What are, and how to make Death Stars

Published Sep 14, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET
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Hardcore cannabis consumers are always on the lookout for the next best and most potent products, but with strict regulation, it can be challenging to find any that suit a regular user’s needs. In Canada for example, edibles are not yet available, and once they are on store shelves this coming December, the limit will be a meager 10 milligrams of THC per package.

Now, for an irregular consumer of marijuana products, 10 milligrams might be the ideal dose, but for anyone else, the idea of being limited to such a small dose can make it difficult to envision using edibles as a healthier replacement for alcohol or pharmaceutical medications. To put into perspective how much 10mg of THC really is, the average joint will contain around 5mg of THC. That means that every legal edible in Canada will be equal to smoking two average cannabis joints.

It makes sense to create reasonable limits that will help to keep people safe. But arbitrary amounts decided upon for no other reason than fear, will lead to unappealing products that the majority of long term consumers will have little to no interest in, which brings us to the topic at hand, deliciously potent cannabis-infused Death Stars.

There may not be a perfect answer when it comes to deciding an appropriate dosing for public consumption, but you can take the reigns into your own hands by learning how to make edibles like Death Stars. Though they may not be the end all be all answer to everyone’s concerns with marijuana edibles, these cannabis oil delights might be just what you have been looking for.

What are Death Stars

Cannabis Death stars started out as an experiment run by black-market dispensaries in California pre-legalization, who were all trying to create the most potent marijuana edibles possible. Though the name sounds unique, exciting and even intimidating to some, Death Stars are little more than heavily infused cannabis oil edibles that can range anywhere from 100mg all the way up to 1000mg of THC.

Where to buy Death Stars

Unfortunately, California is the only region where just about anything goes with cannabis oil products, so unless you reside in the area and can find some at your local marijuana dispensary, your only option is likely going to be learning how to make edibles for yourself.

How to make edibles that are potent like Death Stars

The biggest appeal of Death Stars no matter who you ask is not the flavor, but it’s the strength of the combination that is to most, more fairly comparable to alcohol and other legal options for treating pain or winding down at the end of a long week. Now, how you make the strongest edibles is entirely up to you, but normally it is done in one of two ways.

The first, by using a strong and highly concentrated edible cannabis oil called RSO, the second is using THC crystals. Both options are considered to be the purest and strongest infusion options possible, with cannabis oil measuring an average of 80%-90% THC, and THC crystals offering an absolutely pure formula.

Either cannabis concentrate can be added in place of other called for additives such as water, sugar, syrup or dry ingredients. The goal is to keep the amount of moisture and dry goods, the same as what is called for in the recipe, but with a few adjustments that make room for the cannabis oil or crystals.

How to make Death Stars using cannabis oil

When you choose the option of cannabis oil or RSO which is the most popular choice, the potency of the mixture will be difficult to estimate without a testing kit or having a relatively precise idea of how much THC was in the buds that went into making it. This complicated portion of learning how to make edibles is enough to turn off a lot of people.

The average Death Star made with this recipe will measure between 250mg and 500mg of THC, which is the reason why these potent edibles are only recommended for experienced consumers that have a pre-developed tolerance to cannabis products.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of cannabis oil
  • Jell-O (boxed)
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 gelatin packets

Tools

  • Whisk
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Star-shaped candy molds (or an ice cube tray)
  • Plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. First, you will need to measure out the cold water and cornstarch and add them to a mixing bowl.

  2. Whisk the ingredients together until all of the powder has dissolved, then add the mixture to a cooking pot.

  3. Add both packets of gelatin to the mixture along with the box Jell-O and mix them together.

  4. Set your burner to medium heat and cook the liquid for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the mixture from the stove, add in the RSO cannabis oil, and stir the ingredients until they are well blended.

  6. Pour the THC liquid into silicone molds that have been lined with cooking oil to avoid sticking.

  7. Leave the Death Star gummies to cool to room temperature, before sealing them with plastic wrap.

  8. Wait at least 8 hours for the Death Stars to harden before serving.

How to make Death Stars using THC crystals

THC crystals are easy to measure out by weight with a kitchen scale, but the measurements don’t quite convert in the way that you might think. 1gram of high-quality cannabis contains an average of 20% THC, so 1gram of THC crystals is going to be at least 10 times more potent than that, so be cautious in experimenting with these incredible gems.

The average Death Star made using this version of the recipe will contain anywhere from 500mg to 1000mg of THC each, which is far beyond any reasonable amount for a beginner or irregular consumers.

Ingredients

  • 1 level tablespoon of THC crystals
  • Jell-O (boxed)
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 2 gelatin packets

Tools

  • Whisk
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Star-shaped candy molds (or an ice cube tray)
  • Plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. Pour the cornstarch and cold water into a mixing bowl, then combine the ingredients using a whisk, until all of the cornstarch has entirely dissolved.

  2. Now dump the packets of gelatin and Jell-O into the pot and mix them together until well blended.

  3. Add the THC crystals, set the burner to low heat, and allow the mixture to simmer for around 30 minutes. The full 30 mins are necessary to convert the THCA inside of the crystals.

  4. Remove the THC gummy liquid from the heat and use cooking spray to coat the silicone candy molds or ice cube trays.

  5. Pour the liquid into the molds and let them cool to room temperature.

  6. Cover the Death Stars in plastic wrap and allow them to sit for an additional 8 hours to set before serving.

THC dose recommendations

  • If you do not have prior experience with marijuana edibles, then you should consider starting with a lower dosed recipe that might better suit your needs.

  • If this is your first time with Death Star edibles, then start with only one THC gummy and wait at least 2 hours to allow the effects to kick in before opting for more.

  • Always proceed with caution when trying new edibles recipes and wait at least 2 hours before considering whether or not you need a second dose of THC, as each Death Star contains enough THC to throw off some of the most experienced edibles users.

How long do edibles last?

Smoking cannabis is an instant THC experience in much lower doses, but edibles are known to cause more intense effects that can be overwhelming for some participants. It is important to always wait at least 2 hours in between edibles, as the effects can take quite a while to take hold. Once the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream, the resulting sensations can continue for up to 12 hours after initial ingestion.

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