Making infused cannabutter is a classic and traditional way to make homemade edibles.
People have been taking cannabis and infusing it into butter using heat for decades, if not longer.
It is the most common and well-known way to make your own edibles.
The name varies depending on what you make your butter with. It can be called marijuana butter, or CBD butter depending on the flower used to infuse the butter.
This recipe for cannabutter will show you the best way to make it and give you the opportunity to join the rich tradition of weed butter!
Now, Why Is This The Best Cannabutter Recipe?
Before we get into making cannabutter, let’s talk about why this recipe is the best and how it differs from our guides on infusing oil with cannabis.
Regular butter is not able to withstand the high temperatures of coconut oil or MCT oil.
Furthermore, because butter is the medium we are using, we recommend that you first decarboxylate your CBD flower in the oven before infusing it in the butter.
However, decarboxylation of CBD flowers is not necessary. It is possible to put the cannabis flower directly into heated butter. But, this may take longer and result in CBD butter that tastes rather earthy.
We already taught you how to make your own super-potent CBD-infused oil, so let’s get into how to make cannabutter.
Let’s jump in!
The Best Cannabutter Recipe: Ingredients
- 1 cup of butter (whether is salted or unsalted is entirely up to you and your personal preference.)
- 14 grams of flower (CBD hemp flower or shake, or whatever flower of your choice.)
The Best Cannabutter Recipe: Materials
- Baking or cookie sheet (if you choose to decarboxylate your flower first.)
- Air-tight container or mason-jar for storage
- Cheesecloth or mesh strainer
- Double boiler, slow cooker, or a pot or a pan
- Grinder – you can use a hand grinder or a coffee grinder.
Step 3: Mix the CBD flower with the melted butter
Combine the hemp/CBD flowers and butter in a double boiler or slow cooker.
Step 4: Heat
Next, mix occasionally while heating on low for about 2 hours.
Make sure the butter does not get burnt!
This will reduce the potency and cause the cannabinoids to convert. Decarbed cannabis is not required to be heated to the usual decarboxylation temperature of 240 F. Ideally shoot for around 160 F or less.
Pro Tip – Use a meat thermometer in order to determine the temperature.
In addition, if you are using hemp flower that hasn’t been decarboxylated you will need to heat the mixture to 240 F and then cook it for at least 4 hours to ensure potency.
Step 5: Strain the Homemade Cannabutter and Store it
After the CBD infusion has been completed, cover your jar with cheesecloth and secure the rubber band around your jar’s mouth. The mixture should be poured through the cheesecloth. Store it in the fridge or freezer to ensure the cannabinoids don’t degrade and the butter stays fresh.
TIP: After pouring the mixture through, do not squeeze the cheesecloth! It will cause excess chlorophyll to be in the oil. As a result, your butter will have a stronger cannabis flavor.
There you have it!
You are now a part of cannabis history! In fact, everyone who engages with cannabinoids is a part of the history of cannabis. In addition, taking a plant and infusing it into a fatty substance like an oil or butter is an ancient and ancestral practice.
Further, people have been making these herbal decoctions for thousands of years.
So, this practice can bring a great awakening to ancient ways of being and healing with plants.
Nonetheless, making cannabis-infused butter is sort of a right of passage for stoners everywhere!
It may also be a door opener for you to engage the world of making your own plant medicine!
Either way, you have an awesome, super-potent batch of cannabutter to infuse into anything you like!
The Best Cannabutter Recipe: Calculating Potency
Lastly, let’s discuss how to calculate the strength of homemade cannabutter. You’ll be able to see the test results if you bought your hemp flower from us.
Don’t worry if you don’t find them. You can always go to the product page for the hemp flower that you bought and view a digital version.
Okay, so let’s say that your flower has 10% CBDA.
About 87.7% of cannabinoids are activated when they are decarboxylated.
So, let’s assume that around 80% of your CBD cannabutter is activated. I
Furthermore, if your flower is 10% CBDA, each gram of CBDa will yield approximately 80mg CBD. We used 14 grams in this recipe.
80 x 14 = 1120mg.
We hope that you enjoyed this CBD butter recipe, and that it piqued your interest in other ways to incorporate hemp flower and CBD products into your food.
Also, we hope this article will open the door for you to make other healing herbal infusions and get closer to your roots.
In the meantime, you can add this cannabutter to any recipe that takes butter or oil.
Stay tuned for more recipes to come!