What is cannabutter?
Cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter, is one of the simplest and most common ways to make edibles. Butter is an ideal medium for cannabis infusion because it’s delicious, versatile to use, and THC needs to bind to fat molecules, which are abundant in butter (as well as oils such as coconut, olive, and vegetable oil).
The infusion process takes a few hours, but it’s easy to do and this recipe will show even beginners how to do it.
As with all edibles, start low and go slow: After making food with weed butter, try a little bit first, wait 45-60 minutes for effects to kick in, and have more only if you want stronger effects.
How is cannabutter used to make edibles?
After you infuse butter with cannabis, you can use that weed butter to make any baked goods, or to simply spread on some toast or other food. People commonly use cannabutter to make weed brownies, cookies, and cakes.
You can use all cannabutter in a recipe, half cannabutter and half regular butter, or some other ratio of regular to cannabutter for milder effects.
Cannabis must first be decarboxylated to properly infuse it with butter. This process converts THCA in the plant into THC, activating the plant’s psychoactive potential in your edibles.
Heat is needed for decarboxylation. When you put a flame to a bowl or joint, that heat decarboxylates the plant material, turning THCA into THC, which will then get you stoned. For cannabutter, decarboxylation is done by heating cannabis at a low temperature in an oven before adding it to the butter.
Note that homemade edibles are difficult to accurately dose. This guide will give you some tips for dosing, but all DIY cannabis cooks should be aware that it’s difficult to guarantee the potency or homogeneity of a batch of edibles.