Cannabis is now legal and there are tons of ways you can use it. While it’s easy enough to buy strains of flower or concentrates and smoke or vape to get the effects, you can also try more novel methods of consumption. For instance, you may want to make weed butter with cannabis to infuse into your own, homemade cannabis edibles.
Edibles can be a lot of fun for cannabis lovers. Not only do they provide a stronger high, but they last for hours on end giving you great value for money. Of course, you also get a tasty snack out of it. Here’s a guide on how to prepare weed butter with cannabis and make your own edibles.
What is Weed Butter?
In order to create edibles, you need to first infuse cannabis into some kind of oil or fat-based food product. Weed butter is a prime example of this. By cooking cannabis into butter, you infuse the butter with THC. You can then use this butter in all kinds of cooked or baked goods to create potent weed edibles.
One of the benefits of weed butter is that it’s fairly simple to make on your own. You don’t need any special equipment, just some butter and cannabis. You can use flower, concentrates or oils and use any of your favorite strains to create weed butter.
Weed butter is also known as cannabutter, and it can be incredibly potent. Since consuming THC in edible form turns it into the stronger 11-hydroxy-THC, it gives you more potent effects and also makes your high last longer. This is why many users choose to create their own cannabutter for some strong and tasty weed edibles.
How to Prepare Weed Butter With Cannabis
You can prepare your own weed butter right from home. All you need is weed, butter, and a few pieces of cooking equipment. In order to make weed butter, cannabis needs to undergo a process called decarboxylation. This involves heating up cannabis to activate the THC before you infuse it into the butter.
You’ll need one cup of butter per each cup of cannabis you use. This equates to approximately a cup of butter for every 7-10 grams of decarboxylated cannabis you wish to use. Here’s how to make your own cannabutter at home.
Step 1: First, you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis. Preheat an oven to 245ºF, cover a baking tray with parchment paper (to prevent sticking) and place your weed evenly across the tray.
Put the tray in the oven for around 30-40 minutes. You may want to shake the tray every 10 minutes or so to ensure the buds stay apart from each other and decarboxylate evenly. While you can cook on a higher temperature for a lower amount of time, cooking on a low temperature for a long time is generally the best way to ensure potent, decarboxylated weed.
Step 2: Add your butter to a hot saucepan on low heat. Use a cup of water for every cup of butter you use (one cup per 7-10 grams of weed). Let the butter cook until it melts.
Step 3: Once your butter has melted, grind up your decarboxylated weed and add it to the pan of butter. You’ll need to let this simmer on a low heat without boiling for around 2-3 hours. A heat of around 160ºF – 180ºF is ideal. Stir the mixture occasionally.
Step 4: After 2-3 hours you can now strain your cannabutter. Strain the mixture into a jar or container through a cheesecloth. This will separate the butter from the plant material. Allow it to strain until all the butter is through.
Step 5: Cover your container of weed butter and refrigerate it. After an hour or so, the mixture will harden into solid cannabutter. You can now separate the butter with a knife and drain any excess water from the bottom of the container. Your weed butter is now ready to use in all kinds of edible products.
Bear in mind that weed butter is very potent and you only need to use a small amount in food to get high. You can determine the effects of your weed butter by the strain you use- high-THC strains will be more powerful and psychoactive whereas high-CBD strains are often better for medical use.
How to Figure Out Weed Butter Dosage
Weed butter contains a lot of THC, and the effects are even more potent than smoking or vaping it. As such, you’ll want to be careful with how much you use- especially when you use your weed butter for cannabis recipes.
It can be hard to determine the exact amount of THC your butter contains and how much you should use. However, there are a couple of things you can do. For one, consider how much cannabis you used. For instance, if you used 10 grams of weed for your cannabutter, then you can deduct that around a tenth of the mixture will give you the effects of 1 gram. However, it will be stronger than smoking due to the powerful effects of edible cannabis.
You can also simply use trial and error. Try your cannabutter creations for yourself and figure out the correct dosage from there. However, it’s important to start off as low as possible. Weed edibles give you a very strong high and it can be very uncomfortable if you take too much.
How to Use Weed Butter
The ways you can use weed butter are almost endless. You can apply it to any recipe that includes butter and oil with your own cannabutter. Keep in mind that using too much can make your food too potent, so mixing a little weed butter with regular butter is often the best approach.
You can spread your weed butter on burgers, sandwiches, crackers, and other food products and heat it up for a simple but effective weed edible. Alternatively, you can infuse your butter into baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and brownies. You can split these into multiple servings and make yourself a nice supply of cannabis edibles.
There are many weed edible recipes online, so feel free to experiment and start enjoying your own homemade edibles made with cannabutter.
If you know how to prepare weed butter with cannabis, you can have a lot of fun with it. You can create all kinds of homemade edible products and enjoy the intense effects of edible cannabis. Make sure you start off at a low dosage and don’t go overboard with THC.