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5 Most Common Mistakes a Novice Makes While Cooking Edibles

5 Most Common Mistakes a Novice Makes While Cooking Edibles

There was a time when the only way of getting high on weed was lighting it up puffing it down. But today, we have more than a dozen options than just smoking. From vapes to topicals to inhalers, the cannabis industry is filling up the market with numerous newer and safer ways of consuming our favorite plant. 

Though there are numerous ways of consuming marijuana now, one of the most favorite among cannabis junkies is still edibles. But why? Simple. Variety. If you have ever visited a cannabis dispensary, you’d have noticed a wide range of edible products along with a variety of strains available there.  From chocolate bars to gummies to jellies, there’s so much to choose from. But the most interesting thing with edibles is that if you still don’t find the one you like, you can always cook for yourself. 

Yes, you heard it right. You can easily cook cannabis-infused edibles in your own kitchen. Just a few mistakes you need to avoid.


But what are these mistakes?

Let’s discuss.

Using Raw Cannabis

This is one of the most common mistakes a novice makes while making a cannabis-infused edible. Using raw cannabis.

See, in order to activate the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids inside your plant, you need to heat it. In fact, this heating process has a name too- Decarboxylation. Don’t worry. It’s not as complicated as it sounds.  You just need to heat your plant at a temperature of around 220 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 to 6o minutes. But make sure you keep stirring your bud in between. You just want to activate the plant, not burn it.

Grinding it Too Fine

While there are some people who recommend grinding your cannabis using a coffee grinder or a food processor, there are many reasons not to do that. Grinding your weed too fine may make your edibles taste grassy.  Plus, it can also make your cooking oil or butter turn dark green, which can spoil the texture and color of your edibles. Therefore, it’s recommended that you use a grinder that doesn’t make your bud too fine.

Spending too Much on Bud

Many times, the beginners unnecessarily waste a lot of weed while making their own cannabis edibles. For instance, they just throw in an ounce of cannabis for making only a single cup of cannabutter. But generally, you don’t need the amount you are actually using. 

Remember the golden ratio- 1:1. If you are using 1 cup of oil, you need only 1 cup of cannabis. The oil can actually bind with only this much cannabis compound. And the extra you are using is just wastage.

You may save some money by buying less. But if you want to save even more,  using cannabis stem, trims or the already vaped flower can also be good options in the beginning.

Squeezing out too much of Infusion

Once you are done with the infusion, you need to strain out the residual plant material. Experts recommend using cheesecloth for the purpose.  Also, you should just let gravity do the work for you here. Don’t try to squeeze the cheesecloth in order to take out every single drop of oil. This way you may get a little extra oil, but will also take out a lot of plant material.

Not Checking the Oil’s Potency

It’s very important to check the potency of your oil before you make a dish out of it. Otherwise, you may end up feeling nothing or maybe getting too high. Now, to check how strong your infusion is, you may take a small test. Here’s how.

Take out the same amount of infusion you take as your usual dose and mix it with some drink or food. Consume it and wait for an hour or so. Check if you feel the effects or not. And if yes, then how strong are those. This way, you can easily determine how potent your edibles will be.

These were the five most common mistakes a novice makes while preparing his own cannabis-infused edibles. Just avoid these mistakes, and you can have your own baked delicious foods, anytime you want. If you are looking for further assistance then do check out Chronic Joint Pain CBD.