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The Quick and Easy Way to Make Cannabutter

Cannabutter is exactly what it sounds like—cannabis-infused butter. 

Cannabutter is a favorite among cannabis chefs because it is so easy to make, and because it is such a versatile cooking ingredient. It can be quickly added to any number of recipes or dishes to make them truly special. 

If you’re looking to make your own cannabis edibles at home, a good batch of cannabutter is a great place to start. Don’t be afraid to dive in regardless of your experience level. You don’t have to be a chef or cannabis expert to make top-notch butter. 

Keep reading to find out more about how you can quickly and easily make your own batch of cannabis-infused butter at home.

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First Thing’s First

Before beginning the infusion process, you will need to decarboxylate your bud. Decarboxylation is a heating process that heats the THCA covering your flower (crystals) until they are converted into THC, but not so much that they are destroyed. 

By decarboxylating your flower before infusing it into butter, you’re ensuring that as much THC as possible can be squeezed out of it. Decarboxylation is usually done by using an oven or on a stovetop. Think of it like cooking your flower before cooking with it. 

Simple Cannabutter Recipe

With an oven and some basic cooking utensils, cannabutter is actually quite easy to make. This simple 5 step recipe takes less than an hour to prepare and will have you cooking with infused butter in no time. 

  1. Grind your buds up fine (but not too fine!).
  2. Melt some butter in a saucepan on low heat.
  3. Add the ground buds to the melted butter and let simmer for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Take the butter off the stove and pour it into a glass jar. Use a cheesecloth or similar straining material to ensure that the plant matter is separated from the infused butter. 
  5. Place the jar in the fridge or freezer to allow the mixture to solidify and for long-term storage.

Be careful not to overgrind your flower as grinding it too fine can make it harder to strain out and can result in a more bitter-tasting final product. 

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Cannabutter In a Slow Cooker

If you want to avoid a messy stove situation, you can also infuse butter in a slow cooker. 

To infuse butter in a slow cooker:

  1. Grind your buds up fine (but not too fine!).
  2. Turn on your slow cooker and set it to about 150 or 160. Make sure not to set it too high so as to avoid destroying cannabinoids like THC.
  3. Add butter first and allow to melt.
  4. Add cannabis and stir well.
  5. Allow to cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally
  6. Remove from the slow cooker and pour into a glass jar through a strainer. Strain well in order to remove all plant matter.
  7. Store in a fridge or freezer to solidify and for long-term storage.

Putting Your Cannabutter to Use

One of the best things about infused butter is how many different ways you can use it. Many people keep it on hand for use in baking edibles such as cannabis-infused brownies and cookies. But there are many other creative ways to use it. 
For instance, cannabis butter can be melted on top of popcorn and enjoyed with your favorite movie. Or, if you want to enjoy your medicine with breakfast, add some to your breakfast pancakes or eggs. Cannabis-infused butter can even be used to give pies and cakes that extra special kick. Just remember to put it back in the fridge after you use it!