If you want to get all the benefits of medical marijuana butter and avoid the drawbacks of smoking pot, read carefully. We will show you that you will get the best experience by learning how to make strong cannabutter. You will find that cooking cannabis butter is incredibly easy and the best way to use medical hemp.
Many of the recipes on the internet contain procedural flaws that may render your pot butter practically inert. This first recipe is foolproof, simple, and to the point, to give you the best and strongest weed butter every time.
#1 Best Formula for Making Cannabutter
We are giving you the easiest and best recipe up front so that you will immediately understand the process of making excellent pot butter. Then you can mull over each weed butter recipe which follows and choose the one that best fits your needs. Here’s what you’ll need to cook basic cannabutter:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 lb. of butter, unsalted
- 1 oz. of high quality lightly ground cannabis bud, or trim
- Container with Lid
- Glass or ceramic bowl, refrigerator and heat safe
- Baking sheet or oven pan
Step 1. Decarboxylate aka bake your bud for 30 mins
Preheat oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit or 102 degrees Celsius. Be sure the bud is in small pieces. If not, tear into grainy pieces with your hands (don’t overdo it). Spread evenly over the surface of the pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
This is a preliminary step called decarboxylation, but the big word is unimportant. You are simply heating the cannabis up to release active natural substances with healing and psychoactive properties. In other words, you are making the ganja much stronger. The cannabis will be light brown, dried out, and the active ingredients will be more concentrated.
Step 2. Add butter and water to stove pot, cook on low, throw in the weed
Add 1 lb. of butter and 1 cup of water to your cooking pot and simmer on low. The water will prevent the butter from burning. As the butter melts, add your 1 oz. of ground cannabis. This is a potent cannabutter recipe. For a gentler canna butter, add less cannabis to get a less potent ratio of cannabis to butter.
Step 3. Simmer 3 hours
Keep the mixture simmering on low for 3 hours stirring occasionally. Make sure it doesn’t reach a boil. Then remove from heat and let it cool enough to safely touch.
Step 4. Strain out plant material with cheesecloth
Tie your cheesecloth with twine to make a lid covering your glass or ceramic bowl or another container. Carefully pour the hot mixture into your bowl while straining it with the cheesecloth to remove all plant substance. You can also use a permanent coffee filter or mesh for straining.
Step 5. Refrigerate for hardening
Remove the cheesecloth. Cover the mixture and place it in the refrigerator for hardening. The butter will separate from the water and you will remove it with your spatula or other tool and place it in a storage container for use. Dispose of the remaining water.
Now it is time to enjoy your cannabis butter! When you are ready to use it, let it sit at room temperature if it needs to soften.
The Effects of CannaButter
Once you have used your THC butter recipe and it is time to enjoy your creation, you will need some information on how to dose it to get the desired effects.
Dosing: Divide into 28 pieces
Dosing your cannabutter can be incredibly tricky. The first mishap people make it taking too much, so this simple trick can be helpful. You have used an ounce of ganja in this recipe. Therefore, you theoretically have 28 grams of weed in the butter (minus the plant material). So, divide your butter into 28 equal pieces, say 4 rows of 7 (if you miscalculate, you can remold the butter and start again). Each piece will have the equivalent effect of 1 gram of weed which is about one large bowl. Beginners will start with half of that or less. The rule is “start low and go slow” for cannabis edibles. Wait 45 minutes to two hours before redosing. Do not make the mistake of thinking you should take more if you don’t get effects immediately. The effects of edibles start slow and build steadily. If you re-dose before the effects appear, you will have taken too much and will feel uncomfortably high for a few hours. In any case, do not consume the whole thing in one go. Weed butter will give you a slow and steady body high with euphoria and pain relief. It will work better than smoked marijuana for those with chronic illnesses because the effects will peak later and last longer.
- Each 1/28th piece = one bowl smoked (divide it up depending on your tolerance)
- Wait 45 mins to two hours before redosing
Now that you know how to make basic cannabutter and what effects to expect, let’s look at some awesome spins on the basic recipe our fellow cannabis lovers have discovered to personalized their cannabutter.
#2 The Crockpot Method
Some users prefer to use a crockpot to get a more concentrated cannabis butter. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 oz. of marijuana bud
- 1 lb. of butter, unsalted
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- Heat-safe container
Step 1. Turn crockpot to the highest setting.
Step 2. Put butter and vanilla extract drops into the pot. Wait for the butter to melt.
Step 3. Break or cut up your marijuana bud and put it into the crockpot and cover.
Step 4. Set the timer for 8 hrs., stirring every half hour.
Step 5. After 8 hours let it cool a bit for safe handling, then strain your mixture with the cheesecloth. You can use the cheesecloth over a funnel or fasten it tightly with twine over your heat-safe container. Carefully pour the butter over your strainer into your container to remove the plant material.
Step 6. Place the covered container in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
Step 7. Retrieve the butter from the fridge and scrape off the grainy bottom layer with your knife and enjoy!
#3 The Single Pot Method
This is the simplest method available for those who aren’t really into cooking. This method, done correctly can produce some of the strongest THC butter available since it has fewer materials for the cannabinoids to stick to and doesn’t use a strainer.
Ingredients and equipment:
- 1 lb. of unsalted butter
- 1 oz. of cannabis bud
Fill your medium sized pot with water and bring to a strong boil. Throw in your butter and weed and put a lid on it. Boil at around 210 degrees for 90 minutes, being sure it doesn’t boil over. After 90 minutes, take it off the stove, let it cool a bit before putting it in the refrigerator. Leave it overnight or until the butter is fully hardened which will take a few hours. You will have a nice disk of butter floating at the top of your pot. Cut around the edges and fish it out with a spatula. Most of the plant material will have settled to the bottom. A few specks in the butter will add a nice herbal flavor to your cannabutter. Divide your butter into appropriate doses and use in your favorite recipes!
# 4 Coconut Canna Butter Oil
While regular unsalted butter has healthy MCTs and other fatty acids, some people prefer to use Coconut oil which has incredible health benefits and an awesome taste. It also works very well for extracting THC. The oil can be used in cooking or applied in health products by alternative medicine practitioners.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- The ½ cup of coconut butter or oil
- ¼ oz. of weed trim
- 1 tsp granules of soy lecithin
- Mesh strainer
- Ceramic dish
Cut up your weed with scissors to get small pieces (not too small). Preheat oven to 220 F and place your bud in a ceramic dish (oven-safe) covered with foil for 30 minutes to decarboxylate your weed. Remove your dish from the oven and let it cool (leaving the oven on).
Place your coconut butter in a pan on the stove top at low heat and let it melt while your herb is cooling. Now remove the foil from the herb and sprinkle a half tsp of lecithin over the decarboxylated weed. Then pour your melted coconut butter over the herb, stir, and place it back into the oven for 50 minutes at 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now remove from oven after 50 minutes, and let it cool enough to comfortably touch it. Squash the herb with a spoon a bit, sprinkle with another half teaspoon of lecithin, stir, and place it back in the oven covered at 220 F for another 50 minutes.
Shut off the heat and allow to cool. Place it in the freezer for two hours. Remove from the freezer and reheat just enough to melt the oil. Now strain out the plant material and enjoy your coconut cannabis butter oil!
#5 Coconut Cannabis Butter
If you want coconut pot butter instead of oil, just use the same recipe as above but be sure to use coconut butter rather than oil. Then once you have your strained oil, place it into the refrigerator overnight for hardening and enjoy your coconut cannabis butter!
Effects of Coconut Cannabis Edibles
Coconut cannabis edibles including butter and oil are quickly gaining in popularity. Some enthusiasts swear it is far superior to regular butter in extracting the THC and other healing components of cannabis. It also has clear health benefits of its own from balancing cholesterol levels to treating skin inflammation. Coconut weed butter may be more potent than regular canna butter due to better absorption of cannabinoids and better bioavailability. The effects come on slow and build steadily so pace yourself. In our recipe, we have used ¼ oz. of weed, about 7 grams, which is like 7 large bowls smoked. So, divide into 7 to 21 pieces depending on your tolerance. It is best to check your tolerance by using a small amount every two hours and increasing the dose until you discover which does give you the desired effect.
- 1 #1 Best Formula for Making Cannabutter
- 1.1 Step 1. Decarboxylate aka bake your bud for 30 mins
- 1.2 Step 2. Add butter and water to stove pot, cook on low, throw in the weed
- 1.3 Step 3. Simmer 3 hours
- 1.4 Step 4. Strain out plant material with cheesecloth
- 1.5 Step 5. Refrigerate for hardening
- 1.6 The Effects of CannaButter
- 1.7 Dosing: Divide into 28 pieces
- 2 #2 The Crockpot Method
- 3 #3 The Single Pot Method
- 4 # 4 Coconut Canna Butter Oil
- 5 #5 Coconut Cannabis Butter