How to Make Cannabutter
The consumption of cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, has increased over the past few years as it’s become legal in many states. Whether for recreational or medicinal use, you should first check with a medical cannabis doctor to understand the full scope, power and benefits of cannabis.
In Ohio, we’ve had tons of inquiries on how to make homemade edibles so we felt compelled to provide insights we’ve acquired from several CannaChefs; many are part of the Ohio Green Team patient community! While many people settle on smoking or vaping cannabis, edibles containing CannaButter have been on the rise. CannaButter is the simplest way to infuse all of your traditional home-baked goods as it serves as a base ingredient; from rice krispy treats and muffins to decadent chocolates and cookies! If it requires butter, it is a perfect candidate for an infused treat!
What is Cannabutter?
Cannabis infused butter, otherwise known as CannaButter, is a primary ingredient in many marijuana-infused recipes. Technically infused cannabis butter is an ‘extraction’ because the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the cannabis plant and infused into the butter’s fat.
The butter from a normal recipe is then substituted with CannaButter to produce psychoactive, euphoric effects. CannaButter is often used in decadent edible recipes (such as brownies or rice krispy treats) but ultimately depends on the user and their personal preferences / dietary needs. It can be made from dried cannabis buds, trim, solventless hash, or even sugar leaf.
Benefits of CannaButter recipes are far reaching! Some of the most popular health benefits include:
CannaButter Aids In Sleep
Lack of sleep can be traumatizing and damaging in terms of your effectiveness. However, with the proper use of CannaButter, you are assured of getting a peaceful night.
The THC and CBD combined improves sleep by decreasing pain-associated insomnia. Nevertheless, it would help if you use the right quantities of CannaButter to avoid dependency.
Alleviates Cancer-related Symptoms
Cancer has been on the rise over the past years and causes financial drains to many. Patients infected with cancer portray signs such as vomiting, pain, and nausea.
With the numerous researches done, cannabis has proved a natural remedy to relieving pain and alleviating cancer symptoms.
For this reason, incorporating CannaButter into the diet can help alleviate cancer symptoms and induce a smile on the patient.
Beauty Benefits from CannaButter
CannaButter forms a part of many beauty products. Rich in vitamin A, C, and E and Omega, it works wonders for the skin as well as hair fall. The substance stimulates the cells that produce tissues that promote radiant and healthy skin. It also reduces the signs of aging.
The effect of the free radicals induced due to pollution is also reduced by products containing CannaButter. Omega 3, 6, and 9 present in CannaButter promotes hair growth by cleaning and opening the hair follicles. It also nourishes the hair and makes them strong and healthy. In addition to this, these micronutrients ensure water control and thus keep the skin and scalp nourished, hydrated, and healthy.
CannaButter Supports Pain Relief
Edibles are often the only viable method of marijuana delivery for individuals who are extremely ill or in significant pain. In general, food is considered a source of pleasure for a lot of people, but if you have cancer and are being treated with chemotherapy, for example, your appetite is likely to dissipate significantly.
When you use edibles, you can kill two birds with one stone: marijuana can help stimulate appetite, which makes the person want to eat more. Then, the power of the THC and CBD in the edibles could provide relief from intense, chronic pain.
Edibles have the potential to help people with an array of illnesses. For instance, Crohn’s Disease damages the gastrointestinal tract through inflammation. Normally, eating with an inflamed stomach is torture, but with edibles, the stomach receives much-needed cannabinoids and can handle the food.
How to Make CannaButter
Butter is delicious and contains essential nutrients that can contribute to human health. Besides using butter, you can also use:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Other fatty oils
To properly make your CannaButter, these are the steps.
STEP 1: Decarboxylation
- The first important step is decarboxylating the cannabis flower you are planning on working with to make quality CannaButter.
- Decarbing involves activating THC and CBD by heating the inactive tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA).
- To achieve this, preheat your oven to 240 degrees F and add 14 grams of cannabis to a baking sheet. Then allow it to cook for 35-40 minutes.
- Depending on your cannabis, fresh cannabis requires more eating of up to 1 hour while drier cannabis 20 minutes.
- Regularly stir and rotate the cannabis to prevent burning until the color changes from bright green to dark green.
STEP 2: Stovetop Cooking
After heating the cannabis, you will need the following:
- Food processor
- One saucepan
- Two cheesecloths
- 500ml water
- One wooden spoon
- Two stick of 225grams butter
Heat the water and then add the butter till it completely melts. Stir well and add the cannabis and allow it to simmer for 3-4 hours. Be sure to stir after every short interval.
Once ready, put the two cheesecloths over the bowl and pour the mixture, allowing it to drain.
Move the cooled liquid into a storage container and refrigerate until solid. The CannaButter is ready, and you can enjoy your tantalizing meal. The length of storage varies, and with adequate preparation, your CannaButter can last for even up to six months.
Proper Dosing is Key
Your CannaButter’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. Even the type of cannabis used (indica vs. sativa strains) can be a factor. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes. For more information on why potency is so difficult to measure in homemade cannabis edibles, check out part four of this series.
General Rule of Thumb: START LOW AND GO SLOW
Voila, you now have the base ingredient to whip up your homemade edibles – the possibilities are endless! For advice on CannaButter use and preparation, we are always available to help. Feel free to reach us here.
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