How to Make Cannabutter to Infuse into Your Next Meal
Cooking with Cannabutter is Fun and Rewarding!
Cannabutter is a THC extraction infused with butter, and one of the easiest ways to medically infuse your foods. To begin making cannabutter, we recommend you decarboxylate (heat up) your cannabis before you cook with it.
In summary, raw cannabis is non-psychoactive unless it is either dried and aged, or heated. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCa, is what is found on the raw marijuana plant, and to transform it to THC, or delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the stuff that actually gets you “uplifted,” you need to apply a little heat.
“Terpenes are the oils of the marijuana flower that give it it’s unique aroma and flavor.”
The lower the temperature you use in decarboxylation, the longer the process is going to take, yet the less terpenes you lose throughout the process. Terpenes are the oils of the marijuana flower that give it it’s unique aroma and flavor. The difference between Super Lemon Haze and Trainwreck is in their terpenes (Limonene in the Lemon Haze and Pinene in the Trainwreck).
Some easy steps to decarboxylate your cannabis:
1. Preheat the oven to 240° F. / 115° C.
2. Break up cannabis flowers and buds into smaller pieces with your hands.
3. Put the pieces on an even layer on a baking sheet.
4. Bake the cannabis for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that it toasts evenly.
5. When the cannabis is darker in color, a light to medium brown, and has dried out, remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cannabis to cool
6. Grind the buds into a coarse powder, and keep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
After you’ve done this, you are ready to begin making cannabutter!
With a ¼ ounce of finely ground cannabis buds, ½ cup of your choice of butter, a medium saucepan, wooden ladle, spoon, container, and metal strainer, you are ready to cook!
1. Melt butter on low heat in a medium saucepan.
2. Add ground buds to melted butter, about a tablespoon at a time, stirring in-between.
3. Simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. While simmering, small bubbles should start to form on the surface.
4. After simmering, strain the butter into a container using a fine metal strainer to filter out the ground buds.
5. Press a spoon against the ground buds in the metal strainer to squeeze out all the cannabutter.
“Basically any recipe that calls for butter or oil can be replaced with cannabutter.”
Refrigerate your cannabutter in a sealed container, and you’re ready to cook at your desire!
Some of our favorite ways to use cannabutter include cinnamon sugar banana bread, chocolate fudge brownies, and mac n’ cheese. Basically any recipe that calls for butter or oil can be replaced with cannabutter. Be experimental, and enjoy!
A few suggestions:
- Remember to mix thoroughly – to ensure even distribution of cannabis.
Use smaller doses of butter for your first few times to be sure that you aren’t ruining your food with too much of an earth-y flavor.
- Experiment with the potency.
- Remember your edibles 101: wait an hour or so before consuming more infused foods!
Great things take time. 😎
“Remember your Edibles 101: wait an hour or so before consuming more infused foods.”
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