Edibles 101: How to make Cannabutter!
Cannabutter or cannabis infused butter is one of the easiest and most common ways to make edibles. However, making infused butter can be a little bit daunting. In order to activate its psychoactive potential, the cannabis has to be heated slowly at a low temperature for a specific period of time.
- Butter is a delicious and versatile carrier for THC and other cannabinoids, although it isn’t the only one – you can also use coconut oil, olive oil, or any other fatty oil for your infusions.
With that said, today we’re going to walk you through a step-by-step guide on decarboxylation and making Cannabutter!
Step 1: Gather your Ingredients and Supplies
First things first, you’ll need to gather all of your ingredients and supplies. You’ll need the following:
- 7-10 grams of ground Cannabis (must be decarboxylated before you make your cannabutter).
- 1 cup of butter (salted)
- Oven safe tray
- Parchment paper
- 1 glass jar/ mason jar
- 1 saucepan
Step 2: Decarboxylating your Cannabis
Before making your cannabutter, you’ll need to decarboxylate the cannabis flower that you’ve chosen. Skipping this step will result in a weaker or inactive finished product.
- Here’s why: Cannabis buds produce a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid called THCA. When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat converts THCA into THC, the molecule that delivers euphoric effects. If preparing CBD edibles, this same process should be applied.
- Preheat your oven to 2450 F. Grab a non-stick oven safe tray and place parchment paper on it to prevent the cannabis from sticking to it. Once your oven is pre-heated, insert the tray into the oven and set a timer between 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray to expose the surface areas of the buds equally.
- After you’ve finished decarboxylating your cannabis, let it cool off for a few minutes before picking it back up. After it has cooled down, you’ll want to grind it up with a hand grinder so that it is coarse.
Step 3: Melt the Butter
Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan. Set it to simmer on low and let the butter melt.
- By adding water, this helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
Step 4: Add the Cannabis
As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis.
Step 5: Simmer
Maintain low heat (around 1800F) and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and gently – make sure the mixture never comes to a full boil.
Step 6: Strain the Cannabutter
Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth and allow it to strain freely.
- Avoid wringing out the cheese cloth because it might add impurities, such as bad tasting plant properties.
Step 7: Refrigerate the Jar of Butter
If excess water forms at the bottom of the jar, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out.
- The butter will need to refrigerate for about an hour before removing the water.
Step 8: Dosing it Carefully
Dosing homemade edibles can be particularly difficult, but here are some of our suggestions on how to address this issue!
Your butter’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked, to the potency of your starting material – even the type of cannabis used (indica, sativa and hybrid can be a factor). To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.