If we got rid of all the margarine and spreads, the world would be a (cannabis) butter place.
Cannabis CBD or THC infused butter (aka. weed butter) is a staple in the edible pantry preparation. We follow up our infused CBD coconut oil recipe with something more weed-butter-licious.
A simple recipe to make infused cannabis CBD butter. Everyone’s favorite!
The Endless Possibilities of CBD Butter
Cannabis THC butter is a simple, very common and versatile way to consume cannabis. Infused butter is a simple way to incorporate cannabis into more of your baked recipes. Most recipes ask for butter, so it makes it easy to just make a 1 to 1 swap of butter with your infused butter. This makes it a staple ingredient to keep in your pantry for all your cooking needs.
A couple important notes to keep in mind when cooking with butter vs an oil. We prefer to use unsalted, organic butter when making our infused THC/CBD butter. You can extract more of your preferred cannibidoil since there is less moisture and water in organic unsalted butter. Secondly, and more importantly, butter has the potential to burn while you decarboxylate, or, “decarb.” We suggest using a coconut oil or olive oil your first time around to limit the chance of burning off the benefits.
Because of the chance of burning, we use water with the butter to help regulate the temperature. We want to do everything we can to keep from burning our product.
Some Recipe Ideas:
When using buds, it’s okay to use less than you would if you were using trim as there will be more trichromes present and therefore more THC. If I was using buds instead of trim in this batch, I probably would have used 0.5 grams of bud per tablespoon of butter.
- Midday Coffee
- Cannabis infused grilled cheese sandwich
- Simple toast
- Chicken/steak topper
- Stress and anxiety release
- Baked goods
Guidelines for dosing:
We recommend using anywhere from 0.5-1.5 g of trim/bud/hash/etc per tablespoon of butter. If this is your first time experimenting with canna butter, try using 16 grams of cannabis to 2 cups of butter.
Decarboxylate your Cannabis for CBD and THC
We are going to decarboxylate our butter a little different than we did in our second part (coconut oil recipe). Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to turn the CBDA (or, THCA,CBGA) to the active chemical CBD (or, THC, CBG) in the plant. Basically, we are converting the Acid, “A”, into it’s active ingredient for interact with our ECS (Endocannabinoid System).
The less time you spend decarbing in your butter, the better it’s going to taste. By better, we mean more like butter and less like earth. Some love it, some don’t. Your choice, but we just wanted to make sure you had both methods in your pocket.
When you decarboxylate at a low temperature you are preserving the most terpenes, a.k.a. the oils in the plant that inform the flavor profiles of the cannabis as well as some of the addition health benefits.
Break out your baking sheet, as we are going to spend some time in the oven this time around. This process can work with any of the infused.
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Tools we Use and Where to Get Them
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Bowl or large measuring cup
- Jar or bowl to store the coconut oil
- Grinder (a simple hand grinder works best)
- Double-boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc.
Move on to Part 4 How to Make Infused Cannabis Honey.
Part 3, How to Make Infused Cannabis CBD ButterDifficulty: Easy
A simple recipe to extract any cannabinoid of your choice. We decided to use Charlotte web cannabis plant and Kerrygold’s Pure Irish Butter – you can find at your local stores – for our tests.
Sheet pan and parchment
Strainer or cheesecloth
Bowl or large measuring cup
Jar or bowl to store the butter
Grinder (a simple hand grinder works best)
1 cup of ground cannabis flower (or less for milder potency)
1 cup organic unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 240°F. Place the cannabis on your baking sheet and spread evenly. If you have large flowers, break them by hand to smaller chunks.
- Cover with parchment and place in oven for 35-45 minutes. Be sure to mix (or just shake the pan) every 10 minutes while it bakes.
- Grind the cannabis to a medium/fine course. It’s ok to use entire plant, just the flower, a little bit of both — this is all a matter of preference. Anything small enough to fit through the strainer will end up in your product so be careful grinding.
- Melt the butter. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Water regulates temperature to prevent burning.
- Add cannabis and simmer. Once melted, add in your coarsely ground cannabis product. Maintain low heat (between 160ºF and – never exceeding – 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Do not boil.
- Strain and store the butter. Set the funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Pour the butter (once cooled) over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely.
- Step 1. When grinding, anything that fits through the cheesecloth will eventually end up the in product. Be extra careful not to grind too fine.
- Step 4. Water is added to help regulate the heat. If you end up with extra water in the final product, you can drain it easily once it’s hardened in the fridge.
- Step 5. Be careful during the simmer, overcooking will destroy the cannabinoid.
Disclaimer: this information is not medical advice and is purely for entertainment and education purposes. In no way do we condone the use of cannabis or it’s bi-products without the consent of your medical professional as well as abiding by your state and country laws.