Weed edibles are one of the most popular cannabis products. They appeal to those who are new to the cannabis world and want to try it but aren’t ready or able to smoke marijuana. They also appeal to experienced cannabis users. They offer an inconspicuous way to get your cannabis hit and are easy to take on the go.
While you can purchase these tasty treats online, some people prefer and enjoy making weed edibles at home. But, often, these homemade products can come out tasting a little weedy.
We’ll take a look at why that is and provide tips to help you hide the taste of weed in your homemade edibles.
What Are Cannabis Edibles?
Cannabis edibles combine two popular products: cannabis and food. This winning combination can refer to many types of food, from candies to baked goods. Common edible products include:
- Cannabis cookies
- Cannabis-infused chocolate
- Weed gummies
- Cannabis hard candy
- Marijuana caramels
Edibles offer users long-lasting effects but have a relatively extended onset time. After ingesting edibles, you should allow 30 minutes to an hour for the edibles to take effect. Your body needs time to process and digest the product. The trade-off for this delayed onset of effects is that your edibles can last anywhere from a few hours to eight (or more).
When it comes to choosing which type of edible you want to purchase or make, it’s a matter of preference. With so many different options, you are sure to find one that appeals to you and that you will enjoy.
The Distinct Taste of Weed
So, why can the taste of weed be such a deterrent to making edibles or buying them? Because, for some people, weed doesn’t taste good.
Each cannabis strain has its unique taste, aroma, and effects. But, the most common flavour profiles notes in cannabis strains include words like:
Though some of these flavours may pair well with edibles (citrus flavours and chocolate can be a winning combination), others do not, leaving people with a disappointing tasting edible.
The taste of each strain is determined by its terpene profile. With over 100 different terpenes possible, there are seemingly endless different flavour combinations created and found in plants.
Though the flavour of the edible will generally mask this flavour, weed can still have an unpleasant undertone that can be off-putting to some users.
How to Mask the Weed Flavour in Your Edibles
So, how can you ensure your edibles don’t taste too much like weed? There are some tricks you can use.
- Use concentrates or oils. Though you certainly can use cannabis flowers to make your edibles, concentrates are a great alternative. They are potent, so you won’t need to use as much concentrate as you would a bud. Because less is used, their flavour will likely be fainter and easier to mask, but this would not sacrifice the effects that you expect.
- Make strong cannabutter and canna-oil. The majority of edibles are made using cannabis butter and cannabis-infused oil. These are often made in advance so people can use them as they want. To help temper the taste of weed in your creation, make your cannabis butter and oil potent so you can use less in your recipes. Many people half the amount of cannabis butter a recipe calls for and sub in traditional butter to make up the difference, leaving you with a great product that doesn’t taste too much like weed.
- Go for the chocolate. Cannabis chocolate is an excellent edible option for those with a sweet tooth. It is also a perfect option for homemade edibles. Because chocolate itself can be a bit bitter and complex, this is considered a benefit when fusing it with cannabis. This bitterness can often overpower the weed taste more easily than other edibles.
- Branch out from sweets. Though edibles most often refer to sweets and candies, there are tons of recipes out there on cooking with cannabis. Mixing cannabis products with heartier dishes that may contain other herbs can help temper the taste of weed.
- Match your flavours. Whether you are planning to cook using cannabis oil or a cannabis flower, you can do a lot to improve the taste of your edibles by ensuring the flavours complement each other. For example, if you are making chocolate, don’t choose a CBD oil that is cotton candy flavoured. A vanilla or chocolate flavoured oil would likely work better. By ensuring your flavours all work together, you can create a more flavourful and delicious product.
A Note on Dosing
When using any cannabis product, it is essential to know your limits. As you make your homemade edibles, you can figure out how much cannabis is in each serving by taking the amount of cannabis in the recipe and dividing it by the number of cookies (or whatever product you are making) you end up with.
Cannabis edibles combine two things most people genuinely enjoy: food and cannabis. They can come in the form of baked goods like brownies and cookies, candies such as gummies and chocolates, and more.
Though this seems a winning combination to most, some products, especially homemade edibles, can taste a little too much like weed. Some people may find particular edibles have an earthy undertone, or their smoky flavour may come through too strongly.
There are many things you can do to mask the flavour of weed in your edibles, such as:
- Using oils and concentrates when making your edibles.
- Use a less amount but more robust cannabis butter or oil.
- Make chocolate-based edibles.
- Try new, heartier dishes, not just sweets.
- Ensure your cannabis flavours complement the recipe.
Finally, remember you can always buy your edibles online as well. Homemade edibles are known to taste a bit more like a weed than professionally made ones, so buying them from a professional retailer can help ensure you get a better-tasting product.