How to Make the Perfect Cannabutter
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative than smoking cannabis, one of the best alternatives is to try edibles. Infused brownies, cookies and muffins are not only delicious but they’re a fantastic, discreet way to get your daily dose. While you can buy edibles in your local dispensary or online, you could try making your own for great value for money and for even greater variety.
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If you’re going to make your own edibles, one of the best ingredients that you’ll need is cannabutter. So, “what is cannabutter?” you may ask. Well, as you might guess from its name, cannabutter is cannabis infused butter – incredibly simple to make at home, and even easier to use, whether spread on bread or used in baking recipes. Of course, your cannabutter is only going to be as strong as the weed you use to make it with, so make sure you get the strain right before you begin.
Activating Your Marijuana
The first step to making cannabis infused butter is to activate your cannabis. Raw cannabis has no effect at all, so it needs to be activated in order to turn release the psychoactive elements of the THC compound. You can activate your marijuana by applying heat to it in a process called decarboxylation. You can do this by preheating your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit, then spreading your bud onto a lined baking tray or Pyrex dish with plenty of room between so the air can freely circulate to ensure even heating, before popping it into the oven to bake for 40 minutes. Once it is cooked, it will have become crumbly and dry. Now, you can move on to the next stage.
The Heating Process
Use a medium sized saucepan and add a quart of water. Bring it up to the boil on your stove. Always check to ensure that your marijuana is floating around 2 inches from the pan’s bottom. Once the water has started to boil, put your butter into the pan and let it completely melt. You need four sticks of butter for every ounce of cannabis. After the butter has fully melted, add your baked marijuana then turn down the heat to its lowest setting so it is barely simmering. Leave to cook for about 3 hours. You will know that it is ready when the mixture’s top goes from looking watery to looking thick and glossy.’
Straining the Butter
As your butter is cooking, you can prepare the bowl ready for the finished product. You will need either a heatproof bowl or a plastic food container. Whichever you prefer, you will need a double thickness of cheese cloth placed over its top, secured firmly in place with tape, string or elastic. Once the butter is ready, strain it carefully over your bowl or container, trying hard not to spill any. Once the pan is empty, pick the cheese cloth up on all 4 sides, and carefully squeeze any remaining liquid out.
Cooling the Butter
Leave your cannabutter for around an hour to cool down and then put it into the fridge until your butter has finally risen up to the top layer to form a solid block. Now, remove from the fridge, run a knife carefully around the edge of the bowl or container and carefully lift off the butter. Place it upside down on your countertop and carefully scrape any remaining cooking water off its surface. Your cannabutter is ready and good to use.
Cannabutter In the Slow Cooker
If you would rather make your cannabutter in a less intensive way, you can always make it in your slow cooker if you have one. This may be a longer method, but it’s super easy and involves very little effort on your behalf.
Simple turn on your slow cooker to its lowest setting and pour in a cup of water, then add a pound of unsalted butter and between one and one and a half ounces of ground up cannabis flower. Put the lid on your slow cooker and allow to simmer on the low setting for between 8 and 24 hours, only removing the lid occasionally to stir. Remember, that the longer you allow the butter to simmer, the more CBD and THC will be infused in the final product.
The Easiest Method of All
If you’re looking for the absolute simplest way to produce your own cannabutter, you should consider investing in a Magical Butter machine. This innovative gadget takes all of the work out of making your own product, and is ideal for anyone who doesn’t really spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Incredibly simple to use, this machine does absolutely everything for you, grinding, heating, stirring and steeping for a flawless result. You won’t risk making a mistake, getting burned or wasting any of your precious bud, since you’ll enjoy perfect cannabutter any time.
What Can You Do with Cannabutter?
The possibilities once you have made your cannabutter are virtually endless. If you like sweet treats, why not add a couple of teaspoons to some warm maple syrup to eat with waffles or pancakes? Or if you prefer savory food, use it to butter your panini before you grill it. Alternatively, why not use it as part of a meal by using it to sauté some asparagus before serving it with garlic and Parmesan cheese? Of course, you can always use it to cook up a delicious batch of brownies, cookies or muffins too, or just spread it on your toast to set you up for the day in the best possible way. You can even store it in the fridge for up to 6 months as long as you keep it in either an airtight container or thoroughly wrapped up in plastic wrap.
Working with Dosages
Dosing is extremely important when it comes to edible’s. Too much THC in your edibles can lead to anxiety or even a bad buzz which can last hours. Too many people take too much THC through edibles and end up not feeling very well because of it. We are going to explain dosing so that you don’t blow your friends mines or your own.
The cannabis material used to make cannabutter will directly affect the strength of the finished product. If you start with Schwag which is low quality brick weed or trim from your grow, then estimate the THC content at around 4%.
If you are using high quality cannabis including homegrown or medical cannabis your THC content should be estimated at around 10%. If you have information about the strain you can retrieve the exact THC average from the packaging or from the seller.
The THC Formula
1 gram of cannabis = 1000 milligrams
10% of 1000 milligrams is 100 milligrams
Average cannabis THC is 10% so one gram of cannabis contains 100 milligrams of THC.
The next factor we must calculate for is how many milligrams of THC are in the batch of cannabutter.
If you used one ounce of average 10% THC cannabis to make one cup of cannabutter; you would have 2800 milligrams of THC in that one cup of butter. If you made a batch of cookies containing ½ a cup of the cannabutter to make a batch of 36 cookies each cookie would contain an average of 38.8 milligrams of THC. Since we used 1400 milligrams of butter (half) you divide 1400 mg by the total servings which in this case is 36.
If you end up with cannabutter that is too strong you can always add more butter to the recipe to dilute the amount of THC per serving. When testing out a batch of edibles its always wise to start with half a serving and then wait 2 hours before finishing the dose to make sure it isn’t too strong.
Cannabutter is a wonderfully versatile way of getting your cannabis dose and, as you can see, it’s really easy to make it yourself. Have fun experimenting, and enjoy your infused butter!