The first step to making consistently dosed edibles that will reliably provide you the effect you’re looking for – is to make a concentrate by extracting the good stuff out of the buds.
There are as many ways to extract the desired compounds from cannabis as there are ways to skin a cat. Which compounds qualify as “desired” compounds, depends entirely on your end goal.
Making a concentrate for smoking purposes can be difficult to do at home without expensive equipment and a bit of technical skill. However, when making concentrates with the end goal of making edibles, we can be much less selective about what we are extracting from the plant material.
In fact, the same chlorophyll and fats which would be intentionally kept out of smokable concentrates can be left in edible concentrates. Consuming chlorophyll even has health benefits!
In the following guide, we’ll walk through preparing a concentrate from flower or hashish material.
Next, read our guide on how to make Cannabis edibles at home which will teach you how to mix the concentrate made with a delivery system perfect for making edibles.
Ethanol is a relatively safe solvent for use in making concentrates. Any residual ethanol found in the end concentrate is not harmful to consume meaning you aren’t risking your health.
Ethanol selectivity is very dependent upon temperatures. This means, that the colder you are able to perform the following extraction, the higher the purity of your end product. For example, if performed at -90C it is quite easy to get a yellow shatter concentrate with an incredibly high purity.
On the other hand, because edible concentrates don’t need such high selectivity, it is absolutely fine to perform this extraction at room temperature, resulting in a dark or even green-tinted concentrate.