Infused Edibles: A Holidaze Guide
A New Holiday Tradition
The season is upon us, and it’s time to light up (beside) the Christmas tree. But if the holidays are really a time for family, friends, & feasting, then perhaps there’s an even better option for you this year- infused edibles.
There are so many benefits to enjoying infused edibles that it’s hard to know where to even begin. Not only are they a much more discreet way to enjoy your stash (we know your great aunt Edna can be a little…judgy), they typically provide a more potent & lengthy high. Add the obvious appeal of saving your lungs from harsh smoke, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a sweet, pleasant holidaze season.
Oh, and don’t think we forgot about the feasting. Infused edibles come in the form of any taste, texture, size, or color you may desire. With the right equipment and a little bit of Christmas spirit, you can make just about any holiday meal into a stoney delight.
Tips For Making Your Own Infused Holiday Edibles
- The single step you absolutely cannot skip when you make your own infused edibles is decarboxylating your cannabis. Decarboxylating, or decarbing, cannabis is the process of using heat to activate the THC in the plant so that your body can absorb it.
Decarbing can be achieved in several different ways and most commonly done in the kitchen oven. However, there are also tools such as the Magical Butter Decarbox, which allow precise temperature control of the decarb process so that you can achieve your desired potency.
Keep in mind that decarbing at a lower temp for a longer time frame will ensure better cannabinoid preservation.
- Both THC and CBD are fat-soluble. This means they need fats for your body to digest them when you consume infused edibles. That is why they are usually cooked/ baked with some kind an infused edible oil or butter.
Once you have decarbed your bud, infusing butter is very simple but can be messy and involves some waiting. One way to make it easier is to invest in an automatic butter maker, which can cut your total time on this step down to 10 minutes.
- If you have a three-chambered grinder, you can decarb and cook with your collected Keif as well. Careful, that stuff can be potent!
- Strain Matters! The type of bud you use in your edibles will affect the type of high it gives you- naturally. Are you looking for something to help energize you through your day, or are you looking for a night cap? Pay attention to strain and dosage so that you don’t get taken by surprise in the middle of Christmas dinner!
For a full recipe on making your own edibles, check out this step-by-step Leafly guide here.
Holiday Gift Buying Guide
If you want to play Ganja Clause this Litmas and bring some real joy, these infused edible-inspired gift ideas will keep spirits high all year round!