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A Beginner’s Guide to Making Weed Butter

This guide is excerpted from The Art of Weed Butter by Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey. It’s part of the Healthyish Guide to Cooking With, Eating, and Truly Enjoying Weed in collaboration with Broccoli. Check out their spring issue, and click here to read more about how to make cannabis delicious.

Listen, you don’t have to be a master chef or cannabis connoisseur to make legit weed butter. You just need to be well-informed, patient, and organized. At the end of the day, making cannabis butter is just a very efficient way of consuming weed. It’s inconspicuous, versatile, and approachable. And I really enjoy how cannabutter helps to minimize the stigma of weed—especially in the black community. It means everything to me when middle-aged black women, like my 80-year-old great Auntie Mildred, can be provided with options like cannabis edibles to help find relief from pain symptoms.

With the same principles as making weed butter, you can create infused sesame chili oil to drizzle on rice dishes, or elevated coconut oil to use for your next face oil mask.

The following recipe loosely translates into 30 mg of THC per tablespoon of oil or butter. Your perfect dose will vary, but 10 mg is standard. Start by testing ¼ teaspoon of the weed butter you make and wait for about an hour. Take note of how you feel and let your body tell you whether this is a good amount, if you need more, or if you need less. Erring on the side of caution will ensure that you actually enjoy yourself and have a positive experience.

Step 1: Decarboxylation

The first thing you’ll have to do is decarboxylate your cannabis. Also known as “decarbing,” this requires you to bake your weed, allowing the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to activate. Also, it allows for lipids in butter and oil to easily bind to your weed for the ultimate cannabis infusion.

  • ½ ounce of weed
  • Hand grinder or scissors
  • Glass baking dish or sheet pan
  • Oven
  1. Preheat the oven to 220° F.
  2. Gently break apart the desired amount of weed using a hand-grinder, scissors, or with hands until it’s the perfect consistency for rolling a joint— fine, but not too fine. Anything too fine will slip through cheesecloth (or a joint, for that matter). You want your cannabutter and oil to be clean and as clear as possible.
  3. Evenly spread your plant material onto the glass baking dish or sheet pan. Pop in the oven on the center rack for 20 minutes if using old or lower quality weed; 45 minutes for cured, high-grade weed; or 1 hour or more for anything that has been recently harvested and is still wet.
  4. Check on the weed frequently while it’s in the oven, gently mixing it every 10 minutes so as to not burn it. You will notice that the color of your herb will change from bright green to a deep brownish green. That’s when you know it has decarboxylated.

Step 2: Cannabutter Stovetop Infusion

If you have weed, fat, time, and a kitchen, you can make weed butter with this method.

  • 1½ cup water
  • 8 ounces clarified butter, melted butter, or oil
  • ½ ounce decarboxylated cannabis
  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Thermometer, optional cheesecloth and/or metal strainer
  1. In a medium saucepan on very low heat, add water and butter.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis. Mix well with a wooden spoon and cover with lid.
  3. Let mixture gently simmer for 4 hours. Stir every half hour to make sure your butter isn’t burning. If you have a thermometer, check to make sure the temperature doesn’t reach above 180°.
  4. After 4 hours, strain with cheesecloth or metal strainer into a container. Let the butter cool to room temperature. Use immediately or keep in refrigerator or freezer in a well-sealed mason jar for up to six months.

How to use weed butter:

I’ve been slipping a little weed into a lot of recipes that aren’t in my cookbook. Most recently, I combined one tablespoon of canna-infused olive oil with 3 tablespoons of non-weed virgin olive oil to dress this juicy Charred Raw Corn salad. (It came out to 30 mg for the entire dish, and 7.5 mg per serving). It blew my mind. And not because I was stoned. I also have this thing for eating hot soup all year long, and my most recent soup fix was Chicken and Rice Soup with Garlicky Chile Oil. I spiked the garlic chile oil with weed, swapping in two tablespoons of canna-infused sesame oil for two tablespoons of vegetable oil. You can also sub a few teaspoons of infused oil into baked goods, like breakfast blondies or chocolate tahini brownies.

Find more recipes for cooking with cannabutter in The Art of Weed Butter, available for $10 on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Learning how to make weed butter is simple. You don’t have to be a master chef or cannabis connoisseur, just organized.

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  • June 26, 2017
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Here are the cannabis butter basics:

Cannabis butter is a great basic ingredient that rounds out delicious cannabis-infused edibles. This THC infusion requires an important initial step. Firstly, THC is activated to enable the psychoactive properties of cannabis. In other words, THC must morph from its acidic form to its psychoactive form. We achieve this by heating cannabis at a low temperature. This initial step is called decarboxylating or decarbing. Once your THC is activated, it is time to infuse your butter with this elevating ingredient.

Of course, it is very important to properly dose cannabis butter. Do not over saturate your butter with THC. It is possible for over consumption to cause uncomfortable feelings. Subsequently, our cannabutter recipe is carefully dosed. It is our intention for this infusion to create an ideal high. This recipe is very easy to follow. Please stick to the recipe guide to create this cannabis infusion for optimal results.

Are you wondering what to do if you do not enjoy the taste of cannabis?

Unfortunately, not everyone loves the taste of cannabis. Follow this primary step to lessen the flavour of cannabis. Grab a cooking pot, and fill it half way with hot water. Add the measurement of cannabis required by the recipe to this hot water. Let the cannabis soak in this water for 8 hours. You are now ready to begin the recipe. Do not stress, THC is not water soluble and this process will not take away any of its potency. This process maintains the integrity of the THC in your cannabutter while dampening its earthy flavor.

What dishes will my cannabis butter complement?

Excitingly, you may swap your regular butter out for delicious cannabis butter. I other words, any recipe that requires butter is can now contain your THC butter. Suffice to say, cannabutter may be used in sweet THC edibles, cannabis infused lunches, and weed dinners. Cannabis infused butter is an exciting add to every meal!

Let’s Get Cooking!

Carefully follow the step-by-step recipe below. Please partake responsibly. Be sure to let us know how you are enjoying your cannabudder on Facebook or Instagram. Hit us up in the comments below!

How to make a simple Cannabis Butter (Cannabutter) at home. This basic cannabis infusion is a THC edible staple. Easily sub butter for cannabis butter here!