How To Make Edibles For Beginners

So, you’d like to dip your toes into the world of marijuana edibles.  It’s a good time to do it – more and more people are making and eating edibles these days, partly because it allows you to get a nice high without having to smoke anything. 

Luckily for you, making edibles isn’t anything difficult, contrary to what some people might assume.  Read on for a comprehensive guide on how it’s done, along with some tips and tricks for making sure your edibles go off without a hitch.

How To Make Edibles For Beginners

Making Edibles

There are a few mistakes that people often make when it comes to edibles.  The most common one is biting off more than you can chew – literally and figuratively – and getting way too high, meaning that you have a terrible time. 

Another one is thinking that it has actual pieces of weed in it.  While we suppose you could do that, it’s probably better that you don’t – it doesn’t really taste all that good.

It’s pretty simple – all you need to do is combine a fat with your ground cannabis to create the makings of your edible. When we say ground, that means it’s best to grind it up into the smallest pieces you possibly can, as this will mean more of the good stuff from your weed making its way into the final result.

Some people like to use a coffee grinder to get a nice fine powder, but don’t worry if you don’t have one – just use the best grinder you have.  A pestle and mortar wil also do nicely. 

How much weed you actually use is up to you – obviously the more you use, the stronger your edibles will be – but for most things, you’ll probably want to use at least an eighth. 

However, think twice before you go too much higher than that. Some people can have a tendency to think they can take more than they can, and that’s a recipe for having a bad time. Don’t start to add large amounts unless you know what you’re doing.

Cooking Methods

The most common fats to use are either butter or some kind of cooking oil.  Either will work well, but if you go with butter, you’ll need to take extra care not to burn it. There are a few different cooking methods open to you, each with their own pros and cons.

On the stove: This is the most common way of making bud-infused fat for edibles, and it also has the virtue of being the quickest as well. To do this, set the temperature as low as you possibly can and then mix the ground-up weed with the oil in the pan (a saucepan or frying pan will both work).

Stir them together for about twenty minutes – keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn – and then remove the pan from the heat. The oil you make this way won’t be the most potent, but it should be strong enough.

In a slow cooker: If you have the time (and a slow cooker, of course), this is arguably the best way to prepare your cannabis oil. There’s no chance of the weed burning and the slow cooking process means that the oil will become very powerful.

Don’t just place it straight in the cooker, though.  Seal your weed and oil mixture in a waterproof glass jar.  Place it in the cooker, and then fill the cooker halfway full of water. Put on the lid, set it low, and then leave it to do its thing.

Six hours is the minimum you’ll want to leave it for good results here, so it’s not much good if you need your edibles in a hurry.  With some planning, though, it’s ideal, since once you’ve set it going it doesn’t require any more attention.

In a Dutch oven: Don’t worry if you don’t have a slow cooker, because you can use a Dutch oven in more or less the same way. Seal up the bud and oil in a jar (an oven safe one, naturally), set the oven to around 180F and leave it in there for six hours or so.

Whichever way you choose, you should next filter the oil through cheesecloth to make sure the weed itself doesn’t get into what you’re making. This isn’t a completely vital step, so it’s not game over if you don’t have a cheesecloth.

However, separating the weed pieces from the oil in some way is highly recommended because the taste is nothing great. 



If you haven’t already done it, now’s the time to decide what exactly you’d like to make. Many people’s first experience with edibles is using a packet brownie mix, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.

However, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can make more or less anything you like that has butter or oil as an ingredient.  Go wild on banana bread, muffins, cakes, or even salad dressings!


Now comes the fun part!  Be careful, though.  The high you get from eating edibles is quite different – and usually a lot more intense – than what you’ll get from smoking or vaping.  It’s best to start with a small piece of a brownie, not a whole one.

You don’t want to ruin the experience by getting too stoned quickly, and you can always eat more later. Another thing to keep in mind is that the effects will come on more slowly than when smoking, so even if you’re not feeling anything after half an hour, don’t jump the gun and think nothing’s happening.

They’re also a lot longer lived. At an absolute minimum, you won’t want to have any commitments requiring you to drive, use any machinery, or think all that clearly for the next four hours. If you eat a lot, though, you might still be feeling the effects the next morning

If you find you’ve eaten too much, and you’re not liking the feeling too much, try to remember that you’re going to be fine. It might feel unpleasant, but it’s not going to physically harm you, and it’ll wear off before too long. 

You might want to lie down in a familiar environment, either alone or with someone you trust to look after you. Relaxing music can help, and if you can, you can try to get a bit of sleep.

Final Thoughts

Making and eating edibles can be a lot of fun and the great thing is that it’s not at all difficult. You and your friends can do it without too much trouble and have an absolute blast. Just follow the tips in this article to make sure you don’t make any missteps, and you’ll be golden!

If you enjoyed this article, then you might like to read our post on ‘How To Make Weed Tea‘.

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