Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to make cannabis infused butter.

CannaButter 101:

One of the questions I get asked quite often has to do with how to make edibles.  For me, the easiest way to make a batch is to 1st make CannaButter.  Not to be confused with budder or wax, CannaButter is simply, butter infused with cannabis essential oil or concentrates.  In this example, I'm using oil but the process is the same if using kief or other concentrated cannabis.

About 2 grams oil to 1 stick butter.
Step 1, decide how much concentrate to put in the butter. Many times, one can't be sure exactly the amount of THC cannabinoids contained in a particular concentrate.  Being a proponent of the "better safe than sorry" school of thought, if you don't know start small.  For this batch, I used approximately 2 grams of oil into 1 stick or 4 Oz. butter.  The oil was about 75% THC, so about 1500 mg of THC went into the butter.

I use an IR temp meter, a candy thermometer is just as good.
Step 2, melt the butter on medium low heat.  When melted fully, add the concentrate to the butter.  I use setting 4 on my stove, the idea is to keep the butter at about 300-320 Fahrenheit.   

Stir and watch temperature frequently.

 Step 3, stir the butter pretty constantly while making sure the temperature stays below 320 degrees.  You will notice the butter bubbling, this is normal.  The butter needs to simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Decarboxylization is a big word and not really a topic for a 101 course.  Activating the THC is a much easier way to think of what's going on. 

Stay below 320

 Congratulations, after the 20-25 min you have successfully created CannaButter.  It really is that easy.  Now, you need to make sure of a couple things. 1st, KEEP YOUR EDIBLES AWAY FROM CHILDREN!  Any child will grab and eat a brownie if they think it's okay, many will eat them even if you tell them they shouldn't.  2nd, even though cannabis is NOT toxic, make sure you use a reasonable amount and weigh out your doses.  This 1500 mg stick of butter was used to make 30, 50 mg cupcakes.  Using the same amount in say 10 large cookies would lead to an uncomfortable dose for most new or low tolerance users. 

So, now that you have your CannaButter with activated THC, it's time to bake your edibles.  Remember, terpenes start boiling off below 315 degrees so if possible try to bake or cook at that temperature or below.  

Eating cannabis is a great way to experience many of the beneficial qualities of cannabis both medicinally and recreationally.  Keep some peppercorns on hand if anyone starts to feel a little too high as chewing them has been shown to reduce unwanted psychoactive effects.


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