If you are interested in trying your hand at homemade cannabis edibles, you will first need to make cannabis-infused butter, also known as “cannabutter.” Cannabutter is one of the simplest and most common ingredients needed to make cannabis-infused edibles. While cannabutter may take some time to create, you can transform virtually any recipe into a cannabis edible with this essential ingredient.
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- 1 cup of your choice of butter or ghee
- 1 cup (7-10 grams) of ground cannabis, decarboxylated OR 1 gram of cannabis concentrate, purchased at your local dispensary
Cannabis concentrates: If you choose to use cannabis concentrate, you can skip the decarboxylation step, and begin at step three.
Decarb the cannabis
Cannabis flowers contain a nonactive cannabinoid called THCA, which needs to be heated to become THC, hence why decarbing the cannabis is crucial in this recipe.
Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay your cannabis buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Insert the tray in the oven for 30-40 minutes, periodically turning the flower to ensure that they are heated evenly.
Grind the decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder.
Melt the butter
Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan. Simmer on low heat and allow the butter to melt completely.
Add the cannabis
Once the butter begins to melt, slowly add in the coarsely ground cannabis product or cannabis concentrate. Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Strain the cannabutter
Set a funnel on top of a glass jar or storage container, and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth, as this can force excess plant material into the jar.
Once your glass jar is full, seal it tightly and refrigerate. If you added water to your cannabutter during cooking, the water may separate during refrigeration. If this occurs, remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out.
Many variables can affect the potency of homemade cannabutter. Be sure to sample your cannabutter before using it in a recipe. You can do this by trying a quarter of a teaspoon on a slice of toast and wait for the effects to begin. Observe how strong the effects feel and how long they last. This will give you a sense of your butter’s potency.
Cannabutter can be used in place of regular butter or oil. Drizzle it over freshly cooked pasta, popcorn or use it when baking cakes or pastries.
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