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Denver Weed Shops Share the Top Mistakes to Avoid When Making Edibles


July 10, 2020

One of the best ways to enjoy weed from your favorite Denver dispensaries is to turn it into delicious creations in your kitchen. Cooking up edibles allows you to control the types of ingredients you use and the dose of cannabis you ingest, but if you’ve never cooked with weed before, it’s easy to make mistakes. While those mistakes won’t necessarily ruin your edibles, they can make the experience less pleasant. Here are a few of the worst mistakes you’ll want to avoid when you start making your own edibles. 

Using Too Much Cannabis
You really can have too much of a good thing when it comes to making edibles. Remember, a little goes a long way when it comes to weed and it can take longer for your body to process the THC when you eat it instead of smoking it. Keep this in mind when you’re adding weed to your edibles. Use the smallest amount necessary to get the high you’re expecting. You can always add more in the next batch if you decide it’s not strong enough.

Using Raw Weed
It’s a common misconception that edibles are just your favorite dishes made with bits of ground up flower tossed into the mix. You need to activate the THC and that means taking time to prep your weed. Grind it up lightly, taking care not to overgrind your weed. Then, spread it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place it in the oven for a few minutes. You don’t need tons of heat. Set the temperature at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit and let it sit for about 45 minutes. Once it’s cool, you’ll be able to incorporate it into your recipes. The result will be a better and more potent high.

Cooking With Too Much Heat
You can overcook your cannabis and when you do, your edibles won’t get you high no matter how much you consume. Try to cook dishes that won’t require high temps. Baked goods like cookies, biscuits, bread, and brownies can be baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit which is just cool enough to keep the weed from breaking down. Any hotter than that and you’ll start to lose potency.

Make Sure You Add Fat
Cannabis works best when you combine it with fats like oil and butter. This helps your body break down the THC more quickly and makes your high more potent. Make sure you’re adding fat to your edibles in keeping with the recipe. You don’t need a ton—just enough to make the cannabis more bio-available. 

Get Cooking Today
Making your own edibles is a great way to experiment with cannabis from the comfort of your own kitchen. Just make sure you avoid making these mistakes and your creations will be both delicious and rich in the cannabinoids you love. Not a huge fan of whipping up meals at home, but still want to enjoy a delicious edible? Stop by Altitude the Dispensary today and pick up some of the best edibles in Denver.