Edibles are a good time.
No, wait, come back! I know you had a horrible experience with edibles and thought your vacuum cleaner was your enemy before you realized you didn’t even own a vacuum cleaner. I understand, I get you, greening out is no fun. But I promise you that if you adhere to the time tested stoner adage of “go low and slow,” you will enjoy edibles and maybe even start making your own (which are better anyway). In fact, let me give you a starter recipe that is pretty easy and will, if you’re so inclined, get you very very high but in a good way. Heck, even if you want to just get mildly high, even a piece of one of these cookies will get you there.
But first things first: you must decarb your weed. Now contrary to what movies and TV tell you, you will not get high if you eat raw (i.e., not lit) weed. Actually, raw weed contains some lovely cannabinoids called CBDa and THCa that have a whole host of good non-high uses, but that’s another blog. No, in order to reach that lovely euphoria most cannabis users crave, you must gently grind your weed, toast your weed at a low temperature, and that releases the goodness we are looking for. Time-honored ways of doing this usually involve your oven or a slow cooker, but since that’s getting a little involved, have a look at The Loud Bowl’s mason jar method. Before I invested in a LEVO II for Christmas 2020, this was a method I used and I always had good results. Decarbing your cannabis should always be your first stop before making anything.No decarb = no high, simple as that.
Next you’re going to infuse your weed into butter, oil, ghee, coconut oil, etc. Weed is lipophilic, which means it LOVES to bind with fat molecules. If you’re not vegan–like me–go wild and make seriously delicious cannabutter; in fact, Laurie Wolf, the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles”, has a very easy way to make your own right here. I’ve been veganizing Laurie’s recipes as I find them and so far she has not steered me wrong.
Speaking as a pretty regular consumer, a batch of cannabis oil stored properly will last you a long time. And honestly, it’s good for more than edibles. I have a cannabis science teacher who swears by infused olive oil for her son’s eczema. I have another who uses a coconut oil base to make hand lotion. Cannabis oil/butter is pretty magical stuff.
But we just have one issue: determining potency.
Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that if you use flower purchased from a dispensary, the label plus a potency calculator like the one my science teacher uses here, you can get a very good idea of potency per batch. The bad news is that if you grow your own, the best you can do is find out the rough THC/CBD percentage of your chosen cultivar and go from there with the calculator. I grow my own and err towards heavy body stone cultivars in the Kush family, so I know that I need to be careful when eating a piece of a treat. Either way, remember: go low, go slow. You can always add but you can’t take away, okay?
Let’s get to the cookies. These were a) delicious cookies with no weed taste which is a bonus, and b) ass kickers. Using my own homemade infused coconut oil using my own home grown weed, these were powerful enough that I couldn’t eat a whole cookie. A half cookie and I was a piece of very contented furniture in the evening. Oh, and I veganized them which I suspect made them more fragile than if they had been made with animal fat and eggs.
So without further ado:
Laurie Wolf’s Small Batch Peanut Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
1 cup natural peanut butter
4 tablespoons canna-butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
½ brown sugar
½ cup flour
Pinch of salt
Heat oven to 340F. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until smooth. Divide the dough into fifteen balls and press them down on a baking sheet covered with parchment. Bake until set and until the edges have the slightest bit of colour, about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cookies will get firm during the cooling process. Enjoy responsibly.
I don’t have to tell you to label and safely store ANY edibles away from children, do I?
Good. Now go make cookies, eat a half cookie, wait a couple of hours before eating another cookie, and thank me later.
(if you made these cookies, you go find me on Instagram and tell me what happened.)