How to Make Cannabutter: Five Easy Steps

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With the changes in the law regarding our ability to provide our patients edibles, we thought that we would create a series on how to make edibles at home. The foundation of many great edibles is cannabutter. The process to create this is actually quite simple once you know the steps involved.

Follow the directions in this post and you will make the best cannabutter possible with the medical marijuana strain you have at home. Please note, the stronger the cannabis is you use to make cannabutter, the stronger the cannabutter will be. So please plan accordingly.

It is important to make sure that the cannabis is fully decarboxylated, meaning that a chemical reaction has occurred due to time and temperature.

 

Water VS No Water Method

It is very common, but not necessary to use water in the cooking process. We prefer not to use water in the cooking process for several reasons.

Cooking with water has three benefits:

  1. Separation of butter from cannabis
  2. Reduction in marijuana flavour
  3. Clarification of waste materials with the water acting as a separator during the cooling stage

However, we prefer to use the non-water method due to potential safety concerns. There is a danger that residual water in the cannabutter can become an environment for bacterial growth. If you use the water method, you need to use the product immediately. Additionally, using the water method can result in a gritty texture, which can affect the final baked product you make.

 

Recommended Strains

The cannabis you select to make your cannabutter will greatly effect the final product. The final product is only as good as the ingredients you use to make it. Additionally, the medicinal effects you obtain from your final product will also vary depending upon your strain selection. We recently wrote a blog post about how to select the right medical marijuana strain for you. This is a great place to start your medical marijuana selection process.

We suggest using Pink Kush or Pink Bubba for a heavy feeling edible for pain and sleep. If you are looking for an strain for a balanced feeling budder, we recommend Electric Kush.

 

Ingredients

– 1 stick unsalted butter

– ¼ – ½ ounce finely ground cannabis, depending upon the strength you desire

 

Tools

– Saucepan or crock pot

– Cheese cloth or fine metal strainer

– Wooden ladle

– Spoon

– Thermometer

– Sealable container

 

Stove Top Method

  1. Melt the butter on low heat in a saucepan
  2. Add ground cannabis
  3. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring frequently. The longer you let it simmer, the more cannabinoids will be infused into the final product.
  4. Strain mixture into a sealable container, be sure to filter out any cannabis remnants
  5. Press spoon against the ground cannabis to release all of the cannabutter

When you are done, be sure to discard remnant cannabis. You can use your cannabutter immediately or keep it in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for future use.

 

Slow Cooker Method

  1. Add butter and ground cannabis into your crockpot
  2. Cover crockpot and let simmer on low for 8-12 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Strain mixture into a sealable container, be sure to filter out any cannabis remnants
  4. Press spoon against the ground cannabis to release all of the cannabutter

 

Tips

– Use unsalted butter as it has a higher smoke point

– To avoid the sediment left in the bottom of the pot, you can clarify your butter ahead of time. Here is a simple recipe to do this

– You need to keep the cooking temperature of your cannabutter between 200 – 220 degrees F, if you cannot do this on your stove top, a crockpot will perform extremely well (you can test this with a pan of water before you try and make your cannabutter)

– Make sure to simmer the product for approximately 90 minutes to achieve optimal THC extraction

– Don’t leave your saucepan unattended

– Do not use your cannabutter in products that must be fried or cooked at high temperatures

– Be sure to remove all cannabis from the cannabutter when you are done to ensure that the product does not get mouldy when stored

– Do not use a microwave to soften cannabutter

– Let cannabutter sit at room temperature to soften before using in recipes

 

Be sure to let us know how your results are!

 

 

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