Make Cannabutter in 9 Easy Steps

For those of us who love edibles, learning how to make cannabutter is a must. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make cannabutter with just standard kitchen tools. If you’re serious about cooking with cannabis, you’ll likely want to invest in one of the swank cannabis infusers on the market. Both Ardent and Levo make these appliances, and both appliances are very discreet. Levo devices also come in a gorgeous array of colors to fit in with your kitchen decor of choice. Before you make the investment, though, give this low-tech recipe a try.

Why you need to prep your flower to make cannabutter

Flower can’t just go right into food. You need to activate your cannabis with heat—that’s why one of the most common ways of consuming cannabis is to smoke it. To activate the good stuff (the THC and the CBD) first you need to bake your cannabis very precisely. The technical term for this is decarboxylation, or decarbing—not that you need to remember that. Just follow the simple steps below and your flower will be perfectly activated.

How to grind cannabis for edibles

When you’re grinding weed for edibles, keep your mix coarser than you would for smoking. Here’s why. The more you grind up the herb, the more difficult it will be to strain the plant matter out of your cannabutter. Cannabutter works best in your recipes when it’s as clear and smooth as possible. You don’t want little bits of herb in it. Second, fine grinding will release more of the plant’s chlorophyll into your butter. Chlorophyll won’t just turn your butter green. It also has a strong taste that will give your edibles a grassy flavor. Some chefs advise that you should just break your buds apart with your hands for decarbing. But that can get sticky. We recommend using a scissors to cut it into a coarse mix. If scissors aren’t your thing, check out our other tricks for grinding weed with common kitchen tools. Use the sage in your cupboard as your rule of thumb for the consistency you’re looking to achieve for use in edibles.

How to activate (decarb) your flower

For baking times, we defer to Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, the cannabutter guru and author of The Art of Weed Butter.

What are the benefits of cannabutter?

You can infuse cannabis into lots of things. The list includes butter and almost any cooking oil—olive, avocado, and our favorite, coconut oil. Cannabis can also be infused into honey, sugar, yogurt, alcohol, and, we’re sure, loads of other foods. But cannabinoids bind to fat cells—making butter and oil two of the most efficient delivery methods. Decarbing makes it easier for your flower to bind to those fats, or lipids. Why is that important? Because scientific studies have consistently shown that consumption with lipids greatly enhances the healing efficacy of cannabis.

Which strains are best to make cannabutter with?

We like to use Blue Dream to make cannabutter. It’s a cross between Blueberry and Haze that has sweet berry and earthy aromas. This strain is known for its balanced effects that combine euphoria with full-body relaxation. What could be better than that? If you’re studying up on your terpenes, myrcene and pinene are the most dominant in Blue Dream. Other strains that are commonly recommended for cannabutter include Bubba Kush, OG Kush, Skywalker, Sour Diesel, Trainwreck, and White Widow.

Make cannabutter right on your stovetop

Make cannabutter in just a simple saucepan

The lowest tech way to make cannabutter is in a saucepan on your stovetop. It takes more time than other methods and there will be a telltale aroma, but you don’t need any special equipment. To get started, you’ll just need the following common kitchen tools:

Cannabutter ingredients

Cannabutter instructions

Combine Ghee and water in a saucepan over very low heat. Stir until Ghee is completely melted. Add cannabis and stir until fully combined. Cover with lid and very gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every 15 minutes to make sure your butter’s not burning and check to make sure its temperature stays below 180° F. (This step is really important because THC starts to degrade at 185° F.) Pour into a sealable glass jar through a strainer or cheesecloth. We like to use a tea strainer since it’s specifically made for straining herbs.

Your butter will have reduced somewhat during the infusion process, so plan your batches accordingly. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to six months.

Testing/Dosing

When you make cannabutter at home, especially via this low-tech method, it’s notoriously difficult to gauge dosing. So, before you cook with your butter, try half a teaspoon, wait at least an hour, and see how you feel. Then dose accordingly. If you’ve made a particularly potent batch, you can always use part cannabutter and part regular butter to alter its potency in the recipe you’re making. You’re typically looking for each serving to contain 5-10mg of THC. Since it can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effect of edibles, always start low and go slow.

 

Cannabutter recipes

Now that you’ve learned to make cannabutter, put it to great use in our recipes. For traditional sweets, try whipping up our mind-blowing molten chocolate cannabis brownies. Or, if you’re not into chocolate, try our sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or turtle cookies all of which you can make from just one basic dough. If you’re hankering for something more savory, try Kristina’s Famous Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. We promise, you won’t regret it!

Strain your cannabutter with a tea strainer.

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