What is Cannabutter and How do You Make it?

If you are looking for delicious fall recipes to incorporate CBD and THC, you have probably seen the word “cannabutter” pop up once or twice. If this term made the recipe more intimidating, go back and find that recipe! Cannabutter is an easy and practical ingredient when making edibles. So, if you still have questions, we will work to answer them and provide an easy cannabutter recipe to use in your favorite baked goods. If this is your first time experimenting with edibles, talk to the marijuana doctors at Broward Alternative Health for potential side effects and experiences associated with these recipes.

What is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is a combination of cannabis and butter. It is frequently used in baked goods, such as blondies, cookies, and the famous “baked” brownies. You can use CBD or THC in your recipe, depending on what you want your edibles to achieve. Since most of our patients use it to treat ailments, consider using CBD with this recipe, as it’s the compound that does not alter your mind. Alternatively, you can use a combination of CBD and THC if you don’t mind the psychoactive properties.

Once you receive your medical marijuana card, you can begin using medical marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, including nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and insomnia.

When people think about marijuana, they usually picture the herb rolled up in a tight joint. While that’s one way of using it, cannabis has multiple forms of administration. This allows patients to explore many avenues of therapeutic pain relief. When used in baked goods, this is by far the most delicious way to consume your medical marijuana.

The process is simple. It requires the infusion of marijuana (or CBD) and butter to create a tasty recipe that can substitute traditional butter, oil, and other butter alternatives. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

What Do You Need?

This is an easy recipe, so you’ll find that everything is straightforward, including the equipment and ingredients you will use. For this recipe, you will need:

  • Several sticks of butter (choose your favorite or go fancy and buy gourmet French butter; if you’re vegan, buy a popular vegan butter brand).
  • Cannabis flower (if this is your first time using cannabis flower, ask a professional at a dispensary about terpene and cannabinoid profiles to achieve your desired experience).
  • Cheesecloth (or anything to strain the butter mixture, such as a fine-mesh sieve).

Decarboxylate Process

Decarboxylate is the process of applying heat to activate and/or increase the psychoactive properties in cannabis, such as THC. If you don’t activate the compounds, instead of having THC in your cannabutter, you will have THC-A, which does not cause intoxicating effects. As a result, many people apply heat and time to activate the THC in their marijuana (if they want psychoactive effects).

Begin the Infusion

Once you have decarboxylated your cannabis flower, it’s time to infuse the two ingredients (cannabis and butter) to create your desired recipe. You are still working with a flower, which must be ground down into a fine herb-like consistency. You can do this with a mortar and pestle or herb grinder.

Now that you have ground your decarboxylated flower, take a medium saucepan and add equal parts water and butter – the water will prevent the butter from getting too hot. At increased temperatures, butter can easily burn.

Add your ground flower and mix until combined. Raise the temperature until it simmers, cover, and wait for approximately three hours, stirring occasionally.

If you want to preserve every last bit of your cannabutter, store it in an airtight container and leave it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you still have water in your recipe, wait for the butter to solidify before dumping out the water.

How to Use Your Cannabutter

You don’t need us telling you how to use butter! Of course, many people like to start with the quintessential edible: brownies. But why not try blondies instead? Or, since we’re dashing into the holiday season, make festive sugar cookies, fruit cakes, and a gingerbread house from scratch. The sky is the limit.

Visit Broward Alternative Health

When you are ready to reclaim your life and alleviate painful symptoms, visit Broward Alternative Health. Our top priority is providing professional medical evaluations to patients to determine eligibility for treatment with medical marijuana. Our marijuana doctors treat patients throughout Broward County, under full compliance with the Florida Compassionate Use Act of 2014 and Amendment 2 of 2016. Call (954) 297-5905 to get started.

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