Explore Your Culinary Side with CBD Hemp Flower
As more people are turning their attention toward CBD hemp flower, many enthusiasts are getting extremely creative with this highly versatile and uniquely pure type of cannabidiol product. Without a doubt, the most popular ways to consume hemp flower involve smoking or vaporizing it, as inhaling the compounds allows for very fast-acting and potent yet short-lived effects.
But there’s another way to incorporate flower into your daily routine, and it doubles as a way to explore your creative side in the kitchen. Believe it or not, it’s actually quite easy to make edibles using the raw flowering buds of the hemp plant.
We will discuss the process of making edibles and talk about what makes this type of delivery method different from the inhalation-based methods that most of us are used to.
Making Edibles with CBD Hemp Flower
So, you want to make edibles? If so, you’re not alone.
Edibles remain the second most popular way to administer cannabinoids into the body, and the effects are quite different from those of inhalable methods like smoking and vaping.
While inhalable forms of hemp can take effect within minutes, edibles may need between 1 and 2 hours to peak in the body. This is because of how long it takes for the compounds to work their way through the body’s digestive system. The effects are also known for being a bit more subtle and widespread throughout the body. And, you may feel these effects for several hours, while inhalation-based methods may wear off within an hour of administration.
Because of the long-lasting and more widespread, subtle properties of edibles, many people find that this type of delivery method is uniquely useful to their daily routine. Besides that, making edibles is fun, as it allows us to get creative in the kitchen and make something from scratch that we get to enjoy.
Choosing the Right CBD Flower Product
Selecting the best hemp flower product possible to make your edibles must be done before anything else. There are a few factors that you have to take into consideration.
- You need to make sure you’re buying top-quality hemp flower from a trustworthy company.
- Always look for lab reports on a company’s website, as these come from a third party and indicate that the hemp flower has undergone a rigorous testing process to ensure proper quality and purity levels.
- Be selective about the strain that you choose. The strain refers to the breed of hemp, with each strain having a slightly different chemical composition that can produce a unique variety of useful effects. Indica strains are known for being more calming, while sativa strains could actually give you a gentle boost of clarity and energy.
Making the Hemp Butter or Oil
Now, it’s time to get to work.
- If you’re going to make edibles, you’ll need to make a fat using the flower material.
- Decide what you’re going to use as your fat, whether you’re cooking or baking. Common choices are butter, olive oil and coconut oil.
- Now, the rule of thumb is that you should use a 1:1 ratio. In other words, one cup of fat to one cup of flower. We recommend decarboxylating the cannabis first by heating it. This process activates the compounds so they can be the most effective in the body.
- Take your flower and put it in a baking tray that has a lining of parchment paper. Spread it out evenly to ensure an even bake. Put it in the oven at 250 degrees for thirty minutes.
- Next, put your fat in a pan and keep the temperature low so that it melts without boiling.
- Now, grind your flower and pour it in. Allow it to simmer for two hours, using a thermometer to make sure that the mixture never exceeds 200 degrees.
- Finally, strain the liquified fat into a bowl or container, leaving behind the raw plant material, as the compounds have now been infused into the butter or oil.
Finding Recipes Online
Now that you have your CBD butter or oil, you can start cooking or baking. If you’ve never made edibles before, you may feel more comfortable finding a recipe online that you can follow to ensure success. First, decide whether you want to make a sweet or savory edible, and make sure you choose a recipe that appeals to you, rather than one that’s simply easier than the rest. After all, you want to enjoy your edibles when you take them.
If you’re feeling more creative, you can either modify an existing recipe or completely make one up from scratch. You can also simply switch out the fat in your favorite recipe for the hemp fat you’ve just created.
Adjusting the Dosage
The hemp butter/oil recipe we provided uses about 7 to 10 grams of pure hemp flower. You’ll want to do some math to determine how many grams of flower will therefore end up in your recipe based on the amount of fat used, and the number of portions it produces. If it’s a smaller batch, you may want to use only half hemp butter or oil, and half regular butter or oil.
Making Edibles with CBD Flower Can Be an Incredibly Rewarding Experience
This of course, allows for a whole new way to incorporate hemp into your daily routine. Making edibles is largely a trial and error experience, in which we play around with different recipes and dosage levels until we find what satisfies us the most.
So, get creative in the kitchen and don’t be afraid to experiment.