Edibles are one of the most popular ways for users to be able to experience the many different effects of marijuana without having to worry about finding papers, impacting their lungs, or charging their vape. On top of accessibility, some users prefer their longer-lasting and sometimes stronger effects.
Today, you can find edibles in almost any form you can imagine, drinks, cookies, brownies, gummies, etc. Many enjoy the hassle-free way of ordering with online delivery through their favorite retailer or walking into the local store to get the recommendation of a budtender. However, there’s a large community that prefers the experience of being able to tailor the experience further and choose their strain to use in their favorite recipes. Whether it be for a cup of tea or your favorite cookie recipe making your edibles is easy to do at home and can give you a greater appreciation for the full potential of edibles and experimenting with different strains.
How to Make Cannabutter
The most common method of storing the THC extracted from your bud is in the use of butter, however, other alternatives can be used. Generally speaking, the higher fat content material is going to better extract the important cannabinoids from your bud, so when you look through your kitchen you can consider alternatives such as coconut oil or vegetable oil that can be used in other forms of cooking.
Before you can begin to extract the THC and store it in butter or another high-fat material, the buds have to undergo a process known as decarboxylation. This is a process that is going to greatly enhance the strength of your edibles as you are converting the non-psychoactive cannabinoid THCA into the psychoactive one, THC. There are many different methods that one can use to complete this process but the most common is through the oven. A lower temperature and slower cook is going to be key here and another factor to consider is the freshness & quality of your bud. To decarb your bud first heat your oven to 250F and put your buds on a non-stick tray covered with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Set a timer for 30-40 minutes depending on your freshness, and be sure to gently mix the buds every 10 minutes or so to expose more surface area and decarb equally.
Once you have successfully decarbed your bud you can gather it up and grind it up coarsely. From there you add 1 cup of water to an equal amount of butter to a pot or pan and begin to simmer on low until the butter begins to melt. Add cold water as needed to make sure that your butter does not burn. As the butter is melting add in your ground buds and simmer at low heat for 2-3 hours being sure to stir occasionally and never go above 200F. Maintaining the heat is an important aspect of making cannabutter more efficiently and transferring as much THC as possible into your butter.
Once your buds have simmered for 2-3 hours you can turn the temperature down and allow it to cool. While cooling prepare a jar or other container with cheesecloth and pour your butter over allowing it to strain through. Be gentle during this process as squeezing the cloth can allow for some of the buds to pass into the final mixture. Once successfully strained you can put it in the fridge and let it solidify. If you have water remaining in your mixture you can move the top butter layer with a utensil and drain the water out until your remaining material is all cannabutter!
If you’ve made it this far enjoy it, the hard part is over and it wasn’t even too bad! Be sure to use patience throughout the process to allow for maximum enjoyment of the reward.
What Should I Make First?
Now that you have your butter made the sky is the limit for what you can make! Most users love experimenting with their favorite cookie recipe and replacing the regular butter with their new cannabutter. Another popular one to try is a brownie recipe but realistically you can use your cannabutter in place of regular butter in many dishes. Try experimenting on your own to see what works but whatever you try we recommend ensuring even distribution throughout (Stir very well!!) and don’t overdo the dosage. When consuming edibles make sure you wait an hour if you think you’re not feeling anything yet they are slow to absorb into your body compared to smoking weed and if you have more before waiting it can be easy to overdo it when it finally hits!
Other popular alternatives to cookies or brownies to use the cannabutter are through gelatin capsules or drinking tea. Making your gelatin capsules requires some extra work to ensure proper dosages when filling but can allow for discrete future use and a flavorless experience while still getting high, and a nice cannabis tea can be perfect on a cold Sunday afternoon when looking to relax and get rid of the rest of the week’s stresses.
Important Mistakes to Avoid
Practice will always make perfect with anything and making your potent cannabutter is no different! Here are some quick tips to avoid for beginners when making cannabutter.Don’t forget to decarb your bud! This is the most important step as it activates the important cannabinoids in your bud
Don’t forget to decarb your bud!! This is the most important step as it activates the important cannabinoids in your bud
Don’t forget to stir and evenly distribute the bud! This step is key during not only the decarb but also during the simmer portion. You want to make sure everything is spread out and not too concentrated.
Don’t forget to sample and dose correctly! Once you’ve made your butter, try a small sample and wait an hour to determine the strength. Generally speaking, you use your THC% to determine the strength of your butter. A 30% THC strain would have about 300mg in 1000mg of bud. When infusing not all of this will make it to the final product, but it is a good jumping-off point when calculating how much to use for the final butter product as well as each edible you plan to make from there.
Avoid rushing things to get the most bang for your buck! When you rush you generally lose efficiency and this is often related to heat (or too much of it). A slow simmer, adding cold water to your butter, slower decarb, will allow for a greater percentage of transfer to the final product and a more potent butter in the end. If you choose to use an automatic grinder over a coarse hand grind you may end up with a strong grass flavor. There are many advantages to taking your time.
Pick your strain carefully! Read up on our helpful guide detailing the effects of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids to understand the differences when picking your strain. This will also play a factor in your butter and remember that not every edible is made the same! A store-bought one using a different strain may have different effects than the one you choose.