Cannabutter sounds like a cleverly branded product you can buy in a Los Angeles Dispensary. The truth is that it is just the cannabis you will be buying from the dispensary, as cannabutter is something you can make at home. In this recipe, we’re looking at how to make cannabutter. A lot of people will be looking at different cannabutter recipes and wondering what is best for them, as well as how to dose their cannabutter and what it can go in.
Cannabutter isn’t just to go on your toast, it can be the central ingredient of a variety of different edibles recipes. You can bake sweet treats (i.e. a chocolate cake!) or prepare savory meals with cannabutter as a base.
The good news is that making cannabutter isn’t hugely difficult, and anyone can do it. There are a few steps you will need to follow to make sure you don’t get things wrong, though! Cannabutter can easily be done wrong and if you don’t get it right it can lose the cannabis potency and lose the high. This can be an incredible waste and mean that your cannabis butter doesn’t have the effect you are hoping for.
- 1 cup of butter
- 8-10 grams of ground cannabis
And that’s it! There’s not a lot to it. It’s more about the process involved. People may assume from looking at those ingredients that the two are just mixed together, but this is not the case. The way the butter and cannabis are blended together is cleverer than just mixing.
It is also worth saying that if you want to, you can alter the amount of cannabis in the recipe in order to create a better recipe for your own needs. It may be that you have built up a tolerance or if you are new to cannabis you may want to make changes to the amount of ground marijuana within the recipe.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Butter
The marijuana needs to be decarboxylated. This sounds like a difficult chemical process, but it really isn’t. This is sometimes also called simply “decarbing”. This keeps the cannabis potent and stops it from going inactive or becoming weaker in its potency during the process of heating and making cannabutter. A cannabutter recipe may advise you to do this as part of the process of warming the butter but we do not recommend this.
- Firstly, heat the oven to around 250 degrees F. Place the buds on an oven tray that has been covered with parchment paper. Around half an hour is usually enough for preserving the psychoactive effects. Make sure you move it around to ensure even heating throughout.
- Grind. This will then be decarboxylated cannabis! You can then use this in your recipes, but first, it needs to be ground. Do this in the normal way you use to grind your weed.
- Melt the cup of butter with some water (50:50 ratio is fine). This keeps the temperature stable and improves the quality of the butter when all is finished. Simmer it, there’s no rush and it’s better to prevent scorching.
- Simmer for a long time! 1.5 to 3 hours on a low heat of under 200 degrees F. Make sure you stir it once in a while, but this doesn’t have to be every five minutes or anything!
- Strain. Otherwise, it isn’t going to be smooth. This can be done with a cheesecloth. Pour the mixture through and it should strain out the leftover buds and rough ground cannabis. It’s now ready for you to put in the fridge, and the THC or CBD from the cannabutter recipe will be infused.
As you can see, learning how to make cannabutter is simple enough!
Tips for Dosing Cannabutter
It’s important to get the dose right, you don’t want to get the highest you’ve ever been! Always keep on the side of caution here, rather than throwing loads in.
Once the butter has been prepared, you can test its effects by spreading some on bread or onto a cracker. See what ½ a teaspoon does over the course of an hour to check how potent the butter you have made really is.
How to Cook with Cannabutter?
Knowing how to make cannabutter is great, but you need to know how to use it too! It can act as a substitute for butter in loads of recipes such as sauces or even baking. It can be as simple as putting cannabutter in some icing for a cake! Edibles can be a fantastic way to enjoy your cannabis whether you are new to taking marijuana, whether you’re a medicinal or recreational user.
It’s time to get creative with your cannabutter.