Butter infused with marijuana is an old recipe that many have enjoyed. Cannabutter can be used to make cookies, brownies, pasta sauce, and many other recipes as well as eaten by itself. Eating cannabutter eliminates the need to smoke one’s medicine. Because a batch of cannabutter is uniform throughout, it’s someetimes easier to measure out one’s own dosage (self titration).
Both THC and CBD are soluble in butter, making it an ideal solvent for kitchen extractions.
I prefer to clarify my butter making ghee. Ghee is ideal for those that lactose intolerant and it has a much longer shelf life compared to butter itself. Simply heat melted butter to a boil slowly, watching for the milk solids to separate from the clarified butter. When the two layers separate, save the clear yellow liquid.
Making cannabutter is a good way to use trim, leaves, and even small stems, material that is otherwise unacceptable for smoking. Of course dried flowers are ideal but are more expensive. Kief or hash would be best of all.
There are 2 steps to making cannabutter: preparing the cannabis and heating it with the butter or ghee. Because most of the cannabinoids like THC and CBD are inactive in the plant material, you have to convert the inactive form to the active form, a process call decarboxylization. THC-A is converted to THC and CBD-A to CBD when the dried plant material is heated in a covered glass casserole dish. For the maximum THC heat it to 245° F for 45 minutes and for CBD 245° F for 90 minutes. When properly decarboxylated, the cannabis will be darker, dry, and crumble easily. Your kitchen will smell so plan accordingly.
How much to use, that is the question. It depends on the quality of the cannabis you use and how strong you want the result to be. I say use a lot of cannabis. Good, clean shake? Try 1 ounce for every 1/2 pound of butter (2 sticks) of butter or ghee.
Crumble the decarboxylated cannabis. Heat the butter/ghee and add the cannabis. Cover the mixture with water and heat it to a slow simmer. The water prevents the butter from burning while you heat it gently for 30 minutes.
Recovering the butter is easy. Strain the liquid to remove the plant material. Pour hot water over the cannabis to remove even more of the butter if you are so motivated.
Pour the strained liquid into a bowl and refrigerate it. The butter will float to the top and solidify as it cools. Simply pick the butter off the top of the liquid.
How much should you eat? Start with a small amount first. It may take as long as an hour or more to feel the full effect so be patient. You can cook with cannabutter as long as the temperature is less than the boiling point of THC, 315° F.
For Carol, one of The Original PJ’s.