How to Make and Bake Weed Brownies (Yep, We Went There)
The “special brownie” needs less introduction than most baked goods, but you’ll find no sloppily constructed, slightly burnt bars here.
For those who don’t live near a dispensary (or a group of friendly college kids), here’s a low-key way to get your hands on safe, tasty edibles: Go homemade.
Not only will they taste better, but when you DIY, you’re also fully in charge of how much bud actually ends up in the brownies. This recipe calls for a full 1/8 ounce of cannabis, yet the process still works if you decide to use less.
BTW, if you go by this spice conversions chart, 1/8 ounce of parsley (the closest cannabis comparison we could find), is equal to about 3 tablespoons. So, roughly 3 tablespoons of weed is about what you need. You’re welcome.
We made the full batch of the cannabutter recipe below, used our preferred amount in the brownies, and stored the excess in the fridge in a clearly marked container (emphasis on “clearly marked”).
Before you dump the contents of your grinder into a box of Duncan Hines Double Fudge, hang on a sec. To draw out cannabis’s full potential in edibles, it must be decarboxylated.
Decarba-what? Decarboxylation is basically a fancy way of saying that the herb needs to be heated to fully activate it to its psychoactive form. Think: A joint won’t get anyone high unless it’s lit on fire.
This recipe makes 16 potent brownies. While they’re delicious, we don’t recommend you eat more than one at a time. If you’re new to all this, eat a small one. And be patient. It could take up to 90 minutes for the brownie to digest and the high to hit you.
Also, different strains of marijuana have varying levels of THC, so they can impact each person differently. Brunt TM, et al. (2014). Therapeutic satisfaction and subjective effects of different strains of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0000000000000129 That, combined with how long it takes for the effects to kick in, and it’s easy to take more than intended.
We don’t mean to kill your buzz, but some adverse side effects of ingesting too much THC include motor impairment, extreme sedation, agitation, anxiety, cardiac stress, vomiting and, in rare cases, psychosis.
In fact, edibles are responsible for the majority of doctor visits related to cannabis intoxication. Barrus DG, et al. (2017). Tasty THC: Promises and challenges of cannabis edibles. DOI: 10.3768/rtipress.2016.op.0035.1611 You don’t want to be that guy (or girl, or unicorn, or whatever). So please, only eat a little 👏at 👏 a 👏time.
Yep, we went there. Tips, tricks, and a detailed recipe for making pretty darn delicious, homemade magic brownies.
The Best Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
The best recipe for simple and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using either cannabis-infused coconut oil, cannabutter, or cannabis sugar. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 25 minutes.
Let’s make Cannabis Brownies!
If you’re finding this recipe through a random search, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
After combing the internet for a perfect cannabis brownie recipe, I realized that it didn’t exist, so I sought out to create it.
Many recipes are too complicated and inaccurate, and I wanted something simple I could share with you and my Cannabis Compass Online Course students.
Instead of making this complicated, I’ve set out to make this the easiest guide for how to make cannabis brownies with simple infusion instructions and four alternative infusion options.
Please join my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community if you have any questions about cooking with cannabis, making cannabis brownies, how to make this recipe specifically, or anything else you can think of!
Option #1 – Make Cannabis Oil or Cannabutter First
The easiest and most palatable option for making cannabis brownies is to start by making either cannabis coconut oil or cannabutter first.
Mastering just one of these recipes will help you make more recipes beyond just brownies.
If you have never made either of these recipes before, be sure to:
Making your own oil or butter at home allows you to choose what type of cannabis flower you want to use.
THC dominant cannabis flower is the most preferred starting material, but you can also use CBD hemp flower, or even leaves, trim, and shake.
I also have instructions on how to make these brownies with full-spectrum CBD oil at the end of this post.
Once you have your cannabis-infused oil or butter prepared, you can use it anywhere fat is called for in a recipe.
That means you can then use this recipe or your Grandma’s sacred brownie recipe as is, and just swap regular oil or butter for infused oil or butter.
Should You Use Butter or Oil For Your Cannabis Brownies?
Choosing between using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter is a personal taste preference.
I prefer the coconut oil while my husband prefers cannabutter.
Learning how to discover your own personal cannabis preferences is something I teach inside my Cannabis Compass Online Training Course.
Either way, they perform nearly the same when baking and can be made the same way following the same methods, and used nearly interchangeably in any recipe.
Option #2 – Make Cannabis-Infused Sugar
While it’s more likely that you have access to cannabis butter or cannabis oil, you can optionally make a cannabis-infused sugar to use in this recipe.
You can use cannabutter and cannasugar in combination for an ultrastrong batch, or use either one, depending on what you have on hand and readily available.
Option #3 – Use Cannabis Flower
Alas, some impatient friends don’t want to wait the 4 hours to make an infused oil and insist on adding cannabis flower buds directly to the batter.
While it’s not my favorite or the most palatable way to make brownies, it will still work.
However, it’s important to note that you must decarboxylate the dried cannabis flower before adding it to the batter in order to reap the full benefits of activated CBD and THC.
If you skip this step, your brownies will not be as strong as you desire, or many not produce any intoxicating effect at all.
Option #4 – Make Brownies With Leftover Cannabis Pulp
It’s not my favorite way to make brownies, but yes, you can absolutely add the leftover cannabis pulp from making butter to your brownie mix.
I would recommend still using the infused butter or oil as called for and then adding in a ¼ to ½ cup of the leftover pulp as an additional ingredient.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of nuances when it comes to cannabis edibles, which is exactly why I put together this Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
This guide will answer all of your questions about cannabis edibles in general.
This Guide to Edibles covers:
- The Importance of Decarboxylation
- Understanding Edibles Delayed Onset
- Exploring Why Edibles Can Be More Potent
- Determining Final Product Potency
- Safety Considerations for Consuming THC Edibles
- Why Edibles Are Both An Experiment & Commitment
- Dosing Recommendations for Beginners
Below you will find questions and answers specific to this cannabis brownie recipe.
Can I just use a BROWNIE box mix?
Yes, you sure can!
A typical Betty Crocker brownie mix calls for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of vegetable oil.
Just swap that vegetable oil for ½ cup or ⅔ cups of your cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter and follow the directions as is.
How much Cannabis should I use?
When making cannabis coconut oil or butter, the most commonly used ratio is 1 ounce of cannabis flower to 16 ounces (1 pound) of oil or butter.
This recipe calls for a half-cup of cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter, which breaks down to approximately ¼ ounce of cannabis flower used in this recipe.
How do I make potent Cannabis brownies?
Your final milligram dosage of either CBD or THC will be entirely dependent on the strength of the material you start with.
If you make your product with trim or shake, it will be less potent than if you make your cannabis oil or butter with premium, high-quality flower.
When it comes to edibles, remember: the better the bud, the better the budder.
You can also adjust the amount of cannabis flower used to make your oil or butter.
While the traditional ratio is 1 ounce of flower to 1 pound of oil or butter, you could do a ratio of 1 ounce of flower to ½ pound of oil or butter for a more potent final product.
How do I find the final dosage of each brownie?
It’s important to know that estimating the final potency of cannabis edibles is nearly impossible unless you know the percentage of CBD or THC in the material you start cooking with.
If you purchase your flower at a dispensary, it will state the % THC, making the process much easier.
From here, you can input your information into an online calculator that will help you guestimate your final concentration.
If you don’t know the potency of your starting material, the final potency can be anyones guess.
What are the effects of cannabis brownies?
Cannabis edibles affect every person differently because of our own unique endocannabinoid systems (ECS).
This paired with our own unique physiology means we will all experience the effects differently.
Some of the most common effects include a feeling of intoxication or being ‘high’, sleepiness, drowsiness, happiness, pain relief, and more.
Additionally, some people will not feel the effects of edibles at all, as covered more in-depth here in my Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles.
How long do cannabis brownies take to kick in?
It can be difficult to determine your ideal dosage when orally consuming cannabis because the onset of the desired effect is significantly delayed in comparison to sublingual, topical, or inhalation consumption.
Orally ingested cannabis is slower to take effect, with the typical onset time ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, or even longer, depending on the individual.
While the effects of edibles are delayed, they tend to manifest stronger and last longer with a peak onset of noticeable effects setting in between 1 to 3 hours post-consumption.
The effects of cannabis edibles can last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours or more and vary gratefully from person to person.
Will making cannabis brownies make my house smell?
If you are decarboxylating your own cannabis flowers and infusing your own cannabis coconut oil or butter before making your brownies, then yes, your house will definitely smell.
If you already have the oil or butter prepared and are not actively decarbing or infusing, and simply just making brownies, the smell will be significantly reduced.
How long do cannabis brownies last?
In my house, 24 hours!
But in all reality, these cannabis brownies have the same shelf life as any other brownies and should be consumed or frozen within 7 days to prevent spoilage.
What if my dog ate my cannabis brownie?
As silly as that sounds, its a legitimate question that gets asked more times than I’d like to admit.
Dogs do well with CBD, but they don’t do great with high amounts of THC.
If your dog eats your cannabis brownie, I urge you to call your vet for further recommendations.
Easy Homemade Cannabis Brownies
The very best recipe for easy, simple, and delicious Fudgy Chocolate Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients, just your classic, delicious, medicated brownies that are ready in just 40 minutes.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour*
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter*
- 1 cup white sugar (or cannabis-sugar)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- *Optional toppings: nuts, chocolate chips, sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Grease an 8″x8″ metal baking pan and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder to remove any lumps, then add the salt, followed by the baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, cream together the cannabis oil (or cannabutter), white sugar, and brown sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the creamed sugar and beat on medium speed for one minute (note: the color of the mixture should lighten a bit).
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low until everything is well incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to a greased baking pan. Lightly tap the pan to even out the batter.
- Optional: add any topping as desired, like sea salt.
- Place the pan in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes.
- The time will depend on your oven and your brownie consistency preferences. Test the finished brownies with a toothpick. Unlike making a cake, the toothpick does NOT need to come out clean. Making fudgy brownies will leave deliciousness on the toothpick. Just verify that what is in the toothpick doesn’t have a batter consistency, which would indicate that the batter needs to bake a bit longer.
- If you can wait, allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy and repeat!
*Cannabis coconut oil is easier to work with at room temperature or when it is melted, as compared to refrigerated. Just don’t melt it in the microwave!
*When measuring flour or cocoa powder; we recommend you use a spoon to transfer the flour from the container to your measuring cup and then leveling out with a flat edge, like a butter knife. This helps prevent packing and makes for better brownies.
*For even FUDGIER brownies, use a 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour instead of 3/4 cup.
*Optional: Your brownies can be topped with chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or flaked sea salt before baking.
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Easy, simple, and delicious Cannabis Brownies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. No fancy ingredients & ready in just 25 minutes.