Let's take a look at how to make CBD edibles at home using hemp flower or CBD oil. From dosing to decarbing… Learn from our mistakes! This quick guide will help you make the tastiest and most effective CBD edibles right at home.
How to make CBD edibles at home
Many people enjoy consuming their CBD in food, but if you’re finding CBD edibles too pricey, then you may be considering making them yourself at home.
Not only will you save yourself a lot of money, but you can also control exactly what goes in them. You can even use your favorite strain or premium full-spectrum oil to dose your edibles to suit your exact needs.
Today we’re going to explain how to make CBD edibles at home. Whether you want to make them with CBD flower or CBD oil, we’ve got you covered with instructions and tips for both methods, so you can enjoy all of the same benefits of CBD edibles, at half the price.
- Dosing Your Edibles
- Making CBD Edibles with Flower
- Making CBD Edibles with CBD Oil
How to make CBD edibles at home
CBD and cannabis edibles are a discreet and convenient way to consume your daily dose of cannabinoids and the effects are longer lasting than any other method of consumption. By using a wide variety of high quality ingredients, you can also make edibles that are more healthy and beneficial than the vast majority of store-bought gummy bears and snacks.
However, if you’ve never made edibles before then dosing can be complicated, so we’ve got some tips on how to get it right with some basics for a delicious edible recipe.
Dosing Your edibles
The easiest way for you to dose your edibles is simply to make your recipe without CBD first. Standardize a single serving by measuring how many pieces, slices, or cups you end up with, and then once you know how many servings the recipe makes, dosing will be much easier to work out.
If you want each serving to contain 12mg of CBD, then simply multiply your CBD serving (12) by the number of edibles, or servings, you’re going to end up with.
12mg CBD x 8 brownies = 96mg of CBD
Then you just need to work out how much hemp flower or oil you need to use to achieve the overall strength. For example, we would use five grams of our Lifter strain flower or two 1ml droppers of our full-spectrum CBD oil.
Making CBD edibles with flower
One of the beauties of buying pure CBD flower is how versatile it is. Smoke it, vape it, make your own oil, tea, or your own yummy edibles.
If you want to make CBD edibles from flower, then you can either start by extracting it and making your own oil, or just add the flower itself to your recipe. But first, either way, you’ll need to start by decarbing it which “activates” the cannabinoid acids and turns them into cannabinoids that can be taken in by your body.
Pure CBD flower contains both CBD and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid). CBDA is the precursor or raw version of CBD and when it is heated, it’s converted into CBD (when you smoke CBD flower this heating process happens automatically).
The easiest way to decarb your CBD flower is in the oven, although you can also buy decarboxylators that will achieve more of a precise job of preparing the active ingredient.
To decarboxylate your CBD flower – simply tear or grind up your favorite CBD flower, spread it over a baking sheet, and bake it at 220 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 minutes.
Then you can add your activated CBD flower to any dish that takes your fancy, from a batch of brownie mix to your next lasagna.
However, if your edibles involve slow cooking, whether this is in the oven or on the stove top, then you can skip the decarboxylation stage as it will happen naturally during the cooking process.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Let me just preface this post by saying that I am biased when it comes to CBD edibles. A good edible may be my favorite way of taking CBD for a number of reasons.
- Are more accessible than other ingestion methods
- Last longer than any other ingestion method
- When prepared properly, they taste absolutely amazing
As someone who’s been making and perfecting their own recipes, I wanted to share some tips for making great CBD edibles that I’ve picked up over the years. While not an exhaustive list, hopefully the following list of do’s and don’ts can help you make effective and tasty CBD edibles.
In This Post, We’ll Talk About
- What CBD edibles are
- Dosing your CBD edibles
- Infusing oils with CBD
- And more…
What Are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are snacks, gums, sugars, beverages, or any food that’s been infused with CBD. They can be formulated differently depending on what experience the manufacturer is trying to offer. For example, Sunset Lake CBD offers coffee beans infused with CBD meant to curb the morning jitters common with caffeine consumption. We also sell full-spectrum CBD Fudge that’s a great before-bed treat.
CBD edibles are different than your average recreational cannabis edibles. CBD edibles that you can buy online usually won’t contain significant amounts of THC — to be considered compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill , CBD edibles must contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC on a weighted basis.
Many CBD edibles don’t contain any THC, meaning they are made with CBD isolate— a form of purified CBD. Our CBD Sour Gummy Bears are one such example.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Making CBD Edibles
Don’t Fly Blind
So you have some CBD Hemp Flower and want to make some CBD edibles? How much flower should you use for your oil infusion? How much oil should you use?
Because edible CBD is metabolized differently than when you smoke it or topically apply it, it’s important to be as precise with your CBD dosages as possible. Unless you’re a seasoned CBD edible user, don’t fly blind.
Do Use a Dosing Calculator for Your CBD Edibles
Making accurately dosed CBD edibles takes a bit of math and plugging in numbers. Luckily, the good folks over at Veriheal.com have created this free-to-use edible dosage calculator that can do most of the heavy lifting for us.
You’ll need a few things:
- A kitchen scale.
- The certificate of analysis that came with your CBD hemp flower.
Using the certificate of analysis, you can figure out your flower’s CBD% and THC% and plug those directly into your edible dosage calculator. You’ll also want to convert the amount of fat (butter, oil, etc.) in your recipe from whatever measurement is given in the recipe to teaspoons, as that’s the unit of measurement our edible calculator uses.
Once you know how much fat (in teaspoons) is called for in your recipe, the number of servings your recipe will make, and how much CBD per teaspoon your flower yields, it’s up to you to determine how many grams of CBD hemp flower you’ll want to use for infusion.
We at Sunset Lake CBD, always recommend starting with a 25mg dose of CBD. That includes homemade CBD edibles. Play around with the dosing calculator until you find that sweet spot.
Don’t Put Hemp Flower Directly into your CBD Edibles
My rookie mistake, I’m not ashamed to admit. One might think that you can treat your hemp flower like any other ingredient during the cooking process.
“A little shake in some brownies… what could go wrong?“
Throwing ground-up CBD hemp flower directly into your edibles isn’t the worst mistake, but it could cause your edibles to be less potent and have an unpleasant texture.
Do Decarboxylate Your Hemp
The secret to great homemade CBD edibles is the activation of CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) and infusion of CBD into a fat, like unsalted butter or coconut oil.
Decarboxylation, or decarb for short, is the process in which CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) loses its carboxyl acid group through heat and becomes CBD. This process is perhaps the most important when making CBD edibles. Without ‘decarbed’ CBD, our edibles won’t have any effect.
This is the most important step when making CBD edibles . If we don’t decarb our CBD hemp flower before infusion, our edibles won’t have any effect.
Decarbing your hemp flower for CBD edibles: step by step.
- Preheat your oven to 230 degrees F
- Prepare a clean roasting pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make cleanup easier.
- Spread out your CBD flower evenly in the roasting pan.
- Cover the pan with tinfoil (not necessary, but helps cut down on smell and keeps the good terpenes in)
- Bake at 230F for one hour. ( Warning: this step is quite pungent. Turn on your overhead exhaust— especially if you live in a shared space.)
- Don’t uncover the pan until it’s cool.
- Remove your CBD flower from the pan and pulverize it until it is an even brown shake. This can be done with a traditional grinder or a mortar and pestle.
- Your hemp flower is ready for infusion
Do Use High-Quality Fats for CBD Edibles Infusion
Using better ingredients means better food. The same is true for CBD edibles. If you want your CBD edibles to be effective and taste good, you should use high-quality fats like coconut oil, or butter from grass-fed cows.
CBD (and most other cannabinoids) are fat-soluble. Not all fats are made the same. Some are better at “latching” onto CBD than others.
The best fats to infuse with CBD are:
- Butter – 93% infusion rate
- Avocado oil- 92%
- MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) oil – 91%
- Coconut oil- 82%
Some of the above oils taste better than others in certain dishes. Plan accordingly!
Don’t Burn the CBD
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve done this before either. After a by-the-book fat infusion, I tried to use my CBD butter in a recipe that called for baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. What a tragic result.
At temperatures over 356F, CBD boils off causing your CBD edibles to become less effective.
You’ll want to stick with recipes that call for baking at 350 degrees or lower in order to protect the integrity of your CBD.
Don’t Eat Your CBD Edibles On an Empty Stomach
You’ll be tempted to dig into your CBD edibles once they’re done. By all means, do, but make sure that you’re eating some non-infused CBD food either before or while you eat your CBD edibles.
CBD edibles, and cannabis-infused foods in general, work better and are more pleasant when you eat them after a meal.
Do Wait for Your CBD Edibles to Kick In
Because edible CBD is metabolized and digested at a different pace than other ingestion methods, you may not notice them kick in right away. Generally, the average CBD edible consumer will start to feel the effects anywhere between 45-120 minutes.
CBD edibles also don’t stop kicking in for quite some time. So unless you want to end up taking a three-hour nap, it’s important to pace yourself.
Do Share Your CBD Edibles
Not much of a tip. But definitely do this!
Time to make your own CBD edibles
While you’re here, check out Sunset Lake’s selection of CBD hemp flower small buds . At a fraction of the price of our premium jarred flower , the small buds are perfect for bakers and chefs alike who are thinking about making their own CBD edibles.