Cannabutter is simply an infusion of butter and cannabis. It is the key ingredient for creating delicious and creative marijuana edibles at home. It’s easy to make, with endless possibilities when it comes to flavor profiles or cooking styles.
With careful preparation, Cannabutter offers the user a simple and easy way to prepare and enjoy marijuana-infused food items like cookies!
What is Cannabutter?
Cannabutter is a perfect way to cook with cannabis. It can be made from the plant itself, marijuana and/or hashish oil but always contains some type of buttery/oil cooking ingredient.
Cannabutter is a delicious, marijuana-infused butter that can be easily made at home using the process of fat infusion. Cannabinoids from cannabis plants are combined with the butter fats in order to extract and retain any terpenes and flavonoids present within them.
The great thing about cannabutter is that, like regular butter, it's a highly versatile product. Baked goods are one way you could use your cannabis-infused version of this culinary staple with pot brownies being very popular.
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How Much Cannabis Is Needed To Make A Cannabutter
The weed to butter ratio is a significant factor in determining the potency of cannabutter. Since it's an infusion from strong parts of herbs, smaller amounts can have greater effects because THC concentration levels are higher and extend longer than when consumed via smoking. Expect the effects of cannabutter to last between four - twelve hours.
Too many beginners make the mistake of using too much cannabis. In their pursuit for a more potent effect, they fail to realize that there is only so much fat absorption in a container or pound of butter (not margarine) and other sources like oil.
As a general rule of thumb, the ratio of cannabis to butter should be 1 pound of butter for every ounce of marijuana that's being used in the process. Excess cannabinoids will be left behind without enough fat to be absorbed, so wasting material and money.
Check out our guide on how to increase the potency of your herb
How To Make Strong Cannabutter (Cannabis-infused Butter)
Let’s guide you through the process of making strong infused cannabutter, which is used for cooking with cannabis. Cannabinoids are created when plants such as marijuana or hemp flowers get heated in an oven and convert into psychoactive chemicals called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC binds well to fat molecules so it's often mixed with butter or cooking oils before being added back onto dishes where this compound can interact more easily.
Making your own cannabis butter can be as simple or complex, depending on what you want to make.
Step 1 Decarboxylation
Unlock the full potential of your cannabis by decarboxylating it. The process activates cannabinoids and ensures that lipids bind to them, giving you a cleaner experience with better effects!
When you smoke or vape weed, it needs to be heated so that the chemicals can activate. This process is called "activation," and without this step, your marijuana won't have any effects! The process of heating plant material activates tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCA is the inactive form of THC. Activating this compound occurs when smoking a joint and produces feelings that make you high and it's necessary for producing marijuana's psychoactive effects.
This time we are going to do this process with a baking sheet and an oven.
Ingredients and Preparation
- ½ oz cannabis flower
- A hand grinder
- A baking sheet or dish
- An oven
The whole process takes about an hour from start to finish.
Pre-Heat the Oven and Grind Your Weed
Begin by preheating the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Start grinding the weed with a grinder, a powered grinder will save time, until it has an even consistency. Do not grind to fine particles, you do not want them passing through the cheesecloth filter holes in a later step.
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Place Into an Oven
The first step in decarbing your cannabis is to spread the ground weed evenly on the baking sheet. Place it into that pre-heated oven, and it can take anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour for fresh flowers; older plant material will be ready sooner than more recent fresh buds.
Just watch carefully so that you don't overcook any of those delicious buds! Mixing every 10 minutes helps keep things moving along nicely without burning anything at all which keeps everything tasting great too.
Take it out when the cannabis is brown.
Step Two: Making the Infusion
- 1 ½ c water
- 8 oz butter
- A large-enough saucepan
- A wooden cooking spoon (metal spoons get hot!)
Melt the Butter and Add the Cannabis
In a saucepan over low heat, add the butter and water. Wait until it has melted before adding the decarbed cannabis - avoid burning or scorching your product! Use a wooden spoon to mix thoroughly before covering with the saucepan lid. Note that aromas and smells are especially strong during this process.
In order to infuse your butter, you need the lowest possible heat. Just stir it every half hour so that the butter doesn’t burn or stick. Use an oven thermometer if available to make sure the temperature is not more than 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82 Celsius).
Some people believe you need to let the cannabutter simmer for two hours, while others insist on waiting for four. Whichever result you prefer will depend largely upon your level of expertise and desired consistency in making infused butter. However, it’s important not only that the mixture is left as long as possible but also at a low temperature so it isn't too strong or bitter-tasting from marijuana. Just make sure it never comes to a boil though gentle bubbling is fine.
Step Three: Strain and Store
You can use anything you have in your kitchen to strain the infused butter, like a bowl and a piece of cheesecloth. Make sure that the mixture has cooled, around 30 minutes or more, just enough before you start straining off any plant matter to avoid burns.
Line a bowl or another container with the cheesecloth. Pour in your mixture, then use some gentle hands to squeeze out as much of that delicious buttery goodness from those leaves! Move the material around and keep squeezing out the butter until all there is left is the plant material in the cheesecloth. The goal is to have a smooth and fine-looking finished product, with as little residue as possible.
Throw away the soggy plant matter. All you have to do now is scrape out all of that good stuff, the final cannabutter, and store it in a well-sealed jar or container for up to six months with refrigeration, just like regular opened butter.
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How Much Cannabutter to Use - Dosage?
Cannabutter is a delicious and potent mix that can be used in place of regular butter when baking. The actual potency varies depending on the quality and quantities are the material used and the cooking process.
Marijuana can have many different effects according to the person consuming them. Some people enjoy the effects of marijuana but want to be cautious about their consumption. A typical dose for most people is between 5-10 milligrams, which will differ based on factors like your weight and metabolic rate as well as the total amount consumed in what time period with regards to potency level.
One of the major differences between smoking weed and eating it is that when you eat something like cannabis products, the effects can take an hour or more to kick in. So you should not expect any immediate effects, make sure to wait, for an hour or so, before consuming any further cannabutter products or edibles, despite how tempting or delicious they might be!
Cannabutter is a cannabis-infused butter, which can be used to make delicious and healthy edibles like brownies or cookies. Making cannabutter sounds complicated but it doesn't need to be! It’s fun and easy to cook up your weed into an edible form. With a better understanding of how much cannabis is needed to make strong cannabutter, you can make it so it's potent enough for even the most experienced smoker!