Cannabutter Recipe: 3 Easy Steps to Cooking at Home
Given that hemp is now easily obtainable, people have started experimenting with different recipes making all sorts of goodies. One thing that has become wildly popular in the last few years is cannabutter recipes.
Of course, people usually don't make cannabis butter just so they can eat a new type of butter. Instead, they use it as an ingredient for various cookies and cakes. In order to cook cannabutter, you need to master the decarboxylation process.
Now, all of this might sound tricky, but with our guidance and cannabutter recipe, you will become an expert in no time!
Furthermore, we will help you determine the right dosage, which is crucial.
Main ingredients for cannabutter recipe
People usually cook cannabutter, so they would later be able to create sweets with lots of CBD.
Of course, there are also those who like butter from cannabis for its taste. Keep in mind that its full of cannabinoids, some of which can be really good for your body.
If you wish to make a healthier version, you can also add other beneficial ingredients, such as coconut oil.
However, always remember that some of these combinations will not work. It is also rather easy to go overboard with some of these other ingredients, so try to be moderate.
So, what do you need for this? Just 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of ground, decarboxylated cannabis. That’s all!
The whole process starts with decarboxylation. As you might've guessed from the name, this is a process during which you remove carbs from the cannabis flower.
It is crucial for everything else that you will do later on. You can also skip it if you want, but it will lead to a much weaker end product.
Like a regular joint, you always have to light your cannabis when making edibles.
According to some cannabutter lovers, you can also decarboxylate the plant into the butter directly. This would save you a lot of time.
Unfortunately, it will also affect the taste of the end product. Even though you’re probably creating cannabis butter in order to get high, you would likely want sweets to taste the right way.
3 Steps to cooking a cannabutter recipe
Start with decarboxylation
Put the flowers on a pan and place it in a preheated oven. Make sure that the plant is completely safe and that the tray is covered. Otherwise, things will get sticky real quick! The whole process lasts for about 30 minutes, but if cannabis is properly dried, it might last even less. You can also adjust your oven temperature if you want to make it faster or slower. But, it is much better to take your time so that you don’t lose cannabinoids. During decarboxylation, you should open the oven every 10 minutes and shake the tray a bit. This would lead to a more even baking. When all of that is done, you should take the decarboxylated cannabis and grind it a bit more. This shouldn’t be too hard because it will be crunchy.
Add the butter to the mix
Now, it's time to melt the regular butter. Take some kind of a pet or a pan, place 1 cup of butter inside, and add 1 cup of water. Water is crucial here because it prevents the butter from scorching. If you think there isn't enough water or that the butter will start evaporating, make sure to add some more (but don't overdo it as it will affect the quality). Everything's done on medium temperature (let's say, around 200 Fahrenheit or a bit lower). Once the butter starts melting, you should add previously prepared substance into the pot. It should simmer for 2 to 3 hours with occasional stirring. Don't overdo it as it will start evaporating!
After a couple of hours, the mixture is ready to go. Create a funnel that would allow you to strain cannabutter from pot to a cheesecloth. Make sure that it has properly cooled off before you do so. Now, it’s time to put it in a fridge. Sometimes, water will appear at the bottom of the jar, but you can easily drain it. If this is your first time using cannabutter for recipes, you should be very careful with the dosage. Use it scarcely.
Potential issues and additional tips
Given that the whole process can be relatively complex (especially for people who are not that good in the kitchen), small mistakes can easily occur.
From losing the taste to losing CBD, these are some small things you need to prevent at all costs.
- Make sure to cook it properly. Otherwise, not only will it taste bad, but you also won’t get CBD
- Be careful when grinding your flowers. There are lots of myths about increased cannabis potency if you grind it a bit longer. This cannot be farther from the truth. In fact, over-grinding can cause issues with the flavor making it much sourer
- Take care of the dosage. Cannabis edibles work differently from smoked cannabis. They can hit you really hard, so, if you don't pay attention, you can get a really bad trip. We recommend that you start with a smaller quantity of cannabis first time around. Later on, if you like the cannabutter recipe, you can add a bit more CBD and even some additional ingredients to boost the flavor.
- Like with any other type of cooking, water is there to prevent cannabis from burning. In fact, without water, you can easily ruin your favorite pan. At the same time, you shouldn’t use too much water as it will dilute the butter
- Don’t limit yourself. Most people use cannabutter as an ingredient for sweets. However, like any other butter, it can also be used for meat, mushrooms, and lots of other tasty treats. Butter improves the taste of almost anything, and you will likely appreciate the flavor of cannabutter
Wrapping it up
With these simple tips, you will easily master the cooking of this homemade cannabutter recipe.
If you have little experience with cooking in general, we suggest that you consult a more experienced person.
Or, if you won’t want to waste CBD, you can try some other, similar cooking recipes, and get back to making cannabis butter once you feel good about your skills.