Here’s a recipe for making cannabis-infused butter, also known as cannabutter:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 ounce (28 grams) of cannabis flower (adjust the amount based on the desired potency)
- Decarboxylation: Preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C). Break the cannabis flower into smaller pieces, ensuring it’s evenly spread out on a baking sheet. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes. This process, known as decarboxylation, activates the cannabinoids in the cannabis.
- Butter Infusion: Melt the butter over low heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Add water to the saucepan at 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of butter. The water helps prevent the butter from burning.
- Add the Decarboxylated Cannabis: Once the butter has melted, add the decarboxylated cannabis to the saucepan. Stir well to combine and ensure the cannabis is fully coated with the butter mixture.
- Simmer and Stir: Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and to ensure even infusion.
- Straining: After simmering, remove the saucepan and let it cool slightly. Place a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof container or bowl. Pour the mixture through the strainer, allowing the liquid to strain through while leaving behind the plant material.
- Pressing and Cooling: Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to press down on the plant material in the strainer, extracting as much liquid as possible. Let the infused butter cool to room temperature.
- Refrigeration: Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. The infused butter will solidify on top as it cools while the water remains below. Once solidified, remove the butter from the water and discard the water.
- Storage: Store the cannabis-infused butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for longer-term storage.
Remember, cannabis-infused butter can be potent, so it’s important to label it clearly and keep it away from children or anyone who shouldn’t consume it. Additionally, when using cannabis-infused butter in recipes, start with small amounts to gauge its potency and adjust as needed.