How Are Cannabis Edibles Made?


December 24, 2020

What Are Cannabis Edibles?

Cannabis edibles are foods or beverages that have been infused with marijuana. There are a variety of methods for infusing cannabis into edibles which means edibles are readily available in whatever food or beverage form you prefer. Edibles are a great option when used responsibly, providing a potent and body-focused experience, making them ideal for those suffering from pain, fighting nausea, or lack of appetite.

Edibles are an easy and enjoyable alternative for those who do not like smoking or vaping. People with respiratory conditions, those sensitive to smoke, people looking for more health conscious ways to consume cannabis – there are a multitude of reasons for avoiding inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor, and edibles provide an easily accessible alternative.

How They’re Made

Dispensary edibles are typically made with more advanced methods, utilizing a cannabis distillate — an odorless and flavorless oil — or cannabinoid crystals. In order to be effective, these ingredients will be infused into the edible by pairing them with a fat to bond to – butter or oil are most commonly used for this purpose. Cannabis butter or oil can also be made at home using ground flower instead of dispensary-grade distillates.

Unlike cannabis flower or concentrate, the potency of edibles are not measured in THC percentage, but by the amount of milligrams of THC present in the edible. Edibles purchased from dispensaries will typically state the THC content in milligrams. It is important to always check how many milligrams of THC you are consuming and to check if your package contains one or multiple serving sizes.

Infusion Of Canna-butter Or Canna-oil

Marijuana baked goods like cookies or brownies are typically made with cannabis infused butter or cannabis oil. Making cannabis butter is a relatively simple process that requires adding ground cannabis to butter and mixing. Cannabis butter requires you to decarboxylase your cannabis in some form or another. Decarboxylation refers to the process of slowly applying low heat to cannabis over a period of time in order to convert the THCA cannabinoids naturally present in cannabis into THC. As the cannabis and butter is heated, the cannabis decarboxylases and the resulting THC clings to the fat molecules in the butter. For this reason, it is best to use butter that is high in fat content as it will be able to absorb more THC and make more potent edibles.

Cannabis oil is another versatile option similar to cannabis butter that combines ground cannabis flower with any type of cooking oil. It can be used as an alternative to cannabis butter in cooked or baked edibles, but is more popular in homemade sauces or dressings, sautéed veggies, or fried foods. Cannabis oil is commonly made by extracting THC from the cannabis using butane or another solvent. However, using solvents to make cannabis oil requires significant training, experience and equipment, so should not be tried at home.

Cannabis Extract For Beverages

Lastly, cannabis extract or tincture is most useful for making beverages, requiring only a few drops, but is also quite versatile and can be used as a substitute for either cannabis butter or oil. Tinctures are alcohol-based extracts made using cannabis flower or concentrate alongside high-proof alcohol like Everclear (that is still safe to consume). Isopropyl alcohol and other alcohol products that are not safe to consume should be strictly avoided. After the cannabis decarboxylases, it is combined with the high-proof alcohol in a mason jar and left to sit for several weeks. Once that process has completed, it is strained through a filter to obtain the finalized extract.

Contact Pure Oasis For More Information

In addition to a wide variety of cannabis infused edibles and beverages our product menu also includes a large selection of indica, sativa and hybrid flower, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, along with vape pens and accessories. Choose what works best for your lifestyle: we carry the largest selection of cannabis flower, hash concentrates and oil, infused topical salves, creams and lotions or infused edibles and beverages — we carry it all.

We pride ourselves on giving adult consumers the information to help them make the best choices for their individual needs. Our easy-to-use menu includes THC percentages and gradings that guide you toward your desired effect. Looking for a calming variety? We have you covered. Something to energize? No problem. In need of pain relief? We have something just for you. Many cannabis users report positive benefits such as increased appetite, reduced anxiety, better sleep, improved mood and less pain and inflammation.

We always recommend starting with the lowest dose, so you can feel comfortable trying out a new product. With all the stats from how long effects last to when you should start to notice effects, we take the guesswork out of adult-use marijuana. Think of us like your cannabis sommelier.


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