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I wonder if you can help me I am new new to the world of cannabis, and specifically edibles. I baked brownies but I think I undercooked them. The edge brownies were lightly crunchy but the center was more fudgy.
My question is this: the edge brownies or more cooked parts gave me a very pleasant good high, but the center didn’t affect me at all, even when I ate multiple squares. On the other hand, the edge brownies worked with one 2 x 1 inch square. What happened?
I made my own butter and decarbed according to internet instructions. I followed instructions precisely in making both butter and brownies. They tasted good but I only felt the high from the crunchy edge brownies. Any answers you have would be great. Thank you.
You are not imaging it, it is quite likely your edge brownies were in fact more potent. Why? They were more decarboxylated.
I am not sure how you decarbed or for how long but what happened here is the decarb you did does not appear to have been effective. However, since the edges of the pan get hotter than the center and cook more, those edge brownies decarbed more during cooking and likewise had greater potency.
In the early days of cannabis cooking before a lot was known about decarboxylation, a commercial grower friend of mine noticed the same thing about his brownies, and he likewise started to always decarb before cooking.
You, on the other hand, did decarb your cannabis. However, for some reason it did not seem to work well. I am not sure whose instructions and recipe you followed. Personally, I recommend decarboxylating cannabis at 240 degrees F for 1 hour. For more details, see the article links below.
That said, depending on how you decarbed, there can be big variations in the results. Especially if you decarbed in the oven. Hot or cold spots in ovens, or temperatures being off can greatly affect the final results. You can get an inexpensive oven thermometer to check yours out and adjust as the temperature dial as needed.
Or for perfect decarboxylation results every time, invest in a gadget like the Nova or the FX by Ardent Cannabis. I recently had a spontaneous testimonial from a member of my Facebook cooking group who said the increase in potency in her edibles after using these products was worth its weight in gold.
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