One of the easiest ways to infuse edibles with the THC properties of cannabis is by using cannabutter. Relatively easy to make, cannabis-infused butter can be used instead of regular butter anywhere in your daily life from baking cookies and brownies to being spread on your morning toast.
Before starting the process of making cannabutter, be sure to decarboxylate your weed in order to activate the THC within the product. The key to making a good cannabutter is to go “low and slow.” The longer you let the cannabis product simmer in the butter, the more potent the final product will be.
Remember that you don’t have to use a top-shelf strain cannabis in order to get great results; quantity will always trump quality when cooking with cannabis. Also make sure that you touch base with everyone in the house to make sure they’re okay with your project because no matter what you do, your entire spot is going to overwhelmingly smell like weed when making cannabutter. You can try using an odor-killing candle to counteract the smell but without a doubt, everyone in the house will know what you’re working on in the kitchen.
Two Variations for Making Cannabis-Infused Butter (or “Cannabutter”)
1 lb unsalted butter (the higher quality butter you use, the higher the final yield will be)
1 cup water (add more water throughout the process as needed)
1 ounce of ground cannabis flower (this amount will make some pretty potent butter. Feel free to decrease the amount of cannabis for a lighter dose.)
Stove Top Method:
Set the stove top element to low heat
Add the water the the butter to a stock pot or sauce pan and let the mixture melt and begin to simmer on low heat
As the butter begins to melt, add in the ground cannabis flower
Add water as needed to regulate the temperature of the mixture and prevent the butter from burning
Make sure the mixture never comes to full boil by maintaining low heat and letting it simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Slow Cooker Method:
Turn the slow cooker on and set it to low heat
Add in the water, the butter and the ground cannabis flower
Cover slow cooker and let the mixture simmer on low for 8 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally
For Both Methods:
After simmering the mixture for your desired amount of time, remove the product from the heat source
Using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, strain out as much of the plant product from the butter mixture as possible and pour it into a glass container that you can safely keep in the refrigerator
Let the butter cool to room temperature before covering and placing in the refrigerator overnight or until the butter is fully hardened
Once hardened, the butter will separate from the water in the container
Discard the remaining water and let the cannabutter sit at room temperature to soften for use. Do not use a microwave to soften the butter as it will decrease the potency of the butter.