Today, all different cannabis products are quickly becoming mainstream as people recognize the numerous appeals of various consumption methods.

Cannabis is no longer a ‘stoner only’ thing. It is not unusual to find people cooking with it, smoking or even making bread spread with it all over this city.

Its wide range application makes it more important to learn how to make your own canna butter.

So how do you prepare this popular way of infusing cannabis into food and why do you need it?

We will let you know everything there is to know about canna butter in the following sections.

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What is Cannabutter?

Canna butter, as the name suggests, is cannabis-infused butter. Technically, making canna butter is extracting cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the cannabis plant and infusing it into butter fats.

But why butter?

Well, cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) are not soluble in water but they are in certain oils, such as coconut oil or the fat in butter.

Butter is also used in a lot of baked goods, so when you need to make edibles, you can just substitute the traditional butter ingredient with the canna butter.

Why Do You Need To Make Canna Butter at Home?

Many people prefer using edibles made with cannabutter because they offer extended and more intense effects compared to other cannabis-infused products.

This is because they have to go through the digestion process before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. 

The effects may take up to an hour after consumption to kick in. But once they do, they can last between 4 to 12 hours depending on the potency, your body weight, and metabolic rate.

Studies suggest using canna butter edibles may also be a healthier alternative to smoking as it does not involve the inhalation of smoke or vapour.

However, not all people use edibles to get high, some use cannabis products for their health benefits. Throughout history, cannabis has been used as a natural remedy for its anti-nausea properties.

It is also widely prescribed to cancer patients to help alleviate cancer-related pain. Canna butter is a popular option for cancer patients as it is smoke-free and can be easily incorporated into foods.

Cannabis has also been purported as an effective sleep aid for people with insomnia.

Both THC and CBD have been observed to relax and normalize the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. It is also known to decrease pain-associated insomnia.

Don’t like the psychoactive properties of THC (the cannabinoid that causes the ‘high’)?

You can make cannabutter with CBD which also has a lot of health benefits, including relieving pain and improving sleep.

So if you are interested in these cannabis benefits and you would rather enjoy them without the drawbacks of smoking, you will want to learn how to make cannabutter at home.

Making Canna Butter at Home

Eventually, you may be able to purchase cannabutter from your local dispensary in Ontario. Until then, we will have to make our own!

That said, if you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing the exact ingredients in what you eat, making your own edibles should provide that peace of mind.

If you decide to do it yourself, remember that your cannabutter will only be as good as the ingredients you put in. Therefore, ensure you only buy high-quality weed and unsalted butter. 

It is also important that you consider your cannabis tolerance before using it.

You can adjust the ratio of butter to weed or use less of the finished product and work yourself up until you find the perfect amount for you.

Remember the stronger the weed, the stronger the canna butter.

Canna Butter Recipe

The recipe is in two parts, decarboxylation, and stovetop cooking.

1. Decarboxylation

It is important to ‘activate’ cannabis to maximize its potency before using it in the recipe or decarboxylate in a technical sense.

Decarboxylation is the process of heating weed to turn tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) to the psychoactive molecule THC that is known for its ‘high’ inducing properties.

To activate the THC and CBD, preheat the oven to 240° F or 115°C.

Grind the cannabis and place it on a baking sheet and allow it to bake for 30 – 40 minutes while stirring and rotating it every 10 minutes to avoid burning.

If you are using fresh weed, you may allow it to bake for up to an hour. When it is decarboxylated, it will change from a green to a dark brown-green color.

When you decarb at low temperatures, you are able to preserve most terpenes responsible for the smell, flavor and some health benefits.

2. Stovetop Cooking

 Ingredients;

·         Half ounce decarboxylated weed (14 grams)

·         2 cups of water (500 ml)

·         2 sticks of butter (approx. 8 ounces / 225 g)

You will also need a saucepan with a lid, wooden spoon, glass bowl or container, and cheesecloth.

Step 1. Add water into the saucepan, bring it to boil under low heat.

Add the butter into the pan and allow it to melt completely,

Step 2. Stir the mixture well and add the decarboxylated cannabis and put on the lid. When you add the weed, turn the heat low to barely a simmer to avoid burning.

Let the mixture simmer for 3 – 4 hours. Ensure you stir every 30 minutes to prevent burning. When it is ready, the mixture will be thick and glossy at the top.

Step 3. Pour it over two layers of cheesecloth and drain the liquid into a container.

Allow the cannabutter to cool for about an hour at room temperature. Place in the fridge until the butter is solid and has risen to the top of the cooking water.

Carefully scrape it off. Your cannabutter is now ready for use. Enjoy. Source, Healthline.

How to Make Canna Butter With Kief

Kief, often misspelled as keef, is the sticky powdery substance that is obtained from trichomes.

Trichomes are the frosty hairs that grow on the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant.

Kief is more concentrated with terpenes and cannabinoids making it more potent than the rest of the plant.

You can obtain it by using a multi-chamber grinder. When you grind your weed, the kief will fall through the sifter.

To make cannabutter with kief, you have to decarboxylate it to activate the cannabinoids, then follow the recipe above to infuse it with butter.

If you want to skip the cannabutter step, kief can be added directly to recipes such as cookie dough.

How to Make Canna Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a delicious treat with health benefits because of its high protein content, but that does not mean you cannot make it better. What if you add weed?

It is also very easy to make. All you need is decarboxylated cannabis, add it to melted peanut butter and stir thoroughly.

You should have a soupy mixture that is perfect for spreading on anything you want.

Does it smell when you make your own cannabutter?

Well, yes, but it is not something you can avoid. Any preparation method using decarboxylated weed is going to have the stereotypical weed scent.

The only thing you can do is cover up the smell by cooking something with a stronger scent, ventilating or using cannabis concentrates.

Conclusion

Cannabutter is a popular option among those looking to enjoy the various effects of cannabis but want to avoid the drawbacks of smoking.

By making it, you increase the list of fun things you can do with cannabis including baking cakes, cookies, chocolates, and muffins.

However, it is important to remember the old adage, “start low and go slow” in order to ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible, we certainly wouldn’t want you over-doing it!

With all that said, Bon Appetite, and don’t forget to share your favourite canna-recipes with the staff at Cabbage Brothers!