Many people have decided that making their own edible cannabis products is the best way to consume cannabis. They prefer the buzz from edibles, which can last longer than smoking cannabis. Edibles are easier on the lungs as well. But making your own edibles requires some expertise in extracting the THC from the weed. By extracting the THC and turning it into a derivative that is edible, it can be used in a variety of products.
For those who live in states where recreational cannabis is legal, it is possible to purchase edible products in a store. However, the potency is not always predictable. Making your own edible products is also a way to ensure the product is high quality and control the strength of the product.
We are going to show you how to make the cannabis-infused edible derivative: cannabutter.
Cannabutter is butter infused with edible THC – that can be put in any food that uses butter, like baked goods, etc. It is not difficult to make, but it is important to do it correctly or you could waste good products in the process. Follow these instructions carefully, and your cannabutter will be a potent additive to countless recipes.
Traditional Steps to Making Cannabutter
The first and very important step is decarboxylating cannabis for use in the butter. Decarboxylating your herb creates an adequate supply of THC by exposing the flowers to heat. Failing to decarboxylate will result in a relatively weak edible.
The process is not difficult but requires some patience. Some people will grind their buds into a fine powder before heating them but be careful about this. If you are not experienced, the ground cannabis may get overcooked, which can make the cannabis bitter. It might be best to use full buds for your first few attempts at making cannabutter to get a feel for when it is heated properly.
To decarboxylate your cannabis, spread parchment paper on a baking sheet, spread ½ an ounce of herb evenly onto the sheet, and bake your sample at 225 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. The cannabis should turn golden brown and develop a roasted, nutty taste. Bake the cannabis thoroughly to ensure you have enough THC in your edibles. Also, it takes longer to cook weed that is wet or recently harvested.
Next, you want to grind the weed to a useful consistency before adding it to the butter. You can do this manually or use a food processor or blender. It’s important to be gentle when you grind the cooked buds. It should not be powdery because that can give it a harsh, bitter taste. You’ll want the consistency of finely-ground herbs that you might cook with when grinding your cannabis.
How Long Does It Usually Take to Make Cannabutter?
The final step is to take your decarbed herb and cook it into the butter. Melt two sticks (1/2 pound) of butter at a low, gentle heat in a medium saucepan. Add the ground herb a little bit at a time, stirring gently. If there is any liquid at the bottom of the baking sheet, discard it.
Now, simmer the mix for 45 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Little bubbles should form on the surface of the cannabutter.
Once the cannabutter has fully simmered, the leftover plant material should be removed. Pour the cannabutter through a metal strainer and squeeze the plant material with a spoon against the strainer to extract all the butter. By straining the remaining herb bits, you’ll ensure the best-tasting cannabutter.
The full cannabutter production process takes just under an hour to complete. It is a good idea to not hurry the process too much to ensure the cannabutter is high quality and has sufficient potency for outstanding edibles.
While butter will last for months in the refrigerator, cannabutter will last about three weeks. Knowing the expiration window of cannabutter is important, so you can plan to use the edible while it’s top quality.
Test the Potency of Your Cannabutter
It is a good idea to test your cannabutter to get a sense of its potency. This is particularly important if you are going to serve cannabutter to guests. There are many variables – namely the ratio of cannabis to butter and the potency of the cannabis used – that will affect the strength of the cannabutter. Allow guests the opportunity to sample a teaspoon or so of the recipe on a cookie or something, wait 30 to 45 minutes, and gauge how buzzed they are before consuming more. Be sure to check out our cannabutter ratio calculator to help with safe and effective dosing.
How the LĒVO II Can Speed up the Process while Producing Consistent Cannabutter
Infusing your own butter, oils, honey, and other products is a great way to understand and produce your own edibles. However, it is time-consuming, and it can be expensive if you overheat or underheat your cannabis when decarboxylating.
For consistency, you can get an herbal infusion machine that infuses butter and oil precisely and without error. LĒVO II dries, activates, and infuses your ingredients with herbs of your choice. LĒVO II infuses herbs for less than you would pay for them retail. You would simply have to measure the cannabis and add the ingredient you want infused, put them into the infusion machine and push a button. LĒVO II has time and temperature controls that allow you to select the potency of the infusion, with the assurance you will get the cannabutter or other infusions exactly the way you prefer.
LĒVO II comes with an app for wireless control of your infusion, as well as some recipes. It also has dry, activate, and infuse settings, along with controls for time and temperature presets. LĒVO II allows you to store your favorite infusion parameters. It ensures maximum strength infusions that do not require solvents or other additives. LĒVO II’s steeping method creates infusions that are cleaner and tastier than homemade infusions. It also comes with a one-year warranty.
Trying a few homemade infusions will help you decide if you like making your own edibles. If you do, invest in LĒVO II, or another LĒVO II infusion machine, and start cooking!