The Ultimate Guide to Making Pot Brownies / THC Extraction -- by enfect
I've been asked many times how to make pot brownies?? I decided, I'd finally take the time and go over the entire process.
First off, whenever you make pot brownies, or any form of "pot" food, you don't actually put weed in the food. You must first extract the THC (tetra-hydro-cannibol -- the chemical in weed that gets you high) and then add the extraction to the food.
There are a few ways to extract THC, the most effective methods are:
A. Extracting THC in high proof (190 proof) alcohol, typically Everclear
B. Extracting THC in cooking oil
C. Extracting THC in butter
If you plan on making pot brownies I recommend following either method A or B. I've read many recipes that use pot butter, but most brownie recipes (the recipe on the brownie box) call for oil, not butter - simply because it's harder to distribute butter through a brownie mix, compared to oil.
#!: Marijuana Preparation
No matter which method you plan on using, the marijuana preparation is the same.
First off, if you are making brownies, I recommend using an ounce of mid-quality weed (midis), or a half ounce of good weed (goodies, beasters, highs, etc.).
Once you get all the weed you need, break it up really well, as fine as you can. If you have a coffe grinder that works pretty well, or you can just use a weed grinder, or be old-school and use your hands. Be sure to remove all the seeds. Now, many people say take out the stems as well, but stems also contain THC - so I say keep them in, but do whichever you prefer.
#!: A. Extracting THC in high proof (190 proof) alcohol, typically Everclear
First - get yourself some high proof alcohol, at least 190 proof... In other words, get yourself a bottle of Everclear.
[The following instructions were taken from marijuana.com, and I made some adjustments.]
You will need 1 ounce of marijuana for every pint of alcohol (or half a gram of marijuana for every ounce of alcohol). Some good spirits to use would be Everclear, 151 Rum, or White Lightning due to the high proof. You want an alcohol with 95% ethanol, or a 190-proof alcohol to obtain the best results. The night before you make this, leave your bud in the freezer, completely drying it out. It’s also a good idea to put the ethanol in the freezer as well. Once your bud has been in the freezer, grind it up to almost a powder and mix together with ethanol in a glass quart-mixing jar. Close the jar and shake for 5 minutes, then return to freezer. Continue to agitate the mixture every few hours with refreezing. Continue this process anywhere from 3 days to 9 weeks, however patient you are really. Remember, the longer the better (after 3 days it will be pretty potent, so don't feel bad). When you are done with that process, pour the liquid through cheesecloth. You can save the “ball” of cheesecloth for topical use, or run it through a coffee filter. Make sure to squeeze any remaining liquid out. You might want to wear gloves during this process, as the solution might be pretty strong. The color of your final product is dependent on what percent ethanol you used. If you used a 95% ethanol solution, your tincture should be pale green to golden. If you used 151 rum, it should be an amber color. If your tincture is a dark green that means excess plant material is present. This does not affect the potency though; it just means it won’t taste very good. It’s a good idea to add some flavor extracts, like vanilla or raspberry, to change the taste of your tincture (If you are making brownies there is no need for the flavor extracts, that is in case you want to drink it straight).
#!: B. Extracting THC in cooking oil
For this process all you need in addition to the weed, is cooking oil - either vegetable or canola oil, both are fine.
Step 1: Put the weed in a pan, or pot - and place on the stove on a low flame
Step 2: Pour enough oil over the weed to ALMOST cover it. Remember, the less oil, the more
potent it will be. I recommend looking at the brownie mix box and seeing how much oil it calls for. Pour that amount in, if it is not enough add a bit more until you feel comfortable with it. Or, if the amount of oil called for in the brownie recipe looks like too much, add a little at a time, and simply add the remaining oil to the brownie mix.
Step 3: Let it sit on a low flame for as long as possible, and stir for a couple of minutes every half hour. The longer you can get this to go the better. Anywhere up to 12 hours is fine, but in my case I was only able to do this for about 2 or 3 hours.
Step 4: Make sure the flame is not too high! If the weed is picking up a very distinct brown color the flame is too high! The weed will obtain a brownish tint; however, too brown is no good, it must still be recognizable as a green plant at all times.
Step 5: When you are done cooking, set up a large bowl and either a colander, cheese cloth, or even a coffee filter.
Step 6: Dump the weed into the colander, cheese cloth, or coffee filter - allowing all the oil to go into the large bowl.
Step 7: Press the weed, getting as much oil out as possible.
Step 8: Save your oil, and discard you weed; or sell it to an idiot, because it no longer has THC in it.
#!: C. Extracting THC in butter
If you plan on making brownies, I'd suggest following either method A or B, this is better for personal use, like putting the pot butter on toast, or any other food.
Step 1: Set-up a double boiler, fill a large pot (bottom) with some water, and place a smaller pot inside of it. [Note: This is not 100% necessary, but recommended]
Step 2: Add butter to the smaller pot (if using double boiler). The amount of butter to add is debatable. I've seen 5 stick for every 3/4 ounce, and I've seen 1 stick for ever half ounce (or 1 stick for an 8th of goods.) Either way, most places say something closer to 5, so I will say use 3 or 4 sticks of butter (I would use 4). BTW - This is assuming each stick of butter is 4 oz.
Step 3: Once the butter has melted, add the weed.
Step 4: Let the weed simmer in the butter for 20 - 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
Step 5: Turn off the flame, and let the pot butter sit and cool for 5 minutes.
Step 6: You must now strain the butter into a large bowl. You can use a colander, cheese cloth, or coffee filter - whatever is easiest for you.
Step 7: Press down on the weed in your strainer, you want to get as much butter into the bowl as you can.
Step 8: Cover the bowl and let refrigerate until it solidifies.
#!: Consumption / Making the brownies
If you have followed method A, simply make the brownies like you normally would, and add the extract to the mix (stir it in VERY well!). Also, it is best to cook the brownies at 325 degrees when dealing with pot brownies, as you do not want to kill the THC in the brownies.
If you have followed method B, simply follow the instructions on the brownie mix box and make the brownies. However, instead of using regular oil, use your newly made pot oil . Be sure to stir the oil in really well, you want every brownie to have the THC in it. Also cook the brownies at 325 degrees, as you do not want to risk killing the THC in the brownies.
If you have followed method C, you can pretty much put it on anything (just like butter) and get fucked up. You can use this for brownies, and replace the recipe's call for oil with the butter, but like I said before, if you are making pot brownies, you're better off extracting it into alcohol, or making pot oil.
I hope this helped, if you still don't understand how to make pot brownies have a friend bonk you over the head with a hammer, then google it !
This was originally written by enfect, for the “Drugs and Booze” forum of livingwithstyle.com ... feel free to redistribute, just don't take my name off it, or edit any of the text!