To make CBD brownies, you must first infuse the CBD-rich strain into a butter or ghee – this will then activate the properties in the cannabis (the CBD), allowing you to cook the brownies as you normally would.
Start off by cutting up the butter and mixing it in with water and your CBD-rich strain such as hemp. Place the mixture into a pan and allow it to simmer but not boil for three to four hours. Stir every half an hour, and watch to make sure that the mixture becomes thicker as the water evaporates. The strain itself should always be floating and never “cooking” on the bottom of the pan so keep an eye on this.
After a few hours, the mixture will have become hardened due to the absence of water. At this point, let the mixture cool and prepare a colander which you can decant into. Line the colander with cheesecloth before pouring in your CBD-infused butter. Most of the butter will drain out naturally but to prevent wastage, squeeze out the rest before throwing away your CBD-rich strain, which is no longer needed.
Put the butter in the fridge until it has completely solidified, at which point you can focus on removing any excess water. Carefully detach the butter from the bowl using a sharp knife before removing a small piece, just large enough so that you can get your spatula in under to ease out the butter.
Pat the cannabutter dry if it’s wet before sealing it in an airtight container and putting it in the fridge. The cannabutter should appear slightly green, and it will be best to use when fresh. However, it should be good for a couple of weeks providing it has been made correctly.
If you don’t want to infuse the CBD-rich cannabis into the butter yourself, then you could always purchase some cannabutter ready-made instead – although if you are doing this, remember to check the contents of the butter beforehand as you don’t want to end up with THC in your CBD brownies.
Once you’ve got your cannabutter – either made yourself or shop bought – you can go ahead and make your CBD brownies using your favorite recipe!
Advice with CBD brownies
As the effects of pot brownies and CBD brownies take a good 45 minutes or longer to kick in, the temptation is always to take more. While you cannot overdose on CBD, the effects will plateau at a certain point, rendering the additional CBD ineffective. Therefore, it’s best to be patient and wait, especially if it’s your first time taking the brownies, as this will help you gauge what sort of dosage you need.