You’ve learned how to make cannabis coconut oil, now it’s time to try cannabis butter! The process is pretty much the same, except it takes for-ev-er. Okay, in truth it takes about 4 hours (whereas infused coconut oil takes only a couple of hours), but alas butter is delicious and necessary for many wonderful recipes. Like for example…. Cookies!
So put on a marathon of GBB and let’s get to baking to get baked!
Since the process takes a good half a day, I like to make a larger quantity up-front. The recipe below can easily be doubled (or tripled!) though note that you don’t need to change the amount of water. Water is added only to help moderate temperature.
For the main ingredient, we used Old Pal mixed in with some shake from a recent harvest. If you grow your own, making edibles from shake is a great way to get the most from your plant. For about 1 cup of finished butter, you’ll need to start with at least 1.5 eighths of decent flower or about 2 cups of shake. Using more flower will only increase potency, though proceed with caution.
The first step with all edibles is decarbonization. This process activates the main ingredients in cannabis -- which is exactly what happens every time you light a bowl. To decarbonate, simply break up your flower by hand (don’t grind yet) and bake for 30-40 minutes at 230 degrees. Thirty minutes is generally sufficient, but if your bud is particularly green you may want to decarbonize for the full 40 minutes. Your kitchen will smell amazing! The bud should come out brownish green and look a little toasted. Let it cool and then grind it up. Note that skipping this step will result in low to no potency.
Once the flower is prepared, it’s time to melt some butter. Combine butter, water, and weed in a saucepan on low. Make sure the butter stays melted but never bubbling. Butter boils at 300℉ and you want to stay under 200℉. If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, just keep it very low and reduce heat at any sign of bubbles. Now we wait. And stir. And wait.
And wait... and then strain.
Since butter has less saturated fat than coconut oil, it takes much longer to properly infuse. Keep the butter simmering for at least 3 hours. I told you it takes forever, but I promise it’s worth it! Note that with some recipes (like cookies) the butter is best softened, not melted, so if you’re making them in the same day as the butter you’ll need to allow additional time for cooling. Once finished, cannabis butter can be used in all kinds of baking recipes or even just subbed in where you would normally use butter. As with all cannabis infusions, note that certain flavor profiles work better with the taste of marijuana. To test what flavors melded best, we decided to use our cannabutter to whip up a few batches of cookies!
(Yields about 1 cup of finished butter, recipe can be doubled or tripled)
1 ¼ cups of Butter
½ cup of Water (no need to increase the amount of water if doubling or tripling)
1 ½ eighths of Marijuana
Preheat oven to 230 degrees.
Break marijuana up by hand (do not grind) and spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 30-40 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
Allow to cool, then grind.
Put butter in a saucepan on low heat and stir in the prepared weed.
Continue simmering the butter and marijuana mixture on low heat for at least 3 hours, stirring frequently. The butter should never get so hot that it bubbles/boils, keep the heat low.
Stretch cheesecloth across the top of a bowl and tuck corners under, fold the cloth over a couple of times if too porous
Carefully pour the butter and cannabis mixture through the cheesecloth into the bowl to strain out the solid plant matter. Lift the corners of the cheesecloth and discard.
The bowl should be filled with beautiful melted cannabutter that can be used in all kinds of recipes -- like cookies!