To put it bluntly, Cannabutter is cannabis-infused butter that gets you baked. Officially known as cannabis-infused butter, cannabutter is an essential ingredient in a vast array of marijuana-infused recipes and culinary ventures.
Cannabis butter is derived from the extraction process of cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis plants, which are then infused into the cannabis butterfat. Used in place of normal butter, cannabutter is used in recipes to produce the psychoactive effects that are resultant from getting high.
Butter infused with THC is extremely versatile and can be added to an immense number of recipes to not only create delicious concoctions but also food products that are packed with cannabis to result in a potent high that will last for hours.
Often used to make distinctively delectable baked goods, such as brownies and cookies, cannabis butter can be used in an array of innovative and creative ways to reflect the personality and skills of the cook.
An integral cornerstone of any edible treat ingested to get high, cannabis butter can be made from sugar leaf, hash, or dried cannabis buds, depending on preference.
Long gone are the days when edibles were simply equated to “bud brownies.” In today’s modern times, cannabis butter is used to make a wide variety of culinary delicacies that encompass not only the dessert category but also classic lunch and dinner foods such as cheeseburgers, pasta, and baked potatoes.
Read on below to learn how to make the ultimate cannabutterquickly and efficiently to yield an exceptional product that can be used in many ways.
Crucial information About Decarboxylating Cannabis
You must absolutely understand the decarboxylation process before making cannabis butter. Don’t leave the page because things are starting to sound a bit too scientific. Decarboxylating is a big word that is super simple to understand.
Consider this scenario: Your friend eats an entire bag of raw cannabis. What do you think happens? Nothing. Your friend is not baked, stoned, high or whatever else you may call it.
If you are wondering why your friend isn’t high from consuming an entire bag of raw cannabis, the reason is due to decarboxylation, the essential process that produces the desirable psychoactive effects needed to feel high.
While there is an extremely lengthy, in-depth explanation on decarboxylation and its relationship to the synthesis of THCA, I will save you the time and effort of that explanation and provide you the bottom line explanation that you need to know:
“Decarboxylation” is a complicated word for an easy process and in its most basic definition, just means that you need to heat your herb.
A bit of light and gentle heat to your dried cannabis buds will result in multiple chemical reactions such as creating THS to transform your product into potent sources of desirable psychoactive effects.
It’s important to note that if you don’t decarboxylate your herbs, you are in essence wasting them, as they will lack potency and result in an inferior, sub-par product.
To decarboxylate cannabis at home, all that is needed are basic cooking equipment, an oven preset to 220 to 235 degrees, a baking sheet (preferably a sturdy, non-disposable one) and parchment paper.
Simply grind your herbs and spread them in a thin layer over the baking sheet and place the oven to roast for 45 minutes to an hour. Voila! You have decarboxylated your herbs, activated your cannabis, provided it with a delicious roasted taste, and readied it for use in any food recipe you can think of.
The Ultimate Cannabutter Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour1/2 cup (one whole stick) unsalted butter
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
1/4 ounce finely ground cannabis buds (that have been decarboxylated)
1/2 cup (one whole stick) unsalted butter
Stainless Steel Spoon
Glass Container with Lid
- Melt the entire stick of butter in a medium saucepan over low heat
- Add the finely ground herbs a little at a time to the melting butter
- Stir the butter after each addition of herbs
- Slightly turn down the heat lower and let the mixture simmer for about 45 minutes
- During this time, you will want to stir the contents frequently
- Small bubbles will begin to form on the surface of the mixture
- Strain the butter into your glass container while ensuring the herbs stay in the strainer
- Use your spoon to press against the herbs in the strainer to essentially squeeze out all the liquid butter
- When you have squeezed out all of the butter, discard the herbs
- Your cannabutter will be tinged with green and ready for use in cannabis-infused food products
- Use cannabutter immediately
- If not using immediately, place in refrigerator or freezer until using
- The recipe is scalable for larger batches
- Ensure that you use salted butter due to its comparably higher smoke point
- Pay close attention to the pan’s contents and don’t leave it unattended
- Easy ideas for using cannabutter for the first time are drizzling it over hot popcorn or mixing it with pasta for an incomparably delicious high
- Enjoy cannabutter in moderation – just a little goes a long way
- If you don’t love the distinct flavor of cannabutter, you can mask it with stronger ingredients to your liking
- Remember, the stronger the weed, the stronger the butter
Most Popular Ideas and Uses for Cannabutter for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- As a buttery spread on your morning toast
- A spoonful mixed into your coffee for an invigorating yet mellow feeling
- As a topping for a baked potato with sour cream, bacon, and chives
- In brownies, cookies, pie, and cakes
- Use in burgers as a buttery topping for the beef or spread on the bun
- As a “tossing” sauce for plain hot pasta
- As part of a creamy Alfredo-style sauce for pasta
- Chicken Pot Pie with Cannabutter-based cream sauce or in the pie crust recipe
- Cannabutter Cake Pops
- Cannabutter Nachos – simply drizzle cannabutter over hot chips and other toppings or use to make an awesomecannabutter cheese sauce
- Cannabutter-basted Turkey
- Cannabutter-infused stuffing and side dishes
- As a buttery spread on any of your favorite baked goods
- On pancakes and waffles
- In Macaroni and Cheese
- In a classic Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich – just add cannabutter between the layers of peanut butter and jelly
- As a primary ingredient in buttercream frosting for any of your favorite baked goods
Cannabutter has the potential to change your culinary game in myriad ways! Easy to make, and delicious to eat, this ultra-versatile butter can transform all of your favorite foods into even yummier versions of their former selves with the addition of herbed, buttery goodness that will get you high through countless delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes!
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