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How to Celebrate 420: The Haziest Day of The Year

Cannabis enthusiasts around the world look forward to April 20th for many reasons. It’s the perfect excuse to attend a festival or event, or spend the day hanging out with friends with some pre-rolls or weed brownies. 

If you are new to cannabis or have never heard of 420, you may be wondering how the 420 tradition started and how you can celebrate it. 

This article helps answer any questions and suggest some creative ways to celebrate 420. We’ll also recommend some products perfect for you and your friends to try. 

Let’s start at the beginning. What exactly is 420, and how did it start?

The History of 420

Today 420 is an unofficial holiday that celebrates cannabis culture, but how exactly April 20th became associated with cannabis is still debated. 

There are many theories around the origin of 420. Some people say it comes from the number of chemicals in cannabis. Others say it matches up with a mythical tea time in Holland. Finally, some speculate that the number comes from Bob Marley’s birth date or the death dates of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, or Jimi Hendrix combined. 

A famous 420 origin story that is widely accepted begins with a group of high school students who called themselves the Waldos.  Back in the 1970s, this group of school athletes would meet every day at 4:20 p.m. near a statue of Louis Pasteur to smoke cannabis.

The time 4:20 p.m. was chosen because it was right after they got out of practice, but before their parents got home from work, giving the teens a small window of opportunity to get high.

As the story goes, their code for their meetup started out as “4:20-Louie”, but Louis eventually was dropped. As word of the ritual spread, 420 became code for smoking marijuana. Ultimately, 420 was adapted to a calendar date – April 20th – as a day to celebrate all things cannabis.

Why Do People Still Celebrate 420?

Since the birth of 420, April 20th has been recognized by both cannabis enthusiasts and activists alike. Before Canada legalized cannabis, many activists used 420 as an opportunity to highlight the need for change in cannabis policies.

With the Cannabis Act in place in Canada, 420 has become a fun-filled day with events and festivals popping up all over the country.
Many cannabis fans see the day as a way to celebrate the legalization of cannabis within a community of like-minded enthusiasts, not to mention giving the nod to the recreational and medical benefits cannabis provides.

Ways to Celebrate 420

After two long years of enduring the isolation brought about by COVID-19 social distancing, most people are ready to go out and celebrate. Though some have celebrated 420 for a long time, this tradition is still new to many who are just beginning to become familiar with cannabis culture. 

If you are new to marijuana or just want to make the most of your 420 celebrations, here are some ideas to get you started:

Make Tasty 420 Edibles

420 edibles

There are a ton of different ways to eat marijuana. Edibles can come in the form of baked goods, gummies, candies, chocolates, capsules, teas, and oils. So whether you like it savoury or want to keep it sweet, there are plenty of recipes that you can infuse with cannabis.

Perhaps one of the most recognized and popular edibles is weed  brownies

If you’re not big on chocolate, you can make any kind of cannabis-infused treat by replacing regular butter or vegetable oil with cannabis butter or oil in the recipe. 

This is a great hands-on activity for those who want to control the potency level or anyone who loves cooking.

Watch a 420 Classic

420 movie

If a crowded festival or party isn’t your scene this April 20th, why not stay in and watch a movie. 

Whether you are hosting a small gathering or celebrating solo, there are plenty of popular stoner flicks to choose from. Here are a few classics: 

  • Friday  (1995)
  • Half Baked (1998)
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  • Up in smoke (1978)
  • Pineapple Express (2008)
  • How High (2001)

Roll Up a Joint

420 Joint

Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or if this is your first time smoking weed, rolling up a joint is a staple of the 420 holidays. It’s not only a great way to relax and hang out with friends, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to try out different strains. So take a pick from our list of the best sativa strains in 2022 and have a blast with the best options out there.

Go to a 420 Festival

420 events and festivals

The Niagara Falls 420 Expo is a celebration of cannabis and the community right here in Ontario. This year’s event will have more than 30,000 square feet of everything cannabis-related, including exhibitors, educational seminars, guest speakers, and more.

There are plenty of other events happening in and around Toronto. From an Ecstatic Dance Party and Social at Chocolate Groove, where you can bust out your dance moves, to 420-themed comedy acts such as the Secret Stash Show and The 420 Show

In addition to these crowd-pleasers, many other events will be happening in Toronto, so be sure to keep a lookout.

Use Concentrates to Get the Most Out of Your 420 Experience

A concentrate is much more potent than an edible or a joint. This is because a concentrate contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in their purest form. It creates a more potent high. If you’re looking for a stronger effect, concentrates are the way to go!   

Experienced enthusiasts could give concentrates a try this 420 – you could dab a concentrate with a torch and oil rig or smear the concentrate on top of your cannabis flower in a pipe or joint.

If you’re new to concentrates, read our helpful guide here.

Best Cannabis Products to Celebrate 420

1. Wildflower Honey Oil | 0.5g

Wildflower Honey Oil | 0.5g

Wildflower Honey Oil is a natural and full-spectrum extract high in THC. Made from a CO2 extraction process that uses no harmful chemicals or artificial terpenes. This hybrid blend is both potent and euphoric.

Enjoy the uplifting effects by dabbing, rolling, filling, vaping, or infusing this wildflower honey oil into your favourite recipes.

2. Blue Iguana [Double Dutch X Old Time Moonshine] Pre-Roll 3-pack | 1.5g

Blue Iguana [Double Dutch X Old Time Moonshine] Pre-Roll 3-pack | 1.5g

The Blue Iguana is the perfect hybrid for those looking for a strong THC potency. Though it has a skunky, earthy aroma, it also boasts flavours of dried fruit, spice, and deep musk. 

If you’re looking for a creative high, the Blue Iguana is your pre-roll!

3. Blueberry Sour Soft Chews | 2x5mg

This 420 is going to be a sweet one! If you’re looking for a delicious way to enjoy some THC, Wana’s Blueberry Sour Soft Chews are a great choice.

 Infused with indica-enhanced distillate, they include 5 mg of THC per chew, perfect for enjoying anytime, anywhere.

4. Gelato 33 [Sunset Sherbet X Thin Mint GSC]

Gelato 33 [Sunset Sherbet X Thin Mint GSC]

Looking for a hybrid flower that’s out of this world? Then you have to try Gelato #33. This unique strain is the lovechild of Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, and it inherits some unique terpenes from its parents. 
You’ll be amazed by its intense aromas of orange, earth, and mint. Don’t forget to grab some Cyclones Hemp Wraps Pre-Rolled Cones to complete your festivities.

Time to Celebrate!

The 420 holiday is just around the corner, and now you’re well-prepared to celebrate. This year, be sure to try out something new, like cooking with cannabis or buying a new strain. 
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, visit our store or explore our cannabis collection online to see everything we have to offer. We can’t wait to see what everyone gets up to this year.

Happy 420!

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CBD vs THC: What’s the Difference

Even if you are new to cannabis, you have probably come across the terms THC and CBD. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the two most common compounds found in cannabis.  Although both come from the same plant, they can affect the body differently.

If you are curious about CBD and THC and their effects, you’ve landed on the right article. We’ll explain the potential benefits of each, how they might affect you, and suggest some products you can try to see which compound is suitable for you.

What Is CBD?

CBD is one of more than 85 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is derived from hemp and cannabis plants but lacks psychoactive properties that cause people to get high. Instead, CBD is known for its medical properties like pain relief and improved sleep.

CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system to help regulate your mood, homeostasis (the balance of various systems in your body), and immune system. 

There’s a variety of CBD products you can pick from, including topical lotions, flower, edibles, tinctures, oils and vape pens.

What Is THC?

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. Recreational cannabis products such as edibles and pre-rolls often contain THC, as this cannabinoid is responsible for the user’s euphoric effects or what is known as “high. ”

THC binds receptors in the nervous system and affects how a person remembers things, feels pleasure, moves around, thinks about things, concentrates on tasks, and perceives time. For example, some artists add THC to their creative process.

You can find THC in edibles, joints, vapes and topicals, among many other products on the market.

Are CBD and THC Similar?

Somewhat. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids and have the same molecular structure. However, there’s a slight difference in how the atoms are arranged. This is why one of these cannabinoids is psychoactive (THC) and the other one isn’t (CBD). 

When it comes to potential benefits, both CBD and THC might be effective against insomnia and chronic pain. Besides that, clinical studies have shown that the mix of THC and CBD can help manage symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation. 

There’s a variety of products available on the market for both CBD and THC, including dried cannabis flowers, vape pens, edibles and more.

What Are The Key Differences Between CBD and THC?

Chemical Structure and Effects On the Body

CBD and THC have the same molecular structure, but how these molecules are arranged differs. Because of this difference, CBD and THC interact with the brain’s receptors in slightly different ways. 

THC binds to the cannabinoid (CB1) receptors in our brain, causing euphoria and altering the user’s perception.

On the other hand, CBD has minimal, if any, binding effects on CB1 receptors. As a result, CBD does not cause euphoria. 
So if you’re looking for a more wellness-focused experience, CBD products might be the way to go. They might help reduce inflammation, relieve physical pain, speed up the healing process, and improve stress management.

Where They Are Derived From

CBD can be derived from hemp or marijuana, but it is most commonly derived from hemp, which has low levels of THC. CBD products extracted from hemp are ideal for those who want to avoid the high produced by the THC compound. 

On the other hand, THC is extracted from the marijuana plant because it has higher levels of the THC compound than hemp.

Potential Health Benefits

Research indicates that THC and CBD have wide-ranging positive effects on the human body. 

To fully grasp these benefits, we first need to understand how our endocannabinoid system works. This system is a group of neurotransmitters that regulates several body functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, and memory. 

THC and CBD  interact with the endocannabinoid system and influence various biological processes.


CBD lacks euphoric effects, which are present in THC. This is why some people prefer CBD because it does not create the high typically associated with marijuana. 

CBD may help with conditions such as: 


THC may be used to relieve the symptoms of some medical conditions. And from a recreational standpoint, users prefer THC for its euphoric and relaxing effects. 

THC has been shown to help with conditions such as: 

THC Products You Can Try 

Amsterdam Sativa

Amsterdam Sativa (High THC)

Highly Dutch’s Amsterdam Sativa (THC 23%) has sweet floral flavours with punchy aromas to compliment any occasion. This strain is organically grown and selected for quality to deliver a consistent potency and unique experience in every batch.

Amsterdam Sativa will leave you feeling creative, energetic, and inspired.

Magic Melon 510 | 1g

Magic Melon

The flavours of Magic Melon (THC 83%) are like nothing else. Prepare for a truckload of tropical, sour and sweet flavour with every puff. It’s not just the myrcene or caryophyllene terpenes that make it unique, but also the abundance of terpinolene, which gives off aromas reminiscent of a fresh honeydew melon. They’re perfect for any occasion where you want something light yet refreshing at once.

Sweet Tartz Pre-Roll | 1g

Sweet Tartz Pre-Roll | 1g

Sweet Tartz (THC 22.4%) is an originally bred hybrid strain by Gage Cannabis. This strain is known for its sour-tart-like flavour and gassy aroma. Sweet Tartz breeds frosty dense nugs with a beautiful mix of purple and green and soft orange hairs, perfect for a relaxing night.

CBD Products You Can Try

CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml

CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml

This CBD Oil (CBD 960 mg – 1000 mg) is made using the high-CBD Plus formula from MediPharm Labs, which is ideal for helping your body with the daily grind. This full-spectrum oil contains a high concentration of CBD per drop and is produced under strict manufacturing standards.

CBD Reign Drops | 30ml

CBD Reign Drops | 30ml

These drops (CBD 420 mg – 450 mg) are made with a greenhouse-grown blend of CBD cannabis, put through a state-of-the-art CO2 extraction process and diluted to the optimal concentration. It’s available in a 30 ml bottle and has an extremely low THC potency countered with a high CBD.

CBD GEMS+ | 15 caps

CBD GEMS+ | 15 caps

CBD+ Gems (CBD 435 mg – 495 mg) cannabis softgels are made with CO2-extracted oil from blended hybrid strains. This product comes in 15 capsule bottles, and each gelatin softgel contains 30mg per dose. They have high-CBD potency and are available in 15-capsule bottles. 

The high-CBD potency of these cannabis soft gels makes them perfect for those who want an all-natural, THC-free experience.


As you can see, there are some significant differences between CBD and THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you high, while THC does produce a psychoactive effect. CBD is known to have a number of medicinal properties, while THC is mainly known for its psychoactive effects. 

We hope you now have a better understanding of the difference between THC and CBD. If you’re still not sure which product is right for you, check out our website or visit us in-store for more information.

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Decarbing Your Cannabis: Dos and Don’ts

Homemade edibles are a great way to get high without having to smoke, and they can be a lot of fun to make too. Whether you’re a first-time cannabis user or a seasoned pro, there’s one thing you need to know before you start cooking your flower: decarbing is vital. 

If you’re not familiar with the decarbing process, it might seem intimidating at first. Don’t worry, this article will discuss what decarbing is, how to do it properly, and our favourite tips and tricks to make perfect edibles.

What is Decarboxylation?

importance of thc and cbd in decarbing

Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis flower that activates cannabinoids like CBD and THC in it. 

Decarboxylation is essential when making edibles, infused oils, topicals, and tinctures because it will activate the THC or CBD compounds in the plant. This is because these two cannabinoids are present in other forms (THCA and CBDA) in raw cannabis, but they are not as powerful and won’t deliver the desired effects. Decarboxylating process involves heat, which lets cannabis change these inactive cannabinoids into active ones.

Why Is Decarbing Important?

To get the “high” you want from smoking weed or eating edibles, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This means heating it to a specific temperature so that the non-psychoactive THCA cannabinoid is turned into the psychoactive THC cannabinoid. 

When you are making edibles, decarbing should be the first step. If done incorrectly, you could waste your cannabis or get edibles that will not deliver your desired effects.

What Temperature Should You Decarb Flower At?

The temperature can affect how fast decarboxylation happens. You want to use the right temperature so that the process doesn’t take too long or your flower burns. 

Different cannabinoids and terpenes require different decarboxylation temperatures. For example, THCA needs to be heated to about 220ºF for 30 to 45 minutes. The whole process can take a little longer, depending on which decarbing method you use and the quantity of cannabis. 

The best way to decarboxylate cannabis is to use the least amount of heat possible. Low heat preserves the therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. Terpenes can be lost when exposed to high heat levels, so caution is essential.

Different Ways to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Decarbing cannabis is a relatively simple process because the basic idea behind decarboxylating cannabis is to heat it. There are many ways you can decarb at home, but here are our favourites:

1. Using an Oven 

oven to decarb your cannabis

To decarb cannabis in an oven, you need a baking sheet, parchment paper and cannabis flower. Then, follow these easy steps;

a) Set the oven to 235 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). 

b) Meanwhile, place the parchment paper on a baking tray and spread your marijuana across it. Make sure to break up any large pieces with your hands. You can also use a grinder. Just make sure that your flower isn’t too fine. Otherwise, you’re risking burning your cannabis. 

c) Place your tray into the oven. Every 10 minutes, check on your flower and mix it around to make sure it bakes evenly. 

d) After approximately 35 – 40 minutes, take it out of the oven and let it cool. 

2. Stovetop and Mason Jar 

If you want to reduce the smell of weed in your kitchen that decarbing inevitably produces, a mason jar is a good option. The jar will keep the smell and the mess to a minimum. 

To decarb cannabis using a stovetop and mason jar, follow these easy steps: 

a) Grind your cannabis roughly and place it inside your mason jar. Seal the jar tightly. b) Pour water into your pot until it is halfway full. Place the jar inside the pot, and turn on your stovetop at low or medium heat. 

c) You will need to let the jar and water simmer in the pot for about 90 minutes. Keep an eye on the water level so it doesn’t evaporate. 

3. Oven and Mason Jar 

This method is similar to the one above, but placing the mason jar in a pot, you put it in the oven. This technique is ideal for anyone who wants to keep the smell to a minimum but also doesn’t have 90 minutes to decarb their cannabis. Here’s how you do it: 

1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Meanwhile, put your grinded cannabis in the mason jar. Make sure to close the top of the container tightly to minimize the smell. 

3. Once the oven is preheated, place the jar on the oven rack. Make sure that it’s not touching the sides of the oven to avoid glass exploding. 

4. Bake the cannabis for around 30 minutes or until it is dark brown.

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Decarbing?


● Make sure the cannabis is spread out to distribute the heat evenly. 

● To preserve the terpenes in your herb, use low heat. 

● When it starts to turn a toasted colour, take it out to prevent it from burning.


● Do not over-grind your cannabis. It could easily burn. 

● Do not try to decarb your weed at a too high temperature. You might burn off the psychoactive compounds you’re trying to preserve. 

● Don’t lose patience and take your flower out before the timer goes off, or you won’t get fully decarbed weed. 

Get Your Heat On!

Decarboxylating cannabis might seem complicated, but it is simply the process of heating raw cannabis flowers to activate the cannabinoids within the plant to enjoy the full benefits. And remember, this is an essential step before making any edibles or infused oils. 

We hope this blog was helpful to you. As you decarb your cannabis, keep these tips in mind for the best results. If decarbing still seems like too much work, you can always check out Leaf Lab’s selection of edible products.

Looking to learn more about cannabis? Check out our blog for more articles on your favourite cannabis topics.

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Your Guide to Cannabis Gummies: Which Ones Should You Try?

Cannabis gummies are taking over the edibles market for a good reason. They’re delicious, discreet, and offer plenty of great benefits. These mini, tasty treats come in different flavours and shapes, making them a favourite buy for many cannabis connoisseurs. 

If you’ve never heard of cannabis gummies, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Read on to find out more about these popular edibles, the benefits they offer, and some brands you should try.

What Are Cannabis Gummies?

Cannabis gummies are a sweet, chewy, candy-like product infused with cannabis. 

The main compounds found in the cannabis plant are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol  (CBD). Cannabis gummies typically contain either CBD or THC and sometimes even both.

What Is the Difference Between CBD and THC Gummies?

The type of compound (THC and CBD) and their concentration in the product determine the overall effect cannabis gummies will have on you. 

THC is a psychoactive substance, which means it can change the way a person’s brain and nervous system works, resulting in a well-known “high.” As a result, THC gummies are often used recreationally. 

On the other hand, CBD-infused gummies are famous for their therapeutic effects and are mainly used for medical benefits. 
The chemical composition of CBD and THC is nearly identical. Because of this, both compounds produce some similar effects. They can even work together in your body to enhance the unique benefits of each compound.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Gummies?

Apart from being a great alternative to smoking cannabis, gummies are discreet and easy to use anytime and anywhere. Gummies are also cost-effective, with most options on the market costing less than $10 per pack. 

Another great advantage of gummies is that they offer dosage control and long-lasting effects. They usually take 45 minutes to 2 hours to work, and the effects may last up to eight hours. 

While gummies are often used as a recreational treat to be shared with friends, they also offer therapeutic benefits. Some of these include:

With so many benefits and advantages, gummies continue to grow in popularity. If you are looking for recommendations, here are a few great options from our Toronto store.

Cannabis Gummies You Should Try

CBD and THC Gummies

Sunny Day Citrus Sugar-Free Soft Chews | 30-Pack

Monjour Bare’s Sunny Day Citrus Sugar-Free soft chews are mildly sweet and made with CBD Isolate. They come in a variety pack of 30, so you can enjoy a mix of orange, lemon and lime flavours whenever you’d like. 

These treats will leave you feeling calm, relaxed and happy.

SOURZ Strawberry Mango Gummies | 5x2mg

Who doesn’t love a little sour with their sweet? Strawberry Mango SOURZ by Spinach™ is the perfect gummy for those who like a little zing. Made with only natural flavours and colours, these dual-flavoured gummies are sure to please. Each pack comes with 5 gummies so that you can share them with your friends. 10 mg THC total per pack.

CBD Gummies

Lemon Green Tea CBD Soft Chews | 50-pack

These Lemon Green Tea CBD Soft Chews are made by hand using all-natural ingredients and are infused with full-spectrum cannabis extract. They are guaranteed to deliver a potent dose of CBD and boast no artificial colours or flavours! 

The naturally occurring terpenes found in green tea make this soft chew an appealing choice for those looking for THC-free gummies.

CBD Pomegranate Soft Chews | 30x10mg CBD

These CBD soft chews help you get 10mg of pure, isolated cannabidiol daily. Plus, they taste great! 

They are made with tart and refreshing pomegranate juice for a satisfying finish that’s not too sweet but very berry-like. These THC-free soft chews come 30 per pack for a convenient monthly supply.

THC Gummies

Quick Orchard Peach Soft Chews | 2x5mg

Wana Quick Orchard Peach gummies are perfect for those looking to experience the flavours of juicy peaches with an increased level of THC. 

These handcrafted, 10mg per package treats contain over 30 terpenes and come from a recipe using pectin instead of gelatin. Produced with a culinary innovation by Azuca Time Infusion, these gummies may result in a quicker onset and offset of effects.

Pomegranate Blueberry Acai 5:1 Sour Soft Chews | 2x5mg

These handcrafted Pomegranate Blueberry Acai Sour Soft Chews are the perfect way to enjoy the benefits of both CBD and THC. Made with all-natural ingredients, they’re infused with 50 mg CBD and 10 mg THC terpene-enhanced distillate for a 5:1 ratio. So if you just want to relax and unwind, these delicious soft chews are perfect for you.

Get Chewing!

If you are a fan of cannabis gummies or know someone who is, share this article. As you can see from our list above, there are many different kinds of cannabis gummies – and you’ll find even more options in our store.  At Leaf Lab, your experience is our top priority. Whether through our dispensary locations or our online store, you can count on us to provide excellent service and quality products. Get in touch with us on 416-488-8239 or email us at

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How To Make Your Own CBD-Infused Oil

Cooking and baking with CBD-infused oil is becoming an increasingly popular trend because of its many benefits. CBD oil can be added into both sweet and savory dishes like cookies, brownies, or even salads – making it a versatile go-to in your pantry. 

CBD offers a lot of benefits that can range from stabilizing mood, alleviating pain and cancer-related symptoms, and even helping regulate sleep patterns. Many people are becoming aware of the advantages of CBD but not sure how they can incorporate it into their life. Well here’s some good news, adding CBD oil to your food is a great way.

THC vs CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?

There’s one main difference between CBD and THC oil. CBD-infused oil doesn’t get you high the way THC oil would, but still delivers healing properties such as pain relief, anxiety and lower high blood pressure

Because CBD is not psychoactive, it’s a great option for anyone who wants to experience the health benefits of cannabis without the mind-altering effects that come with THC. 

While CBD oil can be purchased at your local dispensary, some may opt to make their own at home.  Making your own CBD oil gives you the freedom to customize flavour while controlling the potency.

What Are the Benefits of Making CBD Oil at Home?

Making your own cannabis-infused oil allows you to control the type of oil you would like to use as a carrier. Depending on your taste, you may want to use avocado oil, coconut, sunflower or olive oil as your base.

Making your own CBD cooking oil gives you control over the quality of products while managing the potency of the CBD in the oil.

What Kind of Dishes Can I Make With CBD Oil?

Different kinds of recipes call for certain types of oil. For instance, salads and savory dishes would pair well with olive, avocado and coconut oil. If you’re baking, vegetable oil or canola oil can be used in place of butter. Whichever base you choose, CBD-infused oil is a great way to add an extra touch when you’re whipping up your favourite recipes.

Making Your Own CBD-Infused Oil: The Recipe

Step 1: Decarb Your Cannabis

Before you make CBD cooking oil, you need to decarb your CBD-rich cannabis flower. If you are not sure which bud you should choose, check out our Pure Sun CBD favourite

Decarbing your flower will allow the heat to activate the cannabinoids (CBD in this case) within the plant, so you can get the full benefits and feel the CBD effects, like anxiety relief


You’ll only need four things to decarb your cannabis:

  1. Baking tray
  2. Parchment Paper 
  3. Aluminum Foil
  4. Oven


It’s always best to get as high quality of cannabis as you can, ask our local bud tender and let them know what you’re making at home. They can steer you toward a strain or brand that is best suited for you.


  1. Preheat your oven to 220℉/104°C.
  2. While the oven is preheating, grind the cannabis. Preferably, use the bud of the flower as it’s more potent. 
  3. Spread the cannabis evenly on the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover the tray with aluminum foil and put it in the oven for 45 minutes at 220℉ to decarboxylate. 
  4. Gently shake the buds every 10 minutes to make sure they are baked evenly. Please note that fresh cannabis may bake up to an hour.

Step 2: Infusing Oil with CBD

Cannabis OIl

Now that you have decarbed the cannabis, you can get started on making your CBD-infused cooking oil. 

Keep in mind that coconut oil and sunflower oil are good for sweet dishes, and olive oil and avocado oils are good for savoury dishes.

All you need is:


  1. Strainer
  2. Cheese cloth
  3. Baking paper
  4. Double boiler


  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 5 grams of decarbed CBD-flower


  1. Wrap the ground cannabis with a cheesecloth and tie it together. 
  2. Add both the cannabis and coconut oil (or whichever type you’re using) into a double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan. 
    1. If using a double-cooker: Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat while stirring it occasionally. 
    2. If using a saucepan: Cook for 3 hours on low heat while stirring it frequently to avoid scorching. 
    3. If using a slow cooker: Cook for 4-6 hours on low heat. You should note that the oil’s temperature should not be more than 220℉/104°C. To avoid burning, you can also add a little bit of water to the mixture.
  3. When the oil is finished cooking, let it cool. Once cooled, strain it with a cheesecloth. Do not squeeze if you are using a cheesecloth because that’ll add more unnecessary chlorophyll to the oil. 
  4. And voila! You can store your CBD-oil in a cool place for up to two months, or 6 months if you keep it in the fridge.

It’s important to note this process requires a lot of patience and time in order to achieve the best results possible. With anything, experience with different oils to achieve unique flavours. The sky’s the limit in dishes and recipes you can your CBD oil to.

How To Dose CBD Oil

There are a number of things to consider when deciding how much CBD oil you should consume. Consider things like: 

  • Your body weight
  • Your body chemistry
  • The concentration of the CBD in your oil
  • What results you’re hoping to achieve 

We recommend you start off slow and only increase the dosage after waiting a couple of hours. Keep in mind that you can either increase or decrease the dosage depending on what your desired effect is.

You can also get your dosage calculated here – all you need to do is answer a few questions.

Cooking With CBD Oil

Bon Appetit!

With CBD-infused oil, you can say goodbye to dull moments in the kitchen.  If you want to get the best CBD flower for your CBD oil, make sure to visit us and explore our collection.

At Leaf Lab, your experience is our top priority. Whether it’s through our dispensary locations or our online store, you can count on us to provide excellent service and quality products. Get in touch with us on 416-488-8239 or email us at

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How To Make Cannabutter: A Beginners Guide

If you’re a fan of cannabis but not into smoking, cannabutter is a great way to incorporate it into your lifestyle through your diet. Cooking with cannabis is fantastic for beginners and connoisseurs alike to gain access to all the benefits it brings. 

Cannabutter is simply cannabis mixed with butter. You can treat cannabutter as a substitute for regular butter, which means the variety of ways you can use it are endless. You can spread it over a piece of warm toast or use it to make weed brownies or cannabis cupcakes. It can even make a great gift for newbies and non-smokers.

Making cannabutter in the comfort of your home is easy. It takes just two ingredients, a little bit of time and a step-by-step recipe to follow. 

Thankfully, we got you covered with that last part.

Cannabutter Recipe

What You’ll Need:

Before you get started on making your cannabutter, you will need to get a couple of things together first.

  1. 8 -10 grams of THC or CBD flower 
  2. 1 stick of butter (at least 228 grams)
  3. A cup of water
  4. Aluminium foil
  5. Baking tray
  6. Grinder
  7. Jar for storage
  8. Cheesecloth

Now that you have your ingredients and equipment, we can dive right into the recipe.

Cannabutter: Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Flower

Decarbing is an essential step in your cannabutter journey, as heating your buds will allow you to activate the cannabinoids (THC or CBD) in the flower so that you can reap the full benefits.

  1. Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C). Meanwhile, lay a piece of aluminium foil on the baking tray. Crumple it a little, to conduct the heat better.
  2. Grind your cannabis to ensure it bakes evenly. Do not grind it too fine, as it may burn easier.
  3. Spread the cannabis over the foil, place another foil on top, and put it in the oven for 45 minutes. Place the oven rack in the middle to bake evenly. 
  4. Let it cool for 30 minutes, and after that, your decarbed cannabis is ready for use.  You can now move on to step 2.

Step 2: Mix Your Butter and Cannabis 

  1. Place a medium pot or saucepan on low heat, add butter and water. Water keeps the temperature down and helps prevent the butter from burning.
  2. As soon as the butter melts, mix the decarboxylated cannabis with a wooden spoon and cover it with a lid.
  3. Let the mixture gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every half hour to make sure your butter isn’t burning. If you have a thermometer, check to ensure the temperature doesn’t reach above 180°C.

Step 3: Strain the Cannabutter

Straining Your Cannabutter
  1. After your cannabutter is ready, strain it into a container with cheesecloth supported by a metal strainer. Use a rubber band to keep it in place while you strain. If you don’t have a cheesecloth, you can also use a coffee filter. 
  2. It is important to give it enough time to drain. Then, once the straining process is complete, you can dispose of any residue.
  3. Leave the butter to cool at room temperature. After at least 30 mins, the butter will solidify, and you will see the layer of water you added at step two. Gently pour out the water, and your butter is ready for use.

How Can You Store Your Cannabutter?

Cannabutter Storage

Storing your cannabutter is an important step so it stays fresh. Any product that contains THC or CBD can lose potency over time if not stored correctly. 

The best way to store cannabutter is in a jar or airtight glass container and kept in the refrigerator. It will last for about two weeks in the refrigerator.

If you don’t use up all of your cannabutter in that time, you can freeze it for up to 6 months. 

Just make sure before you use your cannabutter, you smell it and observe the colour. A light yellow or brown are the perfect colour. Your cannabutter may even turn dark brown, but it is still good to use.

How Do You Dose?

It’s a good idea to start slow if you’re new to cannabis or have a low THC tolerance. Start with a small portion and wait at least two hours to feel the full effects of the cannabis before you take another bite.

THC Calculator

We also suggest using the edibles dosage calculator to dose your cannabutter or other homemade cannabis-infused recipes before you consume them. 

The calculator will give you an accurate estimate of the potency of your cannabutter. 

Here’s a Tip!

One of the most essential things that can make or break your cannabutter is the type of flower you use. We recommend using good-quality strains to get the full flavour and the desired effects. 

Depending on your desired outcome, you may want to select a high CBD strain for milder and relaxing effects or choose a higher THC strain for a more euphoric effect. At Leaf Lab, we offer a variety of cannabis strains suited for any occasion – from Sativa, Indica to Hybrid. And while you’re picking out quality strains, don’t forget to buy the best butter you can find!

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How to Make Weed Brownies: The Basics

Welcome to the world of weed brownies! You’ve seen them in movies, probably heard a funny story about them from one of your friends, but have you ever actually tried to make them? 

Weed brownies are the most notorious cannabis-infused baked food, but why? They are the king of cannabis confectionery for a good reason. This cannabis treat is easy to make, delicious to eat and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or even given as a gift. But what else makes them so appealing?

What Are the Benefits of Edibles? 

Edibles have quickly risen to the top of the favourite list for many. Not only are they delicious and easy to consume, but edibles also affect the body differently from smoking or vaping cannabis. 

This is because THC is absorbed through the stomach and takes more time for your metabolism to process, so the effects are slower to take hold but result in a more potent experience. 

Edibles can come in CBD formats, which can provide the anxiety-relieving benefits of cannabis without the high. 

So why would you opt for an edible when lighting up a pre-roll seems more straightforward, and the effects kick in quicker? Well, for one, when you smoke a joint, the smell is very noticeable. But when you chow down edibles (like weed brownies), you can discreetly consume cannabis anywhere, anytime. 

It’s also an excellent alternative for those who prefer not to smoke or look for longer-lasting effects. 

How Do I Make Weed Brownies?

1. Choose Your Cannabis

We all know the secret ingredient in “special” brownies is cannabis.

You can add the cannabis flower right into the batter, but it might not yield as delicious of a dessert. There are a few tips and tricks for baking tasty cannabis-infused brownies.

Cannabis Oil

This is another popular infuser, which can be either made at home or bought from a store. You can either opt for a THC oil or CBD oil, depending on the effects you want to experience. 

Cannabis oil is interchangeable with regular oil in any weed brownie recipe and can act as a vegan or lactose-free substitute for cannabutter. 

The recipe below will be using cannabis oil, so make sure to have some on hand!


Cannabutter is one of the most common ways to infuse an edible, especially when it comes to baked goods. This combination of cannabis and butter serves as a substitute for traditional butter, meaning that you could even turn your Grandma’s sacred brownies recipe into a weed brownies recipe if you want. 

If you don’t have it already premade, you can find how to make cannabutter right here

Cannabis Sugar

If you have a sweet tooth, want to make your own infuser but don’t have the patience to stand next to your stove for hours, cannabis sugar is your go-to. 

It’s incredibly easy to make. You simply need cannabis tincture and any type of sugar. After you mix those, let the sugar rest for 48 hours, and voila – it’s ready to be used. 

Fair warning – this will make your batch ultrastrong.   

Decarbed Flower 

Remember how we said you couldn’t throw some flower into the brownie mix? Well, that’s not entirely true. You could if you decarb your cannabis first. 

The most common way you decarb is by lighting it on fire (joints) or vaporizing it. But for cannabis that you plan to use in baking, you need to harness the power of the plant in your oven by baking it. 

This is because compounds in cannabis (like THC and CBD), need heat to convert to the magical herb of relaxation in a process called decarboxylation.

If you’re using just cannabis flower, it’s essential to focus on the quality of the strain. Leaf Lab has a variety of top-notch strains that you can use, like Early Lemon Berry or Blue Dream. 


You could also use cannabis concentrates as an infuser for your brownies, especially if you want to make them more potent. Any type of concentrate would work from CO2 Oil to shatter – just keep in mind that you might have to decarb them first if needed.  

If you’re curious about which type of concentrate you should use, you can read more about them here

Remember that choosing between infusion methods is a personal preference, and you can use these infusers interchangeably in most edible recipes. 

  2. Calculate Your Dosage

Now that you have your infuser think of the dose. Just like adding chili to a dish to make it spicy, you don’t want to make it too spicy, so you better dose your brownies accordingly. 

If you’re new to cannabis, we recommend starting with a small dose and then increasing gradually. Knowing exactly how many milligrams of THC and CBD content is in your brownie makes it easier to know how it will make you feel, but this may be a little hard when you’re baking on your own. 

You could refer to the flower’s packaging label that states the levels of THC and CBD to dose accordingly.

 If math isn’t your thing, there are many THC calculators online which could make this step a breeze. 

Now that we have our dosage, let’s get baking. We will use half a cup of cannabutter for this simple recipe. 

3. Bake Some Brownies! 

Fun Fact: You can customize this recipe to suit your taste.

Gather Your Baking Ingredients

You will need: 

  • ⅔ cups cannabis oil  
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup of flour (or almond flour)

After gathering the ingredients, you can start the baking process:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350° F or 180° C. Meanwhile, beat eggs on low speed. 

Step 2: Mix in the cannabis oil and sugar until well blended. After the mixture is uniform, add vanilla.

Step 3: Mix flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

Step 4: Stir dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture.

Step 5: After combining everything well, pour into a greased 9 x 9 oven-safe square pan.

Step 6: Bake for 20 minutes or until the sides just start to pull away from the pan. You can use a toothpick to check whether the brownies are fully baked before removing them from the oven. 

Step 7: Let them cool completely before cutting.

Step 8: Sink your teeth into your weed brownie. You deserve it after all your hard work.

How Do I Store Weed Brownies?


As with regular brownies, you want to ensure that your weed brownies are stored in an airtight container to keep them fresh and potent for as long as possible. 

You can keep them for four days in the pantry or up to two weeks in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Weed Brownies?

Unless you’re making weed brownies to share with friends, you will probably not want to, nor should you eat an entire batch alone at once. 

The good news is that you can freeze weed brownies and enjoy them at a later date without going through all the hassle of baking a new batch. Instead, simply wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then slide them into a labeled freezer bag.

Some people report that the taste and potency can intensify after the brownies have been frozen, so look out for that! 

Get Baking!

When it comes to baking with cannabis, you can’t just throw some weed into a bowl of brownie batter and hope to sink your teeth in tasty goodness. Instead, you have to pick the right strain, put in the work to get the best tasting weed brownies you’ve ever tried!  

We hope this article has given you some ideas on where to start when it comes to making weed brownies. Now get cooking!

Are you still looking for that perfect strain for your batch? Leaf Lab has a wide range of strains to choose from, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user. Depending on the type of experience you’re looking for, our staff members can guide you. 

You can purchase your preferred strains online or visit our store at 1961 Avenue Road in North York. For your convenience, orders above $50 can be delivered the same day if you’re within 10km from the store.

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Cannabis Gift Guide: Feel-Good Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Shop cannabis gifts for everyone on your list.

It’s been a year! And whether you love to celebrate the holidays or not, we all deserve something to help us kick back and relax as we wrap up 2021. So, instead of socks or another ugly tie for dad, maybe this is the year you switch it up and give the gift of a good high.

If you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, we’ve got some inspiration in-store. 

We’ve created a cannabis gift guide that’s personalized for everyone on your list based on their smoking style (or not!) We’ve got CBD and hemp options too for those just dipping their toe into the cannabis world. 

What Makes a Good Cannabis Gift?

What makes a great gift? A personalized one. 

Instead of picking out a generic strain, think about their personality, interests, hobbies or what stage in life they’re at. Maybe mom would like some soft chews in her stocking, or cousin Brody wants a portable vaporizer. 

We’ve broken out the 2021 cannabis gift guide in a few ways  – from the cannabis newbie to the cannabis connoisseurs. 

Gift Ideas For the Cannabis Newbie

Some new cannabis users may be nervous about how and where to get started. A safe and fun way for people to get acquainted with cannabis is by giving them items that are low in potency and easy to use.

The best introduction to cannabis for some is a pre-rolled joint. For beginners who are skeptical about smoking, you can give cannabis edibles like gummies or chocolate. Here are a few options to start the cannabis newbie off on the right foot. 

Pink Mango (Social) Pre-Roll 3-Pack

If you’re picking a gift for a cannabis newbie, you have to first think about convenience. Most likely your friend or loved one is not going to know how to roll, making a pack of premium pre-rolls a perfect gift!

These Fleurish pre-rolls, which are made only from the whole flower and finished by hand, are packed with a rare sativa dominant plant. Pink Mango (Social) will leave you energized and inspired, with a lemony aftertaste dancing on your tongue. 

Quick Strawberry Lime 1:1 Balanced Soft Chews

If you’re looking for a gift that offers an intense but not overwhelming sensation of THC, check out Wana Quick strawberry lime gummies.

The chewy, fruity gummies are infused with 10mg of CBD and 10mg of THC and might be the best Christmas gift ever. These gummies are handcrafted using a recipe made with pectin, not gelatin, and enhanced with over 30 terpenes.

Gift Ideas For the Cannabis Connoisseur

People who call themselves cannabis connoisseurs usually have more experience with cannabis products than the occasional user. As cannabis connoisseurs ourselves, here are the top picks that we’ve enjoyed in the last year.

Craft Orange Tingz

Obviously, you want to get the best gift for your loved ones. And what is a better gift than some premium bud?

If you’re looking for a strain that’s as tasty as it looks, then look no further. Orange Tingz is an indica dominant hybrid, which will leave you happy, sleepy and relaxed. This small-batch craft flower is grown with zero pesticides, hang dried, hand trimmed, slow cured and hand packed in batches small enough to treat each plant like family.

Focus V Original (Black)

Here is another awesome gift — the Focus V Original.  Finally, a vaporizer that offers the same experience as more expensive models but at a more affordable price! 

The Focus V Original is perfect for those who love vaping THC. It has 6 preset temperatures and features haptic feedback so you can feel every hit. This gift would provide a unique vaporizing experience for all cannabis lovers.

Cannabis Gift Ideas For the Hemp-Lover

CBD has gained popularity in recent years, and studies have even shown that this non-psychoactive compound may have even more health benefits, including reducing inflammation and managing pain. 

Some people introduce it into their wellness routines, and use it to de-stress or sleep better! That’s why it makes such a great gift for friends, loved ones, or even coworkers. They can also be a good way to introduce someone new to the benefits of hemp, especially if they are a little wary of the psychoactive THC effects.

There are so many different CBD products, but here are a few of our favourites:

Peach Serene CBD Soft Chews

Imagine being in the perfect state of mind, where everything is calm and you feel like your thoughts are flowing freely. The Peach Serene CBD gummies by Aurora Drift will have your mind and body relaxing in no time.

These fruity bite-sized gummies are infused with high-quality cannabinoid extract from our best-selling CBD strains so that each one has an even distribution of resin that provides consistency throughout every delicious bite.

CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil

Another top-notch gift would be this CBD oil by MediPharm Labs. This high-quality CBD product has 50mg/mL of pure cannabidiol, and its formula will leave your loved ones feeling relief throughout the day.  

If you have someone in mind that likes to smoke instead, they would dig Black Widow CBD. It’s an amazing strain that offers an entire entourage of various cannabinoids along with a full-bodied flavour.

Gifts For the Non-Smoker

Cannabis gifts might seem like an odd choice for non-smokers, but there are plenty of cannabis products out there that will appeal to people who don’t smoke, from edibles to capsules. Take a look at our favourites:

Pomegranate Blueberry Acai 5:1 Sour Soft Chews

The Pomegranate Blueberry acai sour soft chews sound and are delicious. Full of CBD, these three powerhouse flavour crews make a great gift for anyone in need of relaxation.

These edibles are handcrafted with all-natural flavours and their sour taste makes them even more refreshing. They also provide some additional stimulation due to their low THC, hitting all the right spots.

Gems 5:5

A blend of Redecan cannabis grown in Niagara was extracted using CO2 to be encapsulated in these easy-to-swallow gel caps, all ready to be a perfect Christmas Gift! 

These gems can be taken at any time of the day, and it’s hard to beat their convenience for anyone who enjoys cannabis oil benefits.

Stocking Stuffers and Cannabis Smoking Accessories

If you’re looking for something that will stick around for a little longer than bud, smoking accessories like a vaporizer or apparel is a great choice. 

One of the best things about cannabis is that there are so many options for accessories. You can get anything from pipes and joints, right down to rolling papers or grinders. If you’re looking for something unique, check out the latest and greatest:

RYOT – Acrylic Micro-Dose Inhaler w/ Micro-Box (Black&White)

These Ryot Micro Boxes are a must-have for any smoker who loves to smoke on the go! These revolutionary little boxes come with an array of eye-catching acrylic blends and patented magnetic pokers. 

They are also super easy to use, just toss it into your pocket along with some lighter fluid. Your favourite smoker will be ready for action in seconds flat!

Hemper Tech 5.5″ Space Car Bong

This is a revolutionary gift, the Hemper bong, is a herb bowl for dry herbs and concentrates. Its dual feature makes it a great accessory for someone who likes the best of both worlds.

Smoking accessories cannot be complete without the GR8TR Jar Body Grinder to make sure that your loved ones always have one on hand. Maybe throw it in to make your gift a little extra special.

Cannabis Gift Combos

Don’t think that just one gift is going to be enough? These combos are a great idea for anyone looking to get their cannabis-loving pals something unique this holiday season. 

Try out some of our top combinations:

Hemper Tech 8″ Pineapple Rig  +  Pineapple Paradise [Pre-98 Bubba Kush X Sour Diesel]

Get creative with the HEMPER Pineapple rig, which stands at 8″ tall and features a pineapple decorative splash guard! Combine that with a bent neck design, which offers both aesthetic and functional qualities, and you’ve got a nearly perfect piece. 

Want to give your friends something to smoke out of this beauty? You can wrap it with this pineapple-themed gift with a pineapple paradise strain. This tropical treat will feel like a vacation come to life.

MPB Wooden Micro Box with Matching Taster Bat | Bamboo  + Funfetti

This combo is going to blow your favourite stoner’s mind. 

Surprise them with this wooden micro box combined with a matching taster bat, which has an array of eye-catching acrylic blends.  Its unique pistol grip creates a micro box like none other. It is easy to carry on the go, just grab a lighter and you’re set for the day! 

Pair this MPB wooden micro box with a strain that smells as good as it looks. Funfetti’s bright orange pistils contrast the dark shades of purple while carrying a sweet creamy flavour, reminiscent of fresh birthday cake. This high-THC strain will leave your loved ones happy and relaxed.

Gifts Under $30

Gifts don’t have to be pricey. As the saying goes, “it’s the thought that counts”. 

Gifts under $30 are a great option when you’re on a budget. These gifts are way too good for their price:

Blue Nova [Blue Dream]

If someone you know loves strains that fuel up their creative energy, look no further than Blue Nova strain. This sweet and sticky sativa hybrid has a sugary flavour and its buds are full of trichomes, which gives off its signature intense berry aroma.

Forbidden Fruit 510

Don’t think that flower is the best choice and vaping is more up your alley? With $30 or less, you could get Forty’s Forbidden Fruit 510 cartridge. This cartridge, filled with sweet and earthy strain, is compatible with 510 thread devices. 

Perfect for your Back Forty Adventures!

Happy Gifting!

We hope you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year. No matter who you’re buying for, they’ll appreciate the thought you put in. 

Your holiday shopping is about to get a whole lot more interesting. If you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for and only got inspired by our gift guide, you can always check out our menu for more items. Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted or serious, we have it all. 
Happy holidays from Leaf Lab Dispensary!

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DIY Holiday Edition: Cannabis-Infused Cookies

The holidays are finally here, and with everyone in the kitchen this week whipping up Holiday cookies, what about kicking it up a notch with a batch of cannabis cookies?

Whether you’re planning a non-traditional holiday party or enjoying some quiet time at home, these cookies are sure to get you in the spirit. Best of all, they’re easy to make and don’t require granny’s specialty baking skills.  

In honour of the season, we’re sharing some holiday-inspired cannabis cookie recipes even a novice baker can handle. These recipes require cannabutter, so before we jump into making the cookies, let’s make some cannabutter first.

First Things First: How to Make Cannabutter

Cannabis butter, also known as “cannabutter,” is a marijuana-infused butter that you can add to recipes as a substitute for regular butter. This is a creative way to amp up any of your recipes, especially during the holiday season.  

TIP: Play around with the type of cannabis to change the effect. For higher potency in each bite, look for marijuana that has 20% THC or higher. You can opt for a strain with a balanced CBD-THC ratio, or look for a higher CBD ratio for a more calming and non-psychoactive effect. 

Here’s an easy recipe to make cannabutter:

  1. Decarb the cannabis: Preheat your oven to 245ºF. While it’s preheating, place your grinded cannabis on an oven-safe tray covered with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Place the tray in the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Older, drier cannabis may require less time. Every 10 minutes, gently shake the tray to expose all the buds to the heat evenly. 
  2. Melt the butter: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan. Simmer on low heat and let the butter melt. Adding water helps regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
  3. Add the cannabis: As the butter begins to melt, add your coarsely ground cannabis and mix it well.
  4. Simmer: Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
  5. Strain the cannabutter: Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off in the pot, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. Just keep in mind that squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through. You have cannabutter!
  6. Refrigerate the jar of butter. Keep your cannabutter in the fridge to keep it fresh. It will last about two weeks in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

What Are Some Other Ways to Infuse Cannabis Cookies?

You’re not limited to only using cannabutter in your baking, there are other ways to infuse your holiday treats this season. Alternatively, you can use:

  • CBD oil: You might want to opt for CBD-infused oil, especially if your favorite recipe calls for oil instead of butter. CBD may not have the jolly effects of THC, but it offers a wellness feeling like no other. We recommend  the CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml (50mgCBD/ml) for rich CBD infused cookies. 
  • Cannabis sugar: Cannabis-infused sugar is another great alternative to cannabutter if you have a bit of time on your hands. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and your cannabis tincture, mix well. Let the sugar air dry for 48 to 72 hours and you’re ready to start baking!

It’s important to note that each ingredient brings its own special something to the recipe, so play around and find out what works best for you. Just keep in mind that the recipes below all use cannabutter.

Holiday Cannabis-Infused Cookie Recipes

Holiday cookies are an opportunity to let your creativity shine. The options are endless! But if you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few recipes for some delicious cannabis cookies. 

Christmas Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies are a classic holiday treat, dusted with powdered sugar and packed full of nuts or candy of your choice. 

These delicious treats hail from a few cultures, including Mexico (Mexican Wedding Cookies), Russia (Russian Tea Cakes) and Italy (Italian Wedding Cookies). Most people call them simply snowball cookies since they, well, resemble snowballs!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cannabutter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts or candy of your choice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

TIP: Set aside additional powdered sugar to roll the cookies in. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, grab a large bowl and mix the cannabutter, regular butter, sugar, and vanilla. Then stir in the flour, nuts or candy (if you’re using) and salt until the mixture forms a dough that holds together.
  3. Shape the dough into small balls (about 1 inch). Set them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Once your oven is ready, place the balls in the oven and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are set. Do not let them stay in long enough to brown; you only want them to set. 
  5. Remove them from the cookie sheet and place them on a rack to cool slightly.
  6. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar and set them back on the wire rack. Let them cool and re-roll them in the powdered sugar again.
  7. Enjoy! 

Cannabis Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread is a classic winter flavour, and a staple this time of year. Swapping in cannabutter will give this traditional recipe a unique twist! 

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted cannabutter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and cloves) to a large mixing bowl. Mix well until all dry ingredients are combined.
  2. In a clean bowl, blend the cannabutter and sugar on high using an electric mixer for two minutes. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients. 
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla and molasses. Reduce the speed of the electric mixer to medium and blend the ingredients for another two minutes. Slowly add flour to the mixture.
  4. Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough. Leave it on a cookie sheet to chill for at least two hours before moving on.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out small gingerbread man shapes. If you want to get crazy, get a knife and turn the whole thing into one giant gingerbread man cookie.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F. and while you wait, remove all of the excess dough.
  7. Bake the gingerbread for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. For a giant cookie, baking will take closer to 15 – 20 minutes.
  8. Once the cookies have been baked, remove them from the oven and let cool for at least one hour. 
  9. While you wait, add all of the icing ingredients to a mixing bowl, and blend them until smooth.
  10. Using an icing bag, decorate the cookies. Be creative! 

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms

These delightfully soft and chewy cannabis peanut butter blossoms are a tasty, classic treat and a delicious way to get high. You can also add a bit of cannabis sugar for that extra boost. 

  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white or cannabis sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup cannabutter 
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 45 chocolate kisses 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. While you wait, line the baking sheets with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl. 
  3. In a large-sized bowl, mix together the brown sugar, sugar, peanut butter, and cannabutter using a hand mixer. Cream on high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat well. 
  5. While mixing, gradually add the flour mixture until all ingredients are well incorporated, and the dough is formed.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-1½ inch balls.
  7. Roll each dough ball in sugar. After, place each ball on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. While baking, remove any foil and wrapper from the kisses.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and quickly press a kiss into the centre of each cookie while the cookies are warm.
  10. Place the cookies back into the oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cookies are firm and a light golden colour.
  11. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Let cool for 1-2 minutes before devouring.

How to Figure Out the Right Dosage for Your Cookies

Knowing the right dosage for your cannabis cookies is important – after all, you don’t want to spend the entire holiday party on the couch.  

Calculating the right dosage can be tricky, as it depends on the quantity of the flower in the infuser and your tolerance level. The golden rule is to start small and gradually increase after waiting for at least two hours. As edibles take time to kick in, you may want to watch how many you eat.

You can also use this edible dosage calculator to make your life easier. 

Happy Baking!

Now that you have some great recipes to try, it’s time to have fun and get creative! If you enjoyed this DIY holiday edition, feel free to share the article with your family and friends. 

Just make sure you enjoy these tasty holiday cookies safely and responsibly. 

If you are anticipating the new year just like we are, check out our website for the best sativa strains to look out for in 2022 to keep up with the latest cannabis trends. From us here at Leaf Lab, Happy holidays!

Cannabis 101 Vaporizers

Vaping 101: How to Choose The Best Weed Vaporizer

People are looking for fresh and unique ways to consume weed, and the cannabis industry is responding by constantly coming up with innovative ways to do so. In recent years, vaping has become an increasingly popular method of consuming cannabis.

While it still requires inhaling, there are some notable differences that add to its popularity. If you’re looking to test the waters in the vaping world, we broke down all the basics you need to know in this how-to guide.

How Does Vaporizing Work?

Vaping works similarly to the conventional method of smoking cannabis; inhaling and exhaling. The cannabis being consumed is made from a liquid or dry substance heated by an electronic device called an e-cigarette or vaporizer.

different temperatures to heat your dry herb, dab wax or oil. The active ingredients turn into vapour without burning the substance. When you inhale, you are consuming a vapor containing cannabinoids. This is what gives you that sweet buzz.

There are over 100 cannabinoids, terpenes, and dozens of flavonoids in cannabis. Cannabinoids and terpenes combust at different temperatures; THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) at 248°F and CBD (cannabidiol) at 356°F. The added high temperatures mean cannabis found within vapes combust a lot quicker, which may lead to a heightened high. 

What Are the Benefits of Vaping Marijuana Over Smoking?

Vaporizing has been shown to have advantages over smoking.  Vaporizing has grown in popularity over recent years for good reason, it has a host of benefits.  It may even convince you to make the switch (or at least give vaping a try).

Here are just a few benefits of vaporizing:

  • There are less harsh toxins directly ingested 
  • The ease of dose and temperature control
  • Vaporizing can be smoother on the lungs and throat than the conventional spliff
  • It’s handy for travelling on the go (handheld vaporizers)

Choosing the Best Vaporizer for Your Needs

Vaping devices come in lots of shapes and sizes, with some resembling USB flash drives, pens, etc, and some resembling volcanoes that are best for stationary use.

Leaf Lab has got you covered if you’re new to the vaping scene, and we’ll guide you through the selection process, from start to finish. There are two main types of vaporizers, namely, portable and tabletop vaporizers. Both can heat dry herbs or oil in their vessel.

Tabletop or Desktop Vaporizers

As the name suggests, desktop vaporizers are stationary and are best to use for large groups. 

With these vaporizers, cannabis is ground and packed into a small container. This is where the bag pulls from. Once packed, you can select the temperature and fill the bag up. When you pull the air in, the vapour is drawn and inhaled through the bag.

The process is similar to smoking the conventional joint, however in this case air is drawn in through a bag.

Benefits of Stationary Vaporizers

Although not as popular as handheld vaporizers, stationary vaporizers still have a few features that make them the right choice for some. Here are just a few:

  • How long you can vape for. These vaporizers run off of electricity (not batteries) and can be used as long as an outlet is accessible.
  • Temperature control display. Stationary vaporizers are available with two different interfaces. One with a digital display, and the other with a temperature gauge knob. With each device, the user has complete control over the temperature their bud is being heated at.
  • Use for groups. These devices are perfect for large groups and a bag or two can easily be shared with a group of friends. It’s important to remember to clean the mouthpiece after each use.

Portable Concentrate Vaporizers (Vape Pens or Dab Pens)

Vape pens are small, portable devices that feature a battery, atomizer (heating element) and mouthpiece. There are specialized vapes that are designed for each type of concentrate as well as vapes that allow multiple types of concentrate to be used.

The biggest difference between stationary vapes and handheld vapes is the ease of portability. Vape pens are small enough to fit into a pocket or backpack. If you’re new to vaping, we recommend portable vapes because they are so easy to use and are very convenient. 

How Do I Use Concentrates for Vape Pens?

Marijuana concentrates are potent extracts that contain high levels of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.  They come in many forms, including, waxes, shatters, and oils, to name a few. Concentrates are what is used in these handheld devices.

Dry Herb Vaporizers

These vaporizers resemble a pen and can easily be used on the go (where permitted). They’re similar to concentrate vaporizers, but have one key difference: the atomizer. The atomizer heats and transforms dry herbs or waxes into vapor. Using dry herb vaporizers guarantees a robust and flavourful toke each time.

Types of Concentrates for Vaporizers

With these three types of devices, you can choose your preferred method of vaporizing, as well as  what kind of product you want to put in. You can use: 

  • Dry flower
  • Oil
  • Wax concentrates

There are lots of vaporizers on the market that claim to be able to vaporize all three, however these vapes usually cannot deliver consistent results across different materials; this is due to the fact that dry herbs require specific conditions from oil and wax concentrates. This is why pen-style vapes sometimes can’t fully vape dry products but can with oils if they have the proper design features built-in.

Oil-Based and Wax Vaporizers

An oil-based vaporizer is a simple two-part electronic device used to turn your cannabis oils and wax concentrates into vapor. These vape pens are often shaped like writing pens, hence the name! 

They’re also referred to as cartridge batteries because they house a small battery that heats an atomizer. It contains a coil for your oils or waxes to be broken down enough to release their properties without burning combustion. But they are great at producing beautiful odourless smoke when vaped at low temperatures. 
If you’re new to vaping, we recommend portable vapes because they are so easy to use and are very convenient.

Vape On

Stepping into the vaping world can seem daunting at first, but selecting the right vaporizer for your lifestyle is the first step. 

Leaf lab has a wide range of vaporizers to choose from. Our staff will guide you through the best options for you to ensure you buy a vaporizer that fits your lifestyle.

If you are looking to pick up your order from Leaf Lab Dispensary, we are located at 1961 Avenue Road, ON, M5M 4A3. If you have any questions regarding vaporizers, please contact us on 416-488-8239 or email us at