The Best Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
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The best recipe for simple and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using either cannabis-infused coconut oil, cannabutter, or cannabis sugar. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 25 minutes.
Let’s make Cannabis Brownies!
If you’re finding this recipe through a random search, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
After combing the internet for a perfect cannabis brownie recipe, I realized that it didn’t exist, so I sought out to create it.
Many recipes are too complicated and inaccurate, and I wanted something simple I could share with you and my Cannabis Compass Online Course students.
Instead of making this complicated, I’ve set out to make this the easiest guide for how to make cannabis brownies with simple infusion instructions and four alternative infusion options.
Please join my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community if you have any questions about cooking with cannabis, making cannabis brownies, how to make this recipe specifically, or anything else you can think of!
Option #1 – Make cannabis oil or Cannabutter first
The easiest and most palatable option for making cannabis brownies is to start by making either cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter first.
Mastering just one of these recipes will help you make more recipes beyond just brownies.
If you have never made either of these recipes before, be sure to:
Making your own oil or butter at home allows you to choose what type of cannabis flower you want to use.
THC dominant cannabis flower is the most preferred starting material, but you can also use CBD hemp flower, or even leaves, trim, and shake.
I also have instructions on how to make these brownies with full-spectrum CBD oil at the end of this post.
Once you have your cannabis-infused oil or butter prepared, you can use it anywhere fat is called for in a recipe.
That means you can then use this recipe or your Grandma’s sacred brownie recipe as is, and just swap regular oil or butter for infused oil or butter.
Should You Use Butter or Oil For Your Cannabis Brownies?
Choosing between using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter is a personal taste preference.
I prefer the coconut oil while my husband prefers cannabutter.
Learning how to discover your own personal cannabis preferences is something I teach inside my Cannabis Compass Online Training Course.
Either way, they perform nearly the same when baking and can be made the same way following the same methods, and used nearly interchangeably in any recipe.
Option #2 – Make Cannabis-Infused Sugar
While it’s more likely that you have access to cannabis butter or cannabis oil, you can optionally make a cannabis-infused sugar to use in this recipe.
You can use cannabutter and cannasugar in combination for an ultrastrong batch, or use either one, depending on what you have on hand and readily available.
OptIon #3 – use CANNABIS Flower
Alas, some impatient friends don’t want to wait the 4 hours to make an infused oil and insist on adding cannabis flower buds directly to the batter.
While it’s not my favorite or the most palatable way to make brownies, it will still work.
However, it’s important to note that you must decarboxylate the dried cannabis flower before adding it to the batter in order to reap the full benefits of activated CBD and THC.
If you skip this step, your brownies will not be as strong as you desire, or many not produce any intoxicating effect at all.
Option #4 – MAKE BROWNIES WITH THE LEFTOVER PULP
It’s not my favorite way to make brownies, but yes, you can absolutely add the leftover cannabis pulp from making butter to your brownie mix.
I would recommend still using the infused butter or oil as called for and then adding in a ¼ to ½ cup of the leftover pulp as an additional ingredient.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of nuances when it comes to cannabis edibles, which is exactly why I put together this Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
This guide will answer all of your questions about cannabis edibles in general.
This Guide to Edibles covers:
- The Importance of Decarboxylation
- Understanding Edibles Delayed Onset
- Exploring Why Edibles Can Be More Potent
- Determining Final Product Potency
- Safety Considerations for Consuming THC Edibles
- Why Edibles Are Both An Experiment & Commitment
- Dosing Recommendations for Beginners
Below you will find questions and answers specific to this cannabis brownie recipe.
Can I just use a BROWNIE box mix?
Yes, you sure can!
A typical Betty Crocker brownie mix calls for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of vegetable oil.
Just swap that vegetable oil for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of your cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter and follow the directions as is.
How much Cannabis should I use?
When making cannabis coconut oil or butter, the most commonly used ratio is 1 ounce of cannabis flower to 16 ounces (1 pound) of oil or butter.
This recipe calls for a half-cup of cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter, which breaks down to approximately ¼ ounce of cannabis flower used in this recipe.
How do I make potent Cannabis brownies?
Your final milligram dosage of either CBD or THC will be entirely dependent on the strength of the material you start with.
If you make your product with trim or shake, it will be less potent than if you make your cannabis oil or butter with premium, high-quality flower.
When it comes to edibles, remember: the better the bud, the better the budder.
You can also adjust the amount of cannabis flower used to make your oil or butter.
While the traditional ratio is 1 ounce of flower to 1 pound of oil or butter, you could do a ratio of 1 ounce of flower to ½ pound of oil or butter for a more potent final product.
How do I find the final dosage of each brownie?
It’s important to know that estimating the final potency of cannabis edibles is nearly impossible unless you know the percentage of CBD or THC in the material you start cooking with.
If you purchase your flower at a dispensary, it will state the % THC, making the process much easier.
From here, you can input your information into an online calculator that will help you guestimate your final concentration.
If you don’t know the potency of your starting material, the final potency can be anyones guess.
What are the effects of Cannabis brownies?
Cannabis edibles affect every person differently because of our own unique endocannabinoid systems (ECS).
This paired with our own unique physiology means we will all experience the effects differently.
Some of the most common effects include a feeling of intoxication or being ‘high’, sleepiness, drowsiness, happiness, pain relief, and more.
Additionally, some people will not feel the effects of edibles at all, as covered more in-depth here in my Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
How long do CANNABIS brownies take to kick in?
It can be difficult to determine your ideal dosage when orally consuming cannabis because the onset of the desired effect is significantly delayed in comparison to sublingual, topical, or inhalation consumption.
Orally ingested cannabis is slower to take effect, with the typical onset time ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, or even longer, depending on the individual.
While the effects of edibles are delayed, they tend to manifest stronger and last longer with a peak onset of noticeable effects setting in between 1 to 3 hours post-consumption.
The effects of cannabis edibles can last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours or more and vary gratefully from person to person.
Will making Cannabis brownies make my house smell?
If you are decarboxylating your own cannabis flowers and infusing your own cannabis coconut oil or butter before making your brownies, then yes, your house will definitely smell.
If you already have the oil or butter prepared and are not actively decarbing or infusing, and simply just making brownies, the smell will be significantly reduced.
How long do cannabis brownies last?
In my house, 24 hours!
But in all reality, these cannabis brownies have the same shelf life as any other brownies and should be consumed or frozen within 7 days to prevent spoilage.
What if my dog ate my Cannabis brownie?
As silly as that sounds, its a legitimate question that gets asked more times than I’d like to admit.
Dogs do well with CBD, but they don’t do great with high amounts of THC.
If your dog eats your cannabis brownie, I urge you to call your vet for further recommendations.
Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
The very best recipe for easy, simple, and delicious Fudgy Chocolate Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 40 minutes.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour*
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter*
- 1 cup white sugar (or cannabis-sugar)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- *Optional toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Grease an 8″x8″ metal baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder to remove any lumps, then add the salt, followed by the baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, cream together the cannabis oil (or cannabutter), white sugar, and brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed sugar and beat on medium speed for one minute (note: the color of the mixture should lighten a bit).
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low until everything is well incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to a greased baking pan. Lightly tap the pan to even out the batter.
- Optional: add any topping as desired, like sea salt.
- Place the pan in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
- The time will depend on your oven and your brownie consistency preferences. Test the finished brownies with a toothpick. Unlike making a cake, the toothpick does NOT need to come out clean. Making fudgy brownies will leave deliciousness on the toothpick. Just verify that what is in the toothpick doesn’t have a batter consistency, which would indicate that the batter needs to bake a bit longer.
- If you can wait, allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy and repeat!
*Cannabis coconut oil is easier to work with at room temperature or when it is melted, as compared to refrigerated. Just don’t melt it in the microwave!
*When measuring flour or cocoa powder; we recommend you use a spoon to transfer the flour from the container to your measuring cup and then leveling out with a flat edge, like a butter knife. This helps prevent packing and makes for better brownies.
*For even FUDGIER brownies, use a 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup.
*Optional: Your brownies can be topped with chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or flaked sea salt before baking.
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Easy, simple, and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients & ready in just 25 minutes.
Marijuana Brownies: The Best Way To Make Them
by Robert Sietsema
For its batch of oil, this was the correct size brownie for maximum enjoyability.
Few drugs are as rewarding as cannabis cooked up in brownies. You’ve got the rich brownie itself as a fitting sendoff, then a half-hour to an hour-and-a-half later, the thing descends on you like a ton of feathers, pouncing rather than creeping. The time discrepancy is the result of whether your stomach is empty or full when you eat the thing, and the rate of your metabolism, too. Either way, the effect is far more visceral than smoking weed, you feel it in your body even more than in your cranium. And as the brownie descends your alimentary tract, it has a slightly differing impact at every stage. The effects last longer, and you can expect to be intoxicated for four hours or more.
My method results in cheap brownies, but it’s a giant mess.
There are a lot of myths going around about how to make brownies. As a trained chemist, I believe I’ve come up with the best method. I’ve written it down in narrative form for the special recipe I use, but there’s a quicker version at the end of this post that may be more in keeping with your inclinations and your supply of combustible intoxicants, as I call them.
The saint of the cannabis brownie is Alice B. Toklas, Getrude Stein’s main squeeze. Her method actually involved macerating the pot with dried fruits and eating it raw. While this may have been effective, cooking the weed is more so. And her method must have resulted in horrible gas.
I’ve heard gastro-hippies go on and on about how you’ve got to take butter and poach the pot in it for many hours or even days at low temperature. This is total bullshit. In my experience, all the active THC is extracted from the plant in 15 minutes or so. I’ve heard others go to great lengths to buy French chocolate and make the brownies from scratch. This is also bullshit. What people really want is a boxed brownie mix, a familiar flavor modified in a positive way by the exotic taste of the oil.
Years ago, like you, I used expensive bud to make brownies. This is a mistake, but often an unavoidable one. A friend from Pratt had a boyfriend who was a grower in eastern Pennsylvania. She convinced him to give us the unsalable outer leaves of his plants at a steep discount. The discount was also because the leaves had already been used to make “bubble hash,” a locally produced soft hash that’s made by washing the marijuana in an actual washing machine to mechanically remove the THC crystals (THC doesn’t dissolve in water). The rinse water is saved and evaporated and Voila! – bubble hash.
For the boiling step, a wok was hilariously pressed into service.
The finished product, waiting to be cut up into the appropriate size pieces
For $100 on that first occasion, we got about 15 pounds of the outer leaves post-washing machine, packed in two plastic garbage bags. It was still sopping – about half of the weight was water, we estimated. But that much pot was far more than we needed.
As a first triage step, we simply grabbed big wads of weed and wrung it out, discarding the brown water. Remember that the THC we wanted was actually in the leaves. We then took about a pound of wrung leaves and put them in three big pans along with 64 ounces of the cheapest corn oil product we could find.
You’ll need spatter screens for the next step, because there’s still plenty of moisture in the leaves. Put the plants in at room temp, pour in the oil, and gradually bring the pot to a boil. Let it bubble for 30 minutes, which is when most of the water will be evaporated. Boil longer if need be to evacuate the water, but at this point maximum THC will be extracted. Further heating will not denature it, in my experience.
Merge the oil from the three pots, filtering it through coffee filters into a big jar or jars. At this point it is ready to use.
Buy a box of brownies (I prefer Betty Crocker) and make them in a 9 X 14 pan using the oil. Use the maximum number of eggs specified in the recipe on the box. Cut the pan into 24 brownies of equal volume.
Betty Crocker is The Man!
Cut the brownies to the desired size and store them in the freezer in an air-tight container. Gosh they taste good frozen!
Now here is the most important step. You are the guinea pig. Eat as much of one brownie as you dare, and wait two hours. This should give you a good idea of how strong the baked goods are. You are now prepared to specify the dosage: one-half brownie, one brownie, one-and-one half brownies, and two brownies being the most common dosages.
You now know just how potent your THC oil is, and can behave accordingly, making perfect dosage brownies every time.
You can use the same method with any other form of marijuana, and with retail bud, too. If the latter, I’d begin with a quarter ounce, and boil it in 24 ounces of oil for 10 minutes. Make a batch of brownies, which usually require around 6 ounces of oil. You can then make five futher batches with the same potency. I’m betting, if you have good pot, you’ll find that a half brownie is plenty.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 21, 2012
For its batch of oil, this was the correct size brownie for maximum enjoyability. Few drugs are as rewarding as cannabis cooked up in brownies….