Cannabis users are constantly trying to find new ways to use cannabis. While smoking dried flowers remains a popular choice, not many are fond of vaping & smoking in general. Instead, you can go for edibles. Edibles take longer to take effect, because the food must be digested first, but the effects can last much longer, often for as long as 12 hours! To make edibles and recipes at home, your best bet is cannabis-infused butter, also called cannabutter. Ready variants are available for sure, but we bring an easy cannabutter recipe that anyone can try!
Please note that the strain you choose for the recipe makes a huge difference to the potency of your cannabis-infused butter. Find a strain that’s potent and is suited for medical use. To start off, place the buds in a sheet and warm them in an oven. This just activates the cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant matter and aids decarboxylation.
Ingredients required for making cannabutter: A strainer (metal only), a saucepan, a ladle made of wood, a container, one pound of butter, and medical marijuana buds.
How to get started?
- The simplest way to make cannabutter is on the stove. Add the butter to a saucepan and melt it at a really low flame – You don’t want to burn or brown the butter. Once your marijuana buds have cooled down, add them to the pan and start stirring with the wooden ladle. You need to continuously stir the butter for at least 45 minutes to an hour, and you will find bubbles on the top. Now strain your cannabutter to rid of residue. Voila! Your cannabutter is ready!
- The second option is to use the slow-cooker method. In this case, add water to one pound of butter and add the buds. Make sure that you don’t add more than a cup of water. Start stirring the mix and let it cook on a really low flame. The simmering process can be continued for 20 to 24 hours, which allows the cannabutter to absorb all cannabinoids and goodness of the cannabis.
Please note that cannabutter potency depends on the bud and how you have made it. If you are cooking the butter on a slow flame with buds and water for many hours, the cannabutter will be a lot more potent. Use a little at a time for each recipe, to understand the effects better.