Learn how to make cannabis-infused brownies with this simple and delicious recipe.
Weed brownies are often the first food that comes to mind when you think of marijuana edibles.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a professional chef to cook up a delicious batch of brownies, but there are some essential points you need to know. Let’s start with the basics.
If you’re just throwing raw marijuana into brownie batter, you’re doing it wrong.
“Our bodies are not equipped to digest plant matter like that. When people just throw the weed into the brownies, first of all it’s not going to get you too high,” says JeffThe420Chef, author of cannabis cookbook The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine.
That method will also lead to horrible tasting brownies.
Before making the brownie mix, you must first infuse the cannabis with oil or butter — but there’s a correct way to do this.
“If you just throw weed into a pot, you’re not going to have the same experience,” Jeff explains.
Getting the Right Dose
“I’ve had people tell me horror stories from edibles,” Jeff says. To avoid a bad experience, Jeff insists on getting the correct dosage when making the cannaoil or cannabutter you need for weed brownies.
To calculate how strong your brownies will be, you need to know the percentage of THC in the bud, the amount of oil or butter in the recipe, and how many servings you are preparing.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do any difficult math. Jeff recommends using his online THC/CBD calculator to help determine how many milligrams of THC will be in each serving.
Weed Brownie Effects
Unlike smoking weed, the effects of weed brownies take awhile to kick in. The high is typically felt one to two hours after consuming the brownie and can last anywhere from four to eight hours.
The high you get from the brownies will depend on two factors — the first being the strain you use. For example, sativa strains will have a more energizing effect while brownies made with indica strains will cause you to become more relaxed.
The second factor is the percentage of THC in the bud, and adjusting the dosage for the effect you desire.
Baking From Scratch vs. Box Mix
For a buttery flavor and creamier texture, Jeff recommends making the mix from scratch so you can use butter, as opposed to pre-made mixes, which typically require oil.
However, making the entire mix from scratch isn’t the only option. “If you want to do a quick fix, I would say use brownie mix,” Jeff notes.
Either way, you’ll want to make sure you’re baking in a well-ventilated area, since the aroma will be strong. Opening the window, turning on a fan, and placing a towel under the door can help if you live in an apartment.
For delicious yet simple weed brownies, we suggest using the recipe below.
Triple Chocolate Pecan Canna-Brownies Recipe
Number of servings: 24
Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 15 minutes for frosting
Cooking time: 25 to 30 minutes
Idle time: 30 minutes
Approximate THC per serving*
10% THC = 6.7 mg/brownie
15% THC = 10 mg/brownie
20% THC = 13.4 mg/brownie
*Approximate dose per serving is based on infusing 5 grams of dried cannabis into 5 ounces of coconut oil.
Your favorite boxed brownie mix
1/3 cup cannaoil
1/3 cup water
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup roasted and glazed pecans, crushed
Melted chocolate (optional)
Crushed Heath bar (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 340ºF. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch brownie pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine eggs, cannaoil and water.
3. Gradually stir the brownie mix until blended.
4. Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
5. Bake according to instructions on the box, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Remove, and let cool for 30 minutes.
6. Cut into 24 equal pieces.
7. In a medium Pyrex bowl, melt the chocolate for 20 seconds in the microwave.
Stir well. Microwave again for 10 seconds. Stir briskly until smooth and creamy.
8. Insert a small fork into the side or bottom of a brownie. Dip the brownie in the chocolate, and use a small spatula to ensure that it’s evenly coated. Set the coated brownie on parchment paper. Repeat this process with the remaining brownies.
9. Sprinkle Heath bar crumbles on the brownies while the chocolate is still warm.
10. Let set and voilà!
A more gourmet version of weed brownies can be found in Jeff’s book The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine