How to Make High-Quality THC Cannabutter

[ 0 ] November 6, 2020 |

There are a wide variety of methods for consuming THC. From THC cartridges to smokable THC and pre-made edibles, it’s easy to find the right solutions. If you’re an avid baker, you can even purchase high-quality THC flowers and make your cannabutter.

Eating unprocessed cannabis is not an effective delivery method for the plant’s active cannabinoids. You need to heat them. When consumers smoke or vape the products, heating is part of the delivery process. With edibles, it’s a different story entirely. Making high-quality THC cannabutter allows bakers to apply the right amount of heat to activate the cannabinoids without releasing them.

Making cannabutter is easier than you might think. You can find a professional cannabutter recipe that’s simple enough for even inexperienced home bakers below.

  • Step One: Decarboxylation

The first thing you’ll need to do is decarboxylate (decarb) your cannabis flower. This process activates the cannabinoids and ensures that the lipids in your butter will bind to them.

You’ll need:

  • ½ oz cannabis flower
  • A hand grinder
  • A baking sheet or dish
  • An oven

To get the process started, preheat your oven to 200oF. While it’s heating, break up the weed using your hand-grinder until it has a fine consistency. Don’t go overboard. You want the flower pieces to be large enough that they can’t pass through the holes in cheesecloth during a later step.

Spread the cannabis evenly on your baking sheet or dish and place it in the oven. It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to decarb cannabis flowers, depending on how fresh they are. Older, dried-out flowers decarb faster than recently harvested plant material. Just check the dish frequently, mix it every 10 minutes, and take it out when the cannabis is brown.

  • Step Two: Making the Infusion

Once your cannabis flowers are decarboxylated, you’re ready to start making your infusion.

In addition to decarbed cannabis, you’ll also need:

  • 1 ½ c water
  • 8 oz butter
  • A medium-sized saucepan
  • A wooden spoon

Add the butter and water to your saucepan and heat it slowly over low heat. Wait until the butter melts to add the ground and decarbed cannabis. Use the wooden spoon to mix it thoroughly, then cover the saucepan with a lid.

It takes a while for the infusion process to work since you need to keep it on the lowest heat possible. You don’t need to stand in front of the stove. Just check the mix every half hour and stir it to make sure the butter doesn’t burn. If you have a thermometer, use it. If the mixture is starting to approach 180oF, turn the heat down more.

There’s some debate surrounding how long it takes to infuse cannabis into butter. Some people let the mixture simmer for two hours, while others insist you need to wait for four. It’s best to play it safe and let the mixture simmer for as long as possible. That way, you won’t be stuck trying to figure out how to fix weak cannabutter.

  • Step Three: Strain and Store

All you’ll need for this step is a bowl and a piece of cheesecloth. If you have a funnel on-hand, that can also help. Wait until your infused butter mixture has cooled just a little to strain out the plant matter to avoid burns.

To get prepared, line a bowl or another container with the cheesecloth. You can also use a metal strainer in a pinch, but it won’t remove the smaller plant matter pieces. Pour the mixture into the bowl, then use the cheesecloth to collect all the plant material. You should wring it out with your hands a few times to make sure all the infused butter gets saved.

Throw away the plant matter. All the good stuff is now in your butter so that you won’t need those soggy flowers. You can immediately use the cannabutter or store it in a well-sealed jar for up to six months with adequate refrigeration.

  • Step Four: Enjoy

There are tons of ways to use cannabutter. You can use online cannabis recipes or use the cannabutter to replace some or all of the fat in any standard recipe. Pay attention to the dosage. If you made extremely strong cannabutter, you should replace only some of the butter in your recipes to avoid overdoing it. You can also use a cannabutter ratio calculator to get the doses precisely right.

The first time you try a new edible, exercise some caution. Edibles take longer to enter your bloodstream and cross the blood-brain barrier, so you may not notice immediate effects. Resist the urge to eat more immediately. Wait at least a few hours.

  • How Much Cannabutter Do You Put on Toast?

Not everyone enjoys baking. If you want to try out homemade cannabutter without all the fuss of cooking or baking, just put it on toast. Most people use around one teaspoon of medium-strength cannabutter.

  • Find the Cannabis Products You Need

Whether you’re looking for concentrates, edibles, or unprocessed cannabis flowers, you can find what you need online. Vendors can check out the Delta 8 wholesale program. If you’re buying cannabis products for personal use, you’ll still love this company’s competitive pricing.

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