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Learn | 07.19.2022

How To Make Edibles With Cannabis Concentrates

Stop decarboxylating your weed; try using a concentrate instead.

So, you’re quite the edibles chef. Have you ever considered using a concentrate instead of a dried flower?

There are a few perks to using a concentrate in edibles. Most notably, it’s a total time saver. It can also make your edibles far more potent than with decarboxylated dry flowers.

If this sounds intriguing, keep reading to learn about making edibles the easy way.

What Is A Cannabis Concentrate?

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If you ever wondered why weed is sticky, you can thank the frosty trichomes for that.

Trichomes on buds are tiny little prongs that contain most of the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids. When pressurized under intense heat, buds give off a thick and sticky resin.

This is essentially a cannabis concentrate, which contains far more cannabinoids and terpenes than your average flower. You can purchase cannabis concentrates in the form of;

  • Rosin
  • Resin
  • Live Rosin
  • Live Resin
  • Cured Resin
  • Hash
  • Distillate

The differences in concentrates depend on the method of extraction. Check out this guide if you’re looking for a rundown on the different main extraction methods.

Can I Use Concentrates When Making Edibles?

Of course, you can! Using a cannabis concentrate over regular dried flowers is not only less time-consuming, but it’s far easier.

Making edibles with dried flowers calls for a lengthy and tedious process, which starts with decarboxylating your weed.

While many connoisseurs and enthusiasts enjoy this traditional process, there’s no harm in introducing a new way to make edibles that takes a fraction of the time it regularly would.

Additionally, it doesn’t matter which kind of concentrate you choose to use. Just ensure the packaging notes that the product contains THC and not THCA (which has not been decarboxylated).

This way, you know it’s been extracted from the plant and decarboxylated through pressure and heat, leaving behind that ooey-gooey dank madness we know and love.

How To Make Edibles With Cannabis Concentrates

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Making edibles with cannabis concentrates is simple. Below, you’ll find two ways to incorporate concentrates into your dish or treat of choice.

It’s worth noting that cannabis concentrates are far more potent than dried flowers, so add and consume with caution when making edibles.

Making Cannabutter With Concentrates

  • Take your chosen amount of butter.
  • Heat the butter so it’s soft, not yet melted.
  • Add in your preferred dose of cannabis concentrate (a little goes a long way).
  • Mix the butter and concentrate until evenly combined (if the butter starts to harden, add a dash of warm water to continue mixing).
  • Place your mixture in the fridge, covered with a lid, plastic wrap, or beeswax wrap.
  • Use the butter whenever you’re ready to whip up a batch of edibles.

Making Cannaoil With Concentrates

  • Take your chosen amount of oil (olive, coconut, avocado, etc.).
  • Heat the oil until warm, not hot.
  • Add in your preferred dose of cannabis concentrate (a little goes a long way).
  • Mix the oil and concentrate until evenly combined.
  • Place your mixture in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar.
  • Use the oil whenever you’re ready to whip up a batch of edibles.

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