Since the recent legalization of marijuana, people have been raving about its benefits. From its ability to relieve stress symptoms to helping people suffering with drug and alcohol addiction, more and more people are leaning towards cannabis than ever before. However, some people are apprehensive because they prefer not having to inhale or smoke marijuana for its benefits.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution for non-smokers: cannabis butter. Cannabutter is the end result of butter infused with marijuana and can be added to any recipe. In fact, many marijuana users prefer this method, especially since you can make it yourself.
This how to guide to make cannabis butter consist of two parts: decarboxylation and infusion. Decarboxylation occurs by heating marijuana at a low temperature in order to activate the compound that creates a psychoactive effect. If you’re new to making your own, this is a step-by-step guide on how to make cannabis butter.
Keep in mind, it’s extremely difficult to accurately dose cannabutter, so you may need a few trials in order to get close to your desired potency.
To start, preheat your oven to 230 degrees. It’s best to break down your marijuana prior to placing it in the oven. You can use a grinder, however, make sure you don’t grind your marijuana too thin or it’ll slip through the filter when you strain it. Typically, an ounce makes four sticks of butter.
Next, you’ll need to add your ground marijuana to a non-stick pan. Cover your pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 110 minutes.
Step One: Simmer
Set your decarboxylated marijuana aside and add one cup of both water and butter to a saucepan. Salted butter has a higher smoke point, meaning it can cook longer without burning. Once you’ve added these ingredients in your pan, turn your stove top to low heat to simmer. It’s best to keep the temperature under 200 degrees to maintain cannabinoid and terpenoid levels.
Gradually add your marijuana to your simmering mixture. Make sure you’re constantly stirring so it won’t boil. If the pan gets too hot, you’ll burn your mixture and you’ll have to begin again. Allow your mixture to simmer between two and three hours.
Step Two: Straining
After simmering your cannabis butter for a couple of hours, place a cheesecloth in a bowl. You can also place your cheesecloth in a funnel over a bowl. Filter your cannabis butter mixture so your marijuana residue doesn’t fall in.
If you ground your marijuana too fine and it’s falling into your butter, there is an alternative to filtering through cheesecloth. If you know how to use coffee filters, you can save your mixture. Place a clean coffee filter into your coffee machine. Once you pour the mixture over the filter, it’ll catch the small marijuana particles as your cannabutter falls into a container.
Step Three: Storage
Once you’ve strained your cannabis butter, either throw the marijuana away or save it for another use. You’ll want to store your butter in the refrigerator like you do regular butter. Let it refrigerate for at least an hour and check for water. If there’s water, remove your butter with a knife and drain the water.
If you’re new to using cannabis butter, it’s wise to start slow and work your way up. To test for potency, spread up to a half teaspoon on a piece of toast. Wait at least an hour for the effects to kick in. From there, add more or less for your desired potency.
If you're making a recipe and want to reduce the potency, you can use half cannabis butter and half regular butter. Also, make sure you always label foods made with cannabis butter to avoid overdosing and accidents. If you live with children, definitely keep your butter out of reach.
By following this simple guide on how to make cannabis butter, you can enjoy marijuana's many benefits. Best of all, you'll never have to worry about choking from smoke again.