Marijuana Brownies: The Best Way To Make Them

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For its batch of oil, this was the correct size brownie for maximum enjoyability.


Few drugs are as rewarding as cannabis cooked up in brownies. You've got the rich brownie itself as a fitting sendoff, then a half-hour to an hour-and-a-half later, the thing descends on you like a ton of feathers, pouncing rather than creeping. The time discrepancy is the result of whether your stomach is empty or full when you eat the thing, and the rate of your metabolism, too. Either way, the effect is far more visceral than smoking weed, you feel it in your body even more than in your cranium. And as the brownie descends your alimentary tract, it has a slightly differing impact at every stage. The effects last longer, and you can expect to be intoxicated for four hours or more.


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My method results in cheap brownies, but it's a giant mess.


There are a lot of myths going around about how to make brownies. As a trained chemist, I believe I've come up with the best method. I've written it down in narrative form for the special recipe I use, but there's a quicker version at the end of this post that may be more in keeping with your inclinations and your supply of combustible intoxicants, as I call them.

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Alice B. Toklas -- the mother of so-called "hash brownies," actually made with pot
The saint of the cannabis brownie is Alice B. Toklas, Getrude Stein's main squeeze. Her method actually involved macerating the pot with dried fruits and eating it raw. While this may have been effective, cooking the weed is more so. And her method must have resulted in horrible gas.

I've heard gastro-hippies go on and on about how you've got to take butter and poach the pot in it for many hours or even days at low temperature. This is total bullshit. In my experience, all the active THC is extracted from the plant in 15 minutes or so. I've heard others go to great lengths to buy French chocolate and make the brownies from scratch. This is also bullshit. What people really want is a boxed brownie mix, a familiar flavor modified in a positive way by the exotic taste of the oil.

Years ago, like you, I used expensive bud to make brownies. This is a mistake, but often an unavoidable one. A friend from Pratt had a boyfriend who was a grower in eastern Pennsylvania. She convinced him to give us the unsalable outer leaves of his plants at a steep discount. The discount was also because the leaves had already been used to make "bubble hash," a locally produced soft hash that's made by washing the marijuana in an actual washing machine to mechanically remove the THC crystals (THC doesn't dissolve in water). The rinse water is saved and evaporated and Voila! - bubble hash.


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For the boiling step, a wok was hilariously pressed into service.


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anitagozukara
anitagozukara

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calibu
calibu

where can i find it? for documentary


giagar07
giagar07

i found way better recipe and instructions on this other site sorry just helping fellow stoners it explains things clearer www.maryjanezone.com + videos to watch once your stoned Lol 

Dave Rave
Dave Rave

Agreed YellowJuana...You can never go wrong with infused coconut oil... :)

YellowJuana Cake
YellowJuana Cake

I don't think there's a "best" way to make infused brownies, there are too many awesome ways to get it done!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Toke of the town has its ear to the ground. What is going on with the failing grade the MMED got in the audit? Good job Will you are totally not a joke. Ban me bitch.

Vh Hurtado
Vh Hurtado

forward thinkers in those states. may that spread!

aed
aed

sietsema, you were already my favorite food writer, but you're now promoted to favorite forever.

Jethro
Jethro

Robert Sietsema is the best food reviewer in NYC, hands down.  He can appreciate the high and the low, as any true man of taste can.

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Great looking brownies! I use medical marijuana for back pain and found this book helpful. You don't have to use that much cannabis to get relief. This book has great information on how to make marijuana oil and great small candies! Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. All for $2.99, this book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints! 

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Those brownies look good! I use medical marijuana for severe back pain. You don't have to use that much cannabis to get relief. This book has great information on how to make marijuana oil and great small candies! Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. All for $2.99, this book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints!

Herbert
Herbert

Robert this is why you're awesome, not those abominable chain fast-food reviews.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Yes, but then you have not idea what potency the brownies will be. Given how expensive the commodity is, better to use just the right amount.

Goochbunga
Goochbunga

can u just add the reefer to a box brand brownie mix?

Johnny Deep
Johnny Deep

Those Betty Crocker Fudge ones really are the best cos they (I think, it's been a while since I had to look for a specific kind cos I only use BC now...) are the only ones on the market that call for oil? And yeah all you gotta do is wait til the oil turns dark when you're cooking..... Anyway, yeah....great stuff.

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