Valentine’s Day may be over, but there is no rule against a little self-love in the form of a chocolate bar. Infuse it with some cannabis, and you’ve got yourself a decadent treat packed with plant-based medicine. Making your own cannabis chocolate is easy and takes about 30 minutes (not including decarboxylation time). Also, you must decarb your cannabis before infusing it with the chocolate. Before you begin this process, talk to your doctor and budtender about how to determine your preferred cannabinoid dose.
Cannabis Chocolate Recipe
Ingredients and materials:
- Your preferred dose of cannabis tincture or cannabis butter. You can also use decarboxylated cannabis flower ground into a fine powder (use a mortar and pestle, food processor, or spice grinder to pulverize the cannabis).
- 300 g chocolate chips or baking chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more therapeutically beneficial the final product.
- Medium sized saucepan.
- Heat resistant bowl. The bowl should be able to fit in the saucepan.
- Chocolate mold.
- Fill a medium-sized saucepan a third of the way with water. Heat the water on high until it comes to a boil. Remove the pan from heat.
- Put the chocolate in a heat resistant bowl. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan. The chocolate should begin to melt without burning or sticking to the bowl. Stir frequently until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the cannabis. Stir well to make sure that the medicine is evenly distributed.
- Pour the cannabis-infused chocolate into the chocolate molds. Do not overfill the molds.
- Tap the mold on the countertop 3 times gently to remove trapped air bubbles.
- Allow your chocolate to cool on the counter for about 20 minutes.
- Place the cooled chocolate in the refrigerator until it becomes hard.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Although cannabis chocolate is loaded with therapeutic benefits, it is an edible. Ingesting cannabis can be a very effective consumption method, but it also comes with some risk. Ingested THC metabolizes differently than inhaled THC. The THC metabolite produced through THC-ingestion is far more potent than the metabolite produced by THC-inhalation. This means that a high-THC edible can produce a more potent high than the consumer may expect. In addition to increased potency, ingested cannabis takes a significantly longer time to produce medicinal effects. This is because the route to the bloodstream through digestion is longer than the one created by inhalation. It is recommended that consumers wait up to 2 hours to increase their edible dose. It may take that long for the edible to kick in. Consuming too much of an edible too soon can result in an extremely potent high that lasts up to 5 hours if not longer. If this is not what the consumer hoped for, it can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience. In fact, most adverse responses to cannabis consumption occur in response to ingesting too much of an edible. Enjoy your cannabis chocolate but take it low and slow if it’s infused with THC.
Here is what we recommend:
- Talk to your doctor about the effects of edibles ingestion and the quantity recommended to treat your condition before consuming your cannabis chocolate.
- Measure out a small dose (10 mg THC or less) of your chocolate.
- Eat it in a safe place. You may want to consume your cannabis with someone you know and trust, especially if this is your first time and you aren’t sure how you will respond to the medicine.
- Wait at least 2 hours before consuming more of the cannabis chocolate. Take note of how you feel after the first dose.
- If you don’t notice any effects, try a 15 mg dose of THC the next day.
- Continue to experiment with a minimum of 24 hours in between each dose change until you find an amount of THC that leaves you comfortably medicated.
Cannabis is medicine and has helped countless people for thousands of years. Like all medicines, it comes with risk. Talk to your doctor before consuming a cannabis product. Cannabis can have adverse effects on people with pre-existing cardiovascular and psychotic disorders.