What is Cannabutter?
As more states legalize recreational cannabis, increasing numbers of people are seeking alternative ways to consume it that does not involve smoking or vaping. Edible cannabis is popular because it is gentle on your body but can give you a powerful buzz for several hours.
To make edible products, cannabis must be processed in a particular way so your body can absorb the THC and CBD. The cannabis must be gently heated in a process called decarboxylation, or decarbing. It can easily be done at home. Once the cannabis is processed, many people add it to butter or oil so it can readily be cooked into edible products. This final product is called cannabutter.
How Do You Make Cannabutter?
Decarboxylation can be done in an oven. First, decide how potent you’d like your edibles and purchase the right amount of weed at the desired strength. A good, suggested ratio is seven grams of cannabis combined with two sticks of butter.
Next, use a baking pan with parchment paper, break up the flowers, and spread them onto the baking sheet evenly. Bake your herb at 225 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. The herb should turn golden brown. Be careful to keep your eye on the cannabis as its decarbs because if you burn it, the taste can be bitter and unpleasant. This part of the decarb process activates the cannabis so the THC can be absorbed by the body.
Once the baking is done, discard any liquid at the bottom of the baking sheet. Then, grind the baked cannabis gently either by hand or in a food processor or blender before you cook it in melted butter.
The second part of making cannabutter is to simmer it into melted butter. For every seven grams of cannabis, melt two sticks of butter at a gentle heat and add the cannabis a little at a time. Stir the mixture gently to prevent burning and cook for 45 minutes. Tiny bubbles should form on the surface of the cannabutter as you cook it.
Once the butter and cannabis are cooked together, remove the plant material from the cannabutter. Bits of buds and other particles should be removed to improve the taste of the butter. Place the mix into a wire strainer and squeeze it with a spoon to get all of the extra cannabis bits out of the butter.
Can You Store Cannabutter for Later? Can It Go Bad?
It’s important to store cannabutter properly as it can go bad. The best way to store cannabutter is to put it in a jar that can be tightly sealed, like a mason jar. It should be kept in the refrigerator and will last three to four weeks if kept cold.
Some people prefer to keep the cannabutter in an opaque jar because natural light is not good for cannabutter over time. Cannabutter can also be frozen, which will not affect the potency, for up to six months. If you find your cannabutter tastes or smells rancid, throw it away.
What Can You Use Cannabutter For?
It is important to “dose,” or test, your cannabutter to determine its potency and how much is needed for a decent buzz. It’s helpful to do this every time you make cannabutter because several variables will change the potency. You’ll want to have a sense of what you are consuming.
If you have guests over and they are not familiar with edibles, you should give them a taste of one teaspoon of your cannabutter and wait until they feel the effects. Letting them test how the cannabutter will affect them can ensure your guests will enjoy the edible to full potential.
Many people enjoy cooking with cannabutter to see how it adds to a dish’s flavor and fun. One example of a recipe that works well with this edible is cannabutter banana bread. To make this dish, add 1/3 of a cup of cannabutter instead of regular butter. The toasty taste of the cannabutter works well with the bananas.
Another simple but delicious recipe is no-bake peanut butter cannabutter fudge. Combine ½ cup of cocoa, 1/4 cup of peanut butter, ½ cup (two sticks) of cannabutter, and ¼ cup of powdered sugar. Melt the peanut butter and cannabutter in a saucepan, add the cocoa, and mix thoroughly. Place parchment paper on a baking pan and spread the fudge mixture evenly, baking it gently.
A great savory recipe is baked chicken in cannabutter. Brown the chicken gently in cannabutter, two to three minutes per side. You can also add the cannabutter to rice or a vegetable of your choice. With cannabutter’s versatility, it can be used to make a variety of favorite chicken dishes.
In addition to cooking with cannabutter, it is also fast and easy to simply spread a smear of the butter on toast or another pre-made good. Cannabutter has a pleasant, nutty taste if it is properly decarbed which is enjoyable as an additive or topping.
You can even use cannabutter as body butter or body wash. It’s an excellent cleanser for your skin. The body butter will infuse your skin and moisturize too. You can even use cold cannabutter on areas of muscle tension and pain.
Can LĒVO II Infusion Machine Help You Make High-Quality Cannabutter?
An alternative to making cannabutter by hand is to use an infusion machine like the LĒVO II. Making cannabutter with LĒVO II is simple, faster, and does not require monitoring. Just place the shredded flowers into the Power pod, activate it, and infuse them into the butter or oil. It comes with presets that allow you to make cannabutter to get the potency you prefer. In addition to streamlining the cannabis infusion process, LĒVO II can even be washed in the dishwasher.
Cannabutter is versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes from sweets, savory meals, and body products. LĒVO II can streamline the process of making edibles while ensuring quality and consistency, so you can get to cooking!