Get started with marijuana edibles by making your very own batch of cannabutter.
If you want to make marijuana edibles and don’t know where to begin, your best bet is to prepare a batch of cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter. By infusing cannabis with butter, you can easily turn any recipe into a marijuana-infused dish.
Never made cannabutter before? Luckily, it’s incredibly simple if you follow the right recipe.
The entire process usually take a few hours, though, so be warned. But once you have a batch of cannabutter, you’ll be able to whip up any marijuana-infused food within minutes.
How Cannabutter Works
Making cannabutter involves separating the active ingredients — the cannabinoids — from cannabis and infusing it with a solvent. In this case, the solvent we’re going to use is butter.
Butter is recommended for this process because cannabinoids, such as THC, are fat-soluble and don’t mix well with water. Cannabinoids also require heat in order to be activated, which is why you can’t use raw cannabis to make edibles.
Simple Cannabutter Recipe
- 1 cup butter (1/2 lb)
- 1/2 ounce ground cannabis (decarbed or raw)
- 2 cups water
- Metal strainer or cheese cloth
- Medium pan
1. Add water and butter to pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough water to create a layer between the butter and the bottom of the pan. Use extra water if necessary.
2. Wait until butter melts, then add cannabis to pan and mix thoroughly.
3. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. If mixture starts to boil, reduce heat.
4. Allow pan to cool before straining into bowl or container. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth to separate the remaining cannabis from the butter.
5. Place mixture in fridge overnight. The butter will separate from the water and rise to the top.
6. Once butter has risen to top, remove from fridge. Peel off the chunks of butter with a fork or knife and place in separate container.
Congratulations, you’re now ready to make edibles! When it comes to dosing, it’s best to start with small amounts and move up gradually. Any extra cannabutter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Remember, the effects of edibles last much longer than smoking or vaporizing. While usually delayed by 30-60 minutes, the effects can last for 8 hours or more.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: What’s the best way to store cannabutter?
It’s best to keep your cannabutter in the fridge to prevent it from spoiling. Use an air-tight container and it should stay fresh for up to 2 months (Note: butter will start to lose potency after 2 weeks). Alternatively, you can keep cannabutter in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Q: How strong will my cannabutter be?
Estimating how strong your cannabutter will be is a common challenge. Even if you use the same quantity of cannabis, the strength of your cannabutter will vary depending on the potency of your weed. If you’re preparing cannabutter for the first time, it’s best to be careful by using a small amount of cannabis. You can always increase the dosage next time if you find your first batch is too weak.
Q: Can I make cannabutter using other ingredients?
Yes! Cannabis can be infused with many different substances, as long as they are fat-soluble. Instead of using butter, you can use cooking oil (canola, olive or coconut oil) and follow the same steps.
Quick & Easy Edibles
If you’re not sure what to do with your very first batch of cannabutter, there’s no need to fret. Now that you have the main ingredient necessary to make marijuana-infused edibles, the next step is easy. Just pick a recipe!
Here’s a list of edible recipes that are great for beginners:
A more gourmet version of cannabutter can be found here.