How to Make Cannabutter for Edibles With Our Easy Recipe

How to Make Cannabutter for Edibles With Our Easy Recipe

What's cannabutter?

Cannabutter is one of the most popular and easiest ways to make edibles. Butter is a great medium for cannabis infusion. It's versatile, delicious, and THC must bind to fat molecules.

Although the infusion process can take a while, it is easy and you will find this recipe to help even complete beginners.

Start slow and low, as with all edibles. After you have made weed butter, wait for the effects to kick in. Then, add more if you need stronger effects.

How can you make edibles with cannabutter?

You can infuse butter with cannabis to make any kind of baked goods or spread it on toast. Cannabutter is used to make marijuana brownies, cookies, cakes, and other confections. If you are not interested in making homemade edibles, you can always browse a variety of edibles at your closest Moorhead dispensary.

How do you make cannabutter

Cannabutter can be made with a few ingredients and takes little time. Butter burns quickly so be careful when you are making weed butter.

Why is decarboxylation necessary to make cannabutter

You must first decarboxylate (or "decarb" the cannabis flower before you can make cannabutter. This step is not necessary and will cause butter to have little or no cannabis effects.

Decarboxylation, which heats THCA to THC, converts THCA, as mentioned, and will give the butter THC and euphoric effects.

Some recipes call for putting cannabis in hot butter. However, decarbing beforehand will make your cannabutter better. Also, the more time you spend soaking the buds, the better the infused butter will taste. We recommend that you decarb in the oven before using cannabis.

  • Materials
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven
  • Saucepan, stockpot, double-boiler or slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth or mesh strainer
  • Container for cannabutter
  • Optional: Cannabis grinder
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks).
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ground cannabis (7-10g), decarboxylated (You can shop the cannabis at your nearest dispensary)
  • We recommend using a 1:1 ratio for cannabutter. You can get milder effects by using less cannabis.

Basic recipe for cannabutter

The cannabis should be decarb. Preheat the oven to 245oF. Place the cannabis pieces on a baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Then heat in the oven for between 30-40 minutes. Gently stir the buds every 10-15 mins to expose all sides. (Older, drier cannabis may require less time.) Tip: To preserve cannabinoids, and terpenes, you can heat your cannabis in the oven at 300°F for 10-15 minutes.

You can either grind or break down the cannabis. Grinders reduce weed to the same consistency, which will save you time. However, you can still break down the cannabis with your hands. Remember that any weed smaller than what fits through the cheesecloth or mesh strainer will end up in the final product.

The butter should be melted. Melt 1 cup butter on low heat in a saucepan or stock pot, double boiler, slow cooker, or double-boiler. You can also add 1 cup water to help maintain a steady temperature and keep the butter from burning.

Add the cannabis. Once the butter has melted completely, add the decarbed cannabis.

Simmer. Low heat. Keep it at 160-200oF. Don't exceed 200oF. Otherwise, you could burn the cannabinoids. Allow to simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every now and again. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.

Strain the mixture. Put a cheesecloth or mesh strainer over a jar. Pour the butter/cannabis mixture into it. The plant material should be thrown away. Tip: Do not squeeze every last bit of butter out. This will make your cannabutter taste bad and add chlorophyll.

Let the butter cool in the refrigerator. Allow it to solidify for at least a few hours before you use it. You can drain any excess water from the jar by using a knife to remove it.

Calculating edible dosage is hard

Infusing butter with marijuana is complicated. There are many variables at play. It can be challenging to dose cannabutter because it is dependent on several factors.

  • The potency of cannabis is used
  • What time you heat it during infusion
  • Infusing temperature

These variables can be difficult to measure and have not always been easy to correlate with: Cannabis with 23% THC doesn't necessarily mean it's 5% stronger than cannabis that has 17% THC. Cannabutter heated for two hours rather than one hour doesn't make it twice as strong. Also, heating it at 180oF or 170oF will not necessarily make it more powerful.

It is difficult to gauge the potency of homemade edibles without tasting a small amount. You can test their potency by spreading 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on a snack. After an hour, you will be able to see the effects. You can then adjust the dosage accordingly.

This personalized dose can be used as a starting point for your recipes. When making large quantities of edibles, multiply the personalized dose by how many treats you are making. For example, if you make a batch of brownies, multiply your personal dose by 9, 16 or however many brownies will be made, so that each brownie equals one dose.

Cannabis to butter ratio: Can you make cannabutter stronger or milder?

We recommend that you use a 1:1 ratio when making cannabis butter. Our recipe below calls for 1 cup butter to 1 cup cannabis.

If your weed butter is too strong, you can always add regular butter to the recipe. If you have a recipe that calls for 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup cannabutter can be used in place of regular butter. Or, another butter-to-cannabutter ratio can be used.

You can also make weed butter with half the amount of cannabis flower if you feel that the 1:1 ratio is too strong. For example, 1/2 cup of ground marijuana or 3-4 grams of butter.

You can also add more cannabutter if you need it to be stronger: Add 1/4 cup ground flower to 1 cup butter or more.

You can't increase the potency of cannabutter once it has been made. The only way to get more is to eat it or to make more with it.

Recipes: What can you make with cannabutter

The possibilities for baked goods and other foods that can be made with weed butter are endless once you have created it.

We love a good brownie recipe and the peanut butter cookie recipe. The peanut butter can mask any weedy flavor if you don't like it.

A little bit of weed butter can be added to a skillet or pan before you start cooking.

Be creative! Cannabutter can be added to any recipe that calls for butter, or can be cooked in butter.