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Cannabutter or cannabis-infused butter is a vital asset to have as a lover of weed. After learning how to make cannabutter you can make an unlimited number of cannabis-infused dishes, desserts, and treats to fit your lifestyle. The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert chef or weed connoisseur to make this magical butter at home. All you need is knowledge, patience, and precision. 

There are numerous methods of making cannabutter, but here, the focus is on the easiest, most straightforward recipe. Making cannabutter at home has numerous benefits. First, it gives you the power to pick the potency of the final product. 

Second, you get to make a myriad of edibles, saving on the overall purchasing cost. Lastly, you get to pick your preferred flavor. When it comes to dosing, it is hard to have a precise dosage with homemade edibles. This piece contains tips on achieving near-accurate dosing since it’s impossible to be spot on in a DIY home project.

The process of making cannabutter

Why butter? Well, apart from burning easily, butter is delicious and highly versatile. You can incorporate it in numerous dishes, baked goodies, and beverages. However, it isn’t the only choice: you can use any fatty oil available like coconut oil, olive oil, peanut oil, or canola oil. However making cannabutter is easy and versatile because it can be used in a wide range of edibles from savoury to deserts.

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Cannabutter recipe

You will need;

  • A cup of butter.
  • 7-10 grams (the equivalent of a cup) of decarbed weed.

Step 1: Decarboxylate the cannabis

This is the most vital step in making cannabutter. Working with weed that is not decarbed produces a non-psychoactive product with minimal therapeutic value. The process involves subjecting the cannabis to constant temperatures for a specified time to activate the cannabinoids THC and CBD. Cannabis contains many acidic cannabinoids like THCA, CBDA, CBGA, CBNA, and others in its raw form. When heated, the acidic precursors lose the extra carbon to become THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN, respectively.

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous methods of making cannabutter. Some recipes opt to decarboxylate the cannabis by slowly cooking it while immersed in hot butter. It works, but this recipe focuses more on making cannabutter with an appealing taste, hence the emphasis on using an oven to decarb the weed. 

How to decarb weed

Turn your oven on and let it preheat at 245⁰F. Take your preferred cannabis strain, cut it into small pieces, and place them on a non-stick tray. Cover the tray with parchment paper. Place the tray in the oven and let it heat the cannabis for 30-40 minutes. Check on the cannabis every ten minutes and toss them around to ensure that every part is exposed to heat. Expect a strong smell that fills the house. 

Step 2: Take the decarbed weed and use a grinder to make small (but not too small) pieces. 

Step 3: In a saucepan or stockpot, add one cup of butter plus a cup of water. Put in low heat to allow the butter to simmer. Once it melts, add the decarbed weed. 

Step 4: Keep adding small amounts of water to keep the butter from scorching. 

Step 5: Maintain constant temperatures of about 160⁰F (ensure they don’t reach or exceed the 200⁰F mark). Continue simmering the mixture for 2-3 hours. Let the mixture cool.

Step 6: Take a container and place a funnel on top of it. Using a cheesecloth, strain the mixture to get your melted cannabis-infused butter. 

Step 7: Put the final product in the fridge for storage. You may notice some water at the bottom of the container. If this is the case, take the solid butter out of the container, drain the water, then return the cannabutter inside.

Step 8: Use your cannabutter to make your favorite dish, pastry, or dessert. Tips on how to dose cannabutter are provided below.

Useful Tip:

It is recommended that you make cannabutter one day or more before using it to make edibles. This gives you a chance to test the potency of the final product and know what quantity is suitable for you. This allows you to manage your workload as preparing cannabutter and making edibles on the same day is a time-consuming process.

How to make cannabutter using a slow cooker

Step 2: After decarbing the weed, grind it with a hand grinder. Do not use a coffee grinder as it produces a fine, almost powdery product that affects the overall taste of the butter. 

Step 3: Take the slow cooker and set it at 160⁰ F. Do not exceed 200⁰ F. 

Step 4: Add the decarbed weed and butter. Let it simmer for 3 hours. Check on the mixture occasionally and stir. You can add some water to avoid scorching the butter. 

Step 5: Turn the slow cooker off after 3hours and let the mixture cool.

Step 6: Strain the mixture and store it in the fridge. 

Frequently asked questions on cannabutter potency, dosage, and storage.

How can I measure the potency and dosage of my cannabutter?

  • Always ensure you know the potency of the strain you are using for your cannabutter recipe. This way, you are aware of what to expect in terms of effects and impact. 
  • Invest in a digital kitchen scale for accurate measurements of cannabis and other ingredients. This makes it easier to calculate the potency and dosing of the end product.
  • As mentioned earlier, it is impossible to determine the accurate potency of the final product as it is dependent on several varying variables. To determine the right dosage, take a quarter or half teaspoon of the cannabutter and spread it on your favorite (or any) snack. Depending on the effects, you can add or reduce the quantity to fit your needs as you use the cannabutter while making edibles. The secret lies in starting with the smallest dose possible and gradually increasing until your recreational or medical needs are met. Once you have found your perfect potency, remember to add a note to your cannabutter recipe for the next time you make it. 

  • How can I store cannabutter to extend its shelf life?

    At room temperature, the cannabutter will melt and turn rancid within days. If you plan to use the cannabutter immediately, storing it in a fridge is the best option. Here, it can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. For long-term storage, put the cannabutter in a freezer. The shelf life is extended to 6 months. 

    How to make cannabutter stronger?

  • You can achieve this by using highly potent strains in your cannabutter recipe such as Great White Shark, Green Crack, G-13 Haze, and Bruce Banner. 
  • The second option is using more cannabis and less cannabutter. Instead of one cup/7-10 grams of cannabis, you can use 1½ cups/10-15 grams of cannabis with a cup of butter. 
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