While there are a lot of options when it comes to ingesting cannabis, like smoking, vaping, tinctures and topicals, there is one that might be the best for any aspiring gourmands out there.

Edibles have an advantage over smoked or vaporized marijuana, and that is that the effects often take longer to come on, but they last much longer. While you should definitely keep your dry herb vaporizer handy, because vaping might be better than smoking, it couldn’t hurt to learn how to prepare your cannabis to be baked into yummy treats.

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Even if you’re not the world’s best cook, these recipes are simple to follow and guaranteed to be delicious and satisfying.

Figuring Out THC Percentage Figuring out the THC percentage of your cannabis is important so your final product has the right dosage per bite. If you have the THC percentage, Jeff the Chef has a lovely calculator that will help you figure out the THC dosage per edible. However, if you are growing your own cannabis then you’ll have to do it by trial and error for your particular plants.

Don’t Hate – Decarboxylate The most common mistake that newbies to the edible scene make is thinking that they can just grind up some dried cannabis, toss it into cookie mix, and voila, they have cannabis edibles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work this way. First, the cannabis needs to have its compounds activated through heat.

This is called decarboxylation. This means that after you’ve picked your choice strain, you’re going to put it on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven at 240 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour. The more cannabis you’re using, the more time it takes. Failing to do this won’t activate the THC and CBD in the plant. No one wants that!