If you are looking to make cannabis-infused treats, you probably know you are going to want to create weed butter. Weed butter, also known as cannabutter, is one of the most common and simple ways for making edibles. However, it can get a little bit difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. Timing, temperature, and maintenance are all crucial for creating cannabutter properly.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 pound of unsalted butter
- 1 ounce of lightly ground cannabis bud, or trim
- Container with a lid
- Glass or ceramic bowl (make sure it’s refrigerator and heat safe)
- Baking sheet or oven pan
Step One: Decarboxylate Your Pot
First, a science lesson: Decarboxylation is the process of heating up your cannabis to release the active natural substances with the psychoactive properties. This will make your bud stronger and the active ingredients that much more concentrated.
For the first step, you will be baking your cannabis. Preheat your oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, be sure your cannabis is in small pieces. Spread the broken up pot across your baking pan and then cover it with aluminum foil. When the oven is ready, put it in and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Once it’s done baking, your pot will be lightly brown and dried out. Perfect for cannabutter!
Step Two: Add The Butter
Next, add the one pound of butter and one cup of water together into a cooking pot. Simmer this fusion on low. The water is necessary because it will prevent the butter from burning, so don’t skip out. As the butter starts to melt, add in the baked cannabis.
Step Three: Simmer For Three Hours
Simmer the weed, water, and butter on low for three hours. Make sure to stir occasionally and do not let the mixture reach a boil. After the three hours are up, remove the butter from the heat and allow it to cool until it’s safe to touch.
Step Four: Strain With Cheesecloth
Strain out the plant material using your cheesecloth. Cover the glass or ceramic bowl with the cheesecloth. After that, carefully pour your weed butter mixture over the cheesecloth and into the bowl.
Step Five: Refrigerate
After you’ve strained your weed butter, remove the cheesecloth, cover the mixture and place it into the fridge for hardening. The butter will separate from the water and once it is cooled, you will be able to cut the hardened butter from the water.
And that’s it!
Slow and Steady Wins The Race
Now we need to talk about eating said weed butter. Remember: your body will metabolize THC differently when eaten instead of smoked. It will take longer to hit, so make sure you do not overdo it and eat too much of the stuff.
For this particular recipe, we recommend dosing in 28 equal pieces (four rows of seven). Each piece will then have the equivalent of one gram of weed.
Now you can go forth and enjoy your weed butter. From the classic brownie to parmesan and garlic pasta, the options for your cannabutter are truly endless.