Cannabis edibles contain cannabinoids that you can consume through food or beverages. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that can affect your mind and body after consumption. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid that provides the experience of a “high.”
How do they affect us?
Edibles are digested like other foods, and then the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to does the rest. The endocannabinoid system is an extensive network of chemical signals and cellular receptors densely packed throughout our brains and bodies.
The “cannabinoid” receptors in the brain — the CB1 receptors — outnumber many other receptor types in the brain. They regulate the body through immediate feedback, turning up or down the movement of whichever system needs to be adjusted, whether hunger, temperature, or alertness.
Our bodies produce molecules called endocannabinoids to stimulate these receptors, which have a structural similarity to molecules in the cannabis plant.
The endocannabinoid system regulates and controls learning and memory, emotional processing, sleep, temperature control, pain control, inflammatory and immune responses, and eating. This vital system is currently at the center of renewed international research and drug development.
When trying edibles for their medicinal properties, begin with a low dose, then increase the dose depending on your individual needs. You can boost your dosage of cannabis products slowly over a few weeks to reduce discomfort and ensure safe cannabis consumption.
Cannabis-infused Chocolate Pudding Recipe
A simple yet delicious weed-infused chocolate pudding recipe that takes less than thirty minutes to prepare. Then, only an hour to cool before you can enjoy this tasty treat.
- 1 1/3 Cup Sugar (white or light brown sugar)
- 4 Tbsp Cannabutter (unsalted butter)
- 2/3 Cup Cocoa powder
- 1/3 Cup Cornstarch (or baking powder)
- 4 Cups whole milk (or oat milk)
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 Cup Chocolate bar scraping or chocolate chips
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Mix dry ingredients (sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and cornstarch) in a medium saucepan, and whisk together.
- Slowly pour in milk and mix.
- Place on the heat and whisk until reaching a boil on medium heat.
- Allow to cook for thirty seconds, and reduce heat.
- Remove from heat and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add cannabutter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and place in small serving bowls.
- Cover with plastic wrap. Place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour after cooling down.
- Garnish with scraped chocolate or chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and whipped cream when ready to serve.
- Enjoy your cannabis-infused chocolate pudding!
Steps for Making Cannabutter
Here, we provide a detailed guide with all the steps to make a delicious, potent cannabis butter for making cannabis chocolate pudding.
Choosing the Buds
The quality of your cannabis flower is essential. It can affect the potency and flavor of your finished weed oil. It’s crucial to find a high-quality strain with the desired effects you’re looking to feel. Pairing potent, decarbed cannabis with good quality butter is an excellent way to ensure that you have the best cannabutter for your pot brownies recipe.
In raw form, marijuana has no psychoactive potential. Natural cannabis and its derivatives contain cannabinoids THCA and CBDA. When you eliminate A, you’ll find THC and CBD. Without activation, this drug does not cause any psychoactive effects.
The cannabis plant is organically non-psychedelic. This plant material contains high amounts of cannabinoids such as THCAs and CBDA, which form a broad range of cannabinoid acids. To achieve the ‘high’ effect of marijuana, you will have to convert the cannabis through the decarb process.
Cannabutter is primarily made by decarboxylating cannabis flowers and can be made using various techniques for the infusion process. The cannabinoids within cannabis flowers are activated when they are decarboxylated or removed. You can place your desired amount of weed on a baking sheet and place it in the oven at 375 to decarb fast at home.
It is possible to soak decarbed buds with fat by following several techniques. Probably the most basic version occurs over the stove using one or two large pots. Mix the butter in equal amounts of water to make a batch of cannabutter.
The process aims to keep the temperature within 160 to 220 degrees, so be proactive in piloting your newly brewed mixture from the start to the end.
After simmering and slowly increasing the butter’s temperature, you must strain it. Put a few layers of cheesecloth into jars and utilize an elastic band to keep it safe during tension. You can do the same process with a coffee filter if you don’t have access to a cheesecloth.
When strained, it can easily be removed or recycled into compost, and the butter can go into a mason jar. Then, placing it in a mason jar for a few hours in the refrigerator will complete the process.
You can use the cannabutter immediately to make cannabis chocolate pudding and many recipes involving cannabis. Infused butter and fats last up to six months in the refrigerator and up to a year in the freezer when appropriately stored in mason jars or other sealed glass containers. Cannabis pudding should last about a week in the refrigerator.
Choosing the Right Strains for Weed Chocolate Pudding
Cannabis strains are considered a pure or hybrid genetic variation of the plant Genus Cannabis. There are three species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Ruderalis is not as popularly known; however, it is a derivative of cannabis with the lowest THC levels.
Although they are popular among the cannabis community, hybrids are not considered a species as they are made of Sativa and Indica, with typically one or the other dominating the gene pool.
Those within the cannabis community report that there are nearly eight hundred unique weed strains worldwide, but that number has increased steadily throughout the years. Different strains are created yearly as botanists experiment with crossing classic marijuana strains with hybrids to change their genetic qualities.
Tips for Cannabis Cooking
- Decarb before adding ground cannabis. If you don’t, the cannabis butter will not taste ideal and less potent because the cannabinoids do not have time to activate entirely. Low heat is the way to go with this process for the best marijuana and the most delicious recipes.
- Use a hand grinder or coarse coffee grinder for optimum results when grinding your weed.
- Be patient when straining the cannabis. A cheesecloth, gravity, and time are the three ingredients needed to strain your marijuana-infused butter properly. Do not squeeze the cloth at the risk of adding in excess plant matter.
- Remember to occasionally stir in a large bowl with this recipe for an even level of THC potency and flavors when making cannabis-infused chocolate pudding.
Other Common Types of Cannabis Dessert
Here are some of the most common types of cannabis desserts you’ll find online and at your local dispensaries to save time:
- Cannabis-infused Beverages
- Baked Goods (brownies, pie, cookies)
- Hard Candy
Creating cannabis edibles at home may seem overwhelming initially, but it’s all about starting with a few easy recipes and experimenting with more difficult dishes as you feel more capable.
At Leafy Mate, we recommend starting with this simple cannabis chocolate pudding recipe. Once you get that recipe down, you can move to more advanced edible recipes.