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Cannabis butter has been the foundation of edible recipes for as long as anyone can remember. All you need to do is make a batch of this delicious butter base, and you can bake to your heart's content.
Sounds easy, right? Well, not really, because the art of making THC-infused butter can be tricky, expensive, and time-consuming.
In this article, we'll show you how to make your very own cannabutter and the science behind it. However, we'll also reveal an alternative method for making edibles that's so easy you'll never make them the same way again.
How Making Cannabutter Works
More than likely, you've consumed an edible with cannabutter or at least heard about it. What you probably don't know is that making cannabutter is more of a lengthy process rather than a simple recipe.
Making an incredible infused butter requires patience, organization, and knowledge. Here are some crucial tips before you jump into making it.
What is Decarboxylation?
“...you can't just chomp on a fresh bud and get high — you need to decarboxylate the weed first.”
First, you'll need to prepare your flower for infusion by decarboxylating it. You might be wondering, what is decarboxylation, and why do I need to do it?
Also known as Decarbing, decarboxylation is the chemical process that turns THC and CBD into their active forms. The body can only “feel” cannabinoids if they're in their active form, so every time you've gotten high, you've had THC and CBD's active form.
With fresh cannabis, almost all the THC and CBD found on the plant exist as THC-A and CBD-A. If you consume THC-A and CBD-A, nothing will happen (as far as we know right now) because your body can't use it.
That's why you can't just chomp on a fresh bud and get high — you need to decarboxylate the weed first. Decarboxylation happens when enough heat is applied, such as cooking at low heat or vaporizing at a specific temperature.
Chemists have shown that THC-A completely decarboxylates at 220°F and CBD-A decarbs at 230°F.
All About the Butter
“Butter and other fats like oils are the best mediums for transporting activated cannabinoids straight into your bloodstream.”
Why do we need to use fat for cooking? Why can't we just cook cannabis directly into the food we're making?
You could, but it wouldn't be very efficient, and you would end up wasting a lot of precious cannabis. Butter and other fats like oils are the best mediums for transporting activated cannabinoids straight into your bloodstream.
However, the type of butter you choose highly impacts the quality of your cannabutter. You should always get the best possible butter available to you.
Usually, high-quality butter comes with a higher butterfat content, and the more fat, the better. Furthermore, you should always use unsalted butter.
There's nothing wrong with using salted butter, but it's one more impurity that you could do without.
Lastly, there's the issue of clarifying your butter. Clarifying your butter removes milk solids, salt, and water, leaving behind nearly pure fat.
You don't need to clarify your butter, but you will be sacrificing some of the quality of the final product if you don’t.
Weed Butter Recipe
Now let's jump into actually making a perfect batch of cannabis butter. First, you'll need to have all of these things:
- 1 ounce of your favorite cannabis flower, trim, or shake
- 1 pound (16 ounces) of unsalted butter
- 2 cups Water
- Oven and baking dish (or sheet pan)
- Cheesecloth and strainer
- Stirring Spoon
- Medium saucepan
- Digital thermometer
The first step is decarboxylation, so preheat the oven to 220-230°F and get your grinder. Grind up the entire ounce, not too finely, and spread it evenly on a baking dish or sheet pan.
Place the baking dish in the oven for 40 minutes and mix the flower around every 10 minutes so that it's evenly decarbed. After 40 minutes, the flower should look lightly golden brown.
While the flower is decarbing, you can clarify your butter, but it's not mandatory. To clarify, simply add your butter into a saucepan and heat it at medium heat.
Once the butter melts, some solids should rise to the top. Scoop the solids out and discard. Leave the butter heating for another 5 minutes and then set up the cheesecloth in a strainer.
Pour out the butter through the cheesecloth and strainer into a clean jar or another container.
Clean your saucepan or use a new one, and combine 2 cups of water with all of the (clarified) butter over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add in the decarboxylated flower and stir thoroughly.
Add a lid over the saucepan and set a timer for 4 hours. Add a digital thermometer into the saucepan to ensure the temperature doesn't go above 180°F.
Stir the mixture every 30 minutes to keep it from burning. After 4 hours, take a fresh cheesecloth and strainer and pour the cannabinoid-infused butter through the cheesecloth into a new container.
Let the cannabutter cool and solidify at room temperature, and then pour out any remaining liquid. Store in the fridge or freezer and use it for any recipe that your heart desires.
An Easier and Faster Alternative to Cannabutter
“Luckily, there's an alternative option for making edibles without making your home smell like a dispensary.”
Making weed butter is a long, expensive, and complicated process. Not only that, but cannabutter isn't easy to dose.
No matter how well you make butter, you're likely to end up way too high or not high enough. However, the main deal-breaker for many is that it's very indiscreet.
Your home will absolutely reek of cannabis during and after the process, and some of us can't have that.
Luckily, there's an alternative option for making edibles without making your home smell like a dispensary. THC syrup by Baked Bros is your best option. Our syrup is ready to go, straight out of the bottle.
THC syrup isn't limiting like butter, and you can use it to make drinks, snacks, main courses, and desserts. It comes in measured strengths all at 5mg of THC per ml, so you know exactly how much you're putting into a dish for easy dosing.
THC syrup is also vegan and fat-free, unlike butter, and doesn't contain any artificial ingredients.
Take out all the complications and get straight to cooking by using THC syrup — the easier, faster, greener, and healthier way to make edibles.