HOW TO MAKE CANNABUTTER
There must be millions of recipes that can be adapted to help you enjoy all the delicious ways to ingest cannabis. If you love food and enjoy eating, then by all means, read on.
Cannabis-infused butter fondly known as cannabutter is one of the simplest and most common ways to make cannabis-infused edibles. Making infused butter can be a little bit tricky.
Butter is a delicious and versatile carrier for THC and other cannabinoids. You can also use coconut oil, olive oil, or any other fatty oil for your infusions. Just keep in mind, butter burns easily, so keep a close eye on your cannabutter as it cooks.
1 cup of butter
1 cup (7-10 grams) of ground cannabis, decarboxylated
In order to activate its psychoactive potential, the flower must be heated slowly at a low temperature. Aka decarboxylating cannabis.
The most important step before making your cannabutter is to decarboxylate the cannabis flower you’re working with. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product.
Some recipes may instruct you to “decarb” your cannabis in the heated butter directly, but the less time you spend soaking the buds, the better your infused butter is going to taste. For this reason, we recommend decarbing in the oven first.
Decarbing in the Oven
Preheat your oven to 245ºF.
- Place your cannabis buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. You can also cover the tray with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Insert the tray into the oven and set a timer for 30 to 40 minutes. Older, drier cannabis may require less time.
- Stay close to your oven and keep a close eye every 10 minutes.
- Every 10 minutes, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray. This helps to expose the surface area of the buds equally.
Now that your cannabis has been decarboxylated, you’re ready to cook your butter.
Directions for Stove Top
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
- As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis product.
- Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
Once your butter is done cooking you need to strain the particles out of the Cannabutter.
- Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: Squeezing the cheesecloth may push bad-tasting plant material through).
- Refrigerate the jar of butter.
Freezing your cannabutter is the best way to preserve it for later. It will last in airtight wrapping for up to a year. Watch for freezer burn. You can just take it out of the freezer to dethaw before you need it.
Your butter’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dosage affects you after an hour.
Bear in mind that typically, homemade edibles are very difficult to accurately dose. So what should you know? For every gram(1g) of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. So for cooking or baking at home, it is safe to assume that a gram of cannabis contains at least 100mg THC. Lastly, keep track in a cooking journal so you can use this personalized dosage as a baseline “standard” for your future recipes as well. Enjoy!
1/2 cup Cannabutter*
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter, softened**
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Directions. Ready In: 1 h
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
- In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
- To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.
*You can use less cannabutter just substitute regular butter.
**If you wish you can add cannabutter to your frosting too just switch out the regular butter for the good stuff.
“As a rule of thumb, remember that a little goes a long way. If your cannabis-infused butter or coconut oil are quality, then your food will be dynamite! I love to cook with CBD God Bud for example.” Adryana Dilellio, Customer Service Representative, Beleave Inc.