Some people believe that weed is pretty much God's gift to man. And why they think so is really not farfetched.
There's no other plant that can serve the dual purpose of getting you high and also as a medicine.
People are starting to see the health benefits of cannabis, and following the legalization of marijuana, the manufacture and use of marijuana products are on the rise.
Cannabis is a versatile plant. You can either smoke it or add it as an ingredient in some delicious treats. Making CBD butter a.k.a cannabutter is an easy way to do that.
Cannabutter means precisely what the name implies. It's weed butter. Butter serves as a main ingredient in many recipes. When you use CBD butter instead, it adds a particular flavor to your food.
Cannabutter can be bought in stores in countries where it's been legalized. But, for countries that still have sanctions in place on cannabis and cannabis cremated goods, you'll have to whip up some yourself.
Making marijuana butter, or any other cannabis-infused product takes a lot of time and patience. But if you do it right, it'll definitely be worth it.
Making CBD butter: The ingredients
To make cannabutter, you'll need:
- A half-ounce or 14 grams of weed
- A hand grinder or scissors
- A sheet pan or baking dish
- 2 cups of water
- 8 ounces of butter (preferably unsalted)
- A saucepan (medium)
- A wooden spoon
- A medium-sized bowl
- 2 cheesecloths or metal strainer
The last ingredient you'll need is patience. Lots of it. Making CBD butter is relatively easy, but it is a long process, so don't expect to be chowing down on cannabutter toast immediately.
Step #1: Decarbing
Decarbing is an often forgotten but critical step in creating a good batch of CBD butter. Decarbing weed means the process of decarboxylation. And decarboxylation is just a fancy way of saying bake the pot.
In its raw form, cannabis doesn't contain CBD and THC. What it does have is tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). Both of these are the inactive versions of the compounds we want to see in weed, THC, and CBD. Decarboxylation basically means heating the plant (through baking) to turn these inactive compounds into active THC and CBD.
To decarboxylate your weed, you'll need to:
- Grind your weed flowers down. Don't grind it too fine; it should be slightly leafy. You can use your hand grinder to do this or break up the larger clumps with your hands. However, if you do use the hand grinder, be careful as you grind. Your weed should never be finer than your regular oregano spice.
- Why? Well, grinding your cannabis into powder won't help at all with your CBD butter. Instead, what it will do is enable more of the plant material to fall into your final product. Depending on the quantity that falls in, you'll get a more bitter, herbal taste. Nobody wants to eat herb butter.
- Next, you'll need to preheat your oven to 240°F or 115° Place your ground weed and spread it across the baking sheet. The decarboxylation period depends solely on what kind of plant you're using. Older, drier pot won't need a lot of time. It should take about 20 minutes for old weed. But, for fresh cannabis, you might need to let it dry for up to an hour. If you're not sure, 30 to 40 minutes will be enough time.
- Take care to stir the weed every few minutes for even drying. While stirring, watch the color. Sufficiently decarboxylated cannabis should be a dark brownish-green. Never allow your marijuana to burn. Burning marijuana destroys the terpenes responsible for medicinal effects, smell, and flavor.
- If you broke your weed by hand, you need to grind it after decarboxylation. Remember, don't grind it to a powder. Oregano is the standard.
Step #2: Cooking it
- Put 2 cups of water into your saucepan and set it on low heat. When it begins to boil, add the butter. When the butter has completely melted, take your wooden spoon and stir it. Then, add your ground weed to the mix. Stir it well and allow it to simmer for the next 3 to 4 hours. Use your thermometer to measure the temperature of your mix. Your ideal temperature should never be below 160°F but not above 200°F, either. Your mixture should bubble a bit, but never actually come to an all-out boil.
- Stir the mixture every 20 to 30 minutes to make sure that the mix doesn't burn. You know it's cooked when the mixture is thick at the top.
- Then, take your bowl and place the cheesecloths over it. Secure the cheesecloths with a rubber band or whatever you want to use. Drain the mixture over the cheesecloths. Let it drain freely, and when it's done, don't squeeze the chaff. This might add more plant material to your butter, and you don't want that taste.
- Leave the mixture to cool for another hour.
- When that's done, take your bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 hours, or overnight. By this time, the butter should have wholly separated from the water. Carefully, remove the butter from the bowl and place it in another container. Discard the remaining water.
And voilà, your CBD butter is complete. You can store it for up to six months if you keep it refrigerated. However, before using your cannabutter to make any spiked treats, you need to test its potency.
Take a spoonful of cannabutter and eat it. Wait for one hour for your body to absorb it. If it doesn't provide the desired effects, measure another bit, and eat it. Wait once again. Continue until you get your desired results, then note it down somewhere as your standard CBD butter unit of measurement.
CBD butter is excellent for making baking treats, but making sweets is not the beginning and the end of cannabis cooking. You can infuse cannabis in your cooking oil, use cannabutter in your creamy pasta, and add a dash of weed-infused oil to your salad. The options for canna cooking are endless, but cannabis butter is a good start.