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Unforgettable edibles: Our 10 favorite cannabis recipes

Unforgettable edibles: Our 10 favorite cannabis recipes

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It’s been a busy year in The Cannigma kitchen. Working from home and working in cannabis are two factors that can definitely pique your interest in cooking home-made edibles, but when you combine the two? 

You can see why we’ve been up to our elbows in gummies and oils the past year. 

We looked through the pantry and put together a list of our favorite 10 cannabis recipes from the past year, to make it easier than ever to find an edible preparation for any occasion. 

10. Weed lollipops: Perfect for your sweet tooth   

Woman in funny glasses sucking on a lollipop

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What makes it great: A sweet and fun way to dose — and a great gift  
Keto friendly: No 
Vegan: Yes 
Difficulty: ★★★
Type of recipe: Cannabis desserts 
Who it’s great for: Anybody who has a sweet tooth and loves to get high 
The perfect occasion: When you’re heading out the door for a long Saturday walk, and you need the perfect portable edible you can suck on as you take in the scenery.

“Like a kid in a candy shop” has nothing on “like a stoner in a dispensary for the first time.” This weed candies recipe requires making a tincture — which isn’t too difficult, but does take some time — as well as the use of a candy thermometer, candy molds, and lollipop sticks. The degree of difficulty is a little higher than some other edibles, but it pays off elsewhere. Weed candies are a lot of fun, and an easy way to take a specific, set dose of THC (or CBD) each time. And like gummies or chocolate chip cookies, they’re a perfect, bite-sized cannabis treat to bring to any function (or hoard for yourself). 

9. Cannabis salve topicals: Make your own salve-ation 

Taking cannabis balm out of a tin
Cannabis salves are easy to make at home. All you need is some coconut or olive oil, beeswax pastilles, a few utensils and a little bit of weed. (Shutterstock)

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What makes it great: An easy way to make a custom cannabis topical 
Keto friendly: Yes 
Vegan: No (includes beeswax) 
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis topicals
Who it’s great for: People who could benefit from a cannabis topical, but have had mixed results with expensive store-bought salves
The perfect occasion: When you need some relief and the topicals you have just aren’t doing it

Cannabis topicals can provide great relief for a wide range of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, and can even ease the discomfort of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The problem is, they can be expensive and aren’t always very effective. With this recipe, all you need is some decarboxylated cannabis, some cannabis infused coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, a double boiler, cheesecloth, and a container. The recipe can be easily customized with the addition of essential oils or other natural additives of your choosing. 

8. Rice Krispy treats: Snap, crackle, and pop yourself silly

Cannabis infused Rice Krispies Treats

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What makes it great: Easy to make, easy for dosing
Keto friendly: No
Vegan: No (has butter and marshmallows)
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis desserts
Who it’s great for: Anyone who is still a kid at heart — but also loves edibles 
The perfect occasion: You’re throwing a party and you need the ideal individually-wrapped parting favor

Rice Krispy Treats are one of those iconic American snack foods that have stood the test of time and are sure to remain popular no matter how sophisticated our taste buds get. There’s just something about the gooey, sweet, marshmallowy goodness that makes them irresistible. Actually, the same goes for cannabis, just minus the marshmallows. The other great thing about this recipe is how easy it is, with only three ingredients between you and the perfect rice-based meal.

7. Delicious cannabis pizza: All those ninja turtles can’t be wrong  

Slice of hot pizza

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What makes it great: It takes one of the best munchies cures, and infuses the weed directly into it
Keto friendly: No
Vegan: No (unless you make it without cheese)
Difficulty: ★★★ (requires making your own dough)
Type of recipe: Cannabis dinners
Who it’s great for: People who want to try their hand both at pizza making and making their own edibles 
The perfect occasion: Making pizza dough with friends for the first time, and posting all of it online (with mixed results)

Few things work better together than weed and pizza. It’s the perfect salty, gooey, greasy food that needs no utensils, no dress code, and no reservations whatsoever. But while most people would say, “why not just smoke a joint and order a pizza?” this recipe is a really fun way to infuse THC right into the crust, making it a dynamite cannabinoid delivery system. We also love this recipe because it’s the type of edible recipe that isn’t 100% practical. It’s not meant to create a quick delivery system like gummies, or a condiment like cannabis sugar. Instead, this is a recipe that you whip up for the fun of it — and then for the high of it.

6. Chocolate chip cookies: Toll House meets Dope House 

Chocolate cookies

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What makes it great: Easy to make and more fun to eat than brownies 
Keto friendly: No
Vegan: No
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis desserts
Who it’s great for: People who love easy baking recipes — and cookies 
The perfect occasion: ‘Me time’ at home with a cold cup of milk and your favorite TV show

This recipe takes one of the most economic American recipes of the 20th century and updates it for the legalization craze of the 21st century. It’s every bit as simple as the Toll House chocolate chip cookies recipe, and merely requires substituting cannabis butter. The end result is a delicious cannabis dessert that is perfect for a nighttime treat or to give to house guests — as a parting gift, otherwise they won’t leave. 

5. Cannasugar — make everything sweeter

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What makes it great: It makes anything sweeter — and makes you higher 
Keto friendly: No 
Vegan: Yes 
Difficulty: ★★☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis condiments 
Who it’s great for: People who want an infused sweetener to liven up drinks and food 
The perfect occasion: With your coffee on a weekend morning with a free schedule 

Cannabis sugar is a perfect kitchen condiment for when you want to make a cup of tea or coffee or bake up some extra special cookies. Cannabis sugar (or “cannasugar”) is also completely soluble in water and low in calories, so it can be a great alternative to eating a teaspoon of cannabutter. Also, once you’ve really nailed the potency you need, cannabis sugar can be a great way to dose accurately for medical cannabis patients. One note though, the recipe isn’t complicated per se, but it does consist of (basically) making a tincture and then baking it in the oven to remove the alcohol. It’s nothing you need to go to engineering school to pull off, and really, that just makes the end result taste that much sweeter. 

4. Cheez-Its, aka ‘Weez-Its’

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What makes it great: It takes an iconic, irresistible salty snack and kicks it up a notch
Keto friendly: No
Vegan: No
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis snacks 
Who it’s great for: People who love salty snacks 
The perfect occasion: The couch, 10pm, a weekend night, your phone is off and there is a full bowl of Cheez-Its on the coffee table 

Scholars may dispute it, but in all likelihood no one in history has ever eaten just one Cheez-It. With a light coating of cannabis oil and a quick trip to the oven, Cheez-Its become “Weez-Its” in no time. This is not only a very easy recipe, it also produces a perfect infused snack that can be added to trail mix, passed around at a party, or wherever people are watching TV all night on the couch. Caution though, with a snack this addictive, it’s easy to eat way too many edibles. We recommend keeping some non-THC Cheez-Its in arms reach to satisfy the craving.

3. Cannamilk — it does a body good 

A woman drinks milk from a glass while smiling at the camera
Milk. It does the body good. Cannamilk has the added benefit of making the body feel good, too. (Shutterstock)

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What makes it great: Great on it’s own, or to substitute for “regular” milk in recipes like ice cream or creamsicles 
Keto friendly: Yes 
Vegan: No, though cannabis almond milk is vegan-friendly
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis beverages and condiments 
Who it’s great for: People who like to make creamy milk-based edibles 
The perfect occasion: It’s a hot summer day, and you want to make cannabis ice cream

Cannabis does a body good, and if you got milk, then you should consider fixing a batch of “cannamilk.” Cannamilk is easily made by simply infusing milk with some decarboxylated cannabis. Like cannabis butter or oil, what makes it great is that you can easily add it to any recipe to create a homemade edible. You can also enjoy it on its own, or can add it to all types of things to make them a lot more fun. Do you like a little milk in your morning coffee? Do you like to dip cookies into a little cold milk? You get the idea. 

cannabis gummies
(Josep Suria/123rf)

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What makes it great: They are gummies infused with THC, what else must be said?
Keto friendly: No
Vegan: No (includes gelatin)
Difficulty: ★★☆
Type of recipe: Cannabis snacks
Who it’s great for: Anybody, but especially those who like sweets and need precise dosing
The perfect occasion: A little night time treat with friends 

Unless you’re a vegan — or a bear — what’s not to love about THC gummy bears? This recipe is by far our most popular, and it’s easy to understand why. Gummy edibles are all the rage right now, but they can be a bit steep at the dispensary. With this recipe, you can easily make your own batch in whatever mold you like, and adjust the potency as you see fit. Gummies are easily divided for dosing, and also make the perfect party favor. Again, what’s not to love?

1. Canna oil and cannabuter — the key to making edibles

Making cannabutter in a pan
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➤ Go straight to the recipes: oil or butter

What makes it great: You want to make edibles? You’re only a step away now
Keto friendly: Yes 
Vegan: Only the oils
Difficulty: ★☆☆
Type of recipe: The basics
Who it’s great for: Anyone who needs the building blocks of edibles 
The perfect occasion: Anytime you need the key ingredient for edibles 

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are fat soluble which is why you need a fat to metabolize them. Cannabis oil and butter are very, very easy to make with just some simple kitchen supplies like a saucepan or a double boiler, some cheesecloth, and a container to pour it all into. You can also easily adjust the potency of the cannabis fat you make, and once it’s ready, you can make any recipe into an edible just by adding a teaspoon here or there.

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