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As marijuana use becomes more mainstream, different ways of serving and ingesting cannabis products continue to emerge. If you've mastered the standard cannabutter process and are looking for a new type of edible, you might want to try using BHO in your next batch.
What is BHO?
Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is a form of marijuana that is made by using butane and pressure to make an extremely concentrated wax, that is very potent. BHO is not a new product, but is becoming more and more popular as cannabis use grows.
BHO is much stronger than any other form of marijuana, with some dispensaries carrying concentrates that are up to 90 percent pure. These concentrates are usually favored by veteran smokers, who are looking for an efficient high. You have likely heard of BHO before under a different name. Users around the world have named it "honey oil," "shatter," "wax," and a variety of other names—and the concentrate is becoming more and more popular as people try to cut down on the impacts of smoking.
BHO is not safe to make yourself, but there are many concentrates that have been processed correctly and safely. We recommend that you never DIY your BHO, and get it from a trusted source instead. BHOs that are sold in (credible and reliable) dispensaries require testing to be sure that extraction is handled correctly, and that you aren't left with additional solvents when you smoke.
Why use BHO in edibles?
Edibles are a great way to consume marijuana, particularly if you're worried about smoking or lingering scents. Typically, edibles are made with canna butter, extracted from buds of weed. Using BHOs as an alternative in edibles gives you a stronger dose, with less residual weed taste added to your recipe. This can be particularly helpful for those who find it is a bit harder to get a high when using edibles rather than smoking.
Many master chefs enjoy using weed in their creations, and love creating edibles. But it can be very difficult to avoid that lingering "green" taste, that can keep you from totally enjoying what you've baked. With BHOs, this taste is eliminated, meaning foodies can get all the more creative with what they make.
Consuming THC through fat and rich foods tends to make your high more intense and stick around a little longer.
Select a recipe and calculate how much you need.
When making edibles of any kind, it is important that you note the dose you're hoping to achieve, and carefully measure accordingly. Because BHOs are much stronger than unprocessed buds, it is extremely important that you select your dose carefully, and keep track of how much you've added to each recipe.
The easiest way to do this is dose based on the oil or butter you'll be adding to the recipe, and add enough BHO to get your desired serving in each portion. Edibles can contain as little as 10mg of THC, and may run as high as 300 mg for experienced tokers.
It is always safest to start on the low side of the dosage. You can always eat two cookies if you need to. Be sure to keep track of how much you've added to each batch, so you can know what to expect when snacking or sharing.
Prepare your selected oil or butter.
Adding BHO to your recipe is actually much easier than going through the process of preparing canna butter. If you're baking with oil or with butter, start by portioning out a small amount of what you'll be cooking, and heating it over low heat. Once warmed, add your BHO wax (on the end of a spoon or fork) and slowly stir until completely dissolved. Remember not to heat too high, or you'll begin to destroy the THC in your BHO and lower its effectiveness.
Once this is complete, you're butter is ready to be added to your recipe.
Proceed with your recipe as directed.
Once your BHO butter or oil is ready, you can gather your other ingredients and proceed with your recipe as normal. It is best to select something that is easily portioned (like cookies), and doesn't have to be baked at too high a temperature.
Take special care to be sure every recipe you make is thoroughly mixed, so there is an even dose in all of your treats.
Tips and Tricks for BHO Edibles
- Remember to keep the temperature low when preparing your BHO oil or butter, so you don't accidentally destroy the THC.
- Carefully calculate how much BHO you will need for your recipe. Be sure the BHO you purchase is labelled with information on strength.
- Oven timers have never been so critical. There is nothing more upsetting than burning something you've worked hard to create—unless of course that recipe contains expensive weed concentrates. When making edibles, be sure to use your timer and carefully monitor your treats so they turn out well.
- If you're trying these BHO edibles for the first time, a low dose is your safest option. Try baking a weaker batch, and when trying them out, be sure to start slowly and wait a few hours before consuming more.
- Edibles made with BHOs have less noticeable taste than other edibles. Make sure to properly label and store your creations, and never allow anyone to have any without first warning them about what they contain.
- Remember that everyone is impacted by edibles differently. If you're a veteran, it may be easy to forget just how strong your batch is. Be sure to share responsibly.
Expand your edible repertoire.
BHO edibles are a great thing to try for any cannabis connoisseur, and are absolutely worth experimenting with. If you really enjoy edibles, BHOs are one of the best way to enjoy gourmet treats, without leaving residual taste that takes away from your creations. If you're a foody looking to experiment with your next high, consider trying out a new recipe with BHO edibles.