- 1 What is so special about weed candies?
- 2 How to turn candy into an edible
- 3 Making cannabis candies
- 4 Health benefits of weed candies and other edibles
- 5 Things you should take note about weed edibles
Let’s say you have a sweet tooth. And you smoke weed. What happens when you combine these two? Heaven!
Having gained legal status in many states and outside the US, we have just begun to tap a myriad of possibilities for marijuana. You have vaporizers, joints, oils, beauty products, beverages, edibles, and even dog treats that are all joining the trippy bandwagon.
In this article, you will learn how to make sugary delights using weed as the not-so-secret sauce and more.
What is so special about weed candies?
Why weed candies, you ask? Because, why not? Aside from variety, not everyone likes to smoke, which is the most common way to ingest pot.
Now and then, people indulge in candy or two. But this time, you can get just a little more than carbs and calories from your sweet temptation.
And besides, they’re easy to carry with you whenever you need a quick hit. You can grab it out of your pocket and pop it in your mouth. Instant gratification.
If somebody told you in the past that getting your sugar fix while alleviating mild pains and anxieties, you’d probably sneer at the thought.
But now that weed candies are happening, they are flooding the market, at least where pot is legal. They come in different forms, such as gummies, lollipops, lozenges, mints, to name a few.
The fact that you can grab these tasty treats over the counter while getting a nice hit and a host of therapeutic benefits is what makes weed candies very special.
You must remember, though, that gobbing up weed candies do not have the same potency you get from dabbing or smoking marijuana.
While it may take some time to get high with other edibles such as baked goods, hard candies can take effect much quicker. That’s because your mouth’s mucus membranes absorb them rather than having to go down to your stomach before they break down.
Before you know it, you are feeling euphoric but relaxed. You could also become giggly or hungry all of a sudden. And the high that weed candies can produce can stay for hours.
Weed candies make great party giveaways or souvenirs. Or for someone curious to try them out, but not without a few precautions (more on this later).
Cute as they come, make sure that these edibles are out of children’s reach.
How to turn candy into an edible
Guys, by now, you know that we’re talking about a not-so-sweet innocent candy here. We want to “adulterate” it just a little bit. But how?
You might think it’s just a matter of putting bits of cannabis flower into your confection like some condiment, and voila, you have your weed dessert. A cannabis process called decarboxylation goes on so that your candy is not just a candy.
Decarboxylation of cannabis for edibles
Let’s simplify the definition of what seems to be such a long word. Decarboxylation or decarbing is the process of heating cannabis to extract its potent ingredients.
In scientific terms, this process involves changing the chemical structure of cannabinoid compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants.
These compounds that are harvested from the cannabis flower contain carboxyl rings. By decarbing the cannabis plant, it takes out the carboxyl ring, which converts THCA into THC. This element is what we know as the one giving psychoactive properties to weed.
Weed is known to produce a “high,” and this is because of THC. It can only become such if it goes through decarboxylation. Otherwise, THCA is in an acid form in raw cannabis and therefore non-psychoactive. While still very useful, being the active compound in CBD, it does not have the powerful properties of its THC spawn.
THC is also responsible for the many medicinal benefits of cannabis in pain, anxiety, and other conditions.
Decarbing can occur naturally through drying fresh cannabis. But this is a slow process; hence heating is another way of achieving decarboxylation.
There are several ways to decarb the cannabis plant through heating. You can heat the flowers on a stove using either a crockpot or a double broiler. But the problem with this method is that it
will require you to monitor it to make sure the flowers are given even heat distribution.
How to decarb your cannabis
Via baking pan
Aside from uneven heating, it’s easy to overheat cannabis. Thus, one of the preferred ways to decarb is through the use of an oven. It’s a simple and more precise process; all you’ll need is a baking pan and some parchment sheets.
Warning: the aroma will overpower your entire house – it’s that strong.
You can begin by setting your oven temperature anywhere between 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Lie out your cannabis buds on top of the sheet and place them in the oven. Cover it with aluminum foil.
Bake for 30 minutes or longer for 45 minutes, but reduce to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. This extended baking time will help preserve more terpene compounds which give off the aroma.
Once done, your cannabis buds have already turned from green to brown. Let it cool before transferring to a glass container with an airtight seal. Store in a cool dark area. Use this product within six months to turn into oil, cannabis tinctures, and cannabutter.
Via mason jar
Some users choose to perform decarboxylation by using a mason jar over a baking pan, and for a good reason. One is having less cannabis odor. At the same time, you get to trap the terpenes inside, which gives the strong smell of cannabis. It will be more advantageous if you use this same jar when creating your infusions.
More importantly, there is no danger of overheating the cannabis when using a mason jar in decarbing.
The process is somewhat the same as using a baking pan, but instead, you will place the flower bits in the mason jar. Wrap a damp towel around the jar to hold it in place on top of the baking tray. Bake for 1 hour.
Give the mason jar a shake using oven gloves every 15 minutes and remove from the oven once you reach 60 minutes. Let it stand for about 30 minutes and store it afterward.
Alternatively, you can immerse the cannabis mason jar in a pot filled halfway with water. Place it over low to medium heat on a stove and simmer for 90 minutes.
Via immersion circulator
If you want to invest in your cannabis decarboxylation, you can purchase an immersion circulator for that purpose. It is a heating device that can be set to a desired temperature that is consistently circulated in the fluid.
Grind your cannabis and place in a vacuum-sealed plastic or ziploc bag. Fill any tub with water and set your immersion circulator to 203 degrees Fahrenheit. Submerge your ground cannabis inside and leave it for 1.5 hours or 90 minutes.
Cannabis tinctures, oil, and cannabutter
After decarboxylation, there’s just one more thing to do before you can create weed candies. You should turn the decarbed cannabis into tinctures or infuse it in oil or butter.
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol infused with cannabis. It has been the most used form in cannabis medication and can be consumed orally or placed under the tongue without smoking it.
The great thing is, it is very easy to prepare at home. You will only need food-grade grain alcohol that is at least 190 proof. Please note that high proof is recommended because it can dissolve cannabinoids more easily.
Mix enough grain alcohol to submerge about ⅛ ounce of decarbed cannabis in a glass jar. Store in a cool and dark place for 21 days.
Afterward, strain the alcohol and place it in a tincture bottle with a dropper.
Infusing oil and butter with cannabis
To make cannabutter, you’ll need a cup of butter and less than 10 grams of ground decarbed cannabis.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add decarbed cannabis. Make sure to maintain low heat for simmering for up to 3 hours. Please do not allow it to reach a full boiling point. Stir occasionally.
Cool the butter mixture and strain using cheesecloth without excessive pressure to prevent plant taste in the butter. You can place it in any container and refrigerate it.
For cannabis-infused oil, use one cup of either coconut oil or olive oil. Mix the decarbed cannabis and simmer in low heat of up to 150 degrees for an hour while regularly stirring. You can also use a slow cooker or a double boiler.
With a double boiler, you will need to fill the bottom pot with water and place the oil mixture on
Making cannabis candies
And now, we’ve come to the fun part – it’s time to make homemade weed candy!
Prep the following ingredients: one cup sugar, ¼ cup purified water, one tablespoon cannabutter, two tablespoons cannabis tincture, one tablespoon flavor extract, half cup corn syrup, and a drop of food coloring.
The four-step weed candy recipe
- Use your cannabutter to grease your saucepan. Mix water, sugar, and corn syrup in the pan on medium heat. Whisk until sugar is fully dissolved.
- Add food coloring and adjust to high heat. Use a cooking thermometer and check if the temperature has reached 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the pan and wait for the temperature to drop to 223 degrees Fahrenheit. Afterward, mix the cannabis tincture and flavoring.
- Pour the mixture slowly into a candy mold and allow it to cool down to around 20 minutes. You can also put lollipop sticks which make it easy to pull out the candies once they harden.
Enjoy your tasty treat!
Health benefits of weed candies and other edibles
Edibles like weed candies may provide benefits, just like other cannabis products, albeit much milder. After all, it has the THC compound as well as cannabidiol or CBD.
Many consumers claim that these cannabis treats help in anxiety and relaxation. These are supported by several studies that show reduced anxiety levels for those who take edibles. However, experts require more robust research and trials before full acceptance of such health claims.
Another benefit is in relieving pain. The CBD compound boasts of anti-inflammation; hence those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, among others, can improve their pain management while eating cannabis goods.
CBD found in edibles can also reduce seizures in epilepsy patients. Cannabis is also great in controlling muscle spasms.
Things you should take note about weed edibles
Some people mistake that just because edibles seem a lot milder compared to other cannabis forms, there’s no more possibility of overdosing. Come to think of it; it can be particularly harder to resist having more than one candy or cookie. That said, you have to proceed with caution, even with seemingly harmless yet tempting edibles.
Consuming large amounts can lead to nausea, vomiting, impaired movement, hallucinations, paranoia, and panic attacks. Edibles may also interfere with some drugs. Hence, if you’re on medication, you should consult your doctor to be sure.
For beginners and curious cats, your cannabis candy should have less than 5 milligrams of THC, while the more experienced and advanced users can tolerate up to 80 milligrams. In any case, always begin with a low dose and see how you react. If it seems too mild for you, you can gradually increase your edible intake or THC dose to suit your tolerance.
Since most edibles like weed brownies would usually have a delayed onset, you should also wait for about two hours before consuming another piece. At around this time, the high or any benefit will manifest. So if you don’t feel any relief within 30 minutes from eating it, that doesn’t mean you should take more. You have to wait a little longer for the dose to kick in.
Remind yourself not to get carried away by eating more in complete abandon. It is not to be treated as a dessert, but as a medicine or a way for you to get high recreationally. If you only want to satisfy a sweet craving, stick to unlaced cakes and caramel candies.