It is important to use the proper amount of cannabis in the dosage ratios when creating your “base”, this way you can start to establish or determine consistency of what your cannabis-infused edibles will have. The primary methods we will be exploring today is Cannabutter, it is very effective in absorbing the THC contents from your marijuana and can be saved for longer periods in their food form. As well as refrigerated for storage and future use. The amount of cannabis you use in your cannabutter base can vary,depending on quality of marijuana used. But, after testing, we have found that a 1:1 ratio with 1 ounce high-grade cannabis and 1 pound butter. This will provide you a potent cannabutter mixture than can be adapted into many foods. You can reduce the potency of the cannabutter by using lower quality marijuana strains, or a slightly lower quantity of cannabis. It is also possible to make a smaller portion, by halving the ratios (example: ½ pound butter and ½ ounce of high-grade cannabis). Cannabutter can be kept in the fridge or freezer for long periods of time, and is simply used as a replacement to regular margarine or butter within any recipe. You will only need about a tbsp of cannabutter to get medicated for hours.
Ingredients to make Cannabutter Recipe:
- 1 pound butter
- 1 ounce coarsely ground cannabis
- 4 cups water
Directions and Guide to make Cannabutter Recipe:
To make your cannabutter Recipe, we have found cooking the marijuana and butter in a crockpot works well, but you may also use a stainless steel pot with water, as well double-broiler option. For this example, we’re going to use a regular stainless-steel cooking pot – which should be found in any household kitchen.
Combine the butter, ground-cannabis and water into the pot and place on stove under low heat. You will want the cannabis to simmer in the melted butter for a few hours, we suggest 3-4 hours, but you can cook the cannabutter on low heat up to 24 hours. Doing so can produce a much more potent cannabutter, but I prefer to use more cannabis instead of the longer cooking time. Be sure to add more water as needed to the cannabutter while it is simmering, in order to prevent the cannabis or butter from burning. Please be aware that this will make your cooking location smell like the cannabutter, which is basically a scent of cannabis and butter – I personally love it. But it can draw unwanted attention, so ventilate cautiously and accordingly
After the cooking period, you will need to separate the cannabis plant material (which no longer contains any THC content) and the water from your newly made cannabutter Recipe. The plant material can be disposed of.
In order to separate the cannabutter it is best to use a strainer and if possible, with a cheesecloth to remove the liquid cannabutter from the plant matter. Begin by straining the cooling cannabutter mix into the strainer with cheesecloth and a container. The container will capture your filtered cannabutter and water – leaving the plant matter within the cheesecloth and strainer. You can extract more liquid cannabutter mix into your container by thoroughly squeezing the cheesecloth pulp, until it seems no more can be extracted.
You can now place your container of liquid cannabutter and water into the refrigerator to help with cooling and separating
the water from cannabutter. Once fully cooled you will have a layer of solidified cannabutter that should have a ‘green’ color to it, depending on length of time cooked, and if there is any plant matter within the butter itself – this is okay, as it adds a little texture to the butter. You can now remove and place the cannabutter layer into a storage container to keep within the fridge or freezer, if you choose freezer, it does allow the product to last for months when properly stored.
Now with this cannabutter “base” you can substitute it in a variety of meals, both savory and sweet. Either applied to toast,
used in recipes that normally call for butter, it can be applied to an assortment of food. All you should need is a tbsp of cannabutter to feel the medicinal effects for 3-4 hours. For beginners or first-timers, start with a tsp amount and see how the effects are after one-hour, before consuming more – at least the first couple of tries. Remember, you want to learn and understand what ratio and combinations work best for you.
When cooking with cannabis, it is best to cook or bake items that will stay under (210 degrees Celsius or 401 degrees Fahrenheit) – if the medibles cooked with your cannabutter mix exceed these temperatures, you may risk destroying the THC and cannabinoids within the cannabutter and making your dish non-medicated. Be careful and pay attention to the cooking temperatures.