Cannabis Butter, How it’s Made and What You Can Cook with it | Tips and Advice
Butter made from cannabis is commonly known as Cannabis butter, or Cannabutter.
One of the easiest and most common ways to make cannabis edible food is to make Cannabis butter. We will teach you step by step how to make butter from cannabis in the oven. You can use it to make a variety of desired sweet and edible recipes.
Making butter from cannabis is a bit complicated. Cannabis butter is technically an extraction method in which cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are extract from cannabis plants and added to butterfat.
Cannabis is now often used in making edible recipes such as brownies. However, it is used in cooking depending on the individual’s preferences and their food list needs. It can be made from dried cannabis buds, hash, or even sugar cane and trim.
With it, you can make the edible without any side effects according to your situation, preferences, and requirements. Practically, any recipe can use cannabis butter.
How to Make Cannabis Butter (or Cannabutter)
Cannabis butter is also known as cannabutter. When you make cannabis butter, you must cook for a long time and at low temperatures. Shake the cannabis ingredients on low heat for several hours to allow THC to be fully activate.
CBD and THC are not water-soluble. Butter acts as a fat carrier, flavonoids, and cannabinoids without leaving any impurities in the water.
Cannabis butter is essential for recipes. Anyone can make their own edibles at home because it is versatile and easy to make. Once the butter is made, you can use it to make any recipe.
NOTE: If you want a more psychological impact, it is advisable to decarboxylate your marijuana thoroughly before cooking with it. The ‘decarbing’ mechanism guarantees that the cannabinoids have been activating and are no longer in their acid state (THCA, CBDA, etc.)
You can use olive oil, coconut oil, or any other fatty oil for your infusions. Just remember, butter burns easily, so keep an eye on your cannabis butter when cooking.
- 1 cup (8-10 grams) of ground cannabis
- 1 cup of butter
You will need to decarboxylate, or “decarb,” the cannabis flower before you can make cannabis butter.
This process is known as “decarbing,” which involves activating your weed THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. It allows butter and oil lipids to bind easily, making your weeds the final cannabis infusion.
If you skip this stage, your finished product will be weak or inactive. THCA is a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid produced by cannabis buds.
When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat transforms THCA into THC, the molecule that produces the euphoric effect. The same procedure should follow when making CBD edibles.
Some recipes guide you to decorate the marijuana directly in warm butter. If you spend less time soaking the buds, your infected butter will taste better. As a result, we suggest decarbing in the oven first.
What you will need:
- ½ ounce decarboxylated marijuana
- Scissors or hand grinder
- Layer pan or glass baking dish
- Stainless steel or glass bowl
- Metal spoon
- Metal colander or strainer
- Gloves for handling food
- Airtight container or plastic wrap
Instructions for Making Marijuana Butter:
1. Decarb the marijuana: Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the marijuana buds in a safe oven by a non-stick tray. To avoid sticking, cover the tray in parchment paper. Set the timer for 30-40 minutes after placing the tray in the oven. Older marijuana takes less time to dry. Mix the buds with a light shake of the tray every 10 minutes.
Tip: Set your oven to 300º Fahrenheit and bake for 10 to 18 minutes. During decarbing, we would recommend holding the cannabinoids for a shorter and slower procedure.
2. Grind: Grind the decarboxylated marijuana fairly with a hand grinder.
3. Melt the butter: Add 1 cup water and 1 cup butter to the saucepan or stockpot. Melt the butter over low heat. Adding water helps to control the temperature and prevents the butter from burning.
4. Add marijuana: Add your marijuana product as soon as the butter starts to melt.
5. Simmer: Maintain low heat (above than 160ºF is ideal, but not more than 200ºF) and let the mix boil for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Never bring the mix to a full boil.
6. Strain marijuana butter: Place in a container with cheesecloth and place a funnel on top of it. Allow it to cool completely before placing it on top of the cheesecloth funnel and let it strain freely.
7. Freeze the bowl of butter: If the bottom of the bowl is full of water, you can cut the hard butter with a knife and discard the water. The butter should be kept in the fridge for about an hour before extracting the water.
8. Dosage carefully: Before using your butter in any snacks, dishes, or desserts, be sure to read the dosing instructions below.
Instructions for Slow Cookers
- Use a hand grinder to grind your marijuana fairly.
Tip: The flower will finely pulverize in a coffee grinder, which prevents successful straining of the bad-tasting plant material.
- Set your slow cooker to medium, right about 160º Fahrenheit.
Tip: To avoid burning cannabinoids, keep the temperature below 200º Fahrenheit. You can apply some water to avoid scorching.
- Combine the butter and marijuana powder in a mixing bowl. Stir for a while.
- Close the crockpot and wait for the butter to cool for about 3 hours.
- You can strain as indicated above.
Tips for Cannabutter Dosage
The quality of your butter depends on a few factors and what kind of primary ingredients are use for cooking. Even the type of marijuana used can play a role (Sativa vs. Indica strains). You can check the strength of your finished product. You will spread ½ or ¼ tea-spoon in the snack. After an hour, see how the dose affects you.
You can increase or reduce the dose as required. You can use this dose for your personal cannabis edible recipes. You can make a lot of cannabis recipes using cannabutter.
What Can You Cook with Cannabis Butter?
In addition to the standard marijuana brownie or cookie, there are several cannabis edibles- including guacamole, barbecue sauce, almond butter, and even cheese. You can also use homemade cannabis edibles with cannabis butter.
It is easy to make cannabis edibles by cannabutter. If you want to make your own cannabis edibles, you can make many simple edible recipes with cannabis butter. You can make cookies, chocolates, brownies, hot sauce, gummies, and much more with cannabis butter.
Other fat-soluble options include coconut oil, cooking oil, and honey, which can combine with cannabis butter and create edible recipes. You can convert them into edibles that make you strong or weak.
Frequently Asked Questions
Butter is a great choice for homemade edible food for both culinary and scientific reasons. Butter can use in the ultimate versatile and plentiful recipes, from sweets to delicious dishes.
The average amount of butter bought from grocery stores is 16-18% water, 80-85% milk fat and 1-2% condensed milk contains most of the protein known as yogurt.
While cooking, you will evaporate the water, take out the milk solids, and take the pure infused butter.
What kind of butter should you use?
When making cannabutter, we suggest using unsalted butter because the butter contains fewer impurities. Many chefs generally suggest unsalted butter for cooking. The quality of your product will depend on the type of butter you use to make the recipe.
Kerrygold is a generally suggested brand because butter releases growth hormones from the milk of grass-fed cows. Kerrygold unsalted butter contains more butterflies that allow for more cannabinoid infusion and fewer impurities removal.
How long does it take to make the cannabutter?
In a slow cooker or crockpot, cook your cannabutter for 4 hours with pre-decarbed marijuana and 8 hours with non-decarbed marijuana.
Always remember, with edibles or any new substance always go low and slow, can always add more but can’t take away!
Article by Harold Camaya from The Leaf Online.