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Making your own edibles allows you to cut down on the costs significantly, while also being able to customize them any way you see fit. That’s what we’re here to help with today—to show you how to make tasty CBD brownies!

What Are CBD Brownies?

CBD brownies are edibles made with hemp or cannabis extracts. In the case of CBD brownies, the primary ingredient is CBD oil. 

To ensure you remain legally compliant in the USA, make sure that you use hemp-derived CBD to make your brownies. That’s because the 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabinoids extracted from hemp. Although laws differ from one state to another, hemp-derived CBD is perfectly fine. 

CBD brownies are in vogue. They carry the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD, without the intoxicating effects of THC. To be clear, if you only use CBD, your homemade CBD brownies won’t get you high.

How to Make CBD Brownies

Making CBD brownies comes down to using the right ingredients. High-quality CBD oil or CBD cannabutter are the main ones. We won’t get into how to make these ingredients, but here is how to make CBD oil or CBD cannabutter. Making your own cannabis oil or butter is not hard, plus it’s much more affordable than buying. 

Some people use a ready-make brownie mix that just requires some oil or butter, and possibly some eggs). Although brownie mix is easier and cheaper, the taste won’t be as good as when you make them from scratch. Plus making your own CBD brownies lets you tailor the ingredients according to your preference.

CBD Benefits in Edibles

When people think of edibles, most think of THC, and rightfully so. After all, most people associate cannabis with getting high, which is perfectly fair. 

However, research indicates that cannabinoids, including THC, may have potential health and therapeutic benefits. There are four main potential benefits associated with CBD that you may want to take note of:

  • Anti-Anxiety: One of the potential benefits of CBD is that it may help to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and stress. Researchers believe that CBD interacts with GABA, a neurotransmitter that when activated has anxiolytic effects. CBD may also reduce cortisol levels, a hormone responsible for making us feel stressed out.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Another potential benefit of CBD its anti-inflammatory capabilities. CBD may  reduce or alleviate various types of inflammation, particularly chronic inflammation. Studies suggest CBD may have anti-inflammatory benefits when consumed orally or applied topically.
  • Sleep aid: Although CBD is not sedating, it is thought that its potential to reduce stress and anxiety can help you sleep better. Simply put, sleeping is much easier when you are in the right state of mind.
  • Pain Reduction: CBD can act as an analgesic or pain reliever.

Consuming CBD orally in the form of brownies or edibles is generally considered to be much healthier than smoking it in the form of flower, or vaping CBD concentrates.

Smoking and vaping both pose certain respiratory risks. Brownies and edibles don't pose such risks to your respiratory tracts and are therefore considered healthier. Eating CBD is one of the best ways to consume it, which is why CBD Gummies like are so popular!  

Oil vs Cannabutter for CBD Brownies

CBD oil and cannabutter can be used to make CBD brownies. However, they are different. For instance, because oil is always liquid, it's easier to dose accurately than butter is, although butter is not impossible to dose accurately either.

Another important consideration is taste. Butter is rich and creamy, and it often tastes quite good together with the other ingredients used to make brownies. However, depending on the type of CBD oil being used, such as coconut oil, it might add an unenjoyable flavor to the mix.

If you have dietary restrictions, keep in mind that butter is not vegan, and is, therefore, not suitable for people who do not eat animal products. Oils are generally plant-based and are more than suitable for vegans and people with such dietary issues.

Making cannabutter is, however, much harder and time-consuming than making CBD oil. Our official recommendation is to use butter, as it just tastes a whole lot better than oil. Remember, not all foods pair well with CBD oil!

Equipment You’ll Need

Here are what you’ll need to make your CBD brownies.

  • 8“ x 8” non-stick metal baking pan
  • Two medium-sized bowls
  • An electric mixer
  • A spatula
  • A toothpick

CBD Brownies Recipe

With this recipe, the results are out of this world!

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need.

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup cannabutter (or CBD oil)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Two eggs
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • **Optional – chocolate chips, walnuts, or coconut flakes for additional flavoring

Directions

Step 1: Prepare a Baking Pan

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Using butter, cooking spray, or oil, grease the inside of the metal baking pan to prevent the brownies from sticking. Alternatively, you could also line the baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2: Melt the Butter

To incorporate the CBD butter into the brownie batter, you'll need to melt it first. Using a saucepan, over very low heat, melt the CBD butter until it is liquid. Be sure that it doesn't start simmering or boiling.

Step 3: Mix the Batter

With the butter melted, mix your ingredients. In one bowl, add the cocoa powder and flour until it is mixed well, and then incorporate the baking powder and the salt. Set this bowl to the side.

In the second bowl, blend the CBD butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. You'll need a hand mixer for this. Once it's incorporated, add the vanilla and eggs, and mix this until you have a smooth mixture. When it's ready, the color should be a little bit lighter than it was when you first started mixing.

Using your mixer on low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until everything is fully incorporated into a homogeneous mixture. Slowly pour the brownie batter into the baking pan, at which point you can also add additional toppings if you see fit. 

For better results, mix well to ensure that the cannabutter is properly distributed throughout the brownie mix.

Step 4: Bake

Place the brownie pan on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on the consistency you'd like to achieve. After 25-30 minutes, remove the brownies from the oven. 

To test if they are fully cooked, poke them with a toothpick. If the batter sticks to the toothpick, put them in for another 5-10 minutes. If the toothpick comes out dry, then the brownies are done.

Step 5: Cut the Brownies

All you have to do now is cut the brownies into squares as you see fit using a sharp knife, and then put them away for storage.

How to Store CBD Brownies

CBD brownies should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place, with either your fridge or freezer being best. To store in the fridge, wrap the brownies a piece in plastic wraps and then place them in a Tupperware (or a similar container), so that the odors from the fridge don’t contaminate the brownies. 

To store in the freezer, wrap each brownie a piece in plastic wrap and place them in a specialized freezer bag.

How Long Do CBD Brownies Last?

If left out in the open at room temperature, CBD brownies should last for up to four days. CBD brownies should last for up to a week in the fridge, and up to three months in the freezer, especially if properly stored.

Can You Add Mix-Ins to CBD Brownies?

Yes, you can add any mix into CBD brownies that you see fit. Nuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, caramel, peanut butter, and any other flavors you see fit are all viable contenders.

Conclusion

Surprise friends with your homemade, tasty CBD brownies! Remember that CBD brownies come with many potential benefits, and it’s much cheaper and more rewarding to make them yourself! 

If making your own edibles is something you’d like to branch out with, check out this homemade CBD-infused honey! That said, if making your edibles just seems like too much of a hassle, it is always possible to buy them online, such as these tasty CBD Gummies.

CBD Brownies Recipe: FAQs

Can I use CBD isolate instead of oil?

Yes, you can use CBD isolate to make brownies instead of oil, and this can be beneficial because dosing with an isolate is straightforward.

How do I store leftover brownies?

Wrap leftover brownies individually in plastic wrap and then in a Tupperware or airtight container, and then store in the fridge or freezer.

What are the effects of consuming CBD brownies?

Consuming CBD brownies may help to relieve pain and inflammation. It could also help relieve some symptoms associated with stress and anxiety and help you sleep better at night.


 

Note: This recipe is for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of cannabis consumption where such consumption is prohibited by law. It is your responsibility to understand and abide by all applicable laws and regulations in your area. Cannabis laws vary by country, state and local jurisdiction and it is your sole responsibility to comply with local laws wherever you are.

If you are unsure about the regulations and laws pertaining to cannabis in your locality, consult your legal advisor or local law enforcement agencies.

Consuming cannabis can have a range of effects that can vary largely from person to person. If you choose to consume marijuana in cannabis-infused products, it’s important to start low and go slow, especially if you’re a first-time user or inexperienced. It is also important to take into account that edibles have delayed effects and consuming too much can lead to discomfort and/or adverse effects.

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