High lovely green lovers! It’s baking season! Literally, lol. It’s near the cold-weather holidays, Halloween included, and more people will be inside. Time to make some baked goods for your baked friends. A very popular base for cannabis baking and cooking is cannabutter, and I’m gonna tell you how I make it!
Below: My 1st batch of cannabutter, sniff, memories!
Because I follow a mostly vegan diet, I’ll also post a coconut oil alternative. Oh yes honey, I got you!
What you’ll need:
Crockpot, oven, baking sheet, mason jar or other glass container with lid (air tight!), cheesecloth, 4 sticks of butter, 1 cup of water, and 1 ounce grinded cannabis/trim. Don’t grind it too much, you want to be able to strain the leaves out when it’s time. Oh, you have to decarboxylate the herb. That’s a pretty term for heating the herb to release the cannabinoids, which results in the psychoactive effects you feel when eating edibles. In scientific lingo, it is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide. Point is, it helps to make your butter BUTTA. Let’s get started!
- Decarb: Heat oven to 200 degrees, spread roughly grinded cannabis on baking sheet with parchment paper. (If you don’t have parchment paper, you’ll have to stir around the cannabis occasionally while it bakes so it doesn’t stick or burn.) Cover with foil and bake for an hour.
- Add butter, water, and herb. Cook on low setting for at least 8 hours, no more than 24 hours. The longer it cooks, the more cannabinoids!
- Rubber band the opening of glass container or jar with cheesecloth. Strain mixture into jar. You may have to let it cool as you strain it, because you need to squeeze the remaining liquid out of the herbs through the cloth. That’s the good stuff.
- Close container and refrigerate overnight. The water will separate from the butter. Use a butter knife to lift the now hardened butter away from the liquid, discard liquid. Don’t worry if some of it drops into the water, shake it off or pat with paper towel.
- I’ve seen multiple recipes say it lasts for up to a month if refrigerated, 6 months if frozen…I dunno bout dat lol. It taste the best and still has the most effect within 2 weeks refrigerated, 3 months frozen.
And there you go! Now, if you want to use coconut oil, which can be cooled to a butter like consistency, or kept in the cabinet, it’s a little more involved.
- Follow step 1 from above.
- Add oil, water, and herb. Cook on low setting for 3 hours, then turn off and let sit for 8 hours. Repeat this process one or two times, depending on your patience and how strong you want your oil to be.
- Follow step 3 from above.
- Want butter consistency? Store in airtight container in the fridge. Want to keep it oily? Cool! Nah, I meant the type of dark space where it should be stored. In both cases, it lasts between 8 months to a year. So the extra work is worth it!
In order to know how many milligrams of THC is in each serving of your delicious butter, you have to know how much THC is in your cannabis! If you don’t, I would suggest not trying to measure, just be aware of how much butter you need to feel that butter buzz! Here’s a great THC cannabutter calculator website I snatched from the good folks at Leafly.com! THC calculator
I hope you all have fun infusing your favorite recipes with cannabutter! And trust, that cannaoil comes in handy; can even be used on your skin!
Oh, and if you have about $150 and not the patience for anything you read up until this point, I heard great things about the Magical Butter Machine, check em out: Magical Butter Machine
Remember, when you consume cannabis via food, it takes a little longer to feel the effects than if you smoked or vaporized. So be careful and don’t scarf down your goodies thinking, “it’s not kicking in, I’ll eat some more.” I’ve witnessed those being the last words of some people before they get sick. Be careful with edibles my beautiful blogees.
Alright, I’ve got some social media arguing to do. Don’t judge me…it’s cleansing lol. Have a wonderful rest of the day, and end it with a little hay!
“I don’t like the drugs but the drugs like me.” –Marilyn Manson.