How to Make Cannanbutter
For those who like sweets, or even savory meals, Cannabutter is a must have ingredient for your kitchen for when you want a tasty marijuana infused meal. Requiring a methodical process in order to create the best butter possible, we decided to create a step by step process to help you hop out of the fire and into the kitchen.
The first step to make cannabutter is to gather your ingredients. We based this ingredient list off using 1 gram of cannabis. We divided it into two parts: 1) What you need for the decarboxylation process and 2) What’s required for actually making the butter.
For those unaware, to create the best edibles that are effective, decarbing your stash is key. Decarbing your weed means you are chemically altering your weed with heat to activate raw cannabis into a more potent enhanced form. This is a critically important step in making cannabutter, and should never be skipped.
For decarbing your weed you need the following items:
1 gram of your finest cannabis (The better the quality, the better and more potent the final product is)
Tin Foil or oven-safe airtight container/bag
A baking sheet
A wooden spoon
A grinder ( Check out our favorite grinder list HERE)
For the process of making the cannabutter itself you need:
Unsalted butter – this amount is based on the amount needed for whatever you plan to use the cannabutter in.
¼ cup of water
A small saucepan
A mesh strainer (the finer the better).
And a storage container that is food safe.
*Note if you want a milder end product, using trim or shake will give you a better result, but will also give a bitter taste thanks to the chlorophyll.
Decarbing Your Weed
So to decarb your weed the first step is to heat your oven to 250 degrees. In its raw form, there is no psychoactive effect to cannabis, so in this essential step we are using heat to convert THCA to THC. First things first is to cover your baking sheet in parchment paper and get ready to prepare your nugs. Take full ungrounded nugs and break them apart with your hands, or if you have a pair of scissors, use that.
Once your cannabis is broken apart, bundle it in the parchment paper. Take your bundle of parchment paper and wrap it with tin foil or an airtight oven safe silicone bag or container. Then place the secured pouch in the oven, either on a baking sheet or dish. Leave it in the oven for roughly 30 minutes. It takes around 30 minutes for about 80% of the THCA to be converted into THC. Make sure if this is your first time making cannabutter to leave the weed in the oven for less time so you don’t burn it. The more often you make cannabutter, you will figure out how long is best to leave the weed in for per your oven.
Once your timer goes off, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Allow your nugs to reach room temperature and then try to achieve a medium coarse grind using your trusty grinder. If you’re looking for an example to help eyeball what medium coarse looks like in this case, be sure to compare your grind to coffee. And remember you must use this right away to make your cannabutter. Do not store this away for later.
Time to Make the Cannabutter
Now that the weed has been decarbed, it’s time to move on to the fun process of actually making your cannabutter. Just like you need high quality weed, you’re going to need a good butter to infuse. Butter that is high in fat is perfect for the job. Fat is required to infuse the cannabinoids for your end product, and as a bonus effect, it will pull chlorophyll out and other things that can create a bad taste in your final product. Depending on the time and the end recipe you plan on making, you can use melted butter, or brown butter. Melted butter requires a long steeping process that can take up to four hours. If you’re short on time, brown butter can take six to ten minutes thanks to the higher heat.
You can either use a saucepan, or a double boiler if accessible. Add the decarbed weed, butter and a ¼ cup of water. While melted butter can range from 1 to 4 hours, for our recipe we recommend one hour. For 45 minutes to an hour simmer the mixture on low heat. A thermometer should be used to ensure that the temperature does not exceed 190 degrees. Once you are finished simmering, run the final mixture through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and pour this directly into your food safe storage container. Cover it and let it cool. If you have water left over after leaving it in the fridge, pour this out.
And that’s it! A tried and true way to make cannabutter at home. You can use this butter to make things like the very traditional weed brownies, pizza, popcorn, whatever your heart desires that also requires butter, this will work with.