Are Cannabis Edge Brownies Better or More Potent? 

By Cheri Sicard
December 26, 2021

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Dear Cheri,

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.

Cannabis Cheri Sicard

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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Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

  • I was really pleased to find you had used my letter in today’s post. I now know what I did wrong. I baked a second batch and cooked them much longer until center was fully raised and cracked. The brownies came out more cakey and dense but gave me a pleasant high with every square. I found that as they were not fudgey I needed to drink them with milk to soften in my mouth. But that is fine with me. It’s just like cake and ice cream. I would like to experiment with other brownie recipes as I do prefer more fudgey ones so any link would be great. I really like your site and look forward to reading everything you post. Thanks again

  • Cheri, I just want to thank you for all the great information and recipes. Your dosage calculator is the best! Looking forward to the course on gummies! =)

  • Hi so happy to find you for now and future. My daughter made some cannabutter and I am making brownies from a box.. I got so dizzy and not the typical stoned feeling and definately got a tummy ache I am wondering what I am doing wrong I used a tablespoon of the butter and I did add olive oil, which may have caused it.. anyway will be trying again but would love some feedback too.

    • Not enough information for me to comment on meaningfully, but the oil likely had nothing to do with it. More than likely the dose is not right for you. Check out my free (or $5) dosing course at, as that will help you dial in dosing.

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