Cannabutter: How To Make, What It Is
Cannabutter, or cannabis-infused butter, is the “magical ingredient” needed to make cannabis brownies, cookies, candies and other edibles that are known to have you floating high on cloud nine. A very big mistake many rookies make when cooking weed delectables is they simply grind the weed and mix it with the other ingredients required to make the dessert of choice. This is wrong.
Before baking your delectables, you must activate the THC. Meaning you must extract the psychoactive properties, cannabinoids and terpenes, from the weed and then infuse it into the butter’s fat. This process is called decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation is the process of turning THCA into THC which allows you to get high. Heat creates a chemical reaction in THCA that removes the carboxylic acid group allowing your endocannabinoid system to utilize the THC. Without decarboxylation, THCA does not fit into the cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptor. CB1 receptor activation is a requirement for intoxication; if molecules don’t fit here, they can’t get you high.
Now let’s get back to how you actually make this happen when cooking edibles. When you learn how to cook with cannabutter, you will find in most cases all you have to do is substitute real butter for cannabis-infused butter in equal measure to achieve success when baking potent goodies at home. Now, don’t confuse cannabutter for cannabis oil, though both are used for cooking, they are entirely different ingredients, so butter cannot be substituted for oil when cooking.
The best part about making cannabutter is that,
- It lasts in the fridge for about a month. Just be sure to store it in an airtight glass container or in tightly sealed Tupperware or Ziploc bags.
- It can be stored in the freezer for up to six months. (Here’s an important tip for freezing your cannabutter, cut it into smaller pieces much like sugar cubes or square slices of butter so you can easily measure the pot infused butter when you’re ready to cook with it.)
Being able to freeze cannabutter is ideal for patients who need to use marijuana or edibles regularly to ease certain medical conditions like glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, cancer, as well as chronic pain and anxiety, loss of appetite and insomnia, among a variety of other ailments and degenerative diseases.
Top 3 Weed Strains to Make the Best Cannabutter
Every scrumptious weed edible is made with cannabutter. In fact, any sweet and delicious recipe that calls for butter can be substituted for cannabutter.
There are always questions as to which types of weed are best to cook with. Some will say to use large amounts of low-quality weed because it’s cheap and not as painful on the pockets when the recipes don’t turn out the way they’re supposed to. Others will say to try higher quality weed because the potency is stronger.
Across the board, the three most effective and popular strains to make the best cannabutter are:
- White Widow
- OG Kush
- Bubble Gum
Keep in mind you don’t have to use these strains only. As a matter of fact, you can use weed of all varieties.
When cooking with pot infused butter, you should always keep in mind what type of feeling you’re trying to illicit. There are three species of cannabis and each one produces a different effect.
For instance, the White Widow strain is a perfectly balanced strain of weed because it is 50 percent sativa and 50 percent indica, giving you a well-rounded high feeling that will flow through your mind and body like a soothing stream of water. In contrast, the OG Kush strain is three quarters indica, meaning your high will have you glued to your couch and ready to count bushy-tailed sheep jumping over a long wooden fence. On the other hand, predominantly sativa-saturated strains will have you pepped and ready for spring cleaning in the middle of winter.
Most strains of pot you’ll come across are mainly sativa, indica or a variant of both. Now, cannabis ruderalis on the other hand has low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD, so this species is used more for making CBD oils rather than for smoking, vaping or cooking.
So, if you’re wondering how to make the best cannabutter, there are a few common ways to cook it up, including using your trusted crock pot. However, to keep it simple, we’re going to review the easiest option to making cannabutter which is using a nonstick saucepan.
How to Make Cannabutter Using a Nonstick Saucepan Instead of a Crock Pot
This cannabutter recipe calls for 4 sticks of butter for every ounce of marijuana. For instance, if you are using half an ounce of weed, then you’ll need to use 2 sticks of butter instead.
- Begin the decarboxylation process by heating the oven to 240 degrees. Grind the weed coarsely using a hand grinder. Do not use a coffee grinder or food processor because it will grind the weed too fine. Your freshly ground buds should have the consistency of table salt.
- Then spread the ground pot in a single layer on a baking pan with long border edges. Place it in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 40 minutes, turning the buds a few times to make sure they don’t burn. The weed will become very dry and brittle indicating it’s ready to be added to the butter.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, boil a quart of water. Make sure that the weed is always floating 1 ½ to 2 inches away from the bottom of the saucepan. Once the water begins boiling, place the 4 sticks of butter in the pan and let it melt completely, then add the weed. As soon as you do this, turn down the heat to less than a simmer and let the cannabis cook for 3 hours. You will know it’s ready once the mixture turns from watery to glossy then thick.
- In the meantime, get a heatproof bowl and place a double layer of cheesecloth over the top, then secure it with a rubber band.
- After 3 hours, carefully strain the marijuana infused butter over the heatproof bowl. When the saucepan is empty, take the cheesecloth off of the bowl and wring out all the remaining butter.
- Put the cannabutter in the fridge and let it cool for 1 hour. When the butter rises to the top layer and is solid, that means the THC and other psychoactive properties have bound themselves to the butter.
- Finally, take a knife and gently pass it around the edge of the bowl and lift the weed butter off. Then, very carefully, place it upside down on your counter or cutting board and pat off excess cooking water.
- Voila, you have just made the best tasting cannabutter ever!
Now that you’ve made your weed infused butter, have you ever wanted to learn how to cook with cannabutter? Well, have no fear because that’s exactly what you’re going to learn how to do next!
Learn How to Cook with Cannabutter
It’s time to pat yourself on the back, you’ve successfully accomplished the most important step for making the best weed infused treats, which is making the cannabutter. Now on to the most rewarding aspect of cooking this pot infused butter—making your delectable dessert of choice!
Let’s see, you can choose from a variety of decadent cakes, brownies and cookies, as a matter of fact, the possibilities are endless. As a heads up, the best way to start off eating weed brownies, cookies, cakes or other desserts is to not eat too much at first until you make sure what dosage is right for you. Strongly infused weed butter can cause psychoactive effects in people who have never used marijuana.
Back to learning how to cook with cannabutter, and to make this easy for beginners and pros alike, the most popular sugary treat of choice are chocolate chip cookies, hands down!
Best part of all, this easy recipe will yield about 30 yummy cookies and takes about 45 minutes to make, including prep and bake time.
9 Easy Steps to Make Weed Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies
First, gather all of the ingredients needed to make these delicious pot infused cookies. You’ll need,
- 3/4 cup cannabutter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 bag (12 oz) semisweet or dark chocolate chips
Second, follow these nine easy steps to make the best weed infused chocolate chips cookies you’ve ever tasted.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Take two baking pans and line them with regular butter or place parchment paper on the baking sheet to prevent the cookies from burning.
- Then, using a small saucepan, melt the cannabutter and let it cool down a tad bit. You can also melt the butter in a microwave, using a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments until the weed infused butter has completely melted.
- Grab a large bowl and mix together the eggs, brown and white sugars, vanilla extract and the melted cannabutter and whisk until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Grab a second bowl and then whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Then, once those dry ingredients are blended together, mix them with the wet ingredients from the other blow. Be very careful not to over mix all the ingredients.
- Then add the chocolate chips to the freshly-made cookie dough.
- With a spoon, scoop out about 1/4 cup of cookie dough, but not much more, for each cookie. Place them on the two greased or parchment-lined pans and make sure each cookie is 2 to 3 inches apart.
- By this time, the oven will be fully heated to bake the cookies. Set the timer for 12 to 16 minutes, keeping in mind that cookies baked for shorter periods of time will be chewier while cookies baked longer will be crunchier.
- When the cookies are at your desired texture, soft or crunchy, take them out of the oven and let them cool before eating. You can store the weed infused chocolate chip cookies in a sealed container and eat over the course of about five days.
At the end of the day, this pot infused cookie recipe will have your taste buds jumping for joy and your tummy ready to eat two chalupas from Taco Bell and then back to shoving cookies into your mouth like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.
Cooking Responsibly with Weed
As weed and edibles continue to become more popular among medical marijuana consumers and folks simply looking to de-stress without binge drinking, expect to learn more about ingenious recipes to incorporating pot into your diet.
Plus, always remember to cook and eat responsibly when creating your very own weed infused butter and edibles. If you share the fridge with your family, make sure to label or specify that your container of butter or cookies is off limits. Most importantly, make sure your tasty sweets are out of reach from children and pets.
So the next time someone asks you, “what is cannabutter,” you have the answer. The next time they ask you, “how do you make cannabutter,” you have the answer and the next time you’re asked how to cook with cannabutter, you know exactly what to say.
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