There are so many ways to consume cannabis these days. This allows us the luxury of choosing a method of consumption that suits our preference. There’s the traditional method of rolling a and smoking a joint, you can purchase edibles in a wide variety of options, there’s hash, oils, rosin, kief and tinctures. There are even topical solutions for those who prefer to apply their cannabis as a cream or body butter. Not only does cannabis provide us with a wealth of benefits for our minds and bodies, but with all of the consumable options available today it also provides a very enjoyable and unique experience each time. Variety is the spice (or bud) of life after all. There are so many products available for sale with the extra convenience of being delivered right to your door, but sometimes it’s fun to put on your baker’s hat and create your own tasty cannabis treats. Is there anything better than a batch of fresh cookies? Well, yes there is; a batch of fresh cannabis cookies. Or perhaps you’d prefer some cannabis muffins, or pancakes, or scones. Whatever your preference, the base to many homemade edibles is cannabis butter. Spread it on toast, throw a dollop into your mac and cheese, or even let a slice melt on top of your perfectly seared bbq steak. How you use it is up to you, but here we’ll take you step by step through the process of making your own homemade cannabis butter.
What is Cannabis Butter?
Cannabis butter is exactly what it sounds like. A mix of your favourite cannabis and butter. It can be used in any recipe that requires butter (or oil which butter can be substituted for) and the end result is your tasty cooked creation which will now get you high. However, in order to make cannabis butter, it’s not as simple as blending a bag of weed in a block of butter. First, you need to decarboxylate (decarb) your weed. I know, it’s a scary name, but don’t let it deter you. It’s actually quite an easy process and we’ll walk you through it step by step.
What is Decarboxylation with Cannabis
Decarboxylation with marijuana is the process of adding heat to release THC from the marijuana plant. Believe it or not, raw dried weed contains very minimal THC prior to decarboxylation. The THC lives within the plant’s trichomes and is not released until decarboxylation occurs. Two main factors can cause decarboxylation; heat and time. Letting the raw marijuana flower cure will initiate decarboxylation releasing a very small amount of THC. Adding heat such as burning or baking cannabis will fully release the THC from the plant’s trichomes. This is what gives you that great marijuana high and why it’s so important to decarb your cannabis before you cook with it.
How to Decarb Cannabis
Despite its intimidating name, decarboxylation is actually a very easy process. Let’s go through the steps to prepare your cannabis for cannabis butter.
First of all, here’s a list of items you’ll need:
- An oven
- A baking tray (Pyrex if possible)
- Aluminium foil or parchment paper
- An oven thermometer (not essential but is really useful)
Ovens vary in temperature so if you don’t have an oven thermometer you’ll need to keep a close eye on your cannabis while it bakes so you don’t overcook it.
- Place the oven rack in the middle
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a baking tray or Pyrex dish with slightly crumpled aluminium foil. This helps lift the cannabis off of the hot tray to protect it from getting too hot.
- Break up the cannabis to about the size you would use to roll a joint. Be careful not to make it too small as this will increase the possibility of burning your weed.
- Evenly distribute the cannabis over the baking tray.
- Once the oven has reached 225 degrees Fahrenheit, place the tray with your cannabis on the middle rack and bake for 45 minutes.
- Take the tray out of the oven once the cannabis has been baked. It should look slightly toasted with a nice golden brown tone to it. Let it cool down for half an hour.
- Your cannabis is now decarboxylated! You can store it to be used at a later time or move onto the next steps to make your homemade cannabis butter.
Steps to Make Cannabis Butter
Now that your cannabis has been properly decarboxylated, you’re ready to make cannabis butter.
Items you’ll need:
- A crock pot
- Measuring cups
- Butter of your choice (salted or unsalted) – 1 ¼ cups
- Decarboxylated cannabis – ½ ounce
- Cheesecloth and strainer or a coffee press
- Airtight containers
- Place the butter into the crockpot
- Add your decarbed cannabis into the crockpot
- Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Strain the cannabis butter through a strainer and cheesecloth or you can use a coffee press
- Add the cannabis butter into your storage containers and seal.
There you have it, some delicious homemade cannabis butter ready to enjoy. Make sure to keep any cannabis butter refrigerated and consume it within 30 days. If you’d like to store it longer, you can keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it for up to six months. Try it with your favourite baked recipes, smear it on toast with some honey, place a dollop in your favourite pasta or in mac and cheese. There are unlimited options to incorporate cannabis butter into your meals, snacks and desserts, it’s up to you how you want to use it. Now that you know how to make your own cannabis butter, you can try making it with different strains of weed.
Pro tip: If you’re creating goodies to be eaten later, make sure you label them with the type of cannabis butter you used so you’ll be able to enjoy the right strain in your homemade canna treats.