How Long to Simmer Cannabutter for Optimal Infusion

Hello there, friend! Are you ready to delve into the magical world of cannabutter? Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis connoisseur or just a curious cat, simmering cannabutter is a delicate art as much as it’s a science. It’s like a delightful dance between THC and fat molecules, resulting in a magnificent marriage for the taste…

How Long to Simmer Cannabutter for Optimal Infusion

Understanding the Simmering Process

Simmering cannabutter is all about making the cannabinoids in cannabis cozy up to the fatty molecules in butter.

It’s like a singles mixer, where THC, CBD, and our friendly fat molecules find their soulmates.

Recipe Basics

To get started on your cannabutter quest, you’ll need a few essential items:

  • Cannabis: Get your hands on 1 ounce of finely ground buds or 2 ounces of trimmed leaf. It’s the star of our show.
  • Unsalted Butter: 4 sticks of this creamy goodness. Remember, it’s the vehicle that helps your cannabis shine.
  • Stockpot: Because you can’t cook without your trusty pot. It’s the stage for our simmering saga.
Recipe Basics

Determining the Simmering Time

How long you simmer your cannabutter is crucial.

It’s like a musical symphony; if you get the timing right, you’ll produce a harmonious infusion that’s a delight to the senses.

Factors to Consider

Simmering time depends on a few things.

  • Desired Potency – how strong do you want your butter?
  • Strain of Cannabis – Sativa, Indica, or hybrid? Each has its unique characteristics.
  • Personal Preferences – Do you want a punch of potency, or do you prefer a milder infusion?

I recommend letting your cannabutter simmer for about 1 hour.

That is the Goldilocks zone – not too short that your cannabinoids don’t have time to infuse, and not too long that you risk losing potency.

Straining and Cooling

Once you’ve simmered your cannabutter to perfection, it’s time for the next steps.

Strain your mixture using a metal strainer, letting gravity do the work, then chill it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

It’s like a day spa for your cannabutter.

Straining and Cooling

Dosage and Potency Considerations

When it comes to cannabutter, potency is paramount.

Decarboxylation and Potency

The decarboxylation process is vital to getting the most out of your cannabis.

By heating your cannabis at 220°F for 20-25 minutes, you’ll awaken the THC and CBD, transforming them into their most potent form.

Adjusting Dosage

It’s crucial to hit the sweet spot with cannabutter dosage.

Too little, and you might not feel anything.

Too much, and you’ll be on a wild ride.

The goal is to achieve a consistent supply of delightful highness.

Storage and Usage

So, you’ve made your cannabutter.

Now what? Store it in the refrigerator for up to a month or freeze it for longer.

When you’re ready to bake weed brownies or cook a cannabis-infused spaghetti sauce, your cannabutter is ready to rock. 🍝🍪

Storage and Usage

Expert Insights and Tips

When making cannabutter, insights from experts like Laurie Wolf can come in handy.

She emphasizes the importance of high-quality unsalted butter and the power of the simmer method for THC activation.


Does cannabutter get stronger the longer you simmer it?

Up to a point, yes. But be cautious. Over-simmering can lead to a decrease in potency.

How long does cannabutter need to be on the stove?

Generally, cannabutter should simmer on the stove for around 1 hour.

How do I know when my cannabutter is infused?

Look for a color change. Infused cannabutter will be greenish and have a distinct, pungent smell.

What happens if I let my cannabutter boil?

Boiling cannabutter can reduce the THC potency and give your cannabutter a bitter taste.

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