So you want to make edibles at home, huh? Well, the best place to start is with some cannabutter. Making your own THC-infused butter at home may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With this simple, step-by-step cannabutter recipe in hand, you’ll be making pot brownies or space cake in no time–just make sure to stop by JARS first to get some butter-ready buds.
What is cannabutter?
Used for decades in everything from chocolate chip cookies to simply topping your toast, cannabutter is by far one of the most useful tools to have in a 420-friendly kitchen.
Cannabutter essentially describes any butter that has been infused with cannabis as a vessel for THC. Butter makes the perfect carrier for our favorite psychoactive molecule because THC is lipophilic, meaning it loves fat. THC will easily bind to anything that has a high-fat content like butter with just a little heat and time—and a few other household items which we’ll get into in just a moment.
Your cannabutter, your way.
In this recipe, you will notice that we don’t give you an exact amount of flower to use. The reason being, that is entirely up to your personal tolerance and desired potency level. As long as you use tested flower from JARS that is labeled with the THC content, you will be able to figure out how to dose your butter accordingly. It might take a little experimentation to find what is right for you, but this recipe is designed to be customizable for all tolerance levels.
Now let’s get into the fun part.
Ingredients and Equipment:
- 2-5 grams cannabis flower (amount is completely up to your desired strength)
- Unsalted butter (again the amount you choose is completely up to you and your desired strength)
- Mason jar
- Cookie sheet with a lip
- Aluminum foil
- Strainer (cheesecloth if you have it)
- Rubber Spatula (or spoon)
- Airtight container
- Preheat your oven to 235℉.
- Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
- Grind up your flower, but not too fine. We’re not rolling a joint for Snoop, we’re just making some cannabutter. Feel free to break it down with your fingers or an old grinder.
- Place your ground-up flower onto the aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet in a single layer. Cover the cookie sheet with more aluminum foil. This will help prevent the flower from burning.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 45 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. This is called decarboxylation, or decarb for short, and this is what activates the THC so that it can actually get you high.
- While your flower is decarbing in the oven, place your pot on the stovetop and fill it about halfway with water. Go ahead and start warming the water up over medium heat. The goal is to get the water close to boiling, but not quite. If you want to get technical, the water should stay at about 185℉.
- After 45 minutes have passed, take your decarbed flower out of the oven. Peel the aluminum off of the cookie sheet and carefully dump the flower into the mason jar with your butter. Tightly seal the jar with the lid.
- Place your tightly sealed jar, with the butter and flower inside, into the pot of almost boiling water. You should see bubbles on the side of the pot or a slight rolling on the surface. When you reach that sweet spot between boiling and not, lower the heat and keep it at that temperature, for the remainder of the infusion process. This may take a little babysitting as the day goes on. Fill the pot with more water and change the temperature as needed. You do not want the water to get too hot, as that will degrade the THC.
- Watch your jar and your pot of water for 3-5 hours. Now is a good time to roll a very large joint for yourself. After 3-5 hours, take your jar out of the pot. Place a strainer over an airtight container and strain the plant matter out of your cannabutter using your rubber spatula to squeeze out any remaining butter. To finish, place the airtight container in the fridge and allow the butter to harden. Once it’s cool, it’s ready for you to use in nearly any kind of at-home edible.
And that’s it.
Becoming a cannabutter expert may take some time, but man oh man is it worth it. Just follow this recipe and you will be well on your way to running your very own culinary cannabis empire. Stop by your local JARS retailer today to pick up some cannabutter-ready flower.