Cooking May 10, 2020

A Complete Guide to Making your Own Cannabutter

Cannabutter is the best way to make your favorite cannabis-infused recipes. It also allows you to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without having to bear with the downsides of smoking. You can prepare many different types of edibles with cannabutter and ingest the cannabinoids you want by eating foods you like.

Cannabutter gives you the perfect blend of unsalted dairy-based butter with activated medical marijuana. This way, you can use cannabis for cooking any food and add a rich buttery flavor to it. Traditionally, cannabutter is made by extracting the cannabinoids of marijuana and infusing them into butterfat. However, you can also make cannabutter at home with some butter and decarboxylated cannabis. Below is a quick guide to making your own cannabutter.

How to Make Cannabutter at Home

The cannabinoid compounds in marijuana, such as THC and CBD, are not soluble in water naturally, but they can be infused with carrier oils. The fat in unsalted butter acts as the carrier in cannabutter to infuse the cannabinoids properly so that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream effectively. Yet before you start, you will need to find the best ratio of decarboxylated cannabis to butter for your intended use.

Generally, the ratio is kept at 1:2, which is ½ ounce of cannabis to 1 pound of unsalted butter. However, if you want a stronger concentration, you can go with a 1:1 ratio as well by increasing the amount of cannabis to 1 ounce. In any case, remember that the strain of marijuana will greatly affect the potency of the cannabutter. When you have the ratio of cannabis to butter fixed, you will need to decarb the marijuana flower. Follow the steps below to do so.

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line a rimmed baking dish with some parchment paper.
  • Break the marijuana buds into smaller pieces and collect them on the baking tray. Make sure that you do not pile them one on the top of another, but just keep them very close.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and let it bake for around 20 minutes. The buds will start turning slightly brown at this point and will break apart more easily.
  • Remove the buds from the oven and increase the temperature to 240 degrees.
  • When the cannabis buds are cool enough to handle, break them into even smaller granules and spread them nicely across the baking dish. Then cover it with tin foil and seal properly.
  • Place the baking tray in the oven again and let it sit for around 45 – 60 minutes.
  • When done, remove the baking dish from the oven and keep it aside to cool. Do not remove the tin foil until the cannabis granules have cooled properly.
  • After that, put the cannabis into a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder and grind to get a roughly ground state.

You can also buy a decarboxylator if the above process seems too complicated or if you do not have the time for that. In any case, when you have the decarbed cannabis ready, follow the below-mentioned steps to make your cannabutter. You will need ½ ounce of decarboxylated cannabis, 1 pound unsalted butter, and 1 quart of water for the recipe.

  • Cut the unsalted butter into small pieces and place it in a medium-sized saucepan. Pour the water and add the decarboxylated cannabis to it.
  • Cook the mixture over low heat for around 3 – 4 hours. Stir occasionally and make certain that it does not come to a boil. This will help to slow-cook the butter and ensure that all the water evaporates gradually.
  • The mixture will become a bit thick as you cook. If it gets too thick, add a little water to the pan and keep stirring.
  • When you see that most of the water has evaporated and the mixture has become dense and glossy, remove the saucepan from heat and let it sit aside to cool.
  • In the meantime, line a colander or stainless steel strainer with two layers of cheesecloth. Put it over a bowl to collect the butter.
  • Once the mixture in the saucepan is cool enough to handle, pour it over the cheesecloth. Push with a spoon or spatula to make sure that all of the butter is strained into the bowl. When done, bring the ends of the cheesecloth together and wring out as much remaining butter into the bowl as possible.
  • After that, discard the residue in the cheesecloth and place a plastic wrap over the bowl. Put the cannabutter in the fridge for around 2 – 3 hours and let it harden.
  • When solid, use a butter knife or spatula to carefully loosen the edges and remove the hardened cannabutter from the surrounding water in the bowl. Take the cannabutter out and place it on a wax paper, wet side up.

You can store the cannabutter in the refrigerator in an airtight glass container for a couple of weeks. If it has a faint green color, it will be better to use the cannabutter within 7 – 10 days.