Pot brownies can be made in a variety of ways, and there are a million different recipes that will work, however, with varying degrees of efficacy. The key to preparing any kind of pot for oral consumption is maximizing the oral bioavailabily of THC and other cannabinoids. So keep these considerations in mind:
* - This recipe does not require boiling/simmering the weed in butter.
- While THC isn't very water soluble, it is very lipid(milk, butter, oil) and alcohol soluble. Now, some recipes call for real butter while others maintain that butter can also be substituted with margarine, but since real butter has more fat, THC will be much more soluble in it.
- When trying to extract THC and other cannabinoids from the plant material, it helps to apply a bit of heat to the mixture and to grind the pot up into as fine of powder as possible before cooking it.
- THC has a boiling point of roughly 390°F. So when cooking the bud in butter do not let the solution boil for very long and get too hot. Instead, it is probably best to just let the mixture simmer, and after mixing in the rest of the cooking ingredients bake in the oven at around 350°F.*
Cheap and Easy Magic Brownies:
- 8 oz. "unsweetened" baking chocolate.
- 3/4 cup (1 - 1/2 sticks) butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup flour (you won't use all of this.)
- 1 oz. cannabis buds or leaves (shwag/brick weed will suffice. There's no need to spend $200-300 on a batch of brownies.)
Perparing the Batter:
- Remove seeds (and stems if you'd like) from your buds. Throw the rest of the desired components into a coffee grinder and pulverize until you end up with very fine green powder of equal consistency throughout.
- Put the "green flour" into a measuring cup and mix with enough regular flour to make 1 cup of mixed flour.
- Put the butter and chocolate into a bowl and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until the butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
- Stir in sugar, eggs, and the mixed flour until well blended.
- Optional: You can add an extra 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of milk to make more cake-like brownies.
- Bake in a greased foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Be careful not to overbake!
After letting the finished brownies cool down, cut into 20 to 24 single-serving squares. Depending on how much attention you paid to the considerations listed earlier, the pot brownies should kick in anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes after ingestion. It's a creeper high so give it a good hour to peak before you eat more.
Pulverizing your weed in a coffee grinder is CRUCIAL to making good brownies--this is one of the reasons why dry weed is preferable for cooking--aside from the economic advantages.
It's a common misconception that THC is heat-activated. In fact, THC is sensitive to heat and will break down when heated too much. Weed is often boiled or set to simmer in butter when used in cooking in order to extract as much of the THC from the plant matter as possible before straining it out and discarding it.
However, when the weed is pulverized into a fine powder to be used as a partial substitute for flour in a baking recipe, this tedious and temperamental step is avoided. This method ensures that the brownies maintain even texture (no bits of weed getting stuck between your teeth) while utilizing all of the weed and thus retaining all of the THC as well.
But I encourage others to try out different recipes and compare the results themselves. This method obviously doesn't work with pre-constituted brownie mix, but traditional brownies aren't that hard to make. Personally, I've found that using 1 oz. of stress and this method produces the best tasting brownies with the optimal potency, and it only costs me about $60 for a batch that serves 20+.
As a warning: it is guaranteed that your kitchen will reek of pot after this process.
As a second warning: it is generally a good idea to wait about an hour or two after ingestion to determine whether you need more. Usually 1 brownie with the above recipe should do the trick. But if you are determined to push the envelope, give it enough time to fully kick in before proceeding with a second helping.