When you’re making cannabis butter it can be difficult to get the dosage right if you are inexperienced. This is why I’ve created this guide to help you understood the process, mistakes and how to avoid them along with dosage information so your first experience will be a pleasant one.
Decarboxylate your cannabis flower first.
Cannabis butter is one of the most versatile cooking ingredients you can make. It can be used in place of oil or other fats in your favorite recipes, or it can simply be eaten on toast as a snack.
Cannabis butter is made by infusing butter with marijuana and is also sometimes called cannabutter.
Here’s how to make cannabis butter:
Decarboxylate your cannabis flower first. This process helps activate the THC molecules contained in the plant matter so that they’re more easily absorbed by your body when consumed. You can do this by following the instructions on this page .
Once decarboxylated, grind your flower into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
Put three sticks of butter into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Add in your ground flower and stir for about five minutes until everything is mixed together thoroughly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour (or until all of the water has evaporated). Stir occasionally so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan and burns.
Chop the cannabis finely before proceeding.
The process of making cannabis butter is simple and straightforward. If you’re making it for your own personal use, you’ll need about a half ounce of decarboxylated weed to make one pound of butter.
If you are using fresh buds, start by chopping them finely. You can also use ground up kief or hash if you have that on hand.
Next, heat a pot over low heat and add your cannabis material. Stir frequently until it’s well-incorporated into the oil and begins to bubble.
Turn off the heat and let the mixture infuse for at least an hour or two before straining out any remaining plant matter with cheesecloth or muslin cloths. If necessary, add additional oil to achieve the desired consistency of your finished product — this is especially true if you’re using kief rather than ground bud, which can be quite coarse in texture and require more oil to create a smooth consistency in your finished butter.
Melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat.
The first step to making cannabis butter is to melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat. You can use regular butter or ghee for this recipe, but it’s worth noting that ghee has higher smoke points than butter and will be less likely to burn during cooking.
Once the butter is melted, you can add your cannabis flower or kief (cannabis trichomes) to the pan. Add enough flower or kief so that there is about one gram of flower per tablespoon of fat.
Next, let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally during this time to make sure that all of the plant material gets evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
After 30 minutes, turn off the heat and let everything cool down for about 15 minutes before straining out any remaining plant material using cheesecloth or another fine mesh strainer. You can also use a strainer bag if you want a smoother consistency in your end product.
Discard all plant matter left over from straining and pour your strained cannabis-infused butter into a glass jar or container with an airtight lid and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use!
Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture sit for another 20 minutes.
Cannabis butter is a delicious way to consume your marijuana. It’s easy to make, and it’s easy to infuse into other foods. But while the process is simple, there are still a few things you should know before you start making your own cannabis butter.
The first thing is that it’s important to use the right kind of marijuana for cooking. For this recipe specifically, we’re going to use either trim or kief — which are both strains of cannabis flower that have been separated from the plant itself. These strains generally have a higher concentration of THC than other forms of cannabis, so they’re ideal for cooking with if you want a more potent end result.
The second thing is that you need a good quality butter and oil for this recipe. While you can use any type of butter in this recipe, it’s best if it’s salted and unsalted at once. This way you can control how much salt goes into your final product by adding more or less as needed. The same goes for olive oil — choose one that has a high smoke point and doesn’t burn easily or give off an unpleasant flavor when heated up too high (such as extra virgin olive oil).
Line a funnel with cheesecloth and place it over your storage vessel to strain the mixture.
Making cannabis butter is a simple process. You will need to decarboxylate your cannabis before you start making it, which means heating it up to activate the THC.
Place your cannabis in an oven-safe dish and set it to 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the herb is dark brown in color.
Add the butter and oil to a saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted together. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding your decarboxylated cannabis buds along with any other desired ingredients such as spices or herbs. Mix well using an immersion blender or by hand until completely combined.
Pour through the cheesecloth and allow to strain freely; this will take some time.
The first step is to decarboxylate your weed. This means heating it so that the psychoactive compounds activate and become available for consumption. You can do this in an oven or on a stovetop.
Preheat your oven to 220°F (105°C). If you are using a stovetop, use a frying pan and heat on low, stirring occasionally, until the herb turns a dark shade of green and releases a strong herbal aroma.
Place the weed in a bowl and add butter or coconut oil. Mix well and let sit for at least 15 minutes before straining through cheesecloth to remove plant matter.
Pour the resulting mixture into a saucepan and heat slowly until boiling point is reached (190°F/88°C). Remove from heat and stir continuously until cool enough to handle with bare hands (about 5 minutes).
Melt the mixture again over low heat until it has reached around 170°C/340F, then pour through cheesecloth into another container for storage (an empty glass jar works well).
Tie off the cheesecloth into a knot or bundle, then use it to squeeze out any remaining liquid butter.
If you’re making your own cannabis butter, follow the same process as above.
First, grind up your flower in a grinder until it’s nice and fine. Then, add it to a double boiler (or glass bowl on top of a simmering pot) with equal parts butter. You can use any kind of butter for this — salted or unsalted will work just fine, but salted butter will give you more flavor.
Heat until the mixture is hot enough to evaporate all of the water content from the flower, which should take about 45 minutes to an hour at low heat. Once all the water has evaporated and there are no more bubbles coming up from underneath, turn off the heat and let everything cool down for at least 15 minutes (you don’t want to burn yourself!).
Strain out all of the plant matter using cheesecloth or a similar straining method (you can also use a coffee filter if you don’t have any cheesecloth). Tie off one end of your cheesecloth into a knot or bundle, then use it to squeeze out any remaining liquid butter — this should take about 10 minutes total.
By follow this recipe, you can make cannabis butter for your own edibles!
Cannabis butter is a great ingredient for homemade edibles. You can use it to make brownies, cookies, muffins, and so much more.
Start with 1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks) and 1/4 ounce of cannabis flower or trim. The ratio should be 1/2 ounce of cannabis per pound of butter.
Melt the butter on low heat in a saucepan. Once melted, add your ground marijuana and stir until it’s mixed in well.
Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before you strain it through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into a mixing bowl.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator overnight to help separate out any excess water from the mixture. In the morning you should have dark green cannabis oil that has separated out from your butter!