Canna-Butter

A Simple Essential for Homemade Edibles

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Cannabutter is the basis of a myriad of cannabis recipes, from cannabis caramels to garlic parmesan pasta! This recipe is a must-know for anyone interested in making homemade edibles. After all, how many of your non-cannabis recipes uses some butter or oil? Imagine that - using cannabutter for any recipe you already know how to cook.

Substitute Butter with Oils

In this recipe, we use butter. It's a delicious and versatile carrier for THC and other cannabinoids. However, it's not the only one. If butter isn't your first choice, you can substitute it with coconut oil, olive oil, or any other fatty oil to make infused canna-oil.

Recipes using a cooking oil instead of butter tend to recommend 1 lb of oil for 7-10 grams of cannabis. Please keep in mind, though that dosing in homemade edibles is not always accurate. Consume carefully!

When cooking and following this recipe, keep a close eye on your cannabutter as butter burns easily!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup (7-10 grams) of cannabis
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1 Pint Mason Jar (Purchased at Walmart or Target)
  • 1 Cheesecloth
  • 1 Rubberband

Before making your cannabutter, you’ll need to decarboxylate, or “decarb”, the cannabis flower you’re working with. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product. Here’s why: Cannabis buds produce a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid called THCA. When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat converts THCA into THC, the molecule that delivers euphoric effects. If preparing CBD edibles, this same process should be applied.

Some recipes may instruct you to decarb cannabis in the hot butter directly, but the less time you spend soaking the buds, the better your infused butter is going to taste. For this reason, we recommend decarbing in the oven first.

Directions

Step 1 - Grind:

  • Grind the cannabis to a coarse size in a hand grinder.

Note: Any small blender will work however you specifically want a coarse size. A powder like consistency will make the straining step difficult to impossible.

Step 2 - Decarb:

  • Preheat your oven to 245ºF. Place your cannabis on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Place the cannabis tray into the oven and set a timer for 30 minutes. Less time is required for older buds.

Pro Tip: Mix up the tray every 10 minutes or so to ensure everything decarbs properly.

Step 3 - Melt:

  • Add 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.

Step 4 - Mix:

  • Pour in you decarboxylated ground cannabis into the melted butter.

Step 5 - Simmer:

  • Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.

Step 6 - Setup Strainer:

  • Place the cheese cloth on top of the mason jar. Use 2 fingers and gently push the middle in about 2 inches. The goal is to make a little basket similar to a coffee filter. Wrap the rubber band around the mouth of the jar to secure the cheesecloth filter.

Step 7 - Strain:

  • Pour the liquid butter/cannabis mixture over the cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will let the liquid butter fall through while removing the plant material.

Note: Do not squeeze the cheesecloth to get every last drop. You will increase your collection amount however, undesirable flavors will also be pushed out.

Step 8 - Refrigerate:

  • Place the jar in the refrigerator. In 1 hour, you cannabutter is ready for baking!