Cannabis has a wide usage.
Either medically or recreationally.
That is why cannabis has been one of the most popular controversial substances across the world.
Although marijuana has different forms in which it is used. Edibles and smokable weed are some of the widely popular forms.
In edibles, cannabutter is something that people love the most.
Because cannabutter is not the only tastier way to taste marijuana but also beneficial for health too.
Even people usually make cannabutter at their homes. So, if you are too interested in knowing the benefits of cannabutter and how to make it then read along to know everything about it.
You will be a cannabutter expert after this!
Let’s get started:
What is Cannabutter?
It is a combination of cannabis and butter.
Hence Cannabutter is a cannabis-infused butter that contains mainly CBD. As CBD is a non-psychoactive compound hence it can be also used for medical patients as well.
Well, it is one of the most common and popularly used marijuana edibles around the world used by recreational and medical weed enthusiasts.
As cannabis has mainly two cannabinoids – THC and CBD. Therefore, cannabutter might have any of them dominantly. While in some cases cannabutter might contain both of them.
It depends upon the user whether they want to make it enriched in either cannabinoids or both. Depending upon the requirement, there are different varieties available.
Apart from this, just like cannabis, cannabutter has different effects as well.
Uses of Cannabutter
Apart from a cannabis edible, cannabutter is one of the popular treatment methods in several medical conditions.
That is why cannabutter is used in different diseases. It not only helps to relieve the patient but also helps to recover them quickly.
As a sleeping aid
Cannabis can help in improving sleep quality.
One of the reviews noted that THC and CBD are cannabinoids that can improve one’s sleep quality. Hence, both cannabinoids are also found to be effective in symptoms of insomnia.
Although some experts also say that overuse of cannabis as a sleeping aid can lead to dependency on it, which is not a good thing. Therefore, before using any cannabis-related substance for health one must need to get the concern of a physician.
Can ease chemotherapy after-effects
In many types of research, it has been found that cannabis can help reduce the symptoms of chemotherapy in cancer.
The symptoms lead the patient to vomit, lose appetite, and have nausea.
Cannabis can help reduce these symptoms to some extent. CBD which is one of the compounds found in cannabis may work as anti-nausea.
Therefore, cannabis has been prescribed by the physician in certain cases of symptoms, which can be eased by it.
Apart from all the benefits and advantages, excessive use of cannabis can also lead to issues. Hence, a physician’s recommendation is a must.
How to Make Cannabutter?
The butter is quite delicious.
And, if it gets infused with cannabis then the taste gets to another level and so does the effect of it.
As now, you know what are the effects and benefits of Cannabutter, you might be interested in making it at your home.
Therefore, here is a step-by-step guide that will ultimately help you in making the cannabutter.
Step 1. Decarboxylation
To make cannabutter, this is the very first and important step.
It is also known as decarbing.
This process is necessary because it ultimately activates the cannabinoid compounds in your cannabis. In raw form, it has tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) which are further converted to THC and CBD by giving heat.
Hence this process is known as Decarboxylation or decarbing.
What you have to do all for decarbing is to pre-heat your oven to up to 115 degrees Celsius. After that, you can slowly put in a small quantity of cannabis. Put 10 to 15 grams in one cycle.
Let it be for around half an hour.
The cooking time is directly related to the freshness of your weed.
If it is fresher then it might take more time due to available moisture and other factors. While if it is dried then it must take less time.
While cooking your cannabis, you need to check and rotate your buds every once in a while. Don’t let your oven burn the buds.
When the color of your weed bud changes to dark brown-green from green then it means your buds are now ready to take it to the next step.
The only precaution in this step is to not overcook the buds. As it might burn the weed and its taste and smell might be affected.
Requirements for next steps:
- Decarboxylated cannabis (10-15 grams)
- Grinder –grind the cooked buds.
- 500ml of water.
- 225g of butter.
- 1 saucepan.
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 glass bowl.
Step 2. Grind and prepare cannabis
Now, you need a grinder.
You have to grind the available decarboxylated cannabis from step 1. Also, you can prepare the butter and saucepan for the next step.
Step 3. Prepare butter
Take the saucepan and put the taken water and butter in it. Let the butter melt and simmer on low. Water ultimately prevents the butter from scorching. You can also adjust the temperature accordingly.
Step 4. Adding cannabis
Now, butter has been prepared. You can add ground cannabis to it.
Step 5. Cooking
After adding the cannabis to melted butter. Now, let it be at a temperature around 70 degrees Celsius. Ideally, simmer on low and stir the mixture every once in a while. You can also put the lid on.
Cook for around 2-4 hours.
Cooking slowly gives better results. Hence, keep a regular eye on the temperature.
As the mixture seems thick and glossy, now, you can move to the next step.
Step 6. Now, you have almost prepared the cannabutter. However, before you can serve, you need to store it. And for that, you need a cheesecloth and pour the mixture into a glass bowl. Let the liquid drain through.
Step 7. Next, you have to let the stored liquid cool at least for 45-60 minutes. After that, you can store the liquid in the refrigerator. The butter must be separated from the water as a top thick layer. You can scrape the butter and store it in any container or jar.
Hurrah! Now, your cannabutter has been prepared. You can serve it with snacks or your favorite food.
Note – If you want to make non-psychoactive cannabutter for yourself then you must use non-THC cannabis in the butter.
What is the Dosage of Cannabutter?
Cannabutter might be potent.
Although it depends upon the cannabis type you use.
If you use only CBD enriched cannabis in the butter then most probably you will not get any mind-altering effects.
While if you use THC high cannabis then you will get psychoactive effects.
Hence ensure the cannabis type and cannabinoid in it before making cannabutter.
After preparing the cannabutter the dosage must be taken carefully. Especially if you are trying it the first time.
As said before, cannabis potency makes the cannabutter potent accordingly.
To avoid the risk, you can start the dosage with half or ¼ teaspoon on your snack. In this way, you can check the effects of the cannabutter on your body.
After that, you can increase or decrease the dosage accordingly. Now, you will have your standard dosage of cannabutter.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Everything has pros and cons.
Some might have very few side effects or disadvantages while some may have more.
However, cannabutter is one of the common edibles that can be used with snacks or in some other form as well.
Generally, edible cannabis leads to dry mouth, altered senses, paranoia, and sleepiness. And, as cannabutter can be used even in candies, cookies, and other general eating forms.
It is quite possible that one can overconsume this.
While the cannabutter as a constituent can lead show its effects which might be due to THC or CBD concentration.
Apart from this, smokable cannabis generally shows its effects within 20-30 minutes and fades within 2-3 hours.
On the other hand, cannabutter is edible and hence it takes a longer time to induce effects and getting off from the body.
Depending upon your metabolism, cannabutter can take around 30-90 minutes to show effects while the reaction peaks around 2-4 hours.
Therefore, if you are unaware of the THC concentration in your product then it is better to not overconsume it first. You can start with a small quantity and then can adjust the dosage.
Overall, cannabutter might have side effects if not used carefully. Mainly you have to keep an eye on the dosage you are having according to the cannabinoid concentration in it.
It is an important step. THCA is a natural chemical compound found in weed. To convert it to the THC and get the effects, one needs to provide it heat. Therefore, as you “roast” your buds on the oven it gets naturally converted in THC resulting in better butter!
It depends. It depends upon which weed you use while infusing with butter. Whether you are using high-THC weed buds or just CBD dominant buds. Generally, THC-rich cannabis produces psychoactive effects and hence it can make anyone high. On the other hand, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, and using it will not make it high.
The potency of your cannabutter will be doubled and so does the effects. If you don’t know how much your product contains THC or CBD then you must start with little dosages of it.
Cooking at a slow temperature enhances the final product. Therefore, a temperature around 70 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) is better. Make sure it does not exceed 95 degrees Celsius (200 degrees Fahrenheit).
See, what happens when you bake cannabutter at home is you know exactly what you are putting into and how much will be the ultimate effect for the same. While it is risky to trust some random source of the product because you don’t know the potency of it. Well, if you are buying from a trusted source where you can know the ingredient and quantity then it will be fine.
No! don’t ever do it. Because it will be a complete waste of your effort. Make sure to decarboxylate first in the oven. Grind the cannabis and then put it in the melted butter. Because you never want unactive cannabis in your butter which has nothing to do.
Don’t make it powder! Better is to use a hand grinder.
Always use high-quality cannabis. Don’t give overheat while decarbing. Make sure you have ground the buds appropriately. Neither too fine nor larger. Don’t boil the mixture by increasing the temperature.
Stirring really makes a difference. While cooking if you don’t stir the mixture properly then it might lead to uneven distribution of potency. That is why stirring every once in a while is very necessary while making cannabutter at home.
Anything in excessive quantity leads to side effects and so does cannabutter. Therefore, it is recommended that you should use it according to the THC concentration in it.
The Bottom Line
Making cannabutter is easy, which you now know!
However, to get the best output you need to follow each step very carefully. Also, cannabutter is an infusion of cannabis and butter therefore, it should be consumed while keeping in mind the cannabis ingredient in it.
Summing up, now, it’s your turn.
You can try today this recipe as you know how to make the cannabutter at home.