Making cannabutter (cannabis infused butter) is an extremely simple process. The hardest thing about it is waiting for the weed to infuse with the butter, which takes about 4 hours. But if you have the time and you’re willing to put in a little work, then prepare yourself for a THC infused butter that will blow your mind.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
The first thing you’ll have to do is decarboxylate the cannabis. Also known as “decarbing,” this step requires you to bake your weed, allowing the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to activate. If the weed isn’t warmed, it won’t get you high. Ever tried to eat weed? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t do anything. This step is extremely simple and will allow for lipids in butter and oil to easily bind to your weed for the ultimate cannabis infusion.
What you’ll need:
- ½ ounce of weed
- Hand grinder or scissors
- Glass baking dish or sheet pan
- Preheat the oven to 220° F.
- Gently break apart the desired amount of weed using a hand-grinder, scissors, or with hands until it’s the perfect consistency for rolling a joint— fine, but not too fine. Anything too fine will slip through cheesecloth (or a joint, for that matter). You want your cannabutter and oil to be clean and as clear as possible.
- Evenly spread your plant material onto the glass baking dish or sheet pan. Pop in the oven on the center rack for 20 minutes if using old or lower quality weed; 45 minutes for cured, high-grade weed; or 1 hour or more for anything that has been recently harvested and is still wet.
- Check on the weed frequently while it’s in the oven, gently mixing it every 10 minutes so as to not burn it. You will notice that the color of your herb will change from bright green to a deep brownish green. That’s when you know it has decarboxylated.
Step 2: Cannabutter Stovetop Infusion
What You’ll Need:
- 1½ cup water
- 8 ounces clarified butter, melted butter, or oil
- ½ ounce decarboxylated cannabis
- Medium saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Thermometer, optional cheesecloth and/or metal strainer
- In a medium saucepan on very low heat, add water and butter.
- When the butter is melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis. Mix well with a wooden spoon and cover with lid.
- Let mixture gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every half hour to make sure your butter isn’t burning. If you have a thermometer, check to make sure the temperature doesn’t reach above 180°.
- After 4 hours, strain with cheesecloth or metal strainer into a container. Let the butter cool to room temperature. Use immediately or keep in refrigerator or freezer in a well-sealed mason jar for up to six months.
What to do with your Cannabutter?
You can add this delicious THC infused butter to any dish that requires butter. Cookies, brownies, soups, the list goes on and on. If you’re new to edibles, just start with a small amount of this potent butter. Try a 1:3 ratio of cannabutter with regular butter in the beginning.