I am a relatively new adopter of marijuana and started regularly smoking late last year. Like any closeted suburb kid, I was eased into enjoying marijuana by my good friends: a veritable collection of transplant Seattlites who work hard and take their relaxing time seriously. These were also the people that brought me my first edibles: chocolate chip cookies and brownies that tasted like Tollhouse and Pine Sol. While disgusting, these baked goods served their purpose and I was always stupid high after consumption. Sometimes those edibles worked a little too well and two hours into watching a documentary on The Shining, my head would unexpectedly be in the toilet. It was those bad experiences and overconfidence in our baking abilities that convinced my friends and I that we would start our own business in edibles – we should have just left it to the experts like 3Leaf Edibles. It could have saved us all a lot of headaches.
My issues with edibles, based on my experiences, are that most are highly unreliable for dosing and they taste like flour-dusted pine cones and chocolate. There are gummy edibles and you can buy edibles online, but our solution would be to create our own evenly distributed THC-infused butter and bake cookies that might better extinguish the taste of weed. I suggested lemon-rosemary (without the rosemary obviously) butter cookies and snickerdoodles. After this first batch of around 2-3 dozen cookies, we would distribute them to our friends, record their sure-to-be amazing experiences and then wed make some more cookies, develop a business plan, buy a shop and profit! That’s how all businesses get started, right? Maybe I should see how other baked edibles online are doing the market before launching the business but we will learn as we go along.
Making your own edibles is surprisingly easy. Any stoner who can operate simple appliances and use a whisk (if you rotate from your shoulder your wrist won’t get tired) can do it. You just need butter, a lot of weed, cookie-making ingredients, stuff for a double boiler, cheesecloth, a stove, an oven and most importantly, a friend who doesn’t mind their kitchen smelling of boiled pine needles for an entire day. Luckily we scrounged those up in a matter of minutes.
First, we made the bud butter. The butter is where the magic lies. THC is soluble in fat and as you may know, the experience of getting high requires your body to absorb THC. We set up a double boiler, melted the butter, added weed, strained it and chilled the butter until hardened. Next, we made the cookies as directed, adding our own homemade weed butter in place of the regular butter and plopped the first batch in the oven.
We greedily grabbed a cookie straight off the pan as they came out. We toasted our hard work, gobbled it down and settled in to watch Fire and Ice and let the cookies do their work. 30 minutes in and we found to our dismay that we were not transported. So we ate another cookie. An hour past. We ate another. Two hours. We had watched the entirety of Fire and Ice stone-cold sober. I got up again, brought out three more cookies and a glass of cold milk for everyone as a sign of defeat and sunk back into the couch. My friend was already rolling a joint. Whether she checked out sites like Bud Buddies or watched some videos, it takes her no time at all to roll a joint and it’s so effortless too.
We didn’t succeed at making edibles. We did manage, however, to make the tastiest and most expensive cookies of our lives. I don’t exactly know what went wrong with our experiment. Maybe we didn’t get the pot hot enough or maybe the butter/weed ratio was off but either way, our short-lived fantasy of becoming the Ethan Stowell of edibles shops were dashed. Being a master of weed cookies probably requires more tools and care than a Spock-shaped oven mitt handled by a girl who never once finished a Julia Child recipe. I think I’ll leave edible making to the pros from now on.
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