Cannabis butter comes in perfectly handy for rustling up an array of dishes that have been marinated with the lard. Nevertheless, processing butter from marijuana is easier said than done. The flowers and buds obtained from the cannabis plants should be subjected to low heat while warming them slowly and gradually in order to retain the innate psychoactive potential of the trichomes.
We’ll first take through the thermal decomposition process-known as decarboxylation-and thereafter enumerate the steps involved in marinating or infusing the carboxylated cannabis with clarified butter.
Please bear in mind that determining the exact amount of cannabutter (the dosage) which you need to add to various homemade edibles could be quite tricky, especially if you’re inexperienced. We’ve provided a few tips on how you could estimate the potency level that’d become your benchmark for all future infusions.
Processing butter infused with cannabis
First things first-how invigorating or heady your cannabutter will be invariably depends upon the potency of the cannabis strain you’re using. On the other hand, the type or quality of butter will make a big difference to the actual yield. You can also use olive oil or coconut oil in place of clarified butter. But be in the know that the latter is able to hold on to and/or carry the cannabinoids, especially THC and CBD more efficiently than the former.
At the same time, keep a watchful eye on the cannabutter during its preparation as butter melts easily and quickly. What you’d need to make cannabutter:-
- Clarified butter (1 pound or 1 cupful)
- Trimmed or crumbled flowers that have been decarboxylated (7-10gms)
Make sure you buy and use flowers in trimmed or crumbled form for the best results. Marijuana when used in either of the two aforementioned forms infuses perfectly with the medium (butter or any other fat-based oil). When you remove the sticky, crystalline hairs from the buds what you get is the trimmed form of the psychoactive compounds. Shakes, on the other hand, are pulverized pieces of the trichomes.
Also, do not miss out on decarboxylating the buds which is essential for ensuring that you obtain cannabutter of a high potency. Decarboxylation promotes the conversion of THCA to THC, the chief psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis which triggers the euphoric effects and induces ‘a high’. You should also decarboxylate the flowers if you’re making edibles for the purpose of treating a disease or syndrome.
Now let’s cut to the chase.
For decarboxylating the cannabis, place the trimmed flowers over a half-sheet pan and insert it in an oven. Set the temperature at 240˚F and let the contents stay inside for about 40-45 minutes. Covering the tray with a parchment paper helps prevent the flowers from sticking to the tray.
Turn the buds over and around every 7-8 minutes to maximize decarboxylation.
Stepwise Guide for Making Cannabutter
Step 1: Pour about 2. 26lt of water in a midsize saucepan and boil it atop a stove.
Step 2: As the water comes to a boil, empty the cup of butter and wait for it to melt thoroughly.
Step 3: Next slowly, add the cannabis to the saucepan after the butter has completely melted. Drop the trimmed contents in such a manner that they never sink down to the bottom but always hover at least 2 inches above the pan’s base. Lower the heat to a lukewarm mode and allow the cannabis to simmer for approximately three hours. Once the top of the pan starts appearing lustrous and dark, you know you’re almost done with making cannabutter.
Step 4: Keep a heatproof container or bowl ready for pouring the contents of the saucepan into. Layer two pieces of cheesecloth over the bowl and keep them in place with the help of rubber bands or adhesive tape.
Step 5: Pour the glossy and thick liquid through the cheesecloth very slowly so as to avoid spills. Once the entire saucepan has been emptied out, unfasten the tape or the rubber strips, and lift the cheesecloth carefully. Wring both the layers of cheesecloth firmly so as to press out all traces of butter.
Step 6: Before transferring the cannabutter to the refrigerator, allow the same to cool down for nearly an hour. Sooner or later, the cannabis-infused lard will turn to a solid lump.
Step 7: You can check the consistency of the homemade cannabutter by mildly scraping a knife on the edge. Overturn the portion for grazing away burnt particles. The butter will be good for using as a base for cooking a range of dishes, including cannabis-based ones for at least a month if you secure it in the refrigerator.
The psychoactive strength of your cannabutter will be impacted by the quality of the cannabis trims, the duration of heating, and the temperature at which it was decarboxylated. You can check out the butter’s strength by layering ½ or 1/4th teaspoon over two bread slices, consuming these, and observing how you feel after approximately an hour. If you taste dishes infused with your homemade cannabutter on a frequent basis, you’ll know what dosage is ideal for you.