THC-infused cookies provide a delicious and discreet way to experience the benefits of cannabis. If you don’t want to smoke or vaporize, weed cookies are a fantastic option that offer an powerful edible high. To make your own gourmet marijuana edibles at home, all you need is regular cookie dough and some type of THC-rich concentrate like cannabutter or hash oil. Once you learn how to make weed cookies, brownies, cakes, etc., you’ll have a never-ending supply of euphoria!
Marijuana Edibles Guide
If you’ve ever ingested marijuana through your mouth (i.e. edibles), then you know that it’s metabolized differently than if you were to inhale it or take a THC tincture sublingually. More specifically, the cannabinoids must first travel to your liver where they’re then metabolized and eventually released into your bloodstream when eaten–as opposed to going directly there as with inhalation/sublingual ingestion.
Unlike other methods of consuming marijuana, you won’t feel the effects of weed edibles for at least half an hour and sometimes up to two hours later. However, once that high kicks in, you could be soaring for a good six to 12 hours. With homemade edibles, particularly, it can be hard to predict how high you will get depending on factors such as potency or your metabolism , so it’s important to start low (think ¼ to ½ of a cookie) when eating marijuana cookies and wait out the effects before you have any more.
Dosing Your Cannabis Cookies
It’s always a good idea to know how much THC is in your cannabis cookie before taking a bite, especially if you’re trying to predict the effects.
You can estimate your dosage of cannabis depending on the method of infusion (whole plant, cannabis-infused butter or oil, distillate, concentrate, cannabis-infused sugar) with some easy calculations:
- Whole plant. To figure out how much THC is in each of your weed cookies, take the amount of grams you used and multiply it by the THC percentage. Once you have that number, divide it by the total number of cookies in the batch.
- Cannabis-infused butter or oil. Find the total THC in your bud using the method previously described. Divide that number by the tablespoons of cannabutter or canna-oil (in grams) being used, which is about 15 grams per tablespoon.
- Distillate, concentrate, tinctures, cannabis extracts, and cannabis-infused sugar. The easiest way to ensure you’re getting the desired potency when consuming distillate, concentrate, tincture, cannabis extracts, and cannabis-infused sugar is by checking that THC content before ingestion. Most reputable manufacturers will have this information clearly labeled on their products.
As a rule of thumb, in states where marijuana is legal like Washington, dispensary edibles typically have 10mg of THC per piece and 100mg THC per packet. You can utilize that serving size as guidance when baking weed-infused cookies at home.
Making Cannabis-Infused Butter
The first step to making weed cookies is creating Cannabutter. As cannabinoids, like THC, are fat soluble it’s necessary to use a substance that contains fat like butter to create your infusion of THC. The great news is that once you have this cannabis-infused butter on hand, you can utilize any cookie recipe (or healthy cannabis recipe) you’d prefer!
To make cannabutter, you will need:
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1/2 ounce of cannabis flower
- 1 cup of water
- Double boiler
- You will need to decarboxylate the cannabis by baking it at 225°F for 60 minutes. This transforms the cannabinoids into a form your body can use.
- Next, melt the butter in a double boiler set over low heat.
- After grinding the decarboxylated cannabis, loosely place it inside a cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth with food-grade string to make a “marijuana tea bag.”
- Pour one cup of hot water over the marijuana tea bag and butter mixture.
- Fewer hours of steeping will result in a less potent butter and more hours will create a stronger mix, so four to six hours is the ideal amount of time. Be sure to cover the double-boiler with a metal lid during this process.
- After the steeping process is completed, the butter will be a shade of green. Remove the marijuana tea bag from the top part of the boiler using oven mitts, and squeeze it between two spoons to add any excess liquid back in if desired.
- Let the butter sit until it reaches room temperature; this can be done by leaving it in the same container, a butter mold, or placing it in a foil pan. Once cooled, you can store it in the fridge.
- Once the butter is solid, strain away the excess water and your cannabutter is ready to use!
Making Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
If you avoid dairy but still want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis, then THC-infused coconut oil is a perfect option for you. It’s really easy to make too – just follow the same process as you would if you were making cannabutter, but use coconut oil in place of butter.
Alternative Infusion Methods
If you don’t have time to make cannabutter or cannabis-infused coconut oil, try one of these methods to infuse your weed cookies:
- For best results, use CBD or cannabis oil and subtract the amount of oil from other liquids in the recipe.
- Use cannabis-infused sugar.
- If you want to use cannabis concentrates, melt the concentrate on low heat and mix it with the melted fat. You may need to decarboxylate some concentrates beforehand (if you’re unsure, ask your budtender; the experts working in our Seattle dispensaries are always happy to help).
- If you want to decarboxylate and grind your flower before adding it to the cookie dough, know that this will create a green hue and lumpier texture in your cookies. The trade-off is enjoying the fiber content of the buds as well as the effects of cannabinoids.
Making Marijuana Cookies
Below are the instructions for how to make weed cookies. First, you will need cannabis butter or another infused ingredient. Some of the most popular cookie recipes include:
- Cannabis chocolate chip cookies
- Cannabis double chocolate chip cookies
- Cannabis almond cookies
- Coconut cannabis cookies
- Classic cannabis cookies
For chocolate chip cookies, simply mix a batch of cookie dough and add in chocolate chips, almonds, or coconut to your preference. For double the chocolatey goodness, add three tablespoons of cocoa powder to the flour mixture and stir until it is well combined.
Basic Cookie Dough Recipe
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup of butter, softened (use cannabutter or cannabis coconut oil)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or THC-infused sugar)
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. cocoa (optional)
- 3/4 cup of chocolate chip cookies or dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Line the tray with parchment paper.
- In one mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa in another bowl (if making double-chocolate cookies).
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar.
- Gently combine the dry and wet ingredients until everything is moistened.
- Take the dough and form it into small balls before placing them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the cookie dough looks matte instead of glossy.
- Take a bite and enjoy the ride!
If you don’t want to make cannabutter or mix up cookie dough from scratch, local grocery stores sell cookie dough that you can add your favorite cannabis or CBD oil too This approach is more efficient, but you need be extra careful in mixing the oil andcookie dough well so there are no surprises!
Time to Get Baking
With this newfound knowledge of how to infuse your cookies with weed, it’s time to get baking. There are countless ways to make cannabis-infused cookies, and you can even use any recipe that you’re already familiar with. Be sure to have fun and experiment in the kitchen!