Cannabis market has witnessed a significant boom in the last decade- thanks to its medicinal benefits. We are getting introduced to new cannabis recipes every day as the Cannabis products are getting worldwide acceptance and making their way to more people’s food platter. The latest recipe in the market is- cannabis butter, also known as cannabutter.
Cannabis + Butter are like a cherry on the cake! When two of the most delicious food items- Butter & Cannabis are processed together to make another fantastic product, that product is called- Cannabutter.
In simple words, cannabutter is cannabis-infused regular butter, which is often used to make cannabis edibles.
Cannabutter can be either purchased from the CBD store or can be homemade. If you are worried about how to make cannabutter at home? Don’t be! For you, we have compiled a step-by-step guide of the cannabutter recipe for beginners. This will help you understand the complete process of making cannabutter at home- from the Decarboxylation to the storage.
Later in the blog, we have also explained the 5 easy cannabutter recipes to make varieties of your favorite sweet and savory edibles. Let’s begin with How to make cannabutter at home.
How to make Cannabutter at Home?
Making cannabutter at your home is easy & affordable; however, it requires little attention, dedication, and to follow some tips. To make cannabutter at home, you will need the following ingredients and supplies.
Ingredients & Supplies Required to Make Cannabutter:
- 30 Grams of Decarboxylated cannabis
- 500 ml of water
- 450-500 grams of organic butter
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- A large bowl
- Hand Grinder
- 1 Saucepan with a lid
- 1 Wooden spoon
- Oven Thermometer
Follow the below procedure to make delicious cannabutter at home, smoothly.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
The first step in the cannabutter recipe is the Decarboxylation of cannabis leaves. As we know the raw cannabis contains the non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoids called THCA and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), which are an inactive form of THC and CBD.
When we heat these compounds, the CBDA gets converted into CBD, and THCA is converted into THC. These are the molecules that produce a euphoric effect on consumption. In short, heating converts the acids into active molecules.
The most common methods of decarboxylating cannabis are:
- Using Oven,
- Using Microwave, and
- Sous vide method
You can try any of these methods that you find suitable.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis?
Follow the below steps to decarboxylate the cannabis.
- Break up the cannabis flower or buds into smaller pieces.
- Place these cannabis pieces on an oven-safe, non-stick plate.
- Cover this tray with parchment to avoid sticking.
- Heat the cannabis for 30-40 minutes, at a temperature of 240F
- Keep Stirring the cannabis every 10-15 minutes.
- The cannabis will look darker in color if it’s decarboxylated correctly.
- Coarsely grind the decarboxylated cannabis with a hand-grinder once it gets cooled.
Step 2: Melt The Butter.
The next step in the cannabutter recipe is to melt the butter. Generally, unsalted butter is more preferred over salted butter because of less impurity. Add the butter and water into a saucepan, slow cooker, or stockpot. Keep simmering gently until the butter gets melted. Add the extra water if you notice the butter getting scorched.
Step 3: Add Cannabis and Simmer.
Once the butter melted adequately, add the decarboxylated cannabis to the mixture. Stir the mixture well. The amount of cannabis you add to the mixture will determine the strength of the resulting product- Cannabutter.
Step 4: Simmer the Mixture.
The next step in the cannabutter recipe is to simmer the mixture. Keep simmering the mixture for 2-3 Hours at temperature 160F-200F. Maintain the temperature below 200F. Keep stirring the mixture occasionally to make sure that the product doesn’t get burned or scorched.
Step 5: Strain the Cannabutter.
Get a jar, a funnel, and some strainer. Once the cannabutter gets cool, refine it by aligning the top of a funnel with some cheesecloth. Pour the cannabis-infused butter mixture into a container/jar. This will save the plant scraps from getting into the Jar, ultimately helping the cannabutter last longer.
Step 6: Store the Jar in a Refrigerator.
Once the cannabutter gets strained to the Jar, keep the Jar in a fridge to let it convert into solid butter form.
Step 7: Extract the Excess Water.
As the cannabis-infused butter cools down, it will rise to the top and form a solid layer. Remove the excess water by cutting the solid butter with a knife and drain out the water.
The resulting cannabutter appears very similar to the regular butter in texture as well as in taste. However, in some cases, cannabutter will get some unique cannabis aroma and taste because of the potent plant terpenes.
Another way to make cannabutter is by using a crockpot.
How to Make Crockpot Cannabutter?
Remember, the ingredients will remain the same for crock pot cannabutter; only the procedure will change slightly.
Step 1: Decarboxylate cannabis leaves.
Step 2: Preheat the crockpot. Start with a low temperature.
Step 3: Add the butter and water into the crockpot and mix it well.
Step 4: Then, add freshly decarbed cannabis flowers into the crockpot.
Step 5: Stir up the mixture and soak it right.
Step 6: Maintain the temperature of the crockpot between 120-180 degrees throughout the process.
Step 7: Stir the mixture every 20 minutes to ensure it doesn’t get scorched.
Step 8: Follow this process for the next 3-4 hours.
Step 9: Strain the butter and pour it into the container.
Step 10: Put the container into the fridge so that the butter solidifies while the water gets separated.
Step 11: Once the butter solidifies, extract the water.
Your delicious crock pot cannabutter is ready to consume!
We are certain that, by now, various questions and thoughts must have arisen in your mind, such as, how long does it take to make cannabutter? Will cooking cannabutter smell? How to make cannabutter more potent? and so on. Let us answer all these questions that we get all the time.
How Long to Cook Cannabutter in the Crockpot?
The whole process may take around 5 hours. You will need 45 minutes to an hour to decarboxylate the cannabis and then almost 4 hours to make the cannabutter. Besides, you will also need to keep the refined cannabutter in the fridge for a few hours until the water and butter get separated. Therefore, make sure you have enough time availability before you start the process.
Does Making Cannabutter Smell?
Unfortunately, yes! It does smell. But, if you have decarbed the cannabis properly- the intensity of the odor will reduce substantially. Besides, there are many ways to combat this unpleasant smell, such as light some candles, turn on fans, mop the floor with some lemon cleanser, and use room sprays. This will definitely help reduce the cannabutter smell.
How to Make Cannabutter Stronger?
The potency of the cannabutter is directly related to the amount of cannabis you use. The general ratio of cannabis to butter is a quarter pound of butter for a quarter ounce of cannabis. However, if you want to make it stronger, you could increase the amount of cannabis. Although, it is advised that if you are a beginner- start with the less cannabis amount. Later, increase the amount gradually once you become a pro stoner!
Cannabutter Dosage Direction:
You are almost there- just a step away from using this delicious and healthy cannabutter in your favorite dishes and recipes. However, make sure you will consume cannabis-infused butter in an appropriate amount only. Consuming it in excess amounts may adversely affect your health conditions.
The potency of your homemade cannabutter is largely dependent on the strength of the raw cannabis, the period you heat it, and the temperature you cook it at.
In the beginning, to measure the potency of cannabutter, you can consume the 1/2-1/4 teaspoon cannabutter with bread, snacks, or a hamburger! See how you feel after an hour or two. Remember this dose as the baseline for your future ‘endeavors’!
Benefits and Side-effects of Cannabutter
Various medical researches have also confirmed that there are many benefits to Marijuana. It helps to fight various diseases and illnesses, including chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy, among others. Cannabutter becomes a more viable option to consume as it is smoke-free and blends well with many food items.
Top 10 Benefits of Cannabutter:
- Reduce anxiety and pain
- Relieve cancer symptoms
- Treat various skin diseases
- Seamless digestion
- Regulate PMS & Menopause
- Alleviates inflammation
- Reduce nausea
- Fight insomnia/ Good for sleep
- Slow Alzheimer’s disease
- Boost lung functioning
Note that, at the same time, consuming Marijuana without a doctor’s consultation can pose some serious health consequences. It does have side effects and complications too.
The Side-effects of Cannabutter:
- The Diarrhea
- Decrease blood pressure, feeling of anxiety, dizziness, and fainting
- The Hallucinations
As you have seen, cooking cannabutter at home seems no difficult at all! The only thing is- you need to take care of specific details such as the cooking temperature, the cannabis amount, and the simmering period.
Easy Cannabutter Recipes: 5 Awesome Ways to Use Cannabis-Infused Butter
So now you have made the cannabutter- it’s time to make some delicious treats. We have enlisted below 5 awesome dishes you can make using cannabis-infused butter. Check this out.
If you love pasta and marijuana- cannabutter pasta will be the perfect dish to try. It tastes delicious. Besides, it is easy to make. You will need the same ingredients as the regular pasta + a tablespoon of cannabis butter. The only difference between the making process of regular pasta and cannabis pasta is that you use cannabutter instead of regular butter.
If your morning begins with the coffee- why not add a little bit of cannabutter into it to enhance its taste and power? Cannabis-infused coffee will keep you energized throughout the day. You will feel focused and concentrated on your work. Besides, the only thing you have to do is add a little bit of cannabutter to the coffee! Try it out!
Every one of us loves pie. Don’t we? But how about the cannabis pie? Pie is thick, creamy, and has the classic taste of cream. But, just a little bit of cannabutter can spice things up! Ofcourse, this pie will be a bit different from your grandma’s, but certainly worth giving a shot!
Cannabis Nachos could be another item worth trying. You can make the side dish of cannabis nachos during Thanksgiving, on Christmas, or regular days. It tastes crispy and delicious. It is a cheap stoner food which you can make anywhere, anytime, easily.
Popcorn is one of the best snacks. You can enhance its taste by adding cannabutter into it to make Cannabis Popcorn. This recipe allows you to get that pleasant, cannabis-like taste in your kernels and gives you that nice, easy baked feeling of good ganja. It would be crispy, crunchy, buttery, and salty- all at the time!
So what are you waiting for now? Grab your apron and transfigure yourself into a Masterchef to make all these delicious cannabutter dishes ASAP!