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Cannabutter - or butter infused with active cannabis - is a great way to enter the wonderful world of weed edibles. Not so comfortable in the kitchen, you say? Not to worry. Making marijuana butter is a simple, straightforward process that's doable for any level of culinary talent. If you make sure to avoid a few common mistakes, it's also a fun and rewarding activity that can be completed in a couple of hours from the comfort of your own home. Once the cannabis butter is ready, you will have an excellent base for all types of edibles, from baked goods to sauces to any other recipe that would benefit from a boost of THC.
Although butter is a great go-to because it is easily folded into any recipe, weed lovers, especially those who are vegetarian/vegan, should also consider using coconut oil for their infusion. It is one of the best oils to infuse with cannabis because its heat capacity is high compared to other oils, like canola or sunflower. Unlike butter or margarine, coconut oil doesn't change texture or consistency when heated. The fatty acids in coconut oil also help retain the most cannabinoids that are an essential aspect of the finished product.
Just like anything else that comes out of the kitchen, the key to making great cannabutter is the quality of the ingredients. In our case, the top ingredients include butter and cannabis, so opt for a fatty, European-style butter and top-shelf weed. Failure to use cannabis of a certain quality will result in a butter that will most likely leave you sleepy and lethargic. Also, try to avoid using trim or shake, which contain an abundance of plant matter containing chlorophyll, that can leave your weed butter with an overly bitter taste. Sticking with buds from your favorite strain will result in premium pot butter.
The most critical aspect of making cannabutter is decarboxylation. Raw cannabis contains the cannabinoids THCA and CBDA. In order to convert those cannabinoids into THC and CBD, the weed needs to be heated at a relatively low temperature and a slow pace. This particular method will ensure that none of the terpenes (oils that give marijuana its distinctive smells and tastes) and cannabinoids go up in smoke, so to speak. Not decarboxylating the cannabis properly is the number one mistake that cooks make when creating THC butter. Other common mistakes to avoid include overgrinding the weed (you won't be able to strain powdery herb), not using enough water during the simmering process and using too much weed.
Once the cannabutter is done and ready to consume, taste a tiny amount (around ¼ teaspoon) and wait an hour to see how it feels. Just like consuming edibles from a dispensary, let your body determine if the strength is appropriate for your needs. Remember that it is always best to err on the side of caution, so make sure that consuming your edibles is an enjoyable and positive experience by starting small. If you ingest more than you wish and begin to feel uncomfortable, there are several techniques that can be used to relax and stay calm. With that said, let's find out how to make weed butter!
Have you made your own cannabutter? What recipe do you prefer? Do you have any tricks or secrets that you'd like to share? Let us know your preferences for making your favorite THC infusion in the comments below.