Cannabutter is one of the cornerstones of cannabis infused cooking. How you make your cannabutter will determine the flavor, consistency and potency of your finished product, so give this process some love!
The process I have outlined here is one of the most forgiving ways to make cannabutter. A couple of notes before we get started. My cannabutter recipe calls for melting your butter and cannabis together and then adding water. I chose this method for a few reasons. First, this makes the recipe more forgiving. If you simmer your butter and cannabis in a pan over direct heat then you run the risk of overheating your mixture, browning or burning your butter, and possibly degrading your THC. Second, the water absorbs some of the flavors in the cannabis that you wouldn’t want making it into your butter. Finally, THC is hyrdrophobic. This means that THC won’t bond with water molecules so you don’t have to worry about the water diluting the potency of your butter.
- Medium sauce pan
- 5 tbs unsalted butter
- 3.5 grams cannabis
- 2 cups warm water (plus extra)
- Fine mesh strainer
- Storage containers
- Decarb and coarsely grind your cannabis.
- Place cannabis and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter is completely melted.
- Stir in 2 cups warm water, and bring to a simmer. This means it will be bubbling a little at the edges, but not boiling.
- Allow mixture to simmer on the stove for 3 hours.
- Stir occasionally, and keep an eye on the pot to add more water as needed. There should always be at least an inch of water in the pan, so keep some extra warm water on hand.
- Strain mixture into a small bowl using a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Use the back of your spoon to press out as much butter mixture as possible. Cover and refrigerate overnight. As the mixture cools the fat will separate from the water, and a disk of butter will form on top.
- Remove the disk of butter from the water and discard the water. Allow the butter to soften and store it in your container of choice! I use small mason jars to store mine.
- This butter recipe makes about a half a stick of butter for use in infused cooking, but this recipe is scaleable. The ratios are 1 oz of cannabis to 1 lb of butter.
- When making your infused dish you will mix the cannabutter with regular butter. Be sure to read this article about dose and potency to determine how much cannabutter will deliver a comfortable serving of THC for you and your guests.
- Always remember to go “low and slow.” Wait at least an hour to gauge the effects. You can always eat more, but you can’t go back and eat less.