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Cannabutter 101 The Art of Making Infused Cannabis Butter

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

By: Chef Buz Deliere | The Chronic Magazine

Infused cannabis butter can be used in various recipes giving you the ability to dose your favorite foods

What is cannabutter?


Cannabutter is an infused cannabis butter created by decarboxylating marijuana and then adding it to melted butter. The result of this process creates a powerfully infused butter that can be used to make all kinds of sweet and savory edibles.


Infused cannabis butter is used in a variety of recipes such as brownies, cookies, cakes, pies, and other baked goods. It can also be used to infuse sauces or dressings for salads. The versatility of infused cannabutter means it can be used for everything from breakfast to dessert. Cannabutter is easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients and some patience.

What is decarboxylation?


Decarboxylation is an important step when making cannabis edibles. It refers to the process of activating the THC and CBD compounds in cannabis, which are otherwise dormant. This is done by heating the plant material at a low temperature for an extended period, typically around 200 degrees Celsius for 45-60 minutes.


By doing this, the cannabinoids and terpenes are activated which allows them to interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors and have a psychoactive effect. Decarboxylation is an essential step in making infused cannabis butter as it activates the cannabis that will be used in the recipe.

Can I decarboxylate cannabis at home?


Decarboxylating cannabis at home is a relatively straightforward process that requires just a few simple ingredients and some patience. To decarboxylate your cannabis, you will need an oven-safe dish, parchment paper, ground cannabis flower or trim, and an oven preheated to 200 degrees Celsius (or 392 degrees Fahrenheit).


Place the parchment paper in the bottom of the baking dish and spread out the ground material evenly on top. Put this into the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Once it's done cooking, remove it from the heat and let cool before using it in recipes. Decarboxylation is essential for making infused cannabis butter as it activates the compounds in cannabis so they can interact with our body's cannabinoid receptors and have a psychoactive effect.



Decarboxylation

Decarbing your flower at home is easy but will also be very fragrant. If you live in a place where the aroma is a concern then what I like to do is to boil a separate pot of water with about five or six cinnamon sticks in it to help mask the cannabis aroma. You'll need to continually add water throughout the process so that the cinnamon sticks don't burn. To decarb your cannabis follow these simple instructions:


First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, break up any big buds into smaller pieces and place them on the baking sheet making sure not to overlap.


Now bake in the oven for approximately 35-45 minutes. Remove them from the baking sheet and allow them to cool. Now your cannabis is ready to be infused into the butter.

What can I use cannabutter for?

cannabis infused butter is great for making homemade chocolate chip cookies

Cannabutter is a powerful cannabis infused butter that has many uses and benefits. It can be used to make all kinds of sweet and savory edibles, from homemade chocolate chip cookies to brownies and cakes to sauces and dressings for salads.


Infused butter also provides users with an easy way to infuse their food with cannabinoids, allowing them to get the therapeutic effects of marijuana without having to smoke it or take capsules. Just simply substitute cannabutter for the butter or oil in your favorite recipes.


Infused butter allows users to create delicious recipes that provide long-lasting relief from conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, and more. With its versatility in the kitchen and health benefits when ingested properly, cannabutter is a great choice for anyone looking for an alternative form of consuming medical marijuana.


How strong is my cannabutter?


When making infused butter, several factors can affect the final THC percentage of the end product. The amount and potency of cannabis used, how it is decarboxylated, and how much butter or other fat is used all play a role in determining the strength of your finished cannabutter.


Additionally, if you plan to make edibles with your infused cannabutter such as brownies or cookies, then the baking process itself can further reduce the potency of your edibles due to heat degradation. It’s important to keep these things in mind when making cannabutter so that you can accurately determine what dose will work best for you and ensure that your edibles have an optimal level of potency.


The higher the THC on the flower you use the higher the THC content will be in the final product. If the cannabutter is too strong you can always add less to your recipe and substitute the remaining with regular butter.


What do I need to make cannabutter?


Besides cannabis that is decarboxylated, some of the items you will need to make your own infused cannabis butter are a Stockpot, cheesecloth, mesh strainer, a bowl or container for your finished butter, some butter (unsalted), and water. It's an easy process that just takes some patience.


How to properly store your cannabutter


Cannabutter must be stored properly to ensure its potency remains intact. With the right techniques, you can make sure your infused butter lasts for weeks or even months.


The best way to store cannabutter is in an airtight container. This will keep the air and light out, preventing oxidation that can degrade the cannabinoids. Additionally, you should also wrap your butter tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap as this helps protect it from moisture and bacteria.


Lastly, you can also freeze your cannabutter for extended storage. Just make sure to thaw it slowly in the refrigerator and avoid using the microwave as this can degrade the cannabinoids. By following these simple tips, you can safely store your cannabutter and ensure its potency remains intact.


Now Let's Make Some Infused Butter

Infused cannabis butter will come out whole if allowed to properly cool overnight

Ingredients


1 Pound unsalted Butter

4 Cups Water

28 Grams of decarbed Cannabis (High THC %)

*Always remember you get out what you put in, meaning if you put cheap, low THC flower into your butter then the butter will be lower in THC potency.


Instruction


Now, in a saucepan heat the water on medium heat and bring it to a light simmer, and add the butter. Once the butter is melted stir in the cannabis and bring to a boil then reduce immediately to a very light simmer on low to medium heat.


stir occasionally and check the water level, if needed add a little more water to prevent the butter and cannabis from burning. simmer for about four hours and twenty minutes then strain through a cheesecloth into a bowl or glass container.


Throw away any remaining cannabis strained from the butter. make sure to really squeeze the strained cannabis to get out all the butter, this will be hot so I recommend a heat-resistant glove. now just refrigerate the butter and water mixture, once it starts to cool the butter will separate from the water and harden.


Discard the dirty water and rinse the cooled and hardened butter with cold water to remove any remaining debris. Now you're ready to start making your own infused dishes!



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