If you want to make some tasty cannabis-infused edibles, you can’t go wrong with making canna butter or, as we know it, cannabis butter. Cannabis butter is one of the simplest and versatile products that can be used to make edibles or even added to your mashed potatoes or Belgian waffles. The only limit here is your imagination.
And the best part is, you don’t need to be a cannabis connoisseur or a master chef to make this recipe. Our simple guide will show you the whole process, and in parallel, we’ll also explain the benefits and the many uses of this truly special and versatile DIY ingredient!
Without further ado, let’s jump into the culinary world of cannabis!
What is Canna Butter?
As you probably have guessed from the name, cannabutter is a combination of cannabis and butter.
This cannabis-infused butter is often used to make cannabis edibles, such as cookies, chocolates, cakes and of course, one of the favorites, pot brownies.
Technically speaking, when you make cannabutter, you pull out the plant’s cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, terpenes and flavonoids, and infuse them in the butter of your choice. The reason why we use butter is that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are not naturally soluble in the water, but they are in some fats such as butter or several carrier oils, including coconut and olive oils.
What Are the Uses of Cannabutter?
First of all, cannabutter is a smoke-free option that cannabis enthusiasts use in different edible cannabis products ranging from cookies to pancakes and baked potatoes.
Cannabutter is not only a tasty topping but also a natural treatment for various diseases and ailments. Here’s how you can use cannabutter to help yourself.
No Lung Involvement
We briefly touched on this benefit in the introduction, but let’s discuss it in a little more detail.
Many people with some lung or respiratory health concerns are looking for ways to medicate without smoking or vaping their cannabis.
And this is where the canna butter shines. With cannabis-infused butter, patients can get the whole-plant medicine without having to inhale smoke or vapor. Smoking or vaping your cannabis can be harmful to your lungs, causing inflammation and irritation. That said, it is better to be avoided.
Use it as a Sleep Aid
Cannabis was found efficient in treating conditions like insomnia and disrupted sleep.
In 2019, a study was done to determine whether CBD helps improve sleep and anxiety. The results demonstrated that CBD was able to vastly decrease the anxiety and improve the sleep scores in treated patients.
This sounds very promising for people who struggle to fall asleep since CBD can potentially be used for these patients to help relieve symptoms.
Since cannabutter is a lower temperature extraction method, you not only get cannabinoids such as CBD and THC, but also the whole terpene profile, flavonoids and much more.
Due to this, you will be able to enjoy the famous entourage effect. Basically, all compounds from the plant will act together to produce unique effects and benefits. Since canna butter preserves all the compounds of the cannabis plant in higher concentrations, it will be more effective at providing the full, medicinal benefits.
How to Make Cannabis Butter at Home
Making cannabutter is a relatively simple process. Though you can always purchase cannabutter from your local dispensary if you don’t have time to cook it, why avoid the fun from making your own creamy and buttery marijuana edibles.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own cannabutter:
- 1/2 ounce decarboxylated marijuana flower
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 2 cups of water
Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Weed
To do so, you need to preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C) and place your weed evenly over the surface of your baking sheet. Then bake for 30–40 minutes.
When your weed becomes highly brown and decarboxylated, take it out from the oven to infuse with your butter and water. You will also need to grind your cannabis first before infusing it, so make sure to grind the decarboxylated cannabis with a hand grinder.
Step 2: Infusing Your Cannabis
In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Once boiling, add the butter and wait for it to melt. Now you can add your cannabis to the mixture, stir it well and simmer for 3 hours on low heat.
Don’t forget to stir your mixture occasionally to prevent scorching. Once your butter is fully infused, the top of the mix should appear thick and glossy on the top. Now, you can remove it from the heat and cool slightly.
While you are waiting for your mixture to be safe to handle, get a metal colander or strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth. You will also need a heatproof bowl or jar to place your butter in.
Once cooled, pour your butter over the cheesecloth to remove the plant material and allow it to strain freely. Discard the cannabis caught in the cheesecloth.
Last but not least, secure the bowl’s lid firmly and place the container of cannabutter into the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let it solidify. The hardened butter will be sitting on the surface of your mixture with some water underneath it. You can discharge the water and then place the butter in a storage container for use.
Step 3: Enjoy
Use your butter to make tasty recipes and cannabis edibles. These include cakes, cookies, pot brownies, muffins, waffles, potatoes and even pasta sauces.
Here are also some ideas for your inspiration.
Canna Butter is Just The Beginning
Now that you have your own cannabutter recipe use it to make different recipes and experiment with your food. Cannabutter can be used to make a nearly endless list of edibles from cakes to classic pot brownies.
And if you don’t feel like cooking today, why not skip the process altogether and instead buy already-infused edibles? The Canna Butter Tarts from Tasty THC are a great way for patients to find a dosage that works best for them and medicate discreetly on the go.
These edibles are your all-in-one solution.
They relieve stress and induce euphoria while also protecting your lung health. Instead of the negative consequences of smoking cannabis, these edibles are absorbed through the digestive tract and liver and go directly into your bloodstream to produce their benefits and medicinal effects.
If you’re looking for something deliciously creamy and more healthy, then definitely give them a try. All in all, why hurt your lungs when you can use edibles instead?
Happy baking and eating!