Cannabis-infused butter, also known as cannabutter, is one of the most popular edibles that you can make and consume at home. It is easy to prepare and use in other recipes, but you need to know the right steps for that.
In this article, we are going to discuss one of the best cannabutter recipe, which is both easy and effective.
Decarboxylation – the first step!
The first step to preparing delectable cannabutter is to activate the buds. This process is known as decarboxylation. According to Veriheal, until one heats cannabisproperly, the THC will not get activated. It means you would not get the full benefits of the cannabis-infused butter.
Skipping the decarboxylation process results in a final product that is devoid of the THC component of medical cannabis. By performing the decarboxylation process, both the medicinal properties and the “high” of cannabis, can be achieved. If you have an oven, pre-heat it to 245ºF.
First, grind the cannabis flower so that it forms a coarse mixture. You can use a hand grinder to ensure the texture of the ground cannabis.
Decarbing the Cannabis
Place the flower in a tray and cover it with parchment paper to ensure the material does not get sticky.
Now keep the tray in the oven for the next 40 mins depending on the quality of the cannabis. Ensure to mix the buds with a gentle shake, every 10 minutes, so that all the weed on the tray gets decarbed equally.
Prepping the Butter
Now take a crockpot or slow cooker. Add equal proportions of water and butter, then simmer it on a low-medium flame so that the mixture melts gradually. The water is added to ensure the butter does not burn in the melting process. Now once the butter has melted, add the coarsely ground weed into the mixture.
Once you have added all the ingredients you will now have to let the mixture slow cook to infuse the cannabis properly with the butter. The procedure should be carried out for at least 2-3 hours on low.. Ensure that the mixture does not come to a full boil, or else its main properties will be reduced.
Now that the cannabis has fully infused with the butter, it’s time to strain it so that you can get the perfect mixture. Take a cheesecloth, a funnel, and a jar. Now place the cloth on the funnel and keep the funnel on top of the jar. Strain the cannabutter through the cloth once it has cooled off. Do not squeeze the cloth as it might turn your cannabutter bitter.
Once you have the butter in the jar, water might form at the bottom. It is a common occurrence and there is nothing to worry about it. If it happens, remove the solid butter using a knife and then drain out the excess water. Make sure that you have refrigerated the butter for at least an hour before removing the water beneath. Apart from butter, you can also use other fats like like coconut oil and olive oil to make this wonderful infusion. You can add this butter or oil to different dishes, and your cannabis edible will be ready in no time. It is not only delicious but also the perfect carrier of various cannabinoids.
While cooking, you will need to keep in mind that butter gets burned very easily, so make sure to keep a close eye on it. The longer you slow cook it, the better the infusion be, and it will also ensure that the fat does not burn. For 1 cup of butter, you can take 10 grams of cannabis or less depending on its quality.
The whole process of making cannabutter is easy but technical. You need to maintain the proper time and temperature to get the best results. To make the perfect cannabutter, try the following tips –
- Take appropriate measurements as mentioned.
- Maintain the temperature and cook the mixture for the given amount of time.
- Do not forget to decarb the weed or the THC will not be activated.
- Ensure that the cannabis is coarsely ground.
- Throughout the process, the flames should be kept in a medium-low state. If you are cooking in an oven, the temperature should not go above 200ºF, or else the cannabinoids might burn. Add water whenever necessary.
- For proper infusion and to avoid burning the mixture, ensure that you stir the mixture occasionally.
- The more you are patient with the cooking process, the better cannabutter you will get.
- Do not forget to strain the mixture to get a better butter texture.
- To get the best results, do not forget to refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.
The dosing of your cannabutter depends on various factors. From the way you cook it to the time until which you are simmering it, everything contributes to the dosing effects. The quality and the type of cannabis used in the process also plays a major role here. You will understand its dosing effects by spreading the butter on a snack like a piece of toast. You can increase or decrease the quantity of the butter depending on your preferences. You can add this given quantity to any food you want and make it the perfect edibles.
With these simple yet effective tips, you can make the best cannabutter. Follow the recipe properly, and get a smooth and creamy butter that has all the goodness of the cannabinoids. The THC here will give you the “high” feeling, and the other ones will provide you with multiple medicinal benefits. This homemade cannabutter recipe is delicious, time-saving, and very effective.
So wait no more, and start preparing your perfect cannabutter today. Normally, homemade edibles can seem difficult to dose. But with this effective recipe, this will no longer be a problem for you!