How to Make Your Own Cannabutter at Home

Written by JamalEdeen Barghouti April 7, 2020
DIYLearn

It’s 4/20 all month long, and while many of us are staying safe at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little 420 fun. Today, we want to share a simple recipe with you for making your own cannabutter! Making cannabutter is simple and allows you to make all kinds of your own edibles, whether it’s cookies or a little bulletproof coffee to start your morning. 

Ingredients & tools

Here’s all the things you’ll need to make your own cannabutter, keep in mind that the butter can be swapped with a popular cooking oil with a high smoke point like coconut, or any other popular non-dairy fat to make it vegan. You also would not need water if you switch to an oil.

  • Butter
  • Water
  • Cannabis
  • Cheesecloth or some other tool to strain
  • Stovetop or crockpot
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheet

Process

There are a few different ways to make your own cannabis oils and butters, but today we’re sharing the simplest one we know. The first thing you will need to do is get some cannabis, we really like using the Baking Shake like the ones offered at Silver State Relief, because they come in ½ oz jars and it’s already the perfect texture for making cannabutter, but you can get any kind of cannabis you prefer. 

First, you will need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This is the same process that happens when you smoke cannabis flower -- essentially the heat breaks apart the acid bindings of the cannabinoid THCA, which transforms it into THC -- the cannabinoid that gets you stoned. While there are believed to be benefits of consuming THCA, getting high is not one of them.

  • First, preheat your oven to 220-240 degrees (NOTE: that some ovens vary in temperature. If your cannabis seems to be browning too quickly or smells like it’s burning, reduce heat). 
  • Lay out your Baking Shake onto a cookie sheet with some wax paper on it. If you’re not using Baking Shake, we suggest grinding or crushing up your weed so that it can lay flat on a baking sheet, but not too fine otherwise you could risk burning it.
  • Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven, allowing it to have an even amount of heat on the top and the bottom.
  • Let the cannabis bake in your oven for about 45 minutes until it is golden-brown. 

WARNING: This process will definitely make your house smell like cannabis. If this is an issue, we suggest baking in a closed mason-jar to eliminate the amount of odor that is released, or maybe just buying already-made edibles.

Once your cannabis is “baked” (lol), let it cool until it’s room-temperature and easier to handle. 

Now it’s time to make your butter!

  • First, melt your butter by adding equal parts butter and water in a saucepan. The water helps to regulate temperature and keep your butter from scorching.
  • Once the water and butter have combined and before the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and stir in your cannabis.
  • Simmer the mixture at a low heat (below 200 degrees), stirring occasionally and not allowing it to boil, for 2-3 hours.
  • After 2-3 hours, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Strain your cannabutter into the container of your choice using cheesecloth to capture all of the plant material in your butter. For the best taste, you want to allow the butter to drip naturally and not use force to squeeze the excess out -- by squeezing it, more of the plant matter can end up in your final product resulting in a bitter taste.
  • Once you have allowed all of the butter to drain, you can dispose of the plant matter. 
  • Refrigerate your container of butter. NOTE: While your butter cools, some excess water may collect at the bottom of your container. You can release the solid butter with a knife or fork, and drain the excess water as necessary.

And there you have it, simple cannabutter to add to any of your favorite recipes. Remember to dose responsibly -- when it comes to edibles we always suggest to start slow and build to your desired effect. We recommend trying it on your favorite toasted bread to test it’s potency before using it in a recipe. 

If you don’t have a stovetop and prefer to use a slow-cooker, follow the same steps but add less water if you’re using butter, no water if using a different fat like coconut oil. Keep your slow-cooker under 200 degrees and stir often. Let ingredients simmer for 2-3 hours in the slow-cooker, follow the same straining steps as above.

SOURCES:

Leafly

Bon Appetit

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