Have you ever tried making your own weed butter?
If you have, what was it like? Which recipe and ingredients did you use? If you haven’t, we have a great guide for you on how to make cannabutter.
Pull up a chair, grab some snacks and get ready to learn:
- How to make weed butter
- What are the best ways to make it
- Three proven ways to make it
Let’s jump straight in.
What is weed butter exactly?
If you are a cannabis enthusiast, you’ve surely heard of the term “edible” — a piece of food that is prepared with cannabis as one of the vital ingredients. They come in many forms, such as cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins, chocolate bars, and butter!
That’s right butter, just like regular dairy butter or peanut butter, cannabis can be chopped and screwed into delicious, bread-smearing, cake-making, spoon-licking butter.
Weed butter is the essential ingredient in many cannabis edibles, due to its nature of being easily mixable with other ingredients. It is made through a process called extraction, during which the elements of marijuana such as THC and CBD are juiced out of the plant and then infused with other ingredients such as dairy butter, coconut oil and many other.
It is very important to always have in mind that consumption of cannabutter should be supervised, and with proper care and understanding.
Cannabutter is one of the most potent and highly concentrated forms of medical marijuana which means that it is nothing to be toyed with. Dosing weed butter can be tricky if you aren’t paying extreme attention, but we’ll talk about that a bit later.
What is cannabutter used for?
Cannabutter primarily found its use, just like marijuana recently, in the fields of medicine and pharmacy.
However, for decades and centuries, weed butter has been known to our species as humans have experimented with cannabis infused products for a long time, not depending on the status of cannabis legality at the moment in time.
In the past few years since legalization started around the world in foreign countries such as Netherlands, USA, and several others on lower levels of regulation, weed butter is primarily used for making medicinal and recreational types of foods.
Since it can easily replace any other type of butter in any recipe, its limits are basically unknown to us.
Properly dosed weed butter can give the user a very nice and smooth high, which is why some people prefer consuming cannabis this way.
The active ingredients of cannabis taken by smoking a joint and eating a cannabis infused edible are processed by your body in a different way, but still giving you the same result, which is also good news for those who don’t like smoking cannabis because of the side effects of smoke.
What are the best strains for weed butter?
When it comes down to which strain is the best choice for your first batch of weed butter, we will have to pull out the old cookbook excuse — the truth is you should pick whichever strains you personally like.
If Grandaddy OG Kush gives you the best buzz, then why change a winning tactic?
Then again, we can also give you a couple more informed advices that might give you a bit more insight before you turn your inner Gordon Ramsay on and start whipping up cakes from scratch.
When it comes down to which parts of the plant you can use, always have in mind that you can use either the buds, or the rest of the plant depending on how strong you want the butter to be in the end.
If you decide not to use the buds, the strain really doesn’t have a lot to do with the whole process so you don’t even have to think about that anymore.
But bare in mind:
Just like making almost every other cannabis infused food, the best weed butter is made from the buds of the plant.
As it turns out, raw cannabis itself is not psychoactive, despite what the popular opinion in some places might be or what your parents might have told you.
In fact, chewing on fresh cannabis leaves has actually been a practice in Ancient Asia that is said to be good for taking in more antioxidants and amino acids.
In order for cannabis to actually give you a high, two prerequisites need to be fulfilled:
- The buds need to be dried and aged before being ready for consumption
- The buds need to be heated to a certain temperature.
The most and strongest psychoactive compounds are actually released by heating the plant than by letting it age and dry longer.
In order to release the full potential of the plant’s psychoactive effects, you must first go through a process called decarboxylation.
Prior to the whole process of making cannabis infused foods, the buds are always decarboxylated — this means that cannabis is thermally treated in order for weed to release the utmost amount of THC.
The process of decarbing happens at temperatures of 200 – 250F or 90 – 120C, but we’ll talk about that a bit later!
That temperature is a lot lower than the temperature at which cannabis burns when smoked, which is between 400 and 900 degrees Celsius.
As you can see on the chart, the best way to reach the desired amount of THC is by following the curve.
Heating the buds on a high temperature for a shorter period of time has proven to be more effective than baking it for a bit longer on a lower temperature.
For the optimal THC content of 15-20% you should decarb your buds 7-25 min on 300F or 250F respectively.
Butter, water or coconut oil? Which ingredient should you use?
In the current world of making cannabutter there are 2 streams that claim their recipe is the best, and then there are also those that claim making cannabutter doesn’t have to be restricting to only one of the two ingredients.
So which is the best additive to weed butter, dairy butter or coconut oil?
Every one of those options is a good choice if you have something that stops you from taking the other, for example: you might be lactose intolerant so you decide to go with the coconut oil recipe.
Others just don’t like the taste and smell of coconut oil, and it does largely cover up the taste and smell of the cannabis in the final product, which could also be a good reason to go with butter and that way save the full weed experience.
While those two are favorite for the best additive, most recipes heavily rely on water being one of the main ingredients for preparing weed butter.
A couple important things to keep in mind is that when cooking with water:
- Separating the trim will be a much easier task
- The flavor will be reduced in the end product
- Waste materials will be easier to get rid of
- The butter will be much more clarified after the process
Why use water instead of cooking cannabis directly in butter or oil?
You don’t have to use water when making weed butter, but it does have a few benefits over using just butter or oil by itself:
Pros of Using Water
When making cannabutter with water chlorophyll is leached much more efficiently than when making it with butter or oil only. This results in the butter having a far weaker taste and smell of weed. Physics also taught us that solid materials tend to sink in water and float in butter, so you won’t have too much trouble separating the remaining plant material from the pot in which you are preparing the butter. The smell and taste of cannabis will still be there, but at a far lower level that you would have expected!
Cons of Using Water
Since the weed butter that is made with water quickly goes bad, it has to be either consumed quickly or kept in the fridge. The extra moisture makes it more susceptible to mold than waterless cannabutter. However, this type of cannabutter is far easier to be frozen and saved in a freezer for months, all the while not losing any of its potency over time. The butter has far less plant residue when water is used in the mix for two main reasons: it flows easily through the gauze or whatever you are using to cleanse it, and if it does go through it will sink down easily, opposed to butter where it will still float.
So far we’ve talked about what is weed butter, what are its uses, what are the best strains for production, which are the best additives and best ways to alter your butter..
Now, we are going to let you in on Greencamp’s secret weed butter recipe…
Get your spatulas and pots ready.
Dosing, ingredients and tools for making weed butter
These are the ingredients and tools you will be needing for preparing a batch of cannabutter with the Greencamp weed butter recipe.
Also, keep in mind that cannabutter MUST sit in the fridge for at least a day in order to gain solidity, so always make it a day ahead of whatever event you might be getting ready for.
The batch we will be making equals to about:
- 15 strong portions
- 30 regular portions
- 50 light portions
The ingredients for one pound of cannabutter are listed below:
- 1 oz dried cannabis bud, or 3 oz dried trim – 30 grams of buds or 85-100g of trim
- 1 pound butter (usually 4 sticks of butter)
- Aluminum foil
- One baking sheet or tray for the oven
- One weed grinder
- Several semi-deep pots
- Cheesecloth or gauze for filtering
- One plastic bowl
If you haven’t paid close attention to the article, we’ll get over the process of decarbing again quickly (but this time with images for you to wrap your head around it easily).
Then get to making the best damn weed butter you will ever have in your life.
Decarbing the cannabis:
- Preheat the oven to 250° F (120° C) and line in your baking tray with aluminum foil.
- Grind the cannabis buds, but not too much, and certainly not as much as you would if you were to smoke it. You want the weed to be ground up but not ground down to dust.
- Spread the weed across the aluminum covered baking tray and slide the tray into the oven once it reaches the desired temperature.
- Leave it inside for about 20-30 minutes. At this point, your house will start smelling of weed so much your neighbors might think you are hosting a Snoop Dogg fan club meeting. You will see some steam and vapor leaving the ground down weed while decarbing, which is nothing to be worried about.
- Take it out once the cannabis becomes slightly brownish. Grind it down with your hands and if there are any bigger pieces left, but again, don’t make it into a powder either.
Mixing cannabis with butter and water
- Put 4 cups (just under a liter) of water into a semi-deep cooking pot and bring it to a boil.
Turn heat down to medium-low, and add butter to the water. Wait for butter to melt into the water, all the while stirring and mixing the pot.
- Once the water and butter have fused, add the decarbed cannabis to the pot.
- The cannabis will be afloat with at least one or two inches of clearance under the cannabis. If not, add more water to the mix. This won’t change the potency of the final product as the THC doesn’t stick to water, but rather helps filter the stuff you don’t want in your butter!
- Leave the pot to cook for about 90 minutes on Medium-Low and give it an occasional stir. There should be bubbles rising to the top of the water, but no actual boiling, so make sure you hit the right temperature!
Separating the butter from the plant residue
- Cover a plastic bowl with a large piece of very fine cloth, we recommend using gauze or cheesecloth for best results. This is used to strain out the weed residue from the rest of the mix inside the pot.
- Use extreme caution when pouring the contents of the pot onto the gauze! It is very hot! Once you pour the whole pot over the gauze, lift the gauze and let the liquid content flow through. Don’t touch the gauze with your hands as the content within is still very hot and full of water and oil.
- Squeeze the remaining water and oil from the gauze by pressing it with a spatula to one of the sides of the plastic bowl so you don’t spill anything.
- Once you’ve extracted all possible fluids from the gauze, put the plastic bowl in the fridge overnight. In the morning you will see the butter has hardened and formed on top, while the small remainder of the residue will be on the bottom of the bowl, so make sure you don’t shake it too much.
- Use a thin knife to separate the edges of the butter from the bowl. It might just pop off in one big chunk. Under the butter you’ll see the remaining residue which you should get rid of.
- Put the butter on a piece of baking paper or something to dry the bottom side of it, and then once you are done pack the butter in a container for storage and use!
How to store cannabutter?
Cannabutter can be stored in a fridge up to a week, but not longer.
It is very susceptible to molding. Drying the butter well is a great way to have it stored for a couple days as the water inside is the main contributor to molding.
Cannabutter is best to be used within the first 3 days of making, but it can also be stored in a fridge for months!
Food and drinks to make with your butter
As we said before, there is nothing that you can make with butter that you can’t make with cannabutter. Weed butter found a huge fanbase once it integrated itself in more and more kitchens around the world.
Here’s a couple things you can make quickly with weed butter:
- Chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cups are a must try!
- Pumpkin pot brownies or perhaps Oreo weed brownies are by far the easiest to make.
- Ever thought about Weed Mac n Cheese? What about cannabutter and jelly? Try it!
- And a large number of cannabutter infused drinks!
To wrap it up…
Cannabutter can be a great addition to your cooking if you want to make your days a little bit more funky. Weed butter is tasty, easy to make and with the right dosing it can bring a new dimension to your cooking.
As it has various uses in the kitchen, we’ve learned that you can make just about anything with cannabutter just like you can with regular, dairy butter.
If you never experimented with cannabis, you don’t like smoking, but you want to give the good old Mary Jane a run, why not give cannabutter a chance?