Cannabutter is a fantastic way to get cannabinoids into your diet
I have found that butter is a very versatile way to consume the green goodness. You can spread it on your toast. You can use it with mashed potatoes. You can bake cakes with it. Once you have Cannabis Butter, then you can incorporate it quickly into your cooking.
It’s also very discrete – just be careful to make sure grandma doesn’t use it on her crumpets with her afternoon tea. Things could get interesting!
So, this is a quick and simple way to make Cannabis Butter. It is worth watching a few videos on YouTube after reading this recipe. Use this recipe to see if you fancy making Cannabis Butter and then watch a video to get see the technique.
The basic principle is that we will be using a liquid (the butter) to extract the useful cannabinoids out of the cannabis and leave what we don’t want behind (the stalks etc).
It is the same process as a cup of tea. The hot water extracts the tannins are astringents from the tea leaves which are contained within a tea bag. This allows the hot water to extract the goodness and the teabag allows us to throw away the stuff we no longer have a use for.
What we are doing with the Cannabis Butter is the same principle.
Preparation: Give it 15 mins
Making Butter: Will take hours but not with constant supervision. You will need to be there as you will need to stew the cannabis in the butter for a few hours at least.
What you’ll need:
Go for a 1 in 4 balance between your marijuana bud and your butter. So, 1 ounce of marijuana to 4 ounces of butter. 2 ounces of marijuana to 8 ounces of butter etc.
A large saucepan
A glass bowl (which will be used to heat the butter over the saucepan of water)
How to make the cannabis butter:
Preheat oven to 240 degrees and place the cannabis buds on a baking tray. Bake at 240 degrees for 40 minutes. (This is called decarboxylation which will help activate the THC. Do not skip this part.)
Get your marijuana and grind it down so its the size and shape of teabags. If you think of this process as us making a cup of tea then that’s not a bad analogy. We will be using the cheesecloth to create a ’t-bag’ with the marijuana being the tea leaves which we then infuse into the butter.
Place the ground marijuana into the middle of the cheesecloth and fold it over onto itself a few times. What we are trying to do here is create a ’t-bag’ which the marijuana can release its ‘juices’ into the heated butter. Use the string to tie the ’t bag’ together so it doesn’t unravel.
Boil some water in the saucepan and then place the glass bowl over the top of the saucepan. The aim here is to get the steam from the boiling water to heat up the butter which we will place in the bowl. MAKE SURE THE WATER DOESN’T TOUCH THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL.
Put the butter in the bowl over the heated saucepan. The steam from the water in the saucepan should heat the bowl. This will allow us to gently heat the butter without heating it up too hot or too fast. Slow is speed in this process.
We don’t want the butter to boil. We just want it be become liquid so we can start to infuse the ‘marijuana t-bag’ into the liquid.
Once the butter is in a liquid form add about half the amount of water and mix together. Don’t worry, when the butter re-forms the water and the butter will separate.
When the melted butter and water are well mixed and in liquid form, pop the ’t-bag’ into the liquid. We now want to keep this t-bag in the liquid for as long as possible. The longer you keep the t-bag in the liquid, the more THC (and other cannabinoids) will become infused and the stronger your cannabis butter will be.
I try to aim for about 4/5 hours and squeeze the t-bag every now and again to get the THC infused as much as possible.
After 4/5 hours, take off of the stove and squeeze out all of the liquid from the t-bag to ensure that all of the nutrients are added to the liquid.
I normally pour the liquid into a silver foil tray but you can use a bowl if you prefer. The reason I use a silver foil tray is so I can pierce the film tray below the butter and drain the water (which will not solidify in the fridge) and keep the butter where it is.
Place in the refrigerator and allow the butter to solidify. The butter will rise to the top above the water. Pull it out, and there you have your marijuana butter infusion.
Enjoy your Cannabis Butter!
You can use coconut oil instead of butter. Coconut oil is a better transporter of the THC
Adding a bit of soy lecithin can increase your body’s ability to absorb the THC. Soy lecithin is an emulsifier and will increase the bioavailability for you to absorb more of the good stuff before it passes through your system.