Cannabutter contains cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids include THC, CBD and others. To sum up how to make cannabutter, you basically add decarboxylated cannabis to heated butter or margarine.
Decarboxylation is a very important step that cannot be missed when you make edibles. THCA and CBDA in cannabis need to be converted to THC and CBD in order to get the full effects from edibles. the conversion happens when you apply heat to cannabis.
Temperature for Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation is not an exact science but nonetheless needs some guidelines. A safe temperature and time to decarboxylate cannabis is 240°F for 25 minutes (for THC) and 40 minutes (for CBD.)
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis
Start by preheating your oven to 240°F. Next, break your cannabis into small pieces either by hand, with scissors, or by using a hand grinder. (Do NOT grind cannabis to a fine powder.) Spread cannabis crumbs out evenly over foil, parchment or a baking tray. Place into the oven once the temperature has reached 240°F. Remove the cannabis from the oven after 25 minutes. Leave cannabis in the oven for 40 minutes if you have high CBD strains because CBDA takes longer to convert to CBD. Your cannabis is decarboxylated at this point and can be used in edibles and butter.
Different Methods of Making Cannabutter
There are different methods of making cannabutter. The method you choose depends on the results you wish to achieve.
Method #1: Simple Cannabutter
This method saves time and is very easy. Simply, take your decarbed cannabis and grind it to a fine powder using a coffee grinder, spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan on low heat, then add powdered cannabis. Mix well and continue to heat on low for about 10 minutes. Do not boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool before making cookies. Use immediately for brownies.
Simple cannabutter can be used in cookies, cakes and brownies. Remove 1 Tbsp of flour for every 4 grams of powdered cannabis used in the baking recipe.
Method #2: Regular Cannabutter
To make regular cannabutter, heat decarboxylated cannabis with butter or margarine and water on low heat in a double boiler, slow cooker or heavy saucepan, then strain. Use this cannabutter in baking, frying, spreading, and drizzling on food such as popcorn, vegetables and meat. See the infographic below for complete instructions:
Some people are under the impression that making your own delicious edibles is difficult, but this definitely isn’t true. Baking with cannabis is just like regular backing, but the secret to a great edible lies behind a well-made cannabutter. So, in order to invoke your inner canna-chef we present to you this infographic that covers all the necessary steps needed for a homemade cannabis butter.
If you know the percentage of THC in your cannabis and the weight in grams of cannabis you are using in your recipe, you can easily calculate the amount of THC in your edibles.
The conversion of THCA to THC is 88% and is figured into the calculation below. First, you calculate the total amount of THC you have, then you divide that number by the number of servings to get the amount of THC per serving.
To put that in perspective, store edibles have 10 mg THC per serving.
grams x 1000 x THC % x 0.88 = total mg THC
total mg THC ÷ number of servings = total mg THC per serving
For example, if you had 7 grams of cannabis with 15% THC and you made 12 cookies with it, you would do the following calculation:
7 x 1000 x 0.15 x 0.88 = 924
924 ÷ 12 = 77 mg THC per cookie
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