One of the best things about legalization finally catching on is the ability to have your cannabis any way you like it. There are endless options for consuming cannabis out there. There are also plenty of tips and tricks for finding great edibles to buy.
But for people who want to make their own cannabis edibles and who are new to the scene, creating treats that don’t taste like plant-y awfulness is one of the biggest challenges.
In theory, cannabis edibles deliver the cannabinoids you need and the experience you want, all without the harmful smoke. But in practice, the delicious meal or dessert experience is frequently lost to the infusion process. The taste of cannabis can be downright overpowering, and some strains can taste like pure fat no matter what you do. Is there any way to enjoy your food and still reap the benefits of your edibles?
Yes! It is in fact possible, and all at home without special equipment. You too can have cannabis edibles that don’t taste bitter like herbs.
Here is how to minimize the taste of cannabis in homemade edibles.
Disclaimer: We really hope this goes without saying, but you should never give anyone any sort of cannabis or anything else without their consent and knowledge. It’s unethical, illegal, dangerous, and can have serious consequences.
Our tips for making cannabutter and other edibles taste less like cannabis can help deliver the experience you want, and take the “canna” out of your cannabutter (but only in terms of the flavor!).
Bake From Scratch
Mixes are great if you’re just getting started, but you can only modify them so much before you change how they taste. Baking from scratch is always the better choice, whether or not you’re infusing. If you are, your homemade edibles will knock everything else out of the park if they’re really made from scratch.
This goes for savory meals too. Remember, it’s not just brownies anymore.
How’s Your Cannabutter?
Pay attention to the state of your cannabutter, and don’t skip it. Using cannabutter is important to the taste of lots of edibles, especially baked goods, as opposed to using shatter, concentrate, or even cannabis oil in many cases. Butter is among the most important sources of flavor in most baked goods, and it also keeps them tender.
You can also brown your cannabutter before you use it in cooking or baking. Just toast it over low heat until it looks brown, and use it as normal. This adds a more complex, nutty butter flavor and further eliminates that plant taste.
Source Cannabis Matters
When you’re making edibles with cannabis, use full flowers, not trim. Trim is a cost-effective way to use up a crop of cannabis, but it can really ruin the flavor of cannabutter with its woodsy, bitter aftertaste.
Slowly extracting the cannabinoids from unmanicured flowers in a slow cooker or large kettle produces a cannabutter that is better-tasting and higher quality overall. For a superior flavor, we recommend full flower.
We also advise you to use only clean cannabis. You wash your veggies, right? You don’t want pesticides or anything else hurting your flavor or your health.
Blanch your cannabis after soaking it in distilled water for a couple of days. This helps you create a pure extract that binds well with your fat of choice.
Finally, don’t forget decarboxylation. Always decarb your starting flower.
Strong flavors rule
The right flavor combinations are critical. If you don’t want to taste cannabis, disguise it! A sharp lemon ginger or cinnamon molasses cookie is going to hide that herbal flavor a lot more effectively than a sugar cookie or a shortbread cookie.
Caramel coats the palate with Maillard-driven tastes, so stirring decarboxylated concentrate right in is an excellent option. Cannabutter-based caramel sauce is also a great choice for hiding your herb.
Chocolate is better still for covering up even strong tastes. Even strong edibles won’t win out over a deep chocolate flavor. The complexity and slight bitterness of chocolate really masks that plant taste.
Another great choice? Peanut butter or almond butter.
Good Ingredients Only, Please
For a much tastier experience, use good, high-quality butter or coconut oil if you’re vegan, and a good, high-quality, top-shelf cannabis strain. It will cost more, but your results will taste better.
Really strain your cannabutter or oil well. Use a cheesecloth, a very fine mesh strainer, or both to strain the cannabutter so that you don’t have bitter-tasting plant matter in your finished product.
Cut the (Infused) Fat
If you really want to be able to make edibles on demand, the key is to make stronger infusions and keep them around. A very strong dose of THC in your cannabutter or infused oil via a concentrate, for example, allows you to mix infused fats with regular fats, to improve the overall flavor. You can freeze your potent infusion in small amounts and unfreeze it as needed.
Concentrates are a wonderful way to infuse your food with cannabis but not cannabis taste. Of course, especially concentrates with high terpene content can still flavor a dish to a potent degree, given that a single gram of concentrate can deliver up to 850 milligrams of THC, you don’t need that much to get the job done.
Think Savory, Not Just Sweet
When you veer away from sweet treats, it actually gets easier! Garlic, cheese, and dishes full of savory fats and oils are absolutely ideal for infusing. That includes cheesy dips, aioli, yummy dressings, gooey mac and cheese, you name it. You deliver cannabinoids like a pro and the cannabis flavor isn’t going to bother anyone.
Final Thoughts on Hiding the Cannabis Flavor in Edibles
Deploy any of these ingredients and methods for less stinky pot brownies and more tasty, smooth cannabis edibles in your life. And once you learn your own personal taste when it comes to cannabis flavor, you can actually use it to enhance dishes.