The Ultimate Guide To Weed Brownies
Weed brownies are a favourite edible among all kinds of stoners. Click here to learn all you need to know about how to make killer brownies at home.
Weed brownies are a classic stoner treat. However, making them can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the wonderful world of cooking with cannabis.
In this article, we’ve put together all you could ever need to make killer weed brownies at home. First we’ll cover the basic science behind pot brownies, then we’ll show you how to make cannabutter and oil. Finally, we’ll share one of our favourite brownie recipes ever.
WEED BROWNIE BASICS
Weed brownies are arguably the most iconic form of edibles out there. And while they can seem daunting to inexperienced bakers, the science behind pot brownies is really simple.
THC and some other cannabinoids are fat-soluble, meaning they can be absorbed by fatty substances. All weed brownie recipes make use of this trait by infusing some kind of cooking fat (usually butter or oil) with cannabis.
This is incredibly easy; all it takes is some cooking fat, a stove with a low-heat setting, something to filter the weed from the fat once finished (like cheesecloth), and some top-shelf bud, of course.
Below, we’ll explore two simple ways to infuse THC and other goodies into your brownies using either butter or cooking oil.
Once you’ve got your infused fat locked and loaded, follow the brownie recipe at the end of this article for a delicious, knock-you-off-your feet treat that’ll wow even the most seasoned stoner.
Cannabutter is the backbone of countless cannabis edibles. From classics like pot brownies and cookies to modern savoury favourites like butter chicken, cannabutter is a staple ingredient that can be used to infuse any meal with a wholesome load of weedy goodness.
Unfortunately, there are more cannabutter recipes on the internet than stars in the sky, making it hard to find one that’s reliable, especially if you’re lacking experience cooking with weed.
But don’t worry, here’s a foolproof method for making cannabutter that’ll never fail you. And we mean never. For an alternative, check out this other RQS cannabutter recipe.
HOW TO MAKE CANNABUTTER
- 28g cannabis flower, medium-fine grind
- 1 litre water
- 4 sticks (roughly 450g) quality butter
- Baking tray and baking paper
- Container for storage
- Preheat your oven to 110°C (230°F).
- Spread your ground weed evenly on a lined baking tray and bake for roughly 30 minutes. This is called decarboxylation and will help speed up the infusion process later. Stir the weed around with a spoon every 15 minutes.
- Bring 1 litre of water to boil and add in your butter. Stir, allowing the butter to melt fully, and mix completely with the water.
- Add your weed to the mixture and immediately turn down the heat to low. Your butter mixture should only ever reach a soft simmer.
- Leave the mixture to simmer for about 3 hours, stirring regularly. It should reduce and have a thick, glossy, buttery texture.
- Cool your mixture before straining it through a cheesecloth into a sealable plastic container. Remember to squeeze the weed left in the cheesecloth to get out as much butter as possible.
- Store the butter in the fridge till firm. Any remaining water will separate from your butter and can easily be dried up with some paper towel.
HOW TO MAKE CANNABIS-INFUSED OIL
Using butter in your recipes is a great way to ensure your brownies come out creamy and delicious.
But let’s face it, not everyone loves the calories associated with butter. Also, butter isn’t vegan-friendly, and there’s no reason our vegan friends should miss out on the brownie experience.
Luckily, there’s a healthier, vegan-friendly alternative to using butter to infuse your pot brownies, and that’s oil.
Here’s a simple way to make cannabis-infused cooking oil at home.
Note: We suggest using a mild-flavoured oil like coconut for sweet recipes like brownies. Here are two alternative recipes for infusing coconut and olive oil.
- 1 cup cannabis flowers, medium-fine grind
- 1 cup oil
- Baking tray and baking paper
- Container for storage
- Follow steps 1 and 2 of the above recipe to decarboxylate your cannabis.
- Put a small saucepan on low-heat. Let it heat for about a minute before adding in your oil and cannabis.
- Let the mixture cook on low heat for roughly 3 hours, stirring frequently. If possible, use a thermometer to measure the temperature of your oil, never letting it exceed 118°C (245°F).
- Let the mixture cool, then strain through the cheesecloth into a container. Remember to squeeze the bud in the cheesecloth to gather any remaining oil.
BEST WEED BROWNIE RECIPE
There are hundreds of brownie recipes out there. Here’s one of our favourites for delicious, fudgy, creamy weed brownies. Be careful, it’ll be really hard to keep your hands off these.
Remember, these brownies are made with butter. If you prefer, you can simply replace the butter with an equal amount of infused oil.
- 225g good-quality chocolate
- ¾ cup (170g) cannabutter, melted
- 1¼ cups (280g) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¾ cup (90g) all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (30g) cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Break chocolate into chunks. Melt half and save the rest for later.
- Mix melted butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla until the mixture is light in colour and fluffy.
- Whisk in the melted chocolate. Make sure it isn’t too hot or the eggs will scramble.
- Combine flour, cocoa powder and salt, then sift.
- Fold the sifted dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a plastic spatula. Do not overmix.
- Bake for roughly 20-25 minutes.
TOP 3 CANNABIS STRAINS FOR WEED BROWNIES
If you ask any cannabis smoker to name a strain out of the blue, the chances of them muttering the words “White Widow” are pretty high. But why? Well, White Widow has earned its spot as one of the most beloved and legendary strains of all time due to its phenomenal taste, high potency, and perfect sativa and indica balance. This legendary variety first gained traction in the Netherlands, where it soon spread all around the world. As well as being a joy to smoke on its own, White Widow is a prime addition to cannabis brownies. The terpene profile within the strain infuses notes of earth and pine into the mix. A genetic profile of 50% indica and 50% sativa contributes toward a balanced high of mental stimulation contrasted by bodily relaxation. This perfect split means there’s something for every cannabis user to enjoy. A THC content of 19% ensures a powerful high that lasts a nice long while.
When making weed brownies, there’s nothing more satisfying than using your own homegrown herb, and White Widow is a very rewarding strain to grow. Plants grown indoors gift yields of 450–500g/m² and grow to heights of 100cm. Plants grown outdoors within pots and garden beds will put out harvests of 500–600g/plant and stretch to almost two metres. White Widow prefers a warm climate where she can mature her potent buds over a bloom period of 8–9 weeks.
|White Widow S1|
|450 – 500 gr/m2|
|60 – 100 cm|
|8 – 10 weeks|
|Sativa 50% Indica 50%|
|550 – 600 gr/plant|
|150 – 190 cm|
Sherbet Queen is an incredibly flavourful lady, making her a first choice for many cannabis users when it comes to crafting some potent brownies. This comes as no surprise considering that this beauty descends from the equally sumptuous Girl Scout Cookies. Baking up some brownies with this strain will add flavours of earth and biscuits into the mix, making for a rich dessert indeed. When consuming these brownies, be prepared for quite the trip, as Sherbet Queen’s 85% indica dominance will launch you into a stoning yet euphoric head-space for hours to come.
Sherbet Queen is a gem to grow and requires very little maintenance during the entire cycle from seed to harvest. Although she is easy to tame, her yields are not the biggest. However, her quality makes up for the lack of quantity. Sherbet Queen can be grown indoors and outdoors, with outdoor plants favouring warm climates like those in the Mediterranean. Outdoor plants will be ready to harvest around the end of September or the beginning of October.
|Pink Panties x Sunset Sherbet|
|450 – 525 gr/m2|
|80 – 120 cm|
|8 – 10 weeks|
|Sativa 15% Indica 85%|
|450 – 500 gr/plant|
|140 – 180 cm|
|Cerebral and relaxing|
Wedding Gelato is the lovechild of parent strains Girl Scout Cooki es, Cherry Pie, and Wedding Cake x Gelato. Was designed with incredible flavour in mind. This lady provides immense and taste bud-busting notes of sweetness, earth, and vanilla. Wedding Gelato should be used with caution by novice smokers, especially in its edible form, as THC levels of 25% are capable of sending even veterans to the stratosphere. The powerful high lasts for a long time and plunges the user into a happy, relaxed, and euphoric state.
As indicated by her notable parents, this is one vigorous strain that has no problem adapting to indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse operations. Indoors, plants are capable of churning out around 350g/m²+, while outdoor plants can achieve up to 450g/plant. Wedding Gelato ’s flowering time varies, but usually lands somewhere around 8 weeks.
Weed brownies are a classic stoner treat. In this article, we'll teach you everything you need to know to make killer pot brownies at home.
How to make pot brownies
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- What to know before making weed brownies
- What do you need to make pot brownies?
- How to make cannabutter
- How to make infused coconut oil
- How to make weed brownies
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Brownies pop up first when people talk about edibles, and it’s no wonder why. Their sweet, chocolatey goodness satisfies those with a sweet tooth as well as those searching for a potent alternative to smoking weed.
Infused brownies are one of the oldest edibles in the cannabis cookbook. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first pot brownies on record were created by the famous cannabis activist Mary Jane Rathburn, who came to be known as “Brownie Mary” for her invention. Rathburn wanted to provide much-needed cannabis medicine to hospitalized AIDS patients in the LGBTQ community. To do so, she baked cannabis into her delicious homemade brownie recipe and snuck her pastries into hospitals in the 1980s. Rathburn later was arrested for whipping up the brownies in a historic bust that catalyzed media attention around California’s cannabis legalization movement.
Today, Brownie Mary’s recipe is lost to history, but her legacy lives on. Thousands of consumers, cannabis chefs, and DIY enthusiasts have tried their hand at whipping up the deliciously infused, chocolatey desserts. Cannabis brownies are almost a right of passage in stoner culture. Read on to learn how to make your own pot brownies at home.
What to know before making weed brownies
As with any rite of passage, horror stories about pot brownie experiences gone awry have proliferated cannabis culture. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before trying your hand at homemade brownies.
Dosage is everything
When it comes to edibles, proper dosage is everything. Depending on the cannabis flower you buy for your butter, one strain can be much more potent than another. Is your weed THC-dominant, more CBD-heavy, or balanced? What is your weed’s terpene profile? All these compounds and factors influence the effect your cannabis will have on you, particularly when your digestive system processes it.
Ask your budtender and read your bud’s label and lab certificate to get all this information. A low-THC strain will be more suitable for a mellower canna-brownie experience, for example.
Once you’ve figured out a proper dosage for your canna-butter, use that information to determine how much infused butter to put in your brownie recipe. It’s totally fine to mix infused and non-infused butter to keep dosages milder. And remember, some trial-and-error will happen as you experiment, so start low and go slow to find your perfect dose.
The quality of your bud matters, especially when it comes to eating cannabis. While many states require lab testing for adult-use or medical marijuana, not all of them do. If you’re infusing your own edibles, source your cannabis from a third-party-tested vendor.
What do you need to make pot brownies?
Recipes for most homemade cannabis brownies include a similar list of ingredients. Here’s an easy pot brownie recipe with which to get started in your kitchen:
- ½ cup of canna-butter OR infused coconut oil
- Two eggs
- 1 cup of white sugar
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder (add more cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavor)
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
You’ll also need the following tools for this brownie recipe:
- an oven
- 8″ square baking pan
- a large saucepan
Of course, to simplify things, you could purchase a pre-made brownie mix from the store. Sub out the oil or butter called for in the recipe with canna-butter or infused coconut oil.
Whether homemade or store-bought, all pot brownies share a commonality: the addition of infused butter or oil.
How to make cannabutter
Cannabutter is what makes a pot brownie a pot brownie. You can’t simply throw your flower into a recipe and call it a day: you must first decarboxylate your weed and infuse it into a high-fat carrier, such as butter. Decarboxylation is the process of THCA turning into THC by way of heating the flower. This process occurs naturally when we smoke or vape weed, but is an essential extra step when creating edibles.
During the cooking process, the butter absorbs the activated THC in the cannabis and makes it ready to add to your recipe.
Making cannabutter isn’t tricky, but it takes about 3 hours to cook. It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Try the following recipes to create your own, evenly dosed cannabis butter. You can make cannabutter either on the stove, or in a slow cooker.
It’s best to prep your weed butter ahead of actually making your canna-brownies. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How to make infused coconut oil
Coconut oil is an excellent dairy-free alternative for those who don’t like butter or can’t eat it due to dietary restrictions.
This infused coconut oil recipe requires a slow-cooker and five hours to make, so this is another infused ingredient you’ll want to concoct before it’s time to bake your edibles.
How to make weed brownies
Once you’ve assembled your ingredients and tools, it’s time to start baking.
- First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease the 8-inch square baking pan to prepare it for the finished cannabis brownie mixture.
- Next, melt the 1/2 cup of canna-butter in the large saucepan until it’s completely liquefied. If you’re substituting infused coconut oil, melt the coconut oil in the saucepan until it is liquid and easily mixed.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the 1 cup sugar, two eggs, and teaspoon of vanilla extract and make sure to mix the infused butter or oil thoroughly. Beat in the 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, the 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and baking powder. If desired, you can mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl before adding to the saucepan.
- In the above step, it’s essential to mix the cannabis butter or oil evenly. This ensures an even spread of cannabis throughout the recipe, which will produce even doses when you cut your brownies into squares.
- Pour the cannabis brownie batter into the greased pan, spreading evenly. Place the pan in the oven and allow the mixture to bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook, and remove the pan from the oven when you can insert a toothpick in the brownies and it comes out cleanly.
- Remove the cannabis brownies from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan before cutting into equal servings
Voila, your cannabis treats are ready to eat! Make sure to limit yourself to a single portion (or even less) to start and wait two hours before consuming more. While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you.
While your recipe may be delicious, homemade edibles should be consumed with caution until you determine the proper dose for you. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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