Marijuana-infused edibles are an enduring classic in the world of weed. Popular among those who need a smokeless option for consuming cannabis as well as those who just want to take a break from toking, edibles fill a void that other weed products don’t reach (hint: it’s your stomach). However, the process of making edibles includes the laborious step of infusing butter or oil with cannabis plant material, which can be intimidating for new infusers.
In addition to difficult dosing, infusing fats with bud is time-consuming as well as expensive. Even if you’re using trim or shake, most recipes call for a quarter ounce of flower to each four-ounce stick of butter. That can get really expensive, especially since many cookie and brownie recipes (the easiest thing to bake) require two sticks. So how can you cut down on costs and prep time when making edibles?
Enter butane hash oil! Also known as BHO, this form of concentrate typically comes in a waxy or crumbly texture. With the increased popularity of dabbing, the cost of BHO has gone from prohibitively expensive to relatively cheap. In Washington, for example, BHO can be found in full grams for as low as $20-25. And it’s powerful stuff, too, with a potency range of about 55% to 90% THC. It’s also much simpler to infuse into oil or butter, and doesn’t smell nearly as pungent throughout the process.
Dosing BHO Edibles
Before you get started, you want to calculate the potency of the edibles you’re about to make. It’s a very simple process, especially if you’re using a full gram of concentrate. As an example, let’s say I’m making some peanut butter cookies that I want to have a good kick. The recipe has a yield of 30 cookies. If my gram of BHO clocks in at 75% THC, then I have 750 mg to work with. Dividing the 750 mg of THC by 30 cookies reveals that each serving will contain 25 mg of THC.
Now, that’s a big dose by most standards. The maximum legal amount of THC in recreationally available edibles ranges from 5 mg in Oregon to 10 mg in states like Washington and Colorado. So edibles of this strength are more than double the standard dose you’d get in a store. While that may be way too much for some people, others consider intense potency one of the best features of BHO edibles.
If it does seem like too much, that’s easily remedied by simply using half of the concentrate. If you want to go hog wild and chow down on 50 mg cookies, you can either add a second gram of concentrate or simply halve the recipe. It’s amazing how much more convenient it is to dose!
Infusing Fats with BHO
Making cannabutter or oil is a smelly, hours-long process. Doing it with BHO, you’ll have a ready-to-use butter or oil in just over an hour, with significantly less mess and scent. Here’s what you’ll need in order to make two sticks’ worth of BHO butter.
Ingredients & Materials:
1 gram BHO
8 oz butter
Silicone baking mat (or parchment paper + an oven-safe dish)
Once you’ve got all that together, you’re ready to begin.
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Place BHO on your silicone baking mat, and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. If you don’t have one, place parchment paper on an oven-safe dish and put your BHO on that.
- Once 20 minutes have passed, turn the oven off but leave the BHO in there to cool down for another 20-30 minutes. This allows the continued activation of THC at the same time the extract is cooling.
- Move your BHO to the freezer for at least 15 minutes so it can cool and harden enough for easy removal. This is where a silicone baking sheet comes in handy, since you can just roll or bend it to fit in the freezer. If you’re using parchment, remove the parchment from the oven-safe dish and place that in the freezer.
- Place your butter in the saucepan and heat on medium-low until melted and steamy.
- Remove your cold concentrate and apply it to a metal fork.
- Gently torch the air close to the cold concentrate, so that it starts melting slowly and drips into the hot melted butter/shortening. Once it’s all in there, simply stir until all the concentrate is incorporated.
Be sure your butter/shortening mixture is steaming hot but not boiling. This will allow the BHO to fully mix in with the fats. After this, just place your completed infusion into a storage container and refrigerate until solid. If you need it in a hurry, you can put it in the freezer and stir it every 7-10 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency.
One more note: be sure to carefully label your finished product, both the infusion and whatever you cook with it! Edibles made with concentrate have barely any odor, hardly any taste, and don’t have the green tint that you get with regular cannabutter. Combined with the fact that they’re often a lot stronger, you really don’t want anyone to get into them by mistake.
BHO edibles are a really great experiment for people who are looking for something a little easier and more effective than traditional cannabutter and oils. Give this recipe a try, and let us know what you think!