If you’ve paid any attention to cannabis news you’re probably aware cannabis edibles have been a hot topic. For years the grey market has had beautifully packaged, tasty infusions but now with legalization, edibles are illegal to buy and sell. There will be new laws passed for edibles and concentrates a year into legalization that will allow and regulate them.
In the mean time the only legal option for edibles is to make them on your own. Eating cannabis is a lot healthier than smoking and will provide longer lasting effects, but how do you make them?
The Cannabis Cooking Company set out to create a class that gives you all the information and experience to feel comfortable making edibles at home, calculating the dose, storing them, and lots more. A couple people in the class had tried making edibles before, but stuck to cookies and brownies with mixed results. The space for the cooking class was a film studio so it was the perfect place to have a class like this, with an amazing view. There were four stations set up, one per pair, that were custom made for the class and look fantastic. As we chatted about our experiences the last few people made their way in, adding their comments. Before getting down to the class, we were given a Cannabis Cooking Company t-shirt of our size to take home with us.
I’ve made cannabutter and cannabis coconut oil before, but had very limited experience with infusing it. I had only tried making simple things before. I was really excited to learn more complex infusions and couldn’t wait to see what we were making.
The class started by learning about everyone’s experience level with cannabis, and a quick education about THC, CBD, and the abundance of cannabinoids in cannabis. The class was mixed from people who smoked before class to an individual who had never tried cannabis before. We then looked at five different strains grown by the folks at the Cannabis Cooking Company and various infusions: alcohol tincture, cannabutter, infused coconut oil, and infused honey. This showed some of the options people can use to infuse their food.
In our class we learnt how to make Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil, Easy Canna Gummy Bears and Canna Peanut Butter Cups. We started by making our vegan chocolate from scratch, poured half into the molds, and left it in the freezer to solidify. As the chocolate was cooling we gathered around the main cooking station to see the preparation and decarboxylation process. This was talked about in depth, cannabis can’t be eaten straight the buds contain THC-A that needs to be heated to convert it into THC for psychoactive effects. This process is done in a fraction of a second when smoked, but takes about 20 minutes at 225F. I really liked the amount of information that was included in the class so that people could replicate it at home and were informed about what and why they were doing it. All the recipes were emailed out after the class so you could be engaged rather than taking notes.
As the cannabis was decarboxylating, we mixed some peanut butter and maple syrup for the inside of the cups and put it in the freezer to harden up. In the mean time we learnt about how to calculate the amount of THC in each of the products we were making. To do this you need to know the percent THC, the amount of cannabis being used with how much butter/coconut oil/alcohol/etc., the amount of infused butter/oil/etc. used in the recipe and how many pieces it makes. With this info they explained how you could calculate the approximate dose per infused treat. We did the calculation for the canna coconut oil, which was shown in the decarboxylation process, and is the same strength used in the gummy bears and chocolate peanut butter cups we made. This brought it all together, showing you the calculations to confidentially dose the edibles you’re learning to make. We did a couple more examples to ensure everyone knew how to do the calculations.
As we wrapped up, the peanut butter mixture was hard enough to portion out into our half filled molds. Through out the process the Cannabis Cooking Company staff came around helping us and cleaning up as we went along. Once the peanut butter mix was put into the cup, it was time to cover/fill them up with the rest of the chocolate. Once that was all done, it was left in the freezer till the end of class.
Now we turned our focus to the gummy bears. I feel everyone had been eyeing the gummy bear molds, waiting in anticipation. We were quickly lead through the ingredients, which were all pretty common. We started mixing the ingredients and bringing it to a boil to make sure it was incorporated. The pots were watched carefully to ensure they reached the right consistency before we raced to get them into the molds before it solidified. The trays were put in the freezer to harden them up.
As everything was cooling we did a couple quick trivia questions, where the correct guess got you a Cannabis Cooking Company apron. It was also a good opportunity to ask any questions. The organizers were looking for feedback, as this was their first class. It was brought up having gummy bear kits available, including the main things you need so people can make it at home with their own cannabis. There were also some people interested in growing cannabis, at it was mentioned they might do a growing class in the future as well so keep your eyes pealed for that.
As we pulled out our creations from the freezer, we were given branded childproof containers for the Easy Canna Gummy Bears, a container for the Canna Peanut Butter Cups and paper bags to carry them home in. Overall it was a beautiful experience that included a lot more information than I had expected. The recipes were quite simple and straightforward so you could make them at home, but something I never have or would have considered attempting to make on my own.
Each person left the class with around 75, ~10mg THC gummy bears and 6, 60mg THC peanut butter cups for them to enjoy. Trying our creations at home, I was pretty amazed with what we had created. The gummy bears had a nice texture to them with the cannabis coconut oil being a subtle flavour. Being dosed around 10 mg of THC each it is a great amount for people to figure out their tolerance.
It was advised for people to start with the gummy bears and figure out their tolerance before having part of a 60mg THC peanut butter cups. The peanut butter cups were vegan, which tasted amazing. The chocolate wasn’t overly sweet, but the added maple syrup and peanut butter really balanced it out. The flavours worked well together, making it really hard to notice the cannabis coconut oil hidden in the chocolate.
Everyone attending the class seemed really happy with their experience and the products they got to bring home. Some were interested in coming back with friends as they have 8 stations available to accommodate a class of 16. The Cannabis Cooking Company has weekly classes on Saturday afternoon from 2pm-5pm in downtown Toronto. You can sign up for their next class on their website, here.