Cannabutter is simply cannabis-infused butter that can be used in cooking or simply used in its current state as a topper or add-on to a meal to achieve your desired high. Cannabutter is a popular option because it is so easy to make. The THC binds easily to the fat in butter that can then be added to your favorite food. Follow the steps below to make cannabutter in your own home and turn your favorite brownie recipe into a delicious vessel to euphoria.
How to Make Cannabis Butter
Although making cannabutter is pretty straightforward, it does require close observation and a bit of testing to achieve the perfect combination of butter and THC for your desired effect. Butter can burn easily so it’s best to bake with a clear head, at least the first few times.
What You’ll Need:
Oven, Baking Sheet, Parchment Paper, Saucepan, Mesh Strainer, Non-Contact Thermometer, Cannabis Grinder, Glass Jar
1 Cup of Butter, 1 Cup of Cannabis, 1 Cup of Water
- Preheat the oven to 245 degrees F and take your baking sheet and cover it with the parchment paper. Grind or break up 1 cup of cannabis. Keep in mind you will eventually use a strainer to remove the remaining cannabis leaf, be sure the cannabis cannot slide through the strainer. Breaking cannabis up with your hands is also a good option.
- Decarboxylation – Once you have broken up 1 cup of cannabis, spread the cannabis on the parchment paper that is covering your baking sheet. Spread the cannabis evenly across the entire sheet. Heath the cannabis for approximately 30-35 minutes, mixing the cannabis every 10 minutes to ensure each side of the buds are exposed to the heat. The drier the cannabis, the quicker it should decarboxylate.
- Add 1 cup of butter along with 1 cup of water to your saucepan and melt the butter on LOW heat.
- Once the butter has melted, add in 1 cup of your decarboxylated cannabis flower
- With the stove still on LOW heat, simmer the mixture for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally. Use your non-contact digital thermometer to ensure the mixture stays between 160-200 degrees F. If the mixture gets above 200 degrees it could burn off the THC and you may just be left with some funky tasting butter. Be sure the mixture never comes to a full boil.
- Once the mixture has simmered for 2-3 hours, place your strainer over a jar and pour the mixture through, discarding any remaining plant material.
- Place your jar of liquid butter in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight to harden.
- The next day, inspect your jar for any remaining liquid and dump or discard.
- Spread the butter on a piece of toast or cook up your favorite brownie recipe and enjoy. As with all edibles, start small and wait at least an hour before consuming more.
What to Know About Making Cannabutter
There a few key things we’d like to note for those interested in making cannabis-infused butter. Dosing can be difficult and rely on a few factors that are not easily determined. We recommend taking some pretty detailed notes when it comes to temperature and simmer time. The potency of you cannabis will also play a role. Be cautious and be engaged as you prepare you cannabutter and you’ll find the perfect recipe.
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