Pot brownies are a ubiquitous staple in the cannabis scene. Two universal favorites, weed and chocolate, come together to form one of the most prized and popular edible recipes. A batch of weed brownies is perfect for sharing with friends at your next suitable function, but remember, enjoy responsibly. Want to learn how to make weed brownies for yourself? This recipe is naturally egg- and dairy-free with a gluten-free option, so it’s sure to be an all-around crowd-pleaser.
Cannabis Brownies Recipe
What you’ll need:
Cheesecloth or strainer bag
Measuring cups and spoons
1 Medium mixing bowl
1 Large mixing bowl
9” x 13” Baking Pan
1 cup coconut oil
⅛ oz cannabis (or desired amount)
1 cup maple syrup
½ cup soy milk or other milk alternative
1 T vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour (or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose flour)
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 T baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Making Your Cannabis Oil
Begin by creating your cannabis coconut oil infusion. You can do this several days in advance and store the oil in the fridge. Making cannabis oil may sound daunting, but this easy method never fails.
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
- Use your scale to weigh out ⅛ oz or your desired amount of weed. Break your buds up with scissors or a grinder and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Toast for 30-40 minutes, gently stirring every 10 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the coconut oil on low. Add the toasted weed and cook on low for at least one hour, stirring frequently.
- Place your cheesecloth or strainer bag over a cup or jar and carefully strain the plant material out of the oil mixture. If preparing in advance, store your cannabis-infused oil in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Making the Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your baking pan with cooking spray or oil and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, dairy-free milk, and vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour the melted oil into the dry mixture. Add the wet ingredient mixture, chocolate chips and walnuts (if using), and stir until well-incorporated.
- Pour brownie batter into your prepared baking pan and bake for 30-45 minutes.
- Remove the brownies from the oven when small cracks appear on the surface. If you’re unsure whether your brownies are done, insert a toothpick straight down into the center of the pan. If the toothpick comes out clean, the brownies are fully baked. If not, bake for three more minutes and check again.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into 16 equal servings. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Yes, it’s very tempting to eat a 350-degree pot brownie directly from the oven, but try your best to resist. When brownies are allowed to cool before cutting, they become more compact and easy-to-cut. This is VERY important when you want to control your THC serving. If the first brownie you eat is crumbly and too hot to savor the taste, you’ll be more tempted to eat another right away. Anyone who has ever eaten too many edibles will tell you: this is a mistake.
How Much Weed Should I Use?
Even some of the most-seasoned stoners are reluctant to dip their toes into making edibles due to the fear of getting too high. It’s harder to gauge your limits with edible cannabis because the effects take longer to kick in. By the time you’re too high, it’s too late. This is why the state of Colorado has limited edibles to 10mg of THC per serving, although one brownie at a dispensary may count as multiple servings. Responsible dosing and measurement can take some of the guesswork out of edibles, but it’s still important to start slow and know your limits.
The potency of your weed brownies will depend on the THC content of the strain you are using, the quantity used, and the number of servings you divide your brownies into. Say, for example, you choose to make one cup of cannabutter(or canna oil) using 5 grams of cannabis with a THC content of 25%. When decarboxylated properly, the entire cup of cannabis oil would contain roughly 1250mg of THC. If you cut your tray of brownies into nine equal squares, each brownie would contain roughly 139mg of THC(almost 14 times Colorado’s serving size guidelines). If you cut your brownies into 16 pieces, the serving would be closer to 78mg.
Our recipe calls for ⅛ oz of cannabis (3.54 grams), cut into 16 pieces. According to this cannabis oil potency calculator, one of these brownies would, therefore, contain approximately 55mg of THC. Depending on your tolerance, one-half of these brownies may be a good starting point. According to a study, edibles take about 30 minutes to an hour to kick in, with peak concentrations at two to four hours. If you’re considering re-dosing, wait at least one to two hours before you even think about eating another brownie.
How do Weed Brownies Work?
There’s a reason eating raw marijuana doesn’t get you high. Weed brownies use the basic principles of decarboxylation and fat-infusion to achieve their intoxicating effect. Toasting your ground herb in the oven converts the THCA to THC, which activates marijuana’s psychoactive properties. Infusing your decarboxylated plant matter with a fat-like coconut oil or butter makes it easy for your body to absorb and results in the strong and long-lasting high for which edibles are known. Cannabutter or canna oil can be used in a variety of recipes, brownies are just one delicious example.
Brownies are a classic addition to any epic stoner party or “pot”-luck, and creating this cannabis-infused edible is easy for even the most-beginner home cook. Remember to weigh your bud carefully and allow your brownies to cool completely before consuming for a delicious and safe experience. Happy baking!