Cannabutter: A DIY Recipe
Cannabutter: A DIY Recipe
To most it would seem that one easy way to medicate your food is to use cannabis butter. And once you gain the skills and fluency, it does get easy. However, like many things in life that appear to be easy, at first making cannabis butter is more difficult than it sounds. Given some of the complexities, I thought it would be good to share what I’ve found to be a quality method, because it’s worth learning how to do it for people who medicate with cannabis. If you’re a pro and have any other recipe’s or recommendations, please leave them in the comments!
Although accurate dosing with cannabis butter is challenging at first, as a person gets better at making the medicated butter, and better understands how much to use, the less likely they’ll be to overmedicate, or over serve someone else.
However, it’s always a good idea to test the effects of a new method of consumption when you don’t have anywhere to go in case you do over medicate. Also, it is recommended that when you are trying new edibles, you start off in small doses and wait 1-2 hours in between introducing new doses, as it can take a long time for edibles to start working in someone’s body.
In order to ensure the flower maintains its psychoactive potential, the flower must be heated slowly at a low temperature in a process called decarboxylation. You’ll have to do this before any of the other steps, so that’s where we’ll start the process, but for ingredients you’ll need 1 cup of butter and 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis flower.
1. Decarb the cannabis flower. Preheat your oven to 245ºF. On an oven safe, non-stick tray, cover the bottom in parchment paper, put the bud on the oven tray, place it in the oven and heat it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray to expose the surface area of the buds equally.
2. Get out your grinder! Grind the decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder.
3. Melt the butter. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding the water helps regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from burning and caramelizing.
4. Add the ground up cannabis. As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground, decarb’d cannabis flower.
5. Simmer. Maintain the low heat (ideal temp slightly above 160ºF, but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. It’s important to emphasize that the mixture should never come to a full boil.
6. Strain the cannabutter. Set a cheesecloth lined funnel on top of a jar or storage container for the butter. Once the butter has cooled off a bit, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Avoid Squeezing the cheesecloth as it may push excess plant material through).
7. Refrigerate the container of butter. If excess water forms at the bottom of the container, you can remove the solid butter with a knife, and then drain the water out. (The butter will need to harden enough before removing the water).
8. Medicate carefully. It is recommended that you try a ¼ to ½ teaspoon size amount on some bread, or on your snack!
Thanks for taking the time to read this article! If you have any additional recipe information, or ideas related to cannabis butter, be sure to put them in the comments!