Well hey there, friend. Are you looking to make some cannabis-infused butter for delicious edible creations? Look no further.
As a budding cannabis chef, I’ve learned the hard way that there is a definite way to make cannabutter. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult if you’re willing to put in the work.
First of all, it is pertinent to note that cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, therefore, is illegal at a Federal level. If you live in a state that has legalized the herb, however, feel free to make your own butter for personal use.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
The first step to making cannabis-infused butter is to decarboxylate the flower. This sounds like a scary, mystical step, but there is a legitimate scientific reason to do this and it does matter when making strong canna butter.
Basically, decarboxylation is “a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2).” When it comes to marijuana, decarboxylation effectively removes the COOH group from the THC-A molecule by releasing H2O (water) a CO2 (carbon dioxide), turning it into the psychoactive THC.
In other words, the step is essential because it converts THCA (which is not psychoactive) into THC (which is psychoactive and offers users a “high”). If you’re trying to make edibles and skip this step, they will NOT be very effective edibles. You might desire to make them for pain relief or just to get high; either way, do NOT skip this step.
To decarboxylate, heat your oven to 240 degrees F. Place the plant material in a single layer on a baking sheet with sides. Bake for 40 minutes, turning the sheet a couple of times to ensure even heating.
The cannabis will become dry and crumbly. When it is done, it will be ready to add to your butter or coconut oil.
Step 2: Recipe
In a medium saucepan bring a quart of water to a boil on the stove. You can vary the amounts, just be sure that the marijuana is always floating about 1 1/2 – 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. When the water is boiling place the butter in the pan and allow it to melt completely.
For one ounce of marijuana, use 4 sticks of butter. If you’re using one-half ounce of weed, that will be 2 sticks of butter.
Step 3: Simmer Slowly
Once the butter has melted you can add the marijuana. Once the weed is added the heat should be turned down, very low, to barely a simmer. A typical amount of time to allow the butter to simmer and infuse with the weed is 4 hours. You can tell it’s done when the top of the mix turns from really watery to glossy and thick.
Step 4: Find The Right Container
While the butter is cooking set up the bowl to hold the finished product. It is recommended to use a heatproof bowl. Place a layer of cheesecloth over the top and secure it with elastic, string or tape.
Step 5: Straining
Strain the marijuana butter over the bowl, carefully trying not to spill. When the saucepan is empty, undo the twine, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides and squeeze out all of the remaining butter.
Step 6: Storage
You’ll want to allow the cannabutter to cool for about an hour. Then, place it in the fridge until the butter has risen to the top layer and is solid. The THC and other properties have attached to the butter. You’re almost done!
Step 7: Ready to Roll
Run a knife around the edge and lift the butter off. Place upside down on your work surface and scrape off any of the cooking water. Your weed butter is ready to roll.
How to use the cannabutter:
There are a variety of ways you can use cannabutter. Because a lot of people like to mediate with a sweet treat, I create a lot of desserts on this blog that are pretty darn healthy and made with real food ingredients.
Alternatively, you could add a teaspoon or two to warm
maple syrup before drizzling it over pancakes, or use it to saute vegetables in a pan for a dinner entree.
How about these 10-ingredient healthy chocolate doughnuts?