What is Cannabis Butter aka Cannabutter
Cannabis butter, also known as cannabutter, is a type of butter that has been infused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. The butter is then used as a cooking ingredient, typically in baking edibles, to add a psychoactive effect to dishes. The potency of the final product depends on the amount of THC used in the butter-making process.
How to make Cannabis Butter
Here’s a simple DIY Cannabis Butter Recipe :
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of ground cannabis flower or trim
- 1 cup of water
- In a saucepan, combine the butter, water, and ground cannabis.
- Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 hours to ensure that the THC from the cannabis has fully infused into the butter.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the cannabis plant matter.
- Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes and then refrigerate it until the butter has solidified.
- Remove the solid butter from the water and store it in an airtight container.
Note: The potency of the final product will depend on the potency of the cannabis used and the length of the infusion process. It’s important to accurately measure the THC content of your cannabis to determine the potency of the final product.
Enhance the Flavour of your Cannabis Butter Recipe
There are several ingredients and seasonings that can be added to cannabis butter to enhance its flavor. Some of these include:
- Herbs and spices: Adding fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil, or bay leaves, can enhance the flavor of the cannabutter. You can also add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to give the butter a sweet and spicy taste.
- Sweeteners: Adding sugar, honey, or maple syrup to the cannabutter can help balance out any bitter or earthy flavors from the cannabis.
- Dairy products: Adding cream cheese, sour cream, or heavy cream to the cannabutter can add a creamy and rich texture and flavor to the finished product.
- Extracts: Adding vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract can enhance the flavor of the cannabutter and add a unique twist to the final product.
- Citrus: Adding lemon or orange zest to the cannabutter can brighten the flavor and add a fresh and tangy taste.
Remember to adjust the quantities of these ingredients to taste, and keep in mind that the flavor of the finished product will be influenced by the strain of cannabis used, so it’s important to choose a strain that complements the desired flavor profile.
How long does Cannabis Butter last
Cannabis butter can last up to 2 to 3 months when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you want to extend its shelf life, you can store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. It’s important to note that the potency of the cannabutter may decrease over time, so it’s best to use it within the first 3 months for best results. When storing cannabis butter, it’s also important to avoid exposure to light and heat, which can cause degradation and affect the potency of the THC.
Using Stems to make Cannabutter
Yes, you can use stems to make cannabutter. Stems contain some trace amounts of THC, although not as much as the buds. Using stems can result in a lower potency cannabutter compared to using only buds, but it’s a good way to use up parts of the plant that might otherwise go to waste. When using stems, it’s important to grind them into a fine powder to maximize the surface area for infusion and to make straining easier. Keep in mind that stems can also add a bitter taste to the finished product, so it’s best to use a combination of buds and stems or to flavor the butter with sweeteners or herbs to mask the taste.