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Many people enjoy consuming their CBD in food, but if you’re finding CBD edibles too pricey, then you may be considering making them yourself at home.
Not only will you save yourself a lot of money, but you can also control exactly what goes in them. You can even use your favorite strain or premium full-spectrum oil to dose your edibles to suit your exact needs.
Today we’re going to explain how to make CBD edibles at home. Whether you want to make them with CBD flower or CBD oil, we’ve got you covered with instructions and tips for both methods, so you can enjoy all of the same benefits of CBD edibles, at half the price.
- Dosing Your Edibles
- Making CBD Edibles with Flower
- Making CBD Edibles with CBD Oil
How to make CBD edibles at home
CBD and cannabis edibles are a discreet and convenient way to consume your daily dose of cannabinoids and the effects are longer lasting than any other method of consumption. By using a wide variety of high quality ingredients, you can also make edibles that are more healthy and beneficial than the vast majority of store-bought gummy bears and snacks.
However, if you’ve never made edibles before then dosing can be complicated, so we’ve got some tips on how to get it right with some basics for a delicious edible recipe.
Dosing Your edibles
The easiest way for you to dose your edibles is simply to make your recipe without CBD first. Standardize a single serving by measuring how many pieces, slices, or cups you end up with, and then once you know how many servings the recipe makes, dosing will be much easier to work out.
If you want each serving to contain 12mg of CBD, then simply multiply your CBD serving (12) by the number of edibles, or servings, you’re going to end up with.
12mg CBD x 8 brownies = 96mg of CBD
Then you just need to work out how much hemp flower or oil you need to use to achieve the overall strength. For example, we would use five grams of our Lifter strain flower or two 1ml droppers of our full-spectrum CBD oil.
Making CBD edibles with flower
If you want to make CBD edibles from flower, then you can either start by extracting it and making your own oil, or just add the flower itself to your recipe. But first, either way, you’ll need to start by decarbing it which “activates” the cannabinoid acids and turns them into cannabinoids that can be taken in by your body.
Pure CBD flower contains both CBD and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid). CBDA is the precursor or raw version of CBD and when it is heated, it’s converted into CBD (when you smoke CBD flower this heating process happens automatically).
The easiest way to decarb your CBD flower is in the oven, although you can also buy decarboxylators that will achieve more of a precise job of preparing the active ingredient.
Then you can add your activated CBD flower to any dish that takes your fancy, from a batch of brownie mix to your next lasagna.
However, if your edibles involve slow cooking, whether this is in the oven or on the stove top, then you can skip the decarboxylation stage as it will happen naturally during the cooking process.
To decarb or not to decarb?
You may even wish to experiment with using raw flower as there is an increasing amount of preclinical research available on CBDA and its potential use benefits.
Making CBD edibles with CBD oil
Learn how to make your own CBD oil with your favorite strain here, or buy premium, potent, full-spectrum oil here, that was extracted from our Lifter CBD flower.
When making oils and edibles from flower, you want to consider the effects that you are aiming for. Pick your strain according to the way you want to feel. Learn more about Sativa and Indica CBD strains here.
If your CBD oil is very strong, then you won’t need very much of it, meaning it’s just a case of dropping it into your recipe or dish. However, if the amount of oil you need is more considerable, then you might need to replace a small amount of the recipe’s fat (unsalted butter or oil) with CBD oil.
However, it’s unknown as to whether or not the effects of CBD may “burn off” at higher heats, so we recommend that you stick to recipes that call for lower heats (320-350 degrees Fahrenheit max). Or you can simply add your CBD oil to your finished dish by drizzling it over the top or mixing it in (try adding it to the cake icing instead of the cake mix!). The same goes for making THC-infused edibles.
For edibles that you want to use in order to get a better night’s sleep, you may want to use a CBD + Melatonin mix that really creates a sleepy effect.
Ideas for CBD edibles
Many people like to make treats with their CBD as when it’s teamed with medium to long-chain chain triglycerides, your CBD has up to four times higher bioavailability.
These triglycerides are found in most fats and oils, including butter, olive oil, fish, nuts, avocado, and meat, so you don’t need to limit your CBD edibles to treats only. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Desserts and puddings (brownies and cupcakes)
- Healthy, nutty granola bars
- Salad dressings
- Full-fat yoghurt
- Meaty soups and casseroles
- Avocado toast
- Anything with butter or peanut butter
- Pesto and other pasta sauces
- Fruit Juice
- Coconut oil cookies
You can also make CBD gummies at home using this vegan recipe.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to make your own CBD edibles at home! By handpicking all of your own ingredients you can create a more tailor-made CBD edible that’s perfect for you and doesn’t have any psychoactive effects.
If you also consume THC (recreationally or medically), why not try mixing CBD and THC in edibles together? You can learn more about dosing in our mixing guide here, but remember that the effects of both compounds are altered when they pass through your liver, so we recommend starting with a lower dose than you would usually take, so you can test out how you feel and to make sure that you don’t have any negative side effects.