There’s nothing like cannabis-infused cuisine. Cannabutter has become a household name with many cannabis connoisseurs who enjoy making their own cannabis-infused edible creations. Cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter) is the main ingredient of most marijuana recipes. And is vital for making your own edibles and CBD or THC-laden treats.
While cannabis is completely legal in 8 states, you’re not exactly going to find cannabutter in the dairy aisle at your local supermarket. Which is exactly why we’re sharing this simple recipe. You can make your own cannabutter at home, and use it just as you would butter (in equal measures) to make and bake all your favorite recipes.
Whether you’re a baker who loves to get baked, or a patient looking for relief from the side effects of what’s ailing you, creating your own edibles takes consuming cannabis to a new level.
5 Easy Steps to Making Your Own Cannabutter
Step 1: Decarb Your Cannabis
The very first step in making seriously stony cannabutter is to go through a process known as decarboxylation. This is simply heating up your weed to fully activate the THC. The process at home is quite simple. Heat your oven to approximately 250 degrees, place the cannabis on a baking sheet, and bake for 30-40 minutes. Be sure to stir it every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. The lower the temperature, the less terpenes you lose. Terpenes work with THC to amplify the affects a person feels, so it’s vital to ensure you lose as little as possible during decarboxylation. After cooking, the weed will become crumbly and dry, which is exactly what you want to make cannabutter. Once cooled, make your cannabis is coarsely ground, either by hand or in a food processor.
Wondering why you need to decarb your cannabis prior to making butter? Decarboxylation ensures that you get the full potential of the THC. To activate THC and attain the psychoactive properties, cannabis needs to be heated. Making sure to decarb your cannabis before making cannabutter ensures you’re getting the effects you’re looking for when cooking with it.
Step 2: Melt Your Butter
In a medium saucepan, bring one cup of water to a slow boil. Once water has reached a light boil, add one cup of butter (cut into large pieces) until the butter is completely melted. The water/butter mixture should be warm, but not boiling.
Step 3: Add Your Decarboxylated Cannabis
Once your butter has completely melted, it’s time to add your cannabis. The amount you use is specific to your personal preference, but an ounce of cannabis per cup of butter is a good general guideline to follow. Those new to cannabis might want to start out with a half-ounce of dried cannabis and gradually increase their dose once they begin to get more familiar with the effects. For those looking for some seriously stony cannabutter, an ounce and half is a good rule to follow. Flower will typically offer heavier effects than trim. If you are only using trim, you can try 1-3 ounces for every cup of butter until you achieve the desired effects.
After adding the cannabis to the melted butter, turn heat to the lowest setting. You want to simmer your cannabutter over time, rather than cook it quickly. The cannabis should float approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the pan and never touch the bottom. If it does, simply add more water until it floats again. Simmer and stir occasionally for 3-4 hours, until the top of the mixture turns glossy and thick.
Step 4: Strain with a Cheesecloth
While the butter is cooling, it’s time to prepare a metal colander or strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth. Allow for a bit of overhang off the sides and place over a glass bowl. When the butter has cooled enough to handle, pour the butter mixture into the colander and press down with a spoon or spatula and allow the butter to drain into the bowl. When all the butter mixture has been strained, bring the corners of the cheesecloth together and squeeze out anything remaining.
Step 5: Cool your Cannabutter
Place your bowl of butter in the refrigerator and let cool for 1-2 hours. The butter will rise to the topmost layer and become solid. Run a knife around the edges to separate the butter from the bowl, remove it, place on a cutting board, gently scraping any excess water, and pat with a towel to dry. Your cannabutter is now ready to use.
Cannabutter can be used in place of butter in all your favorite recipes. It’s important to keep in mind that eating edibles infused with cannabutter is much different than smoking or vaping flower. It could take up to three hours to feel any effects, which can last a long time. It’s wise to wait a few hours to see how how you react before using more.
Cannabutter will store in the fridge in an airtight container for weeks, and can also be frozen for up to six months or longer.