Cannabis Butter Recipe for Making Edible Medical Products
Generally, when people make products meant to take medical marijuana orally- cooking with cannabis-infused butter is the most common and easiest technique. Sometimes called “cannabutter”, this medicinal ingredient can then be used in the preparation of any number of baked food products such as brownies, cookies etc. So its going to be one of the primary ingredients in most marijuana-infused recipes.
Making cannabutter could be called an extraction technique because the THC is first extracted from the cannabis and then infused with the butter.
Of course, the quantity and strength of the marijuana used to prepare the butter will impact the potency and effects of ingesting it or the end-product. In-turn, the amount of butter used in the final product, whether it be brownies, cookies or other food products, will also determine the patient’s actual dosage and resulting effects.
It is always important to eat edible marijuana in small amounts, such as one brownie square or two cookies, and wait for an hour or so to see the effects in order to prevent over-medication. Products should also always be marked in order to avoid accidental or over-consumption. Particularly because it is often prepared in a dessert or sweet, storing it away from children who could eat it accidentally is also important.
Be sure to cook on low temperatures slowly. By infusing the butter with cannabis over low heat for long periods of time and ensuring that it never comes to a boil, you allow the THC to become fully activated and at the same time avoid burning the dried cannabis product.
- Large saucepan or pot
- Large glass bowl or heat resistant container
- Strainer or sieve to fit over the glass bowl
- Plastic wrap or airtight container
- Butter knife
- Glass jar (to store the finished medicinal butter)
- 1 pound unsalted butter (organic preferred)
- 2 cups of water (filtered, purified is best)
- Half ounce of dried and ground cannabis medicine or one ounce of dried and ground cannabis leaf trimmings.
Note: The actual amount of cannabis that should be used depends on the THC content of the strain you are using and your specific dosage requirements & preferences.
Important – it is necessary to activate the THC in cannabis in order for it to produce psychoactive effects. The scientific term is “decarboxylating” the cannabis. First, place the ground cannabis on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake at 240° F. / 115° C. for 30 to 40 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes to ensure that it bakes evenly.
In a medium to large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a simmer on the stove – just below a boil. You can vary the amounts of water used but be sure that the ground marijuana is floating at least 1 ½ inches from the bottom of the pan to prevent burning it.
With the water simmering just below boiling point (generally medium heat), place the butter in the water and allow it to melt.
With the butter now completely melted, reduce the heat to low and bring the water & butter mixture to a slow simmer. Next, whisk in the marijuana thoroughly. Cook for the next three to five hours mixing every 1 ½ hours or so. The longer you cook it, the more thoroughly the THC will be extracted into the butter. You can add additional hot water if necessary. Note that the room may fill with a noticeable odor of marijuana for a while.
While the cannabutter is cooking, prep a strainer and glass or heat resistant bowl to strain the mixture when it’s finished cooking. Line your strainer or sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth and place the strainer over your bowl.
Once the mixture is finished cooking, strain the cannabutter slowly by pouring it through the strainer and cheesecloth into the bowl being careful not to spill. Once the pan is empty, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides and squeeze out all of the remaining butter into the bowl. You can also use a spatula to gently press down on the cheesecloth in the strainer to help extract all the cannabutter possible.
Allow the product to cool on its own and then cover the bowl with plastic wrap, placing it into the refrigerator until the butter has separated from the water and risen to the top. The butter will be solidified on top of the water below. Allow to cool at least 2-3 hours or overnight. The THC will now have been extracted and attached to the butter.
Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and discard the water. Slide a knife around the edges and lift the new cannabutter out of the bowl. Place it upside down on a clean surface and scrape off any remaining water.
The cannabutter is now ready for use in place of regular butter or margarine in any recipe such as a baked good of your choice. Transfer the medical product into a glass jar or similar sealed container and store in a refrigerator, labeling it as such and keeping it away from where children may find and use it accidentally.
– The MMA HI Team