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Cannabutter 101

Cannabutter 101

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 06/05/2017 in Recipes

Updated on December 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Cannabutter is one of the biggest crazes in the world of marijuana edibles. Versatile and easy to make, cannabutter is an easy way to bring weed into your kitchen. But what exactly is cannabutter and how can you get started working with it? We’re here to answer those questions for you.

What Is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is butter infused with cannabis. It’s just like any other regular kitchen butter, but with THC added to the mix. This is one of the easiest ways to bring marijuana to your kitchen, because it’s relatively easy to make yourself and easy to incorporate into just about any meal — all you need to do is substitute cannabutter for regular butter in any of your recipes.

Along with cannabis-infused cooking oils, cannabutter is an easy way to medicate your food.

How Do You Make Cannabutter?

While cannabutter is easy to make, it does take a bit of practice to get just right. We’ve outlined the basic steps you need to follow to make a great batch of THC-infused butter below:

Ingredients

Keep in mind that this will make very potent cannabutter. Experiment with the amount of cannabis you include in the recipe to find what works best for you and your needs:

  • 1 lb. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water, though you can add more to the mix if necessary
  • 1 oz. ground cannabis flower (alternatively 1.5 oz. ground cannabis trim)

If you use vaporized cannabis, you can also use the remnants in your vaporizer, since most vaporizers fail to decarboxylate all the THC in a flower.

Step 1

Heat your cannabis first to activate the THC in the flower. This process of chemical activation is called decarboxylation. To make this happen, first set your oven to preheat to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Place however much plant material you are using on a baking sheet in an even layer. Bake the sheet for about 40 minutes, turning the plant material over every 10 minutes or so until the plant material becomes crumbly.

At this point, you need to decide whether you want to make your cannabutter over a stovetop or using a slow cooker. Both result in the same product, but it’s up to you which method you prefer to use.

Step 2 (Stovetop Method)

In a medium stock pot or saucepan, add your cup of water and pound of butter over low heat, letting the butter melt and start to simmer. If your butter looks like it’s starting to scorch, you should add more water.

Once the butter has melted completely, you can start adding your ground cannabis plant. Once you’ve added the plant material to the mix, turn the heat down to very low heat and let it stay on a low simmer for two to three hours, stirring occasionally. Regularly check your mixture to make sure it never reaches a full boil. You can tell the mixture is finished if it’s taken on a glossy and thick texture.

Step 2 (Slow Cooker Method)

Turn your slow cooker to its low setting and add your pound of butter and cup of water to the cooker. Add the ground cannabis product to the mix and cover your slow cooker. Let this simmer on low for eight hours at least, but you can let it simmer for a full 24 hours if you wish — the longer you let the cannabis product simmer, the more cannabinoids will infuse into the final product.

Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally and make sure it doesn’t get too hot. You’ll know you’re ready for the next step if the mixture has taken on a thick, glossy texture.

Step 3

While your butter finishes cooking, start setting up the container for your finished product. This can be a plastic food container, heatproof bowl or any other container large enough to handle the amount of material you’re working with. Cover this container with two layers of cheesecloth and hold it in place with tape, string or an elastic band.

Step 4

Strain your infused mixture over the bowl, being careful not to spill any of your material. The cheesecloth should catch most of the plant material and prevent it from getting into your final product.

Once your pan is empty, undo your elastic, tape or string and remove the cheesecloth from the top of your container. Be sure to squeeze the cheesecloth out to make sure you get as much material as possible into the container.

Step 5

Allow your mixture to cool in its container for about an hour or so before placing it in the refrigerator. Once in the fridge, the butter portion of the mixture should become completely solid, resting on top of the water.

Take out your container and lift this butter layer to drain the water from the container. If there’s any more cooking water on the butter, scrape it off with a knife.

Step 6

Once your butter is dry, you can either put it back in your container or roll it up and wrap it. It’s now ready to add to your favorite recipes! Just remember to always let your cannabutter soften at room temperature — never use a microwave to soften it!

How Can You Use Cannabutter?

Cannabutter can be used in just about any recipe. In fact, it’s the primary ingredient in most marijuana edibles!

Interested in getting started using cannabutter in your own recipes? You can look up ways to use cannabutter in tried-and-true edible recipes or start experimenting on your own. You can even use it by itself as a topping on pancakes, butter or cooked vegetables.

The one thing you should keep in mind while using cannabutter is to go slow. Dosing with homemade edibles can be a tricky process, because you never quite know how much THC you’re getting per serving. Test your cannabutter by consuming a single serving and waiting a few hours to see how well it works. You can then use your results to determine how much of your cannabutter you’ll want to use in your recipes to get your desired results.

What Are the Benefits of Cannabutter?

Cannabutter offers many of the same benefits as edibles in general — they take longer to take effect, last longer and can produce different psychoactive experiences. This is because your digestive system turns THC into a different, slightly more powerful psychoactive compound. You also benefit from ingesting more CBD than you would through smoking, which is a medically important compound of marijuana.

However, cannabutter is markedly different from other edibles in that it’s such a versatile material. You can use cannabutter in just about any recipe, adding your daily dose to your morning breakfast or late-night snack without much hassle. Once you’ve made your cannabutter, you can apply it to just about anything!

Learn More About Cannabutter

Want to learn more about cannabutter and other edibles? We have plenty of recipes to share with you on our blog. Simply browse our list of marijuana recipes to find your next favorite idea!

What exactly is cannabutter, how can you make it and how do you use it? We’re here to answer those questions for you.

9 Seriously Tasty Cannabis Edibles You Can Make at Home

If you’ve ever dabbled in the culinary arts beyond a night eating out or a cup of instant noodles, then you understand the joy and satisfaction.

Making yourself a delicious meal is every bit as rewarding as the Food Channel would have you believe. But if you also happen to be somewhat of a weed aficionado, then we’ve got some exciting weed edibles for you to try today!

We’re not just talking brownies either (but, hey, they might make an appearance anyway). Let’s explore some of the best cuisines your bud has ever met.

Why Cannabis Edibles?

Before we start looking at how to make edibles, let’s talk for a bit about why you might want to consider them in the first place.

You may have tried it all – blunts, oils, vape pens, etc. – but there’s just something a little special about edibles. In particular, weed edibles make for a longer lasting and more relaxing experience.

When you eat a pot edible, it takes longer to absorb, but when it does, it hits differently than other forms. Most notably, by eating cannabis-infused meals, it means it will pass through your liver.

Smoking or vaping marijuana goes straight to the brain, which is why the high happens so fast (relatively speaking). But eating an edible forces your liver to metabolize delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which hits quicker and harder.

So, while it may take a tad bit longer, the experience of an edible will be deeper and more relaxing than others.

To top it off, it’s never a bad thing to cook for yourself! Cooking is psychologically healthy and economically sound.

The Importance of Decarboxylation

We’ll make this quick, but there’s one more note to make before we get to the edible recipes.

For almost all weed edibles, you need to decarboxylate your bud. Basically, this means you need to cook it at about 215 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Long story short: it will make your weed more potent in an edible. Otherwise, consuming weed in this way won’t have very much of an effect at all.

Tasty Edible Recipes

For anyone that likes to indulge in some flower, you know it can make so many things, such as music, extra enticing. It also happens to give us a case of the munchies, especially if you’re a late-night partaker.

We’re willing to bet you’re no stranger to the midnight snack.

If you’ve been wondering how to make weed edibles, then we got some top recipes to try out here.

1. Cannabutter

This is a great one to start out with because it can be the building block for almost anything. Unless you’re vegan, butter is in more foods than you probably know.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan (add a little water to keep from burning)
  • Add your ground, decarboxylated weed and simmer for 2-3 hours
  • Strain the butter into a jar (for example, you can use a funnel with cheesecloth to catch the ground-up weed)
  • Refrigerate jar of cannabutter!

You now have a perfect ingredient for many edible recipes!

2. Weed Bacon

The bacon craze may have calmed down a bit in recent years, but it’s doubtful the salty treat will ever be completely out of style.

To make your own weed bacon, simply sprinkle ground, decarboxylated flower on one side of each bacon slice. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit and flip after about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the second side and repeat for another 10 minutes.

Fun fact: You’ve now got cannabis-infused bacon grease leftover to use in other dishes!

3. Cannaoil

Cannaoil can be another foundation of many different recipes. Here’s how to make that:

  • Combine an ounce of ground, decarboxylated bud to 2 cups of oil (coconut, vegetable, etc.)
  • Heat for at least six hours or more without boiling
  • Use some water to keep from burning
  • Strain the oil from the ground-up bud

This weed-infused oil could be the perfect combination for an oil-based salad dressing.

4. Bud Brownies

You knew it would end up here. It’s a classic for a reason.

Let’s take your newfound experience with cannaoil (see #3) to make some bud brownies. Simply use eggs, water, and your cannaoil and mix in with your favorite brownie mix.

Line it up on a cookie sheet and bake at 330 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour.

5. Marijuana Ice Cream

Sometimes, baked goods just don’t do the trick, and you need a cold and refreshing treat.

Weed ice cream is surprisingly easy to make and you can dress it up however you like. To make this, do the following:

  • Melt about 16 ounces of heavy cream in a saucepan at about medium temperature
  • Melt your cannabutter (see #1) and add sugar
  • Mix together and add whatever you want (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)
  • Freeze overnight

If you make enough, you might have a freezing sweet treat for multiple nights to come.

6. Cannabis Tea

There’s nothing quite like a warm cup of cannabis tea to start your day off right. This one is pretty simple and easy, so you should have no trouble getting this one off the ground.

Brew up your favorite tea – whatever it may be – add about a teaspoon of your cannabutter (see #1) and sweeten with milk, honey, and/or sugar.

7. Weed Milk

Heat your milk in a saucepan over medium-to-low heat. Add ground, decarboxylated weed and heat for about 45 minutes.

Remove the concoction from the stove and let sit for about 10 minutes. Strain the milk from the ground-up weed (again, you can use something like a strainer or a sieve with a cheesecloth).

Refrigerate your weed milk, and you now have a prime weed edible to add to your breakfast cereal!

Enjoying Your Cannabis Journey Through Edibles

People say that weed tends to make everything better: music, games, certain late-night extracurricular activities, and yes, even food.

It’s time to take that pairing one step further and make your own weed edibles to enjoy day in and day out. There are a few options, such as cannaoil and cannabutter, which make just about any meal a weed-infused delight.

If you’re interested in edibles but just not keen on cooking, check out our in-store menu to see what edibles we have in stock!

We’re not just talking brownies either (but, hey, they might make an appearance anyway). Let’s explore some of the best cuisines your bud has ever met.