One of the latest innovations of marijuana in the food industry, cannabis-infused butter, also known as cannabutter, is a smash hit today.
Cannabutter is one of the easiest and most common ways of infusing the goodness of medical marijuana into your food. It is especially useful since you can use this cannabutter to prepare a wide variety of dishes, even at home! However, to prepare cannabutter at home, you need knowledge of the proper dosage of cannabis, the right tools, and skills.
How to make cannabutter?
Butter is a versatile product; you can add it to both sweet and savory dishes. So with cannabutter, you can get all the benefits through marijuana edibles. Make sure to use coconut oil, olive oil, or any other oil for the infusions. Keep a close eye while the cannabutter is cooking, as butter tends to burn quickly.
It isn’t easy to accurately dose homemade cannabutter, but following the measurements here can help you out. For example, for 1 cup of butter, you would need 7-10 grams of decarboxylated and ground cannabis.
Before you start making the butter, it is essential to decarboxylate the marijuana, without which the buds will not “activate.” In other words, without the activated THC compound in cannabis, you will not be able to experience its euphoric effects. No matter which cannabis-based edible you are preparing, decarboxylation is the first and compulsory step. You can decarboxylate the buds in the oven directly.
The step-by-step recipe is given below:
- Decarboxylation- Preheat your oven to 119 degrees C (245 degrees F). In the meantime, place the buds on a non-stick tray that you can put in the oven; use parchment paper to prevent sticking. Put the tray inside the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Do not forget to give a good shake to the tray every 10 minutes so that the buds mix well. It would ensure that all the buds’ entire surface area is exposed to the heat and thus get decarboxylated properly.
- Grinding- Now, take out the buds from the oven, and let them cool for some time. Now take a hand grinder and coarsely grind the buds. Do not use a food processor or coffee grinder, as that would grind the buds finely, making it bitter. Also, not grinding the buds would give your butter a grassy taste.
- Melting the butter- Add 1 cup of water and butter to a pot on the stove and let it melt slowly. Make sure to simmer it on low heat.
- Adding the cannabis- Once the butter starts to melt, add the coarsely grounded cannabis there.
- Simmer- Maintaining a low and steady heat (not exceeding 90 degrees C or 200 degrees F), simmer the mixture for two to three hours. Do not forget to stir occasionally.
- Strain- Take a jar with a funnel on top and line a cheesecloth. Now strain the cannabis-butter mixture through it. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth into the jar.
Your cannabutter is now ready. You can refrigerate the jar of butter for prolonged usage.