The marijuana edibles market has skyrocketed in recent years as lovers of Mary Jane have decided that they can have their cannabis cake and eat it! Cannabutter is butter infused with cannabis and is an essential ingredient in the creation of tasty hash treats. It is just one of numerous ways to enjoy marijuana in food, as there are recipes for cannaburgers, cannabis pasta, cannabis cake pops, ganja nachos, and much more. High Times has even created an official cookbook with over 50 recipes that involve the use of cannabis!
Rather than provide you with a long list of recipes, this guide will show you how to make cannabutter, cannabis cooking oil, and cannabis-infused coconut oil. We also offer tips on storage and proper dosage so, sit back, learn how to make great cannabutter, and dream of all the fantastic things you can do with it.
- Why is Coconut Oil Popular for Cannabis Infusion?
- Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe
- Coconut Infused Oil Benefits
- How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
- Calculations of Dosage May Be Wrong! Use Minimum Dosage
- Pay Attention to Cannabis Extraction
- Edible Dosage Tips and Tricks
- Why is Coconut Oil Popular for Cannabis Infusion?
- Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe
- Coconut Infused Oil Benefits
- How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
- Calculations of Dosage May Be Wrong! Use Minimum Dosage
- Pay Attention to Cannabis Extraction
- Edible Dosage Tips and Tricks
Part 1: How to Make Cannabis Butter
An increasing number of marijuana users believe that edibles are the best way to consume the herb. When you create cannabutter, you have the basis for a host of weird and wonderful recipes. Smoking weed is too harsh on the lungs for some people, whereas edibles are easy to make or purchase and taste delicious. The strength of cannabis butter depends on the marijuana strain you use.
That’s another great benefit of creating cannabutter – you can keep a close eye on how much weed, and what level of potency, goes into your concoction. Once the THC from the edible hits your brain, you should enjoy a high that is more sedative and relaxing than when you smoke. While edibles are not the best option for a fast reaction (it can take anywhere from 3 – 7 hours for them to take effect, depending on dose etc.), it will feel a lot more intense!
Would-be cannabis cooks must understand the importance of decarboxylation when creating cannabis butter, cannabis oil or marijuana-infused coconut oil. Also known as ‘decarbing’, this is the process of unlocking the psychoactive potential of your marijuana. If you attempt to consume raw cannabis, you won’t be happy with the lack of high!
The most efficient way to decarb your weed is by heating it up. This process transforms THCA into THC by removing the COOH group from the former’s molecule as it releases water and carbon dioxide, which results in the creation of THC. You must decarb your marijuana first by placing it in an oven at a temperature of at least 240 degrees Fahrenheit for between 45 and 60 minutes. Once your weed is decarboxylated, you’re ready to begin making cannabutter.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Butter (Or “Cannabutter”)
There are several cannabutter recipes online and all of them are designed to help you create a prime ingredient for your edibles or other weed recipes. Most people are shocked by how easy it is to make cannabutter because the list of ingredients is extremely short, as you’ll find out below. If you want to make the best butter, you’ll have to pay decent money for premium-grade marijuana. The decarb process is likely to strip away some THC, so bear this in mind when analyzing the strength of your cannabutter.
When you make THC butter, it is crucial to calculate the right dosage or risk an unpleasant surprise when you try one of the myriad of marijuana recipes online. Alternatively, you could overestimate the potency of your cannabis butter and be extremely disappointed by the lack of effects.
Making weed butter is easy; calculating the right dosage is the tricky part. The potency can vary from batch to batch, even if you use the same amount each time. Variables that impact your weed butter include amount of heat applied, individual tolerance and, of course, the marijuana strains used.
The biggest issue when making cannabutter is determining the THC content of your strain. Potency ranges from 3% in schwag to 30% in the latest batches grown in places like Colorado. If you know the strain and can ascertain whether it is low, medium or high-quality stuff, you can perform an online search for some answers. For example, Trainwreck’s THC is anywhere between 12% and 21%.
Let’s say it is an average strength version of Trainwreck with a THC content of 15%. The next step involves basic mathematics. 1 gram = 1,000 milligrams. 15% of 1,000 is 150 milligrams. In this instance, one gram of our Trainwreck weed contains 150mg of THC. If you use an ounce, or 28 grams, of this marijuana in your cup of butter, it means there are 4,200mg of THC (28 x 150) in your cannabutter.
Now, let’s say you use the entire cup of butter to create a batch of 40 brownies, each brownie should contain 105mg of THC (4200 / 40 = 105). To be honest, you are okay to slightly underestimate the THC of the weed you purchase because the decarboxylation process will remove some no matter what you do (unless of course you purchase a special device that can decarb while keeping weed’s THC content intact). For the record, 105mg of THC is a LOT for most people, so be careful and eat a small amount at first as a test.
We’ve already mentioned the decarboxylation process, but let’s do so again because it is extremely important! Heat your oven to 240 degrees and place your weed on a baking sheet. Leave it in for at least 45 minutes and turn it regularly to ensure the marijuana is dried evenly. By the end, it should be dry, crumbly and ready for use. The following is a handy step-by-step guide, but first, here are the ingredients and utensils needed for this butter recipe:
- 1 cup (approximately 8-11 grams) of ground cannabis which has been decarboxylated. This should be enough to make 1 – 1.5 cups of butter. You can use up to an ounce if you wish, but take note of the potency.
- 0.5 cups of salted butter.
- 1 cup of water.
- A container with a lid.
- A glass or ceramic bowl which is heat and refrigerator safe.
- A pot.
- Baking sheet/oven pan.
- Add the butter and water to the pot and place it on the stove on the simmer setting. The purpose of the water is to prevent the butter from burning. Add the weed once the butter has melted. Again, you have to decide how much cannabis you wish to add.
- Keep the mixture on low heat for up to three hours and make sure you stir occasionally. It is essential that you avoid boiling the mix. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to the point where you can handle it without getting burned!
- Use the twine to tie the cheesecloth and create a lid to cover your bowl. Pour the mixture into the bowl; the cloth will act as a strainer and remove the plant substance. Alternative strainers include a coffee filter or mesh.
- Take away the cheesecloth, cover your concoction, and put it in the fridge to harden. You will notice that the butter separates from the water, so lift it off with the knife and remove it using a spatula. Place it in an airtight storage container. Dump the remaining water and start dreaming of the cannabis recipes you can use it for.
When learning how to make weed butter, the cannabutter ratio is up to you. If you want to enjoy a relaxing high, choose a strain laden with THC. If you are hoping to use cannabis recipes for health purposes, a higher CBD strain is the best option. Either way, it is important to have an idea of how much weed you use, and its THC content, to calculate the total THC content of the batch.
Once you have figured out how strong you want each edible to be, divide the cannabutter into the correct amounts. When eating edibles made with cannabis butter, follow the ‘go low and slow’ mantra: use a small amount of weed and wait at least two hours before having another dose. The effects of edibles start slowly but build up and ultimately, they WILL help you get high.
You can also create the butter using a crockpot, which is the preferred method of experienced users because it creates stronger cannabutter. The ingredients are weed, butter and a couple of drops of vanilla extract.
- Switch on the crockpot to its highest setting. Add the vanilla extract and butter.
- Once the butter has melted, cut up your weed and place it in the pot. Cover the pot and set the timer for eight hours. Make sure you stir every 30 minutes or so.
- Allow the mixture to cool after the eight hours have elapsed and strain it with a cheesecloth.
- Pour the mixture into your container; the cloth will strain the plant material.
- Cover your container and put it in the fridge for at least six hours.
- Use a knife to scrape off the bottom layer.
And finally, there is a quick and easy way to make cannabutter using a single pot! This is ideal for people who loathe cooking, and it can still create some awesome cannabis butter. For this, you will need a pot, water, a grinder, weed and unsalted butter.
- Fill the pot with water and bring it to the boil.
- Add the weed and butter and cover the pot.
- Boil it for 90 minutes, keeping an eye on the mixture to ensure it doesn’t boil over.
- Allow it to cool and place it in the fridge where you will leave it overnight.
- Once the butter is hardened, use a knife to cut around the edges and a spatula to dig it out.
- As there is no strainer involved, the plant matter will have sunk to the bottom. In this method, there are fewer materials for your weed’s cannabinoids to stick to which means you should have extremely strong cannabutter.
Part 2: How to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil
Canna coconut oil is an ideal way for beginners to get into the process of making edibles. Whether you are trying to create an awesome weed butter recipe or learning how to make canna oil, the infusion process is the most challenging. In fact, infusion is the reason why so many people quit and elect to smoke or vape their weed instead. However, it is worth persevering with cannaoil because it rewards you with a stronger effect once it kicks in.
When cooking with marijuana, users opt for canna oil because it is so versatile. You can include it in desserts, your morning fry-up, sautéing vegetables, or even in your salad dressing! Above all, you have total control over its preparation, so once you have a handle on calculating THC content, you can determine how much you wish to use in a batch of pot butter.
Best Way to Make Cannabis Cooking Oil
Although you can use newly decarboxylated herb when cooking with cannabis, its grainy texture and bitter taste means it is fairly unpalatable. Those who have tried to make cannabutter after skipping the decarb step found that the THC content and overall potency was inconsistent. It also enhances the risk of degrading your carrier alcohol or fat.
One of the reasons why it is best to try pot butter or marijuana oil is because oils work well with weed. Marijuana’s compounds are fat soluble, so the higher an oil’s fat content, the easier it is for terpenes and cannabinoids such as THC to latch on and become absorbed into your body.
When trying to make THC oil, it is important to remember that there is a ‘hierarchy of infused fats’ to consider. MCT oil is at the very top; it extracts the Medium Chain Triglycerides from coconut oil or palm oil (coconut is better). This type of fat promotes absorption via lauric acid. By isolating this acid from the coconut or palm oil, it digests them directly which enhances the effects of weed.
Coconut has almost 80% fat and is one of the best oils to cook with. It can maintain its integrity in high heat better than almost every other form of fat. Coconut oil is also extremely versatile and you can apply it topically or use it when making weed brownies.
A high-quality olive oil such as Extra Virgin is another popular option in canna oil recipes because it is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Its main downside is its relatively low heating point, so it must be handled with care.
When trying to create cannabutter, butter is the obvious ingredient, but it isn’t necessarily the best. Anyone who has ever made cannabis butter knows how quickly it can become rancid tasting. It is approximately 60% saturated fat, so it fares poorly when faced with lengthy and prolonged exposure to heat. After straining, you’ll probably notice burnt milk solids become brown sludge at the bottom of the container.
There are some who believe that sunflower oil should also be included in the list but there is no strong evidence to suggest it aids the potency of THC.
As for the best canna oil recipe, all you need is a cup of cannabis flower and a cup of your preferred cooking oil. Other tools required include a double-boiler, slow cooker or saucepan, a grinder, and a strainer (a cheesecloth is fine). Here is a simple step-by-step guide:
- Grind your weed using a hand grinder. It is not a good idea to try a coffee grinder because it could obliterate your weed. Please note that particles small enough to squeeze through the strainer will end up in the oil.
- Add the weed and oil to the slow cooker or double-boiler and keep the cooker on low heat for a few hours. This results in decarboxylation, which is essential for your weed to provide a high. Six hours is enough when using a slow cooker. If you use a double-boiler, however, you may have to heat it for eight hours.
- Stir occasionally and ensure the maximum heat applied doesn’t exceed 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Add a little water to avoid burning the oil.
- Strain the oil and avoid squeezing your cloth.
- Discard the remaining plant material and store the canna oil in the fridge. It can last for up to two months when stored in this manner.
Cannabutter and Cannaoil Recipes
There are actually several other ways to make cannabis oil, but all of them are similar. They all involve a mixture of oil and weed cooked over low heat. The main variations when making cannabis oil come down to the type of oil used. Again, most people prefer coconut or olive oil, but it is fine to have cannabis oil recipes that include canola oil due to its mild taste.
Experienced users suggest that the best cannaoil ratio is two cups of oil to one cup of marijuana. It is crucial to avoid burning the mixture because this can decrease the potency of THC in your cannabis. You may have heard about a few online tips which suggest spraying it with high percentage Ethanol, but it is an unnecessary step.
Whether you use cannaoil or cannabutter, the most popular edible is weed brownies. One of the most delicious is the Triple Chocolate Pecan Canna-Brownies Recipe. Total cooking and preparation time is under an hour once you have the cannabis butter ready. Ingredients include:
- Weed-infused oil or butter.
- Two large eggs, beaten.
- Half a cup of semisweet chocolate chips.
- A quarter of a cup of crushed, roasted and glazed pecans.
- A melted chocolate bar.
- Brownie mix from the box.
- Cooking spray.
Firstly, combine the cannabutter, eggs and water. Then, stir in the brownie mix and add the chips and pecans. Spread the batter into a baking pan and bake for as long as the mix packet says. Once it’s done, cut the mixture into the number of pieces of your choosing. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave and dip the brownies into the chocolate. You can even add sprinkles if you wish. We believe it may be the best-tasting medicine ever!
You can also use your marijuana butter or oil to create a wide range of sweet and savory treats including:
Alternatively, add it to:
- Salad dressing
- Mashed potatoes
Part 3: How to Make Awesome Cannabis Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has so many uses and its versatility, along with the fact that it is delicious, means weed users love cooking with coconut oil. With so many coconut oil recipes to choose from, plus the ease of infusion, it is no surprise to learn that, when people begin making cannabis oil with coconut oil, they end up using it every single day.
Why is Coconut Oil Popular for Cannabis Infusion?
When you use coconut oil for your pot oil recipe, you are benefiting from a substance with an incredibly high fatty acid concentration. The enormous number of these fatty acids contained in coconut oil means it is an excellent binding agent for cannabinoids. While olive oil’s saturated fat content is around 20%, coconut oil’s is over 80%. As a consequence, it does a far better job of retaining cannabinoids during the extraction process.
As you know, marijuana has a compound named THCA which is converted to THC when heated. THC bonds with fats, so the benefits of cannabis oil made with coconut oil are obvious. Then there is the small matter of coconut oil’s health properties, such as its ability to increase energy, protect the heart, boost metabolism, aid weight loss, strengthen the immune system, and much more. Before we show you how to make your cannabis coconut oil, let’s discuss its benefits first.
Cannabis Coconut Oil Recipe
The thing about coconut oil weed is that it’s so easy to make! You can purchase enormous amounts of coconut oil anywhere you go for a fairly low price. The decarboxylating process that helps make THC coconut oil only involves a few ingredients and can be done in a couple of hours at most.
When trying to use coconut oil infused with marijuana in cooking, you need to remember that there will be a powerful smell emanating from your kitchen. There are ways to reduce the smell such as creating coconut oil in a mason jar or investing in a gadget that makes decarbing even easier.
Coconut Infused Oil Benefits
The list of possible benefits associated with marijuana coconut oil is truly extraordinary. This is one of several reasons why people are beginning to use coconut oil instead of butter in their cannaoil. Here are just seven potential benefits of coconut cooking oil infused with weed:
- Faster Metabolism: Individuals who regularly use coconut oil have an energy expenditure of up to 4% higher than the average person who doesn’t use it at all. This equates to 100 calories a day, or 36,500 a year. Since one pound = 3,500 calories, coconut oil could help you shave ten pounds off per annum!
Cancer Prevention: THC’s effects on cancer have been widely researched. While studies are in their infancy, early signs are good. Certainly, coconut infused THC oil can help fight the nausea felt by chemotherapy patients.
- Pain Relief: A study* published in March 2003 in Science Direct by Ware et al. found that marijuana was effective in the treatment of non-cancer pain. As coconut oil enables more THC to bind to the fat cells, your coco canna oil becomes a more powerful pain reliever.
- Improves Cognition: Coconut oil is a known antioxidant and, when combined with THC, it could result in a powerful brain-boosting treatment. A study* published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in February 2016 found that THC was potentially capable of reducing oxidative stress in the brain and preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s.
- Reduces Inflammation: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties of its own and when combined with those associated with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, you have a concoction capable of reducing the inflammation associated with various injuries and medical conditions such as arthritis.
- Better Heart Health: Coconut oil’s healthy fats lower your bad LDL cholesterol. Various studies have shown marijuana’s ability to reduce blood pressure.
- Reduces Anxiety: Marijuana is linked with stress and anxiety reduction and even fights insomnia and other sleep disorders, while coconut oil contains constituents that help release ketones in the liver and regulate hormones.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
Infused coconut oil is shockingly easy to make because the list of coconut oil ingredients is short. You need:
- Two cups of coconut oil.
- A cup of ground and decarbed weed.
- Up to a tablespoon of sunflower lecithin.
- A strainer.
- A container for the finished product.
- That’s it!
You will make the coconut canna oil creation process a whole lot easier if you have a crockpot. If so, follow these steps for outstanding coconut cannabis oil:
- Combine the decarbed weed with the sunflower and coconut oils in a crockpot.
- Heat at a temperature of no more than 245 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 hours while stirring every 30 minutes.
- Allow the infused coconut oil to cool.
- Cover the container with the strainer and pour the mixture in.
- Some users recommend tying up the strainer (assuming you use a cheesecloth) and squeezing it.
- Pour the oil into a new container, cover with a lid and store it in the fridge.
Before you decide to follow the above steps and cook with coconut oil, we have a few handy tips to consider:
- Organic weed offers the best results.
- Although a 2:1 ratio of oil to weed works well, you can reduce it to 1:1 if you want greater potency.
- Remove the oil from the heat immediately if it begins to smoke. Try again with the crockpot on the
- lowest possible setting. You can allow the oil to heat at a much higher temperature, but this is inadviable because you will cause some important compounds to evaporate.
- While it is a good idea to grind the cannabis, it doesn’t need to be finely ground. If you grind it too finely, parts of plant matter will sneak into the oil.
- Once the oil is brewing, you don’t have to do much bar the occasional stir. There is no need to check it every six minutes once it is on the right heat setting!
There is a huge array of things you can use your coconut oil for:
Add it to smoothies.
- Drizzle it over a pizza.
- Add it to tea or coffee in the morning.
- Put it in stews or soups.
- Include it in your meat dishes.
- Drizzle over pasta.
In essence, your infused oil can be used in any way that you would normally use olive oil or sunflower oil.
Part 4: Dosage of Homemade Cannabis Edibles
Once you have used cannabutter to create your delicious homemade brownies, it is tempting to eat the entire tray. However, you have to be careful when making cannabutter because its potency could be a lot higher than you think. If you get it horribly wrong, your cannabis butter could be the reason you call in sick to work because you can’t move from your bed for 16 hours!
The fact is that your homemade brownies will be much stronger than a joint, but as it takes longer to work, you could make the mistake of eating a third or fourth portion. Within a couple of hours, you have severe couch lock. The reason why cannabutter recipes are so powerful is because your cannabis is turned into an extremely concentrated form during the process.
It is also true that the type of edible makes a significant difference. The muffin you made from cannabis butter is likely to affect you differently to gummies you purchase online. Please remember that your smoking tolerance is not the same as your edibles tolerance. If you’re used to smoking 30mg of THC, you shouldn’t necessarily have a weed butter mix that offers 30mg of THC per portion.
Calculations of Dosage May Be Wrong! Use Minimum Dosage
When you make marijuana butter and use it in a recipe, you need to know how much weed to use for brownies, cakes etc. It can be a complicated process because there are so many variables that it is practically impossible to get a 100% accurate dose. Even licensed edibles and canna butter creators find it tricky. They tend to test their weed at various stages.
The first test is on the cannabis flowers used in the production run. This gives them an accurate assessment of how many terpenes and cannabinoids can be extracted. The next test comes after extraction and determines how successful the process was. Finally, they test again to confirm the level of terpenes and cannabinoids left behind. However, you have none of these facilities to hand when making weed butter.
To make things even more confusing, the THCA in weed tends to convert into THC at a ratio of 1:0.88. In other words, you lose 12% of the possible THC right off the bat. It is also a fact that THC butter and oil extraction is relatively ineffective, and we will explore that issue next. Here are some quick tips on dosing:
- Check the label before extraction to see if it tells you the THCA or THC content. If it is the former, multiply by 0.88 to get the possible THC level.
- When making your cannabis butter recipe, be sure to portion it vertically. As every cannabinoid has a different molecular weight, they settle in various places. Do not scoop your cannabutter right off the top because butter from the top will be completely different to butter at the bottom.
- Measure everything precisely and cut into same-sized portions.
- Always assume that the maximum amount of THC made it into each batch. If you’re wrong, you can always eat more!
Calculating the right dosage is not quite as simple as converting grams to milligrams. Let’s say you got 50 grams of high-quality Bubba Kush, which has a THCA content of 20%. This means there is a total THCA content of 200 milligrams per gram for a total of 10,000mg of THCA in your purchase.
When you convert THCA into THC, you multiply by 0.88, so (10000 x 0.88) = 8,800mg of THC in total. If you use a weed butter recipe with regular dairy butter, you can expect a maximum efficiency of extraction of 60%. In other words, only (8,800 x 0.6) 5,280mg of THC is extracted. If you want 100mg of THC per brownie, you will need to make 52-53 brownies in total. Please note that 100mg is the maximum each brownie will contain. It could be a lot less depending on various factors.
Ultimately, you should start off slow because you’ll regret it if you try too much too soon! As for what you can expect to happen when you eat an edible, this depends on how much you consume, but here is a handy list of things that are likely to happen according to the amount of THC you consume:
- 1 – 2.5mg: Improved creativity and focus with mild pain relief. An ideal beginner’s dose.
- 2.5 – 15mg: Euphoria and stronger relief of symptoms. This is a good dose for people with insomnia.
- 15 – 30mg: Potential to impair coordination and could cause very strong euphoria in new users. This is a dosage for medical marijuana users with an established history of use or people with chronic insomnia.
- 30 – 50mg: Extremely likely to alter perception. This is only for people with a very high tolerance to THC and those with poor GI absorption of cannabinoids.
- 50+mg: Possible side effects such as nausea, paranoia, and rapid heart rate. It is a dose that should only be used by extremely experienced marijuana users and cancer patients.
Pay Attention to Cannabis Extraction
When making pot butter, the excessive length of time it takes to extract THC and other cannabinoids means there will be some damage to their potency. Unfortunately, whether you try a pot butter recipe or create marijuana oil, you are not likely to extract more than 60% of the terpenoids and cannabinoids, with some experts placing their estimate at just 30%. Coconut oil and butter are still the best extractors, whereas canola and vegetable oil retain an extremely low level of cannabinoids.
Edible Dosage Tips and Tricks
When eating an edible made with a canna butter recipe for the first time, begin with a small dose and wait several hours for it to take effect. It is easy to forget that your tolerance for smoking weed comes from your lungs. Meanwhile, the brownies you made using your cannabis butter don’t even touch your lungs, because everything revolves around what happens in the stomach first. As your stomach lining has a lower number of membranes than the lungs, the high is far more intense from edibles than from smoking.
It is a fact that every single human being has a unique internal physiologic environment, which means you will experience a different effect than your friend when consuming an edible. Factors such as gastrointestinal issues, your endocannabinoid system and history of cannabis use means you could experience a different result with each dose! It is important to note that 3% of people are extremely sensitive to THC and require very low doses of 1mg.
If you’re concerned about potential side effects such as paranoia etc., consider choosing a strain such as Harlequin that has a reasonable amount of CBD. Cannabidiol counteracts the negative effects of THC and still offers the same therapeutic potential. A 1:1 THC – CBD ratio will produce significantly less impairment than a typical marijuana strain. Once you go beyond the 1:4 THC – CBD ratio, you are very unlikely to experience intoxication unless you take a massive dose of THC.
If you consume an edible and don’t feel any effects within an hour, eat a snack to switch on your digestive system’s absorption. You may need two or even three doses in a 24-hour period before you notice anything. Trial the dosage with eight-hour intervals until you find a dose that works. Stay hydrated and use the edible in a calm and safe environment. If you begin with the minimum possible dose and work your way up, everything should be fine!
Part 5: How to Store Cannabis Infused Products
When it comes to edibles, their perishability varies depending on the ingredients used to make them. Baked goods such as cakes, bread and brownies expire faster than chocolate or gummies, and yes, weed brownies CAN go bad. As for freezing edibles, you can do so and expect them to avoid degrading for several months.
Storing Cannabis-Infused Products
“What is the best place to store brownies” is one of the most common questions we are asked. It isn’t a straightforward query to answer, as there are a few nuances to consider. Regardless of whether you create the best cannabis oil or weed lollipops, all cannabinoids degrade under prolonged exposure to oxygen, heat or light. As such, your main concerns should be to focus on storage in cool, dark and sealed locations. When in doubt, store your cannabis-infused chocolate in a sealed container in the fridge.
In terms of wondering how long edibles last before they go bad, a good rule of thumb is to treat them like their non-cannabis counterparts. If your edibles contain dairy for example, they will go bad after a few days, even in the fridge. While your cookies and brownies will certainly last longer, they will become so hard that you’ll be able to use them as a weapon! As for candies such as lollipops, they are already laden with sugar, which means you can keep them for as long as you like in proper storage.
Regarding potency, the THC in your edibles shouldn’t degrade to any reasonable degree for months as long as you follow our tips on proper storage and freeze them if necessary. They won’t taste as good as when they are fresh, but you will still benefit from their therapeutic effects.
Tips for Storing Cannabis Oil, Edibles, and Cannabutter
Do you know how to make edibles without cooking? All you have to do is add your decarboxylated weed to Nutella or peanut butter and leave the mixture in an airtight container for a few days. It won’t taste as good as brownies though!
As edibles such as brownies contain perishable ingredients, you need to consider storage carefully. Options include wrapping them in foil or wax paper and store them either in an airtight container or a ziplock bag before placing them in your fridge or freezer. Avoid using plastic wrappers because they will negatively impact the flavor and consistency of your beloved edibles.
You can also store cannabutter in an airtight container in the fridge. Once again, consider wrapping it in foil or wax paper and it could stay fresh for a few weeks. If you put your cannabis butter in the freezer, it should be okay to store for around six months.
As for cannabis coconut oil, or any other cannabis-infused oil, it is essential to keep it in an airtight glass container. Insects adore this oil, so make sure it is kept away from them! We recommend a glass mason jar with a wide opening to make it easy to scoop out the precious cannabis oil.
You can refrigerate it if you wish, but it isn’t strictly necessary. Keep it out of direct sunlight and it can last for 18 months, although degradation begins within two months or sooner if exposed to light and air from repeated openings of the jar. Therefore, your oil will taste less fresh and have a lower potency within a few months of making it.
Long-Term Storage of Cannabis-Infused Products
Although placing weed-infused products in the refrigerator will expand their life, the best place for edibles is the freezer when you plan on keeping them for more than a week or two. To be clear, not all edibles benefit from freezing, but it works well for brownies, cannabis oil, and cannabutter.
One awesome tip to prolong infused cooking oils is to pair them with herbs and place them in ice cube trays to freeze. This also works well with marijuana butter. If you decide to freeze baked goods, we don’t recommend leaving them in ultracold storage for more than a couple of weeks. However, it is an excellent option and much better than having to throw out your beloved pecan chocolate hash brownies.