Have you ever wanted to learn how you can make your very own CBD-rich brownies? Making your own CBD-infused edibles isn’t only a great way to save money, it is also the perfect way to make snacks you love that also contain exactly the right amount of CBD for your unique health needs and tastes.
If you’re curious about what it takes to make your very own CBD-rich brownies, we’re going to tell you everything that you need to know, including the ultimate recipe.
What to Know About Making CBD Edibles
Making CBD-rich brownies is a very similar process to the one that you would follow to make traditional pot brownies. But, instead of a typical cannabis strain, you would use a strain that is exceptionally CBD-dominant. As you probably already know, if you are reading this article, unlike pot brownies, CBD brownies will not get you high. However, they will bring you relief from pain, anxiety, depression, and a range of other medicinal benefits that are associated with CBD.
As fat-soluble and hydrophobic substances, cannabinoids like CBD are best infused into oil-based products such as butter and oil. To make these edibles, you will either need to make the oil and butter yourself or you can purchase CBD oil, preferably in the form of an isolate. It’s important that the CBD is extracted from a rich strain of cannabis in order to infuse it into olive oil, coconut oil, or butter.
The process of making CBD edibles is very similar to that of making cannabis concentrates. The goal is that you end up with a brownie that is pure and therapeutic. There are many different ways to make CBD brownies and other edibles and it has become a very popular practice in recent years. CBD edibles are considered to be one of the most effective ways to provide increased bioavailability of cannabinoids, by making it easier for your body to absorb. Since cannabis-infused butter (cannabutter) is a great way to infuse CBD into brownies or any other edibles, we will start off by looking at how you can make your own cannabutter.
How to Make Your Own Cannabutter
To make CBD brownies, you will first need to infuse the CBD-rich strain into a butter or ghee. This will activate the properties of the cannabis (the CBD), which will allow you to cook the brownies as you normally would.
You can begin by cutting up the butter and mixing it together with water and your CBD-rich strain, like hemp. Then place the mixture into a pan and allow it to simmer (it mustn’t boil) for three to four hours. Make sure to stir every half an hour, and keep your eye on it to ensure that the mixture starts to become thicker as the water evaporates. Remember that the strain itself should always be floating – it must not be cooking on the bottom of the pan –so be sure to keep an eye on this too.
After a few hours have passed, the mixture should have hardened because of the absence of water. At this point, you can let the mixture cool down and prepare a colander that you can decant into. Use cheesecloth to line your colander before you pour your CBD-infused butter into it. While most of the butter will drain out naturally, you can squeeze out the rest in order to prevent wastage, before you throw out the CBD-rich strain which is no longer needed.
Place the butter in the fridge until it goes completely solid. When it has solidified, you can focus on removing any excess water. The butter can be carefully detached from the bowl by using a sharp knife to remove a small piece, just big enough so that you are able to get your spatula in under the rest of the butter to get it all out.
If your cannabutter is a bit wet, you can pat it dry before sealing it in an airtight container and placing it back in the fridge. Your cannabutter should be slightly green in color, and it’s best to use it while it’s still fresh.
If you don’t like the idea of making your own cannabutter using CBD-rich cannabis, you could always buy some ready-made cannabutter. However, if you are going to go this route, remember to check the contents of the butter beforehand – you want to make sure that you are using a CBD-rich strain.
Once you have your cannabutter – either self-made or shop bought – you can go ahead and make your very own CBD brownies using the recipe below.
How to Make CBD Brownies Using Cannabutter
Here’s the ultimate recipe for making your very own CBD-rich brownies using cannabutter.
- 7 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 3/4 ounces
- 6 ounces dark chocolate 60-70% cacao
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cannabutter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all purpose-flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray or butter and set it aside. Melt the cannabutter and regular butter together in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the chocolate until the mixture is fully combined and smooth. Remove saucepan from the heat and allowed the mixture to cool down for 5 minutes.
Use a small bowl to whisk together the flour and baking powder. Use a large bowl to whisk together the sugar, vanilla, eggs, and salt until the mixture is fluffy and light yellow. Add the chocolate mixture and mix together until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix it all together until combined.
Pour together into the greased pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the pan. The top should have an even, shiny crust. Leave it to cool for 20 minutes.
Now your brownies are ready to be cut into 12 even pieces and served warm.
Final Thoughts on CBD-Rich Brownies
Hopefully now you have a clear idea of how to make your very own CBD-rich brownies. Of course, you can make adjustments to the above measurements as you wish. If you would like to make a bigger batch, simply increase each of the measurements equally. Also feel free to use as much or as little CBD as you like.