There’s something enchanting about cannabis edibles. It’s the way that about an hour or so after taking a few bites of an innocent looking cookie (or gummy bear, brownie, licorice rope, you name it) you can be taken downstream on a powerful, full-body high that can last for hours — some giggles included. Edibles also provide a feeling that is far different from smoking, which is one of the reasons they’re gaining in popularity with people who can’t or choose not to smoke.
Many medical patients also prefer edibles because they are more discreet, don’t require smoking, and can have more powerful effects.
But what to do when you’re cooking for one? When it’s the end of the work day and you just want to down an edible and spend the rest of the night sinking into the couch with a grin on your face?
This is where single serving edibles can be a game-changer, and why they should be part of your repertoire.
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Conserve your cannabis
Many people are under the assumption that preparing edibles requires using a large amount of marijuana and producing a batch of brownies or cookies that could go stale before you get to them. For the solo pilot, when facing a recipe that calls for at least a quarter ounce of cannabis, it’s a lot easier to just twist up a joint and get the night started.
Luckily, single-serving edibles require far less cannabis to prepare. Even just a gram or a half gram of finely-ground, decarboxylated cannabis can be enough to create a potent single serving edible. And if you vape your weed, you’re in luck: already vaped marijuana flower can be saved and used in preparing edibles. The vaping process already decarboxylated it (although some of the THC and CBD will already have been used up), so all you have to do is sprinkle it onto whatever you’re preparing, and pop it in the oven if it needs to be baked. You’ll probably want to use a larger amount than you would with fresh flower, but regardless, this is a great trick for making your cannabis stretch even further.
Easier for dosing
The effect a particular marijuana dose has on somebody is a highly individual thing. More experienced users may find that a large dose of well over 20mg produces just the right high for them, while a novice user may find that a fraction of that dose produces a high that is far too intense.
With large batches of edibles, such as a pan of weed brownies, it’s easy to know how much weed went into the entire recipe, but how much is in each individual dose could vary widely. It also could require some guess work trying to figure out what size piece is a proper dose — and how big is too much.
With single-serving edibles you know exactly how much pot is in each serving, and can plan accordingly. Also, in the event the edibles come out too strong — or not strong enough — this gives you a good way to know how to readjust. In other words, it can be a good way to find your ideal dose.
Eat healthier, experiment more
There is nothing inherently caloric or unhealthy about eating cannabis, but tons of recipes call for high levels of sugar and butter that you might rather avoid. These additives are likely to be present in whatever single-serving edible you’re preparing, but if you’re making an entire pan of marijuana peanut brittle, you may feel compelled to eat more than you would otherwise.
Because single serving edibles only require a small amount of marijuana and are easy to make, they’re very conducive to experimenting. Last night you tried peanut butter and chocolate firecrackers? What about a single marijuana cake pop? Because you have to invest so little weed in making single serving edibles, you can pop out the recipe on a moment’s notice, and don’t need to wait for a special occasion or for the next time you have company.
But will my edibles taste like weed?
When made right, edibles should provide some flavor of weed, but not one that is overpowering. In fact, the growing edible market is focused to a large extent on finding ways to rid marijuana products of that tell-tale flavor, largely through the use of distillates and isolates, with mixed results.
Homemade edibles can often have a more noticeable flavor of marijuana, at times a flavor that can be oily, or taste like grass. One trick to get around this is to make edibles with strong flavors, either savory treats or edibles that are rich in chocolate, caramel, or similar ingredients.
Also, if the recipe calls for discarding the plant matter after it has infused into the recipe, then that should take care of a lot of the weed taste.
Without further ado, here are two go-to recipes for single-serving cannabis edibles:
Cannabis firecrackers for one
This is a recipe that really couldn’t be easier. Firecrackers are simply graham crackers (or any similar sort of cracker) smeared with chocolate or peanut butter (or both) sprinkled with decarboxylated weed, and baked to perfection. They bring to mind s’mores, though they’re a lot less messy.
Step 1: Get your ingredients
- ½ or ¼ gram of weed (or about half of what you’d put in a joint), or a somewhat larger amount of already vaped weed
- Peanut butter, nutella, or any fatty sweet spread that you can bake
- 1 half graham cracker or similar crackers
- Aluminum foil
Step 2: Grind and decarb the cannabis
Set your oven to 230°F (110°C), grab your best grinder, and grind the marijuana into a fine powder. The finer the cannabis, the better it will absorb into the cookie when you bake it.
Take the ground cannabis and put it on a piece of aluminum foil or an oven safe container like a ramekin, and bake it in the oven for about a half hour.
Step 3: Slather and Bake the Cookies
Take the cracker and split it into two pieces like a sandwich, and spread peanut butter or chocolate on both halves. Then take your decarbed weed and sprinkle it evenly over the spread on both halves and then press them together like a sandwich (or a smore) and wrap in aluminum foil. Then take the foil-wrapped sandwich and place it in the oven at 230°F (110°C) for about 45 minutes.
Step 5: Enjoy!
With your single serving firecracker in hand, you can do some experimenting. Try eating half the first time and see if that’s enough. The crackers will keep well in the cupboard so you can always have another round later in the week.
You also don’t need to go searching for graham crackers —you can also use Ritz crackers, Club crackers, really whichever you like, though the surface area of the cookie will affect how much cannabis you can put on it.
A hot cup of cannabis tea for one
A hot cup of herbal tea can be a relaxing, therapeutic, and invigorating experience. And when that herb is cannabis, even more so. And arguably the best part? Brewing a mug of cannabis tea really isn’t any harder than making a normal cup of tea.
First things first though — should you decarboxylate the cannabis? If you want the tea to produce a high then you will need to decarboxylate before steeping and mix it with a fat (because THC isn’t water soluble). If you would just like to enjoy the flavors, aroma, and terpenes of the cannabis, then no need to decarboxylate.
A cup of cannabis tea is also great because it’s very easy to experiment with dosage sizes from cup to cup, until you find one that’s just right.
Step 1: Get your ingredients
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground marijuana, decarboxylated if you are looking for the psychotropic or painkilling effects (you can include stems or trim in addition to the flower)
- Anything else you’d like to add to your tea (honey, ginger, sugar, etc.)
- A fat of some sort (milk, honey, soy milk)
Step 2: Steep the tea
Take the marijuana flower and any other herbal additives (such as dried chamomile) and steep in hot water mixed with your fat of choice for at least 5-10 minutes.
Step 3: Enjoy!
After the tea has steeped, remove the weed and add your preferred sweetener — or just drink it unsweetened.
Read more cannabis tea recipes.
If you’re considering making your own single-serving edibles, another good idea to make your own batch of a cannabis-infused fat like cannabutter or infused coconut oil, which you can break out whenever you want to add a dash of magic to a dish. A home infusion machine can make this easier than ever.