Marijuana Edibles are an exciting experience for everyone.
Edibles are marijuana-infused food products that you eat to get the effects of THC.
But unlike smoking or vaping marijuana, edibles give you much more powerful effects and can last from 4 to 12 hours. It’s easy to buy edibles online if you want to try them, but for a fun experiment, you can learn how to make cannabutter for your favorite edibles.
Making cannabutter is rewarding for a lot of reasons. You’ll end up with a batch of potent, THC-infused butter that you can use at any time. You can also use it in all kinds of ways- cookies and brownies are the most popular choice, but there’s no limit to the ways you can use cannabutter.
So what is cannabutter exactly and how do you make it? Here’s a rundown.
What Is Cannabutter?
To put it simply, cannabutter is cannabis-infused butter which is made by cooking regular butter with decarboxylated cannabis. THC can be absorbed from cannabis into fats such as oils and butter, so when you cook these products together, you’ll end up with butter that’s infused with the psychoactive properties of cannabis.
When you eat cannabutter, you’ll be rewarded with intense psychoactive effects. THC is digested and converted into 11-hydroxy-THC by your liver, which results in a stronger high than you get from smoking or vaping marijuana. It also makes for a more enjoyable way to consume marijuana, especially for those who want to avoid the harsh effects of smoking.
Cannabutter is highly versatile. You can use it in practically any recipe in place of regular butter. People often use cannabutter to make baked goods such as cookies, brownies, and cakes. But you can also spread it on top of food, add it to drinks or even make your own cannabutter concoctions if you want to get creative with weed edibles.
Preparing Cannabis For Cannabutter
Before you start cooking up a batch of cannabutter, you’ll have to do some preparation.
Fortunately, making cannabutter is nice and straightforward. All you’ll need is some basic kitchen equipment, butter, and your cannabis strain of choice. You can use any cannabis strain you like, whether you prefer soothing indica strains, uplifting sativa strains or balanced hybrid strains.
You’ll need to decarboxylate your weed before you cook it into cannabutter. To do this, break your weed up into buds (you don’t need to grind it yet). Spread the pieces of cannabis on top of a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Preheat your oven 245ºF and put your baking tray in when you’re ready. Allow it to heat for around 30-40 minutes before taking it out. Your marijuana will now be ready to use for cannabutter.
It’s important to keep your oven on a moderate heat throughout- the point of decarboxylation is to heat the weed without burning it. This process activates the THC in your weed, which means you’ll then be able to infuse it into fats or oils to infuse them with the effects of cannabis.
How To Make Cannabutter
After decarboxylation your cannabis, it’s time to make cannabutter. The process will take a few hours but doesn’t require too much effort. You’ll only need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment plus your butter and decarboxylated weed. Here’s how to make cannabutter.
- 7-10 grams of decarboxylated marijuana
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of water
- A saucepan
- A jar or container
- Cheesecloth or strainer
Put your saucepan on medium heat to melt your butter without burning it. Add one cup of butter and one cup of water for every 7-10 grams of cannabis you plan to use. Once your butter has melted, grind your weed and add it to the pan. Apply a lower heat of around 160ºF – 180ºF and let the mixture simmer for around 2-3 hours without boiling.
After around 2-3 hours, your cannabis butter will be ready to go. Get a glass container or jar and apply a cheesecloth or strainer over the top. Funnel your mixture into the container to let the cannabutter through while leaving the rest of the plant material behind.
Once you have all your cannabutter in the container, put it in the fridge and let it harden. Usually, your mixture will be solid within around an hour or two. Once it’s solid, stick a knife in it and drain any excess liquid out. Now you’ll have a container full of potent cannabutter to use however you want.
How To Use Cannabutter
One of the great things about cannabutter is how versatile it is. You can use cannabutter in pretty much any recipe that uses regular butter- just supplement some with cannabutter. However, remember that cannabutter can be very potent. It’s best not to use too much and use a mixture of regular butter and cannabutter in recipes.
You might want to try out some recipes for marijuana brownies or marijuana cookies. You can also make all other kinds of cakes and baked goods. Alternatively, add cannabutter to some tea or coffee for a potent cannabis-infused drink.
It’s also easy to simply spread cannabutter on top of your food and eat it that way. Spreading a small dose of cannabutter on top of a cracker is a good way to test out the potency of your cannabutter. Fortunately, making even a small batch of cannabutter can give you enough to use in all kinds of ways, especially as it only takes a small amount to deliver strong effects.
Every marijuana enthusiast should try making cannabutter at least once. It gives you the freedom to cook up all kinds of tasty and potent marijuana edibles and it’s easy enough for anyone to do with just a bit of basic kitchen equipment. Remember that cannabutter can be highly potent and it’s best to test a small amount first.
If making edibles isn’t for you, you can always just buy readymade marijuana edibles. West Coast Cannabis sells a wide range of edibles available for delivery all over Canada. Whether you prefer Candies, Chocolates, Drinks or Pastries, there’s something to suit you.