CannaButter is a staple in my kitchen. It can be used as a daily go-to ingredient if you are looking for ways to increase THC and CBD into your life. Add it to your breakfast eggs, spread it on your sandwich bread for lunch, top a baked sweet potato for dinner or put it on your popcorn. You can bake with it to bump up your cookies or put it in pie dough.
Just remember, when you are adding CannaButter be sure you are doing it just for yourself or the one you are caring for with their knowledge. Never serve any CannaButter without someone’s consent. Even in small quantities, the effects can be felt.
Here’s a tip with ingesting cannabis. If you eat it with fatty foods, you will increase or maximize the effects. The cannabinoids love fat and use it as a trajectory directly into the bloodstream.
If you are feeling too much of the effects of THC, sugar will help soften the response. Have a glass of fresh fruit juice or eat a banana. Add sugar but do so with caution. Studies have shown that cancer cells thrive in a sugary, acidic environment, so limited amounts of sugar are suggested for a healthy lifestyle.
Also, if you are new to edibles, starting with CannaHoney will gently introduce you to the effects of eating cannabis. (See my CannaHoney recipe). Even though honey is a sugar, it contains many good health qualities such as being rich in antioxidants and may improve cholesterol and heart health and it also slow the effects of the powerful THC, especially for daytime usage.
The recipe for CannaButter is easy to remember. One ounce of Decarboxylated cannabis buds to one pound of butter. This is a standard amount you will find all across the internet and in marijuana cookbooks. If you are cooking with “shake” or dried plant trimmings with leaves and stems, you will need a lot more decarboxylated plant material because the THC and CBD are in lower concentrations on the leaves and stems. The buds contain the most crystals and will have the highest concentration. Keep this in mind when deciding what concentration level that you want to use when making your butter.
Recipe with bud:
1 oz of cannabis bud
1 pound of butter
Recipe with leaves or shake:
3 oz of shake
1 pound of butter
Ultimately, the concentration level is up to you. It is the method you want to master to make good butter. Remember, low and slow is always the way to go!
SIMPLE CANNABIS BUTTER RECIPE
1 Pound (about 500 gms) of Butter
1 oz of decarboxylated cannabis bud
1-5 cups of water
- Decarboxylate your Cannabis (see Decarboxylation in the How To section).
- Melt butter in a 4 qt sauce pan on medium heat
- Add Cannabis and allow to bloom or lightly sauté to evenly coat cannabis with butter.
- Add 1-3 cups of water and bring to slow simmer.
- Lower heat and simmer on low for 3 hours up to 5 hours adding water as needed to prevent oil and cannabis from reaching the bottom of the pan and burning. There should always be 1-2 inches of water in the pot so the cannabis and fat concentrate can cook for maximum extraction. Be sure to stir often and scrape down the sides of the pan. Never leave unattended. Keep the flame on low. Low and slow is the way to go!
- After cooking for 3 hours (or more) strain through a cheesecloth lined strainer in a heat-proof glass bowl or large measuring glass. Be sure to squeeze out all the water and butter left in the cheesecloth until dry so not to waste any product.
- Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. The fat solids will rise to the top and the liquid will remain on the bottom.
- Scrape off butter from top of water and save in glass jar or plastic container clearly labelled to use in recipes. Discard liquid left behind.
NOTE: This recipe works really well in slow cooker or crockpots. Simply heat crockpot on high, melt butter, add cannabis bud and bloom, add water, lower heat to low, cover and cook for 5-8 hours checking water level and stirring occasionally.