Learn from our mistakes! This quick guide will help you make the tastiest and most effective CBD edibles right at home. Your THC edibles are missing something without CBD. Learn why these two cannabinoids belong together and find out how to make edibles with both CBD and THC.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Let me just preface this post by saying that I am biased when it comes to CBD edibles. A good edible may be my favorite way of taking CBD for a number of reasons.
- Are more accessible than other ingestion methods
- Last longer than any other ingestion method
- When prepared properly, they taste absolutely amazing
As someone who’s been making and perfecting their own recipes, I wanted to share some tips for making great CBD edibles that I’ve picked up over the years. While not an exhaustive list, hopefully the following list of do’s and don’ts can help you make effective and tasty CBD edibles.
In This Post, We’ll Talk About
- What CBD edibles are
- Dosing your CBD edibles
- Infusing oils with CBD
- And more…
What Are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are snacks, gums, sugars, beverages, or any food that’s been infused with CBD. They can be formulated differently depending on what experience the manufacturer is trying to offer. For example, Sunset Lake CBD offers coffee beans infused with CBD meant to curb the morning jitters common with caffeine consumption. We also sell full-spectrum CBD Fudge that’s a great before-bed treat.
CBD edibles are different than your average recreational cannabis edibles. CBD edibles that you can buy online usually won’t contain significant amounts of THC — to be considered compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill , CBD edibles must contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC on a weighted basis.
Many CBD edibles don’t contain any THC, meaning they are made with CBD isolate— a form of purified CBD. Our CBD Sour Gummy Bears are one such example.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Don’t Fly Blind
So you have some CBD Hemp Flower and want to make some CBD edibles? How much flower should you use for your oil infusion? How much oil should you use?
Because edible CBD is metabolized differently than when you smoke it or topically apply it, it’s important to be as precise with your CBD dosages as possible. Unless you’re a seasoned CBD edible user, don’t fly blind.
Do Use a Dosing Calculator for Your CBD Edibles
Making accurately dosed CBD edibles takes a bit of math and plugging in numbers. Luckily, the good folks over at Veriheal.com have created this free-to-use edible dosage calculator that can do most of the heavy lifting for us.
You’ll need a few things:
- A kitchen scale.
- The certificate of analysis that came with your CBD hemp flower.
Using the certificate of analysis, you can figure out your flower’s CBD% and THC% and plug those directly into your edible dosage calculator. You’ll also want to convert the amount of fat (butter, oil, etc.) in your recipe from whatever measurement is given in the recipe to teaspoons, as that’s the unit of measurement our edible calculator uses.
Once you know how much fat (in teaspoons) is called for in your recipe, the number of servings your recipe will make, and how much CBD per teaspoon your flower yields, it’s up to you to determine how many grams of CBD hemp flower you’ll want to use for infusion.
We at Sunset Lake CBD, always recommend starting with a 25mg dose of CBD. That includes homemade CBD edibles. Play around with the dosing calculator until you find that sweet spot.
Don’t Put Hemp Flower Directly into your CBD Edibles
My rookie mistake, I’m not ashamed to admit. One might think that you can treat your hemp flower like any other ingredient during the cooking process.
“A little shake in some brownies… what could go wrong?“
Throwing ground-up CBD hemp flower directly into your edibles isn’t the worst mistake, but it could cause your edibles to be less potent and have an unpleasant texture.
Do Decarboxylate Your Hemp
The secret to great homemade CBD edibles is the activation of CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) and infusion of CBD into a fat, like unsalted butter or coconut oil.
Decarboxylation, or decarb for short, is the process in which CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) loses its carboxyl acid group through heat and becomes CBD. This process is perhaps the most important when making CBD edibles. Without ‘decarbed’ CBD, our edibles won’t have any effect.
This is the most important step when making CBD edibles . If we don’t decarb our CBD hemp flower before infusion, our edibles won’t have any effect.
Decarbing your hemp flower for CBD edibles: step by step.
- Preheat your oven to 230 degrees F
- Prepare a clean roasting pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make cleanup easier.
- Spread out your CBD flower evenly in the roasting pan.
- Cover the pan with tinfoil (not necessary, but helps cut down on smell and keeps the good terpenes in)
- Bake at 230F for one hour. ( Warning: this step is quite pungent. Turn on your overhead exhaust— especially if you live in a shared space.)
- Don’t uncover the pan until it’s cool.
- Remove your CBD flower from the pan and pulverize it until it is an even brown shake. This can be done with a traditional grinder or a mortar and pestle.
- Your hemp flower is ready for infusion
Do Use High-Quality Fats for CBD Edibles Infusion
Using better ingredients means better food. The same is true for CBD edibles. If you want your CBD edibles to be effective and taste good, you should use high-quality fats like coconut oil, or butter from grass-fed cows.
CBD (and most other cannabinoids) are fat-soluble. Not all fats are made the same. Some are better at “latching” onto CBD than others.
The best fats to infuse with CBD are:
- Butter – 93% infusion rate
- Avocado oil- 92%
- MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) oil – 91%
- Coconut oil- 82%
Some of the above oils taste better than others in certain dishes. Plan accordingly!
Don’t Burn the CBD
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve done this before either. After a by-the-book fat infusion, I tried to use my CBD butter in a recipe that called for baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. What a tragic result.
At temperatures over 356F, CBD boils off causing your CBD edibles to become less effective.
You’ll want to stick with recipes that call for baking at 350 degrees or lower in order to protect the integrity of your CBD.
Don’t Eat Your CBD Edibles On an Empty Stomach
You’ll be tempted to dig into your CBD edibles once they’re done. By all means, do, but make sure that you’re eating some non-infused CBD food either before or while you eat your CBD edibles.
CBD edibles, and cannabis-infused foods in general, work better and are more pleasant when you eat them after a meal.
Do Wait for Your CBD Edibles to Kick In
Because edible CBD is metabolized and digested at a different pace than other ingestion methods, you may not notice them kick in right away. Generally, the average CBD edible consumer will start to feel the effects anywhere between 45-120 minutes.
CBD edibles also don’t stop kicking in for quite some time. So unless you want to end up taking a three-hour nap, it’s important to pace yourself.
Do Share Your CBD Edibles
Not much of a tip. But definitely do this!
Time to make your own CBD edibles
While you’re here, check out Sunset Lake’s selection of CBD hemp flower small buds . At a fraction of the price of our premium jarred flower , the small buds are perfect for bakers and chefs alike who are thinking about making their own CBD edibles.
How to Make THC Edibles Better with CBD Flower
Regardless of your perspective on THC, it’s a fact that this cannabinoid was never meant to be separated from CBD. For thousands of years, THC and CBD coexisted in harmony within every strain of Cannabis sativa produced by nature, and it was human intervention that drove these two cannabinoids apart.
It’s not too late to make things right, however. It’s surprisingly easy to return CBD to its rightful place at the side of THC, and making edibles is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of these cannabinoids simultaneously. In this guide, learn the benefits of using CBD and THC together, and find out the easy way to make edibles that contain both of these cannabinoids.
Benefits of THC edibles
THC has been added to food since the dawn of stoner culture. Plenty of types of THC edibles aside from pot brownies are now available, however, and cannabis connoisseurs have improved their methods of including THC in edibles considerably since the days when giggling amateur chefs threw whole marijuana nugs into brownie batter and hoped for the best.
While THC has its share of downsides, there’s no doubt that this cannabinoid also offers plenty of benefits. THC is believed to be a potent antioxidant , this cannabinoid is commonly prescribed for glaucoma, and THC also appears to improve your appetite and reduce nausea.
Taking THC in edible form might improve this substance’s benefits while reducing its negative effects. For instance, ingesting THC orally limits the intensity of this cannabinoid’s intoxicating qualities while significantly extending its duration of effects. When taken in reasonable quantities, THC edibles won’t intensely alter your state of mind, and instead, you’ll feel a mild buzz over the course of 3-6 hours.
Benefits of CBD edibles
Like THC, the intensity of the effects provided by CBD is reduced when you ingest this cannabinoid orally. Regardless of how you consume CBD, however, this cannabinoid isn’t intoxicating, and in fact, CBD does not appear to have any significant negative effects .
The main benefit of taking CBD orally is the extended duration of effect that this ingestion method offers. It takes a few hours for CBD you ingest orally to make its way through your digestive tract, and this cannabinoid imparts its benefits during this entire time.
CBD has been researched for its potential antioxidant effects , and this cannabinoid has also been studied for its potential neuroprotective properties . Whatever individual benefits CBD may or may not have, however, this cannabinoid might exert an additional array of useful properties when paired with THC.
Does using CBD and THC together provide the entourage effect?
During the early days of cannabis research, scientists primarily focused on the potential benefits of individual cannabinoids. Recently, however, a paradigm shift has occurred that places increasing emphasis on the benefits that THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids provide when used together.
Starting with the discovery that CBD appears to be more effective when paired with other cannabinoids , scientists have posited that each of the cannabinoids present in Cannabis sativa becomes more potent and effective when used with other cannabinoids. Called the entourage effect , this phenomenon is used to explain the increase in effectiveness observed when people ingest the full-spectrum of cannabinoids present in hemp flower instead of ingesting isolated cannabinoids.
The entourage effect is commonly discussed in the context of using CBD with other non-intoxicating cannabinoids, but there’s no reason that this phenomenon wouldn’t also occur when using CBD in tandem with THC. In fact, a variety of studies indicate that pairing THC with CBD might unlock new benefits of each cannabinoid while potentially mitigating the undesirable properties of THC.
Does using CBD with THC make you tired?
Both CBD and THC have the potential to make you tired. While THC commonly causes a brief period of intoxication, sleepiness often ensues once this cannabinoid’s primary effects wear off. When it comes to CBD, one of this cannabinoid’s only known negative effects is increased tiredness.
Therefore, it would be reasonable to assume that using these two cannabinoids in tandem might result in a greater feeling of tiredness than either cannabinoid causes individually. Since ingesting either CBD or THC orally reduces the intensity of the effects that these cannabinoids offer, however, consuming edibles that combine CBD and THC might mitigate these potential fatigue-inducing properties.
Does using CBD reduce the negative effects of THC?
CBD has been researched for its potential to reduce the intensity of THC’s intoxicating effects. THC primarily induces intoxicating effects by binding with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptors, and research indicates that CBD may act as a negative allosteric modulator at this neuroreceptor. If true, this would mean that CBD might reduce the intensity of the high caused by THC.
CBD has also been researched for its potential anti-addictive qualities . Unfortunately, THC has potent habit-forming properties, providing another reason that you might want to use CBD and THC together.
How to make easy CBD and THC edibles
You’re up to speed with the potential benefits that CBD might provide when added to THC edibles, so now it’s time to provide you with a hands-on guide to producing your very own edibles that contain both CBD and THC:
1. Combine CBD and THC flower
There are lots of different ways to add CBD to THC edibles, but we think that the simplest method is combining CBD flower with THC flower and infusing this multi-cannabinoid mix into oil of your choice. We provide detailed directions on how to produce cannabis oil in our guide “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower,” but we’ll go over the basic steps you’ll need to follow below.
Start by taking equal parts of both CBD-rich and THC-rich flower and grinding your bud into a container. Most cannabis oil recipes call for between 3 and 10 grams of bud, so you might want to try taking a 1/8th of CBD flower and a 1/8th of THC bud and grinding them together. If you want your edibles to veer to one side or the other of the cannabinoid equation, however, you might choose to include 3 grams of hemp and 5 grams of marijuana or vice versa.
For the best results, decarboxylate your buds before you cook them into edibles. This process transforms the carboxylic acid forms of THC and CBD (THCa and CBDa) into proper cannabinoids. Decarboxylation intensifies the effects and improves the benefits of your edibles.
2. Infuse this mixture into your favorite oil
Use one of the methods we describe in “3 Ways to Make CBD Oil Using CBD Flower” to make your very own THC/CBD cannabis oil. Remember to properly prepare your work area and take adequate precautions before getting started.
3. Make some delicious multi-cannabinoid edibles
Follow the recipe of your choice to make a batch of delicious edibles that contain both CBD and THC. Brownies are the obvious choice, but you can also include cannabis oil in savory dishes, other desserts, or even drinks.
Why you should make edibles with CBD and THC today
Many people enjoy using THC, but this cannabinoid has undeniable drawbacks. By throwing CBD into the mix, you can maximize your enjoyment of THC while also potentially protecting yourself from some of this cannabinoid’s less-desirable qualities. Edibles provide milder, gentler effects than most cannabinoid ingestion methods, so boosting your THC edibles with CBD is one of the best ways to experiment with the benefits that these two cannabinoids provide when used together.