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Strain-Specific Snacks

Five tips for making easy strain-specific edibles at home.

Love strain-specific edibles but have a hard time finding them? You are not alone! As people learn more about the variety present in cannabis’ many strains, many find that only some of these options give them the effects they are looking for. For those strain-sensitive patients who prefer edibles, this can present a challenge. It’s not always easy to find the strains you need locally, but it can be almost impossible to find them in edibles. Since most edible companies leave the strain a mystery (or mix many strains together) it is hard to find specific strains when you need them.

Making edibles at home is a great way to bypass the problem but edible recipes can get complicated. Most people don’t want to labor over a pot for hours, constantly checking that the temperature is still in the perfect zone. If you have had a hard time making edibles at home, here are five shortcuts simplify this tasty task:

Use a Magical Butter Machine

Edible bases can be tricky to make, and usually involve a long infusing process where the temperature needs to be just right. The Magical Butter machine really simplifies this process. You put your decarboxylated marijuana and your butter into the machine and push a button. Two hours later, your perfectly infused butter is ready to go. Since it can help make many common bases like butter, oil, glycerin, honey, and alcohol, the Magical Butter machine can simplify almost any edible recipe.

Cook the Weed Right In

Infused oils aren’t the only way to make an edible. If you want to skip the process of making a base and get right to making your edibles, try these recipes that use the flower itself. Do you ever vape your favorite strains? This delicious pesto recipe turns the left over flower in your vape into a culinary experience. Or try turning your cannabis into canna-flour, with this zucchini bread recipe. The recipe teaches you how to grind up your preferred pot into a powdered form that can be baked right into your favorite treats.

Eat it Fresh

You can skip the cooking altogether by eating raw cannabis fan leaf. This not only simplifies your process, but you can also gain the benefits of the plant’s unaltered natural compounds like THCA. The most popular method for consuming the raw plant is juicing it. The juice can be mixed with other fruit or veggie juices for flavor and can be frozen in ice trays to preserve for later. Still, some skip the juicing all together and put the leaf straight into their salad. The high is fairly different from infused and decarboxylated edibles so you might also find that different strains work well for you fresh than when consumed other ways.

Use Concentrates

Another great trick for making quick edibles is using cannabis concentrates instead of flower or trim. Any decarboxylated full-melt concentrate can be mixed into oil, butter, honey or any other infusible base without needing as much time or heat as it would if you were infusing in trim or flower. This can drastically cut time and difficulty of the recipe. Check out this recipe for BHO-infused pumpkin seeds which explains how to decarboxylate your full-melt and mix it into an oil. Once you know how to decarboxylate full-melt concentrates, you can mix them any other infusible base just as easily. Kief can also a make great addition to your edibles. This recipe for crystallized ginger covers the ginger directly in kief, no need for infusions.

Find the Right Flavor

Have you ever made an edible only to find that cannabis flavor didn’t blend well with the way the recipe tastes? Don’t fight against the flavor, find the right recipe for your favorite strains. Expert edibles chefs like Jessica Catalano have made this easy by offering strain-specific edible recipes. Catalano has already done the hard work of figuring out what culinary treats will blend with what strains. Love the effects from Diesel strains? Try this recipe for NYC Diesel hummus wraps. Want to use a lemony sativa like Super Lemon Haze? Try these Super Lemon Haze lavender cupcakes. Prefer a heavy indica like Hashplant? This Hashplant cinnamon roll monkey bread is already perfectly balanced for the flavor. Listen to the experts and you won’t have to worry about making a tray of cookies that ends up tasting like a skunk.

Making edibles can be complicated, but following these tips and recipes, they get a whole lot easier. Time to stock up on your favorite strains and try out a recipe or two. You may be surprised with how simple it is to create these delicious and medicinal treats.

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