Cannabis-infused butter, AKA cannabutter, is the secret ingredient in whipping up a variety of edible cannabis goodies.
It's a healthier cannabis consumption method compared to smoking and vaping, which can pose adverse effects against the lungs. Cannabutter is an excellent way to try cannabis for non-smokers.
In this article, we'll teach you how to make your own homemade cannabutter using an easy-to-follow recipe.
Let's get started!
What You Can Use Cannabutter For
Cannabutter can be used creatively in many different cooking or baking recipes. You can use it for making sweet or savoury cannabis-infused dishes such as:
- Salad dressings
- Cookie dough
- Pasta sauces
Basically, you can use cannabutter as a substitute for any recipe that calls for traditional butter. You can spread it on baguettes, pancakes, potatoes, popcorn, or even in your morning coffee.
DIY Homemade Cannabutter Recipe
Depending on the experience and purpose you seek, cannabutter may contain only CBD or THC—or both with varying ratios.
The process of making cannabutter can be quite challenging. It involves activating THC's psychoactive component by heating dried cannabis flowers at a low temperature for a long time. This cannabutter recipe will guide you every step of the process, from decarboxylation to infusing the butter.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation, otherwise known as decarbing, involves baking or roasting your cannabis flowers to stimulate and release THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present in the strain. Doing this step will also allow the lipids in the butter to blend beautifully with the cannabis.
- Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Break down the cannabis to tiny pieces manually using scissors, a hand-grinder, or even your bare hands. It should have a similar consistency for rolling a joint. Do not make it too fine to the point that it's almost powder-like because it will only slip through the cheesecloth.
- Evenly lay out the cannabis particles onto a sheet pan. Depending on the type of cannabis you are using, cured and high-grade marijuana should be baked for 45 minutes. If your cannabis is still a bit fresh or only recently harvested, you have to cook it longer for about an hour.
- Check and stir the cannabis in the oven periodically to avoid burning it. When you've noticed that the plant material has become a deep green with hints of brown, that means it's done, and your cannabis has been decarboxylated.
Step 2: Infusing Butter with Cannabis
Now, here's the fun part: incorporating the flavours of the prepped cannabis into your butter.
- 1½ cup of water
- 8 ounces clarified butter or melted butter
- ½ ounce decarboxylated cannabis
- A medium saucepan
- A wooden spoon
- Clean cheesecloth and metal strainer
- Kitchen thermometer
- Put a medium saucepan on the stovetop on low heat.
- Pour water and butter. A common rookie mistake is forgetting to add water when making cannabutter. Without water to regulate the temperature, the butter can burn quickly, or it can result in an overpowering herbal flavour.
- Stir until the butter has melted.
- Introduce roasted cannabis slowly into the mix.
- Stir gently using a wooden spoon.
- Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 4 hours under low fire.
- Continue stirring every 30 minutes to prevent cannabis from clumping and the butter burning.
- Using a kitchen thermometer, make sure that temperature does not go beyond 180 degrees Fahrenheit. It should never come to a full boil.
- When done simmering, strain the cannabis bits using a clean cheesecloth or metal strainer. Avoid squeezing the cheesecloth tightly, which can push bits of plant material with unpleasant taste through.
- Let the cannabutter rest and cool down at room temperature. Use immediately or freeze for future use in a well-sealed glass container for up to six months of shelf life.
How to Incorporate Cannabutter Into Your Recipes
Nevertheless, the trick to whipping up delicious edible cannabis creations with your own cannabutter relies heavily on accurate dosing. Several factors can influence your cannabutter's psychoactive effects, including cooking time, temperature, and the type of strain used. Don't forget to do a taste test using minute doses, working your way up before incorporating your cannabutter on every recipe you can get your hands on.
How to test this:
- Get a ¼ teaspoon of your homemade cannabutter and gauge its THC potency on you.
- Wait for at least 45 minutes to an hour before increasing your dosage at half a teaspoon.
- Based on this, you can decrease or increase the amount of cannabutter in your recipes according to your preference.
Cannabis Edibles: Things to Keep in Mind
Like other edible cannabis products, getting high can take a while with cannabutter because it has to go through the digestive system before the THC and other cannabinoids are released into the bloodstream. Frequently, their effects are not felt until 30 to 90 minutes after they are consumed.
Smokey's offers a collection of premium-quality dried cannabis flowers that are perfect for making your own cannabutter at home. We have sativa-dominant, indica-dominant, and hybrids for every purpose. For more info, shoot us a message!