voice box”), you know it’s not a good idea to mess those up with smoke. So edibles are a good alternative. Just how to make weed brownies you may ask…
How To Make Weed Brownies?
But just how do you make pot brownies? Well, most peeps who’ve made regular brownies, particularly from a mix, just toss everything in a bowl, mix it, pour it in a pan, and a good twenty or so minutes later, out comes yummy chocolatey goodness. And they think that all they have to do to turn them into hash brownies is to take some bud and sprinkle it in as if it were just another ingredient. Nope. No can do. It makes both the brownies and the weed taste absolutely disgusting, to put it in uber-polite terms.
So, let’s get to it. Just to make it easier on yourself, get a box of cheap brownie mix. This way, if your efforts, for some reason, go south, you won’t have wasted a ton of dough on the chocolatey stuff. Also, for an entire box of brownies, you’ll want to use about 2.5 g (½ oz) of weed, ground into a powder (a weed grinder is best) and this is what you’ll put into your butter or oil. To start with, use this amount of bud, but you can always adjust the ratios lower or higher, depending on how strong you need/want them.
Time to play alchemist: Make up your cannabutter or cannabis oil. For cannabutter, you’ll need a double-boiler or you can “Macgyver” a double-boiler-like situation where you have a bowl on top of a sauce-pan so that the butter doesn’t burn up. Just remember to keep plenty of H2O in your bottom pan at all times.
Cannabis oil is simply heating up plant-based oils (such as coconut, sunflower or even plain ol’ vegetable oil) with your ground-up bud mixed in. Both processes take about 2-4 hours to complete. Just use a coffee filter to strain off the cannabis for both methods.
Next, mix up your brownie batter according to ye olde brownie box, mixing in your finished cannabutter or cannabis oil like you would your non-cannabis lipids.
How to make Weed Brownies: Vegan Style
If you’re salivating over this idea, you’re likely not just a pot-head but ultimate animal rights champion and health freak, right? Or maybe you choose to go, at the very least, dairy-free, if you’re lactose-intolerant.
Most brownie mixes on the market are not vegan or naturally low-sugar (without that artificial sweetener crap, that is), and unless you have the dosh to get some super-special vegan mix, you’re gonna want a from-scratch recipe, which we have for you. Now, this recipe calls for ¼ oz of bud, and this may be what you want to start with, if you’re a noob to pot edibles.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
1. Coconut oil (for mixing with the weed. Keep in mind that coconut oil tends to heat up at a higher temp than butter, so you might end up frying your bud. You don’t want that. Just simmer the weed-and-coconut-oil mixture for about 30 min., tops. Allow to cool.)
The rest of the ingredients are:
1 cup. almond milk
1 cup. unbleached flour
2 cup. Sucanat
¾ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened.
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla
Mix up your sugar and wet ingredients first (including the cannabis-infused coconut oil), then combine your dry stuff (flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder). Blend the two mixtures together. Pour into your usual brownie pan (8×8 is a classic size) and pop into a 350-degree oven for 25-30 min.
Once done, allow to cool, and as they say, share responsibly. In other words, it is not cool or funny to give someone who’s a noob to the realm of pot edibles an overly large piece. It can make them incredibly sick, aka “getting bent.” If you’re the noob, then break off a tiny piece and wait for a good while, as it takes longer for the THC in edibles to get into your system, as opposed to lighting a joint or a bong. This is true, even if you’re using pot brownies for medication.
So, there you have it: the basics of how to make weed brownies, including a vegan version if you or your pothead pals are into saving the planet and animals while indulging in some herb.