How to Disguise the Taste of Weed in Edibles
You may be of the school of stoners that likes an edible treat now and again, or you may be a medical user in search of the tastiest options. You may also be a host or party-goer who wants people to fully enjoy themselves with various intoxicating offerings, and wishes to make a potent potluck dish that doesn’t taste like mulch.
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You should never give people any sort of illicit substance without their knowledge or consent, but you should make your well-labeled foods taste as good as—or better than—food that doesn’t get you high. (Failure to warn people of potentially hyperdimensional space capacity in your food can result in their going plaid , or you know, losing their job or making an unexpected hospital visit.)
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Aside from the potential for getting way, way, way too high from ingesting too much THC, the taste of cooked weed itself is not so appetizing. Depending on the strain, there are potent, oily resins that can make things taste like you’re chewing on a fat branch. I find West Coast edibles to also be too-potent-tasting about 80% of the time, and it’s because deep, earthy, pine-y hemp is a tricky flavor to work with and, being that many use it as medicine, taste is often an afterthought to strength.
But if your aim is to make tasty treats that go down just a little too easily, here are some things you can do to minimize the taste of actual cannabis in homemade edibles:
Cut the fat
If you want the ability to make edibles on a whim, make your butter or oil extra strong, in advance, and freeze it for future projects. A double or triple dose of THC in the same amount of fat will take up less space in the freezer and also require less up-front oil. This concentrated extraction will not taste that good used in large quantities, but when mixed with fresh, uninfused oil, it’s much less brutal. Fats lose a lot of their unique tasting notes when infused with heat and herb and, adding in virgin stuff right before cooking nails those unique flavors that complete a recipe, like flowery butter, nutty sesame, or peppery olive oil.
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A good example would be chocolate chip cookies. If you can’t taste creamy, warm, sweet butter, they lose some of that magic. Using a ratio of ⅔ fresh butter to ⅓ infused butter in any baked application is a great way to make sure that your cookies don’t taste like Willie Nelson’s bong water. This works for coconut oil too, which makes wonderful baked goods and goes well with the aroma of cannabis.
Concentrates are a virtually foolproof method for adding THC to food if you are judicious with the potency. Different types of concentrates provide varying strengths and effects, and a much less dramatic scent when compared to raw cannabis. Though all concentrates can still potently flavor a dish due to the high terpene content, the most foolproof way to limit their taste is to limit how much you use. One gram of concentrate can clock in at 750 milligrams of pure THC, so for a tray of brownies, use no more than one third, and you shouldn’t taste much.
Oil and fat-loaded savories like aioli, cheesy dips, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese are all places where the slight flavor of cannabis is actually delicious, not disturbing. Experiment with sugarless things that pair well with other herbs like rosemary and thyme and you will soon see weed’s earthy flavor in a new light. Buttery things like pie crust and hollandaise sauce also make really luxe cannabis food, and they don’t change the original recipe much or at all.
Caramel Is Your Friend
Even the weed Kool Aid Man couldn’t bust through the Maillard-driven flavors of caramel candy. Hard and soft caramels with decarboxylated concentrate stirred in are pretty common ways to get your dose, but if you don’t have candy making skills, caramel sauce made with cannabutter is another excellent route. The creaminess flows around the peppery weed and, if you make rosemary caramels, you can hardly taste cannabis in that flavor pool.
Chocolate is Your Best Friend
Chocolate is the end all be all of weed cover up. You won’t notice much even with super potent treats, and it’s a great option for making either compact and strong bites or a big batch of something more mellow. Chocolate’s bitterness and complexity allows you to surround the less-tasty qualities of cannabis with chocolate totality, even if there’s a bit of plant matter in there.
The best chocolate truffles I’ve ever made are vegan and full of super fine bud particulate, which normally tastes terrible. To roll up these simple treats, warm 1 cup of coconut milk with some cracked cardamom, and stir that into 1 pound of finely chopped dark chocolate until melted. Fold in some extra finely ground, once-pressed herb you’ve used to make other infusions. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, then form into a ball shape, toss in some cocoa powder, and wrap with wax paper.
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Deploy any of these techniques or ingredients for a bit more of a gourmet experience and less of a hold-your-nose-and-wolf-it-down-scene. Once you learn what you personally like and don’t like about the taste of cannabis, you can begin to insert it into dishes that you actually enjoy, instead of knocking back treats like shots of crappy whiskey.
New York’s Highest. Sicilian AF. Artist, writer, wicked witch. @realdanhell on InstagramYou may be of the school of stoners that likes an edible treat now and again, or you may be a medical user in search of the tastiest options. You may also be a host or party-goer who wants people to fully enjoy themselves with various intoxicating offerings, and wishes to make a potent potluck dish that doesn’t taste like mulch.
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What do weed brownies taste like?
I will be going to a party Tuesday night and, as usual, there will be weed. I’ve never tried it before, just because I hate smoking things. But I feel I would be more likely to try it if it was in brownies- and my friend told me she’d make some just for me. Thoughts? How will it taste? Will I get high?
Lol, I’m so inexperienced.
Lol i think as a pothead i can give you the best answer. They taste disgusting. Depending on how potent they are of course. They won’t be a good treat that you would want to have everyday or anything. But you should be able to stomach them. Its basically taste like plants and chocolate. You will get high. But i suggest you just go ahead and smoke. Since weed brownies take at least thirty minutes to kick in. Longer if you have eaten. And they last for like 6 hours. Or since you are a light weight until you fall asleep. But if you really want to take brownies then just eat one. ONLY ONE. You are gonna get quite high off of one brownie. Like can’t get up off the couch high. Anymore and you will probably just pass out and sleep the whole high away. Goodluck. Oh and i hear some people don’t get high there first time. But since its an edible and i got really high my first time i wouldn’t worry about that.
EDIT: I really suggest you just smoke. If you smoke you can stop between hits and that will insure that you don’t get too high. And if you don’t like the way its feeling you can just quit. I personally love getting super high but i remember when i first started smoking being super high at parties was not fun for me. I would get really paranoid.
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I will be going to a party Tuesday night and, as usual, there will be weed. I’ve never tried it before, just because I hate smoking things. But I feel I would be more likely to try it if it was in brownies- and my friend told me she’d make some just for me. Thoughts? How will it taste.
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No. The last time I made them I actually left the weed in, instead of straining the oil . Contrary to popular belief they tasted very good. I use 1 box of organic brownie mix, what ever the amount of oil it calls for is what I simmer 2 medium size buds (chopped or ground fine) for 30 mins. I add a little extra oil because I add chopped nuts, chocolate chips and a little pastry flour. I use organic coconut oil, and add butter after the 30 mins. of simmering, (butter can’t handle 30 mins. of simmering) Yes it can stink up the house. If your weed is good you don’t need a lot. The amount I use tends to make me stagger around my kitchen. One day I’ll get the dosage right. I don’t smoke and only make them for friends that are going through chemo. My reward is getting to lick the bowl and test tasting. You should only eat 1 or 2 brownies,1 1/2 by 1 1/2 in. Make sure you have other things to eat for munchies, keep remaining brownies put away and out of sight or you’ll use them for munchies and that’s not a good thing to do.
Um they taste like brownies with a bit of a grassy taste (but it really just depends on how much weed oil is used). Another thing, DON’T EAT MORE THAN ONE OR TWO. you could easily overdose because since it takes a while to feel the effects, you’ll think it’s not working. It is. You just have to wait a while and then the effects are stronger and last longer than if you were ro smoke it. (make sure you’ve got a ride home or something because the high could very well last a full 24 hours. ) have fun.
I will be going to a party Tuesday night and, as usual, there will be weed. I’ve never tried it before, just because I hate smoking things. But I feel I would be more likely to try it if it was in brownies- and my friend told me she’d make some just for me…Thoughts? How will it taste? Will I get high? Lol, I’m so inexperienced.
10 Common Myths About Edibles, Debunked by a Ganja Expert
Originally published by First We Feast
You know stoners are really hitting their bongs stride when marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations in various parts of Los Angeles. That statistic alone is worthy of a toke.
Over the past seven years, major policy shifts, ballot initiatives, and successful legalization efforts have brought marijuana to a national stage. As of now, four states have fully legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use, with a handful of other states poised to follow suit.
With the rise of “casual consumers” (think Flanders-types and grandparents), and the shift in transactions from sketchy back-alleys to well-appointed dispensaries, it’s no surprise then that the edible marijuana industry has exploded onto the marketplace, attracting the public with elaborate baked goods and infused oils that make pot brownies seem old-fashioned. Companies are increasing sales and profits at an astonishing rate. Meanwhile, agricultural consultants with degrees in plant science, master chocolatiers, and former bakers have entered the scene to create more competition in a billion-dollar industry backed by venture capitalists.
Few people are as plugged into the cannabis-cooking scene as Elise McDonough, who is a High Times staffer, author of The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, and official judge at the Cannabis Cup, where she rates recipes like Reef Jerky and Cali High Iced Tea. “The products keep improving every year,” says McDonough.
With the emergence of big brands and a growing acceptance about consuming pot, there is more reason than ever to understand the ins and outs of cannabis foods.
Here, we have McDonough set the record straight about the most pervasive rumors surrounding edibles—read up before you cop that next bag of pot gummy bears.
1. Throwing weed into your brownie mix is the first step towards gettin’ toasted.
McDonough says: “In order to activate the THC, you need to infuse your cannabinoids into a fat, and then add that infusion to your recipe. Do this by simmering plant matter into your chosen fat—whether it’s butter or oil. The heat allows the THC to bind with the fat. This chemical process—of converting THCa into THC—is known as decarboxylating and is essential for making edibles. Cannabis in its raw form isn’t psychoactive. If you just grind up the bud and throw it in your batter, you’re going to waste a lot of weed, and your brownies won’t be potent. You’ll definitely get the fiber that’s missing in your diet, but you won’t get the high.”
2. The most potent cannabutters are made by simmering for three days.
McDonough says: “It’s long-held hippy wisdom that the best butters always require a time-consuming, tedious recipe of stirring and babying your cannabutter. But this makes a simple procedure seem more difficult than it needs to be. You can simmer your butter for as little as three to four hours, as long as you’re reaching appropriate temperatures to extract the cannabinoids efficiently. It doesn’t have to be painstaking. In fact, it’s something you can easily do in a crock pot. Toasting your cannabis at 240ºF for 30 to 60 minutes before simmering in fat for one to two hours will activate most of your cannabinoids. You can make a butter by simmering at a low temp for a longer time, but you can also make it just as potent by simmering it at a higher temp for a shorter time. (Too much heat for too long will cause THC to convert into CBN, which is known for its sedative qualities.)”
Photo courtesy Elise McDonough
3. Lab-tested edibles reliably contain the amount of THC listed on packaging.
McDonough says: “Most edibles, even lab-tested ones, have some variation in potency from the label claims. The science behind testing cannabis-infused foods is still in its infancy, and methods can vary based on the type of food, the state you’re in, and who’s doing the testing. In theory, you could take the same product to two labs and receive two different results, because there’s not overarching regulation of the cannabis-lab industry. Read reviews to make sure the brand of edibles you’re choosing has a good track record for accurate labeling and consistent experiences. A candy bar that has 100 milligrams of THC might have less—usually not more though. According to testing done by Cannalytics, Michigan’s premiere cannabis analytical laboratory, about a quarter of all edibles on the market were under 50% activated.”
4. You should eat an entire edible to see how you react to its potency.
McDonough says: “If you are new to cannabis foods, be cautious and consume very small amounts until you are sure how they will affect you. A beginner’s dose should range from 5 to 15 milligrams of THC. Always look for cannabis foods which state the THC content in milligrams, and choose products with doses in marked increments of 10mg for beginners.”
Photo: Robert Sietsema
5. Eating mangoes will cause your weed to feel more potent.
McDonough says: “This rumor started because mangoes and cannabis both contain myrcene, a terpenoid that contributes to flavor and smell. According to High Times contributor Dr. Mitch Earlywine, no formal studies into this effect have been done, and this ‘mango mojo’ is most likely a placebo effect.”
6. Edibles are always best in dessert form.
McDonough says: “This is a tradition that has no basis in any sort of fact. Pot brownies were popular initially because of Gertrude Stein’s girlfriend, Alice B. Toklas, who published a cookbook in the ‘50s that introduced the consumption of pot to mainstream America. The phrase ‘Alice brownies’ became widespread, and our popular imagination held on to this image. But the truth is you can use cannabis butter or oil in any sort of food you want to eat—hummus, vegan stir frys, etc. The reason the dessert scene became so entrenched is because chocolate and peanut butter are effective at covering up grassy taste. That’s why dessert mode has become a favorite for many people.”
7. The type of weed you use doesn’t matter.
McDonough says: “Theoretically, THC is THC, whether you’re getting it from hash, high-quality buds, or low-quality trim leaves. The molecule should, in essence, be the same—you’d just have to use more trim. But this issue mainly comes into play with flavor. When you get that green, grassy tasting edible, that’s from the chlorophyll in the trim. I prefer hash because it has an earthier, nuttier flavor that pairs a lot better with different kinds of food. The science of pairing cannabis with food means terpenes come into consideration. These chemicals are found in many plants, not just cannabis, and determine smell and flavor. If your ganja smells like citrus, it is because of a terpene called limonene, also found naturally in lemon peels. Rich, ripe, fruity aromas emanating from your bag of herb come from terpenes called myrcene, also found in lemongrass and mangoes. Hints of pine needles come courtesy of terpenes alpha and beta pinene, also naturally present in rosemary. Peppery-tasting marijuana contains sabinene, a terpene also found in tea-tree oil. Mint-flavored cannabis has alpha-phellandrene, and so on and so forth. Naturally, you’d have to finish up with a chocolate dessert infused with a minty cannabis strain high in alpha-phellandrene. Savory dishes like rosemary roasted potatoes would benefit with the addition of cannabis butter from a strain containing pinene.”
8. You can OD on edibles.
McDonough says: “There’s a lot of controversy over the word overdose, which has a connotation that it’s a fatal condition. With edibles there’s no such thing as a fatal overdose. It’s impossible—you’d literally have to eat nine pounds of hash. If you have an alcohol overdose, you throw up and you have the spins. You’ve poisoned yourself essentially, but just because you didn’t die doesn’t mean it’s not an overdose.”
Photo courtesy Elise McDonough
9. Edibles labeled “double strength” are the most potent products
McDonough says: “If an edible comes in a package that says ‘double strength,’ it doesn’t mean anything unless you know what’s being doubled. You never know what they’re assigning as a dose. First you need to ascertain the THC amount. Most reputable companies have the THC content listed in milligrams.”
10. Edibles made of BHO (butane hash oil) concentrates are better than those made with cannabutter.
McDonough says: “In Colorado, a lot of the bigger edible companies are creating their own extractions. So they use the extract as an ingredient to formulate their product. Edibles made with BHO might be more consistent because it’s easier in the manufacturing process to use an extract to achieve batches, but BHO flavor is really gross. It gives a harsh, acrid aftertaste in the back of your throat.”
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