How to Make Cannabutter in 3 Steps
While there are many ways to consume your cannabis flower, using it in cannabutter is by far the most delicious. Using cannabutter is a popular way to make sweet and savory edibles. The process is completed by infusing butter with cannabis to make cannabutter, which can be used as a butter substitute.
So, how do you make cannabutter to make marijuana edibles? The process is fairly simple and you can use your cannabutter in place of butter in just about any recipe. You can even store cannabutter so you’ve got it in the fridge to use in any dish. If you want to learn more about how to make cannabutter, here’s how you can get started.
In this post, we’ll explain how to make cannabutter in three steps, discuss storage methods, suggest cannabutter recipes, and more.
- Step 1: Set up your equipment & ingredients
- Step 2: Decarboxylate your cannabis
- Step 3: Infuse the butter with cannabis
- DIY Cannabutter: Mistakes to Avoid
- Cooking With Cannabis: What is Cannabutter Used For?
Step 1: Set Up Your Equipment & Ingredients
If you’ve found yourself wondering, “How do I make cannabutter?”, the good news is that it’s fairly simple. The first step in making cannabutter is setting up all your cannabutter ingredients and equipment. You need:
- Several sticks of your favorite butter
- Cannabis flower
- Baking sheet
- Something to strain your butter mixture, such as a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
When you’re choosing flower for your cannabutter, make sure you choose something that’s good quality and has the effects you enjoy. You should also keep in mind the terpene and cannabinoid profile of the flower you use, as this will have a large impact on how you experience your edibles.
Once you’ve gathered all your important ingredients and tools, you can get started with the decarboxylation process.
Step 2: Decarboxylate your Cannabis
Before you can turn your flower into cannabutter, you’ll need to decarboxylate it. Why? Because you’ll need to activate the cannabinoids to experience their effects. This is accomplished by exposing the cannabis to heat. Once activated, you’ll be able to add it to the butter.
Check out our guide to decarboxylation to help make this step as smooth as...butter!
Step 3: Infuse the Butter with Cannabis
Now that your cannabis has been decarboxylated, you can infuse your butter to make cannabutter. Before you do this, you’ll need to grind your decarboxylated flower to allow it to break down more easily in the butter. Using an herb grinder is the best way to get a fine grind.
Next, take your saucepan and add equal parts butter and water. The water will help keep the butter from getting too hot and burning. Add your ground flower to the mixture of butter and water, then let it simmer for two to three hours, stirring occasionally.
When infusing oil or butter, you want to stay in a similar temperature range as when you’re decarbing the flower. Ideally, you should keep butter or oil at 160 - 200 degrees Fahrenheit when making cannabutter or cannaoil. A candy thermometer is a useful tool to test the temperature of the oil or butter every few minutes, maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the infusion process.
Once your butter has been properly infused with cannabis, you need to get all the ground flower out of it. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to get rid of all the chunks of flower and you’ve got DIY cannabutter that’s ready to use in your favorite marijuana brownies recipe.
How to Properly Store Cannabutter
Now that you’ve got your cannabutter, you’ll need to keep it somewhere that it can stay fresh so you can use it as needed. To store your cannabutter, put it in an air-tight container and place the container in the refrigerator. If there’s still water in your butter, you can wait for the butter to solidify, remove the butter, and dump the water. As long as you store your cannabutter right, you can expect it to last for up to two weeks.
How Long Does it Take to Feel the Effects of Cannabutter Edibles?
We’ve answered the basics: How do I make cannabutter? How long can I store cannabutter? Now, you might be wondering about some of the specifics of cannabutter edibles. As far as activation time goes, it typically takes longer for the initial psychoactive impacts of edibles (30 to 90 minutes) to be felt, but the resulting effects are longer-lasting, peaking two to four hours after ingestion.
DIY Cannabutter: Mistakes to Avoid
Here are some of the most common mistakes you need to avoid with DIY cannabutter:
- Skipping Decarboxylation: We mentioned this before, but decarboxylation is an incredibly important part of making cannabutter. If you don’t decarboxylate your marijuana, you’re infusing THCA and CBDA into your butter rather than THC and CBD. These are non-active cannabinoids, meaning the psychoactive properties will not be as strong if not decarboxylated.
- Over-Grinding Flower: One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to decarboxylating your marijuana is over-grinding the flower. This might not seem like a huge deal, but you have to remember that you’re baking this flower at 225 degrees Fahrenheit in order to decarb it. If you have an older oven, it might even be getting a little bit hotter. The problem with over-grinding your flower is that you risk burning it. The smaller each chunk of flower is, the quicker it’s going to dry out and become easily combustible.
Over-grinding is also a big problem when you make your cannabutter. The finer you grind your cannabis, the harder it’s going to be to strain it out of the finished product. You want a grind that’s fine enough that you get a strong finished product, but don’t grind your flower too much.
- Using Too Much Flower: - You might think the best way to make cannabutter is to use as much flower as possible, but that’s simply not the case. For starters, you don’t want to make butter that’s too strong to enjoy your edibles! Using too much flower can also give your cannabutter an unpleasant taste, especially if you’re not using the best flower in the first place.
As a general rule, you should use about one cup of marijuana flower (7 to 10 grams) for every cup of butter and cup of water you use. This ratio should keep your cannabutter nice and mild, so you can use it in a variety of dishes without over-enhancing the impact or altering the flavor too much. If you want to make stronger cannabutter, focus on premium flower with a robust terpene and cannabinoid profile.
Cooking With Cannabis: What is Cannabutter Used For?
When most people think of edibles, they think of things like cookies and brownies. While you can find lots of great baked good recipes in our cannabis baking guide, there’s no limit to what you can do with cannabutter. Basically, cannabutter can be used in place of butter in any recipe. If you’re making an alfredo sauce that needs butter, you can jazz it up with cannabutter. You can even make grilled cheese or sautée meats and vegetables for dinner with cannabutter if you want to make a marijuana-infused meal.
Keep in mind that cannabutter does have a cannabis flavor, so it may work better with some recipes than others. Ultimately, your flavor preferences will help you determine what works and what doesn’t. The best thing you can do is experiment with your cannabutter and find recipes you enjoy. Now that you know how to make cannabutter, whip up a jar, and start cooking with cannabis today.
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