Cannabis is a multifunctional plant and, thanks to its popularity, its fans are repeatedly creating ingenious ways of using it and consuming it. Cannabutter (also known as weed butter) is one such invention and can be consumed either on its own (say on a piece of toast) or can be used to bake other edible cannabis products.
It is incredibly simple to make and is a great way of putting your less prosperous buds or abundance of trim to use. All you need are a few ingredients and you can enjoy the results. In this article, we will take you through a step-by-step guide of how to make Cannabutter, as well as reviewing some of the best strains of cannabis to use for this product.
Table of Contents
- What is Cannabutter?
- How to make Cannabutter
- Top 6 Best Cannabis Strains for Cannabutter 2019
What is Cannabutter?
Cannabutter is simply regular butter with cannabis infused within it. Its strength is dependent on the type of weed that you use within it, and if you are using your lower quality buds in the recipe it is likely that it won’t be as strong. You can decide depending on your preference.
Cannabutter is often used in baking in order to make various edibles for the purpose of using cannabis medically. Brownies are the obvious choice but you can get very adventurous with your Cannabutter and use it in all kinds of recipes such as pasta sauces, ice cream or a sponge cake. You can also simply spread it on your toast.
Essentially, you can use Cannabutter in any recipe where you would normally use butter or oil. But remember that the effects of eating cannabis can be more intense and also delayed – so make sure you think about this before consuming!
How to make Cannabutter
This recipe is to make two 4 oz. containers of Cannabutter – you can adjust the recipe to make more if you want to do a big batch or less if you want to try it out before using lots of your harvest.
You will need
- 6 cups of butter
- 1-2 oz. of cannabis (ground or broken up)
- Cooking pot
- Cheesecloth (to strain the butter)
- 2 x 4 oz. containers to store your butter in (can be plastic or glass)
#1 Melt the butter
Put your cooking pot on the stove on a medium heat. Add your butter to the pot and allow it to melt.
#2 Add your cannabis
When the butter stars to melt you can add your ground up cannabis to the pot. Give it a good stir so all is combined and keep stirring until all of the butter has melted.
#3 Wait for the white foam
Now comes the decarboxylation stage of the process. Decarboxylation is where the cannabis is heated – this is when the THC in the cannabis becomes psychoactive. The same process occurs when you burn weed to smoke it.
In order for decarboxylation to occur in your Cannabutter keep an eye on the melting butter and cannabis mixture, keep stirring and look out for a white foam to form on the surface. As this forms, you will also be able to smell the familiar odor of weed.
#4 Turn the heat down
At this point, you need to turn the heat down to the lowest it will go. The rest of the decarboxylation needs to happen slowly, so go low and slow. Leave your mixture on the stove for another 2-3 hours, making sure that you check it every now and again to give it a stir.
#5 Allow to cool
After the 2-3 hours are complete turn off the heat and leave the Cannabutter to cool down for a bit (just a few minutes).
Now it is time to strain your Cannabutter. Get your bowl and cover it with your cheesecloth (this will be the strainer). All you need to do now is pour your newly created mixture over the bowl and through the cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will make sure that none of the bits of cannabis fall through into your final product. Make sure you give the cheesecloth a good twist and squeeze so that you don’t waste any of the remaining Cannabutter (this is precious stuff!).
#7 Put in containers
All there is left to do is to decant your Cannabutter into the containers. Simply pour it into the container/s and seal. That’s it! Your delicious Cannabutter will last in your fridge for up to a month, but if you want it to last longer you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
Now you have made your own batch of Cannabutter you can use it for whatever you wish. The more you make, the more readily you have it to hand when making baked cannabis goodies. The fact it can last in the freezer for up to 6 months makes Cannabutter a good product to make in batches as you then have it ready to go if a pot brownie craving comes along!
Top 6 Best Cannabis Strains for Cannabutter 2019
As growing your own is the most economical way of making Cannabutter, here we run through some of the best strains you can find for making this fantastic multi-purpose edible.
Whether you want your Cannabutter for medicinal use or you want this ingredient to bring stress relief and relaxation, here we have something for everyone so you’re bound to find the right strain both for your needs and your growing experience.
#1 Train Wreck: Train wreck Cannabis Seeds Auto Flower
Train wreck is an easy to grow strain of cannabis that can grow either indoors or outdoors. It is also known for producing large quality yields so you will have plenty to spare from your harvest for making Cannabutter. It’s suitability to making Cannabutter is thanks to its potency and strong citrus and peppery flavors.
If you are wanting a Cannabutter with strong effects then this is the right choice of strain for you. Train Wreck gives a feeling of euphoria and is also effective for medical use if you are wanting something to soothe aches and pains. Using this as your key ingredient in your Cannabutter will help to soothe body and mind and you’re sure to be pleased with its performance. For an easy grower and a strong potency go for Train Wreck.
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#2 OG Kush: OG Kush Feminized Marijuana Seeds
Here is one of the most popular cannabis strains around and has reached this popularity for a bunch of great features. It calms, it relaxes and it can have very strong effects. What makes it great for use in Cannabutter is its flavor – it is incredibly fruity and also has subtle pine notes to really pack the punch when you are experimenting with cannabis edibles.
Cannabutter made from OG Kush, when consumed, will leave you in a blissful state so is a perfect option after a long hard day at work to really help you relax. It will also serve as a great pain reliever. You can grow OG Kush both outside and indoors and can look forward to huge buds, and big yields. A great choice of strain for a flavorsome and tasty Cannabutter.
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#3 White Widow: White Widow Original Feminized Seeds
If you are wanting to create a Cannabutter that is both strong and tasty then why not go for the well-known White Widow strain. Known for its high THC levels (19%) White Widow brings calmness to your body and stimulation to your mind – so is a good anxiety buster. What’s more, it is super tasty having both hints of peppermint and earth notes also.
It is a 65% indica cannabis strain which you can grow both indoors and outdoors, whatever your preference. This strain is also not super tricky to grow so a good option if you are new to the growing world and can be grown both in soil and hydroponically. We’re sure you will love this strain as an exciting addition to your Cannabutter experiments. White Widow is an all-rounder and a great addition to any cannabis garden.
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#4 Bubba Kush: Bubba Kush Feminized Cannabis Seeds
Many medicinal cannabis users love Bubba Kush thanks to its pain relieving properties. These Bubba Kush seeds contain 18% THC and 1.2% CBD so are a great choice if you are wanting your Cannabutter to produce pain relieving edibles. This strain is also a good option if you struggle to sleep and fancy some sleep-inducing Cannabutter on toast before bed.
A great indoor and outdoor grower producing higher than average yields – this is a great choice if you are looking for something easy to grow that gives good results. Having a naturally sweet flavor, Bubba Kush is the perfect strain to use in Cannabutter particularly if you are wanting to make sweet cannabis edibles. You will also enjoy the earthy pine notes which make a welcome addition to this superstar strain of cannabis.
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#5 Solomatic CBD: Solomatic CBD Seeds
If you want your Cannabutter to have a high CBD content then this could be the strain for you. CBD is the ingredient you are looking for if you want your cannabis to help with a multitude of ailments – such as pain relief, insomnia, stress, and anxiety. This strain contains a whopping 21% CBD but a very low THC level (1%) so is a good choice if you want the medical benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive properties.
Solomatic CBD also provides a delicious flavor to your Cannabutter – if hints of ginger, fruit and earthy tones sound good to you then you might have just found your perfect strain. You will also be pleased to hear that growing this strain doesn’t require much experience and can be an option if you are a beginner. Choose this if you want your Cannabutter to be CBD rich.
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#6 Skywalker: Skywalker Kush Feminized Seeds
You might want your Cannabutter to be the key ingredient to your evening that helps you to relax after a long day in the office. If this sounds good then adding Skywalker to your Cannabutter will make that pasta sauce just that little bit more appealing. With a high THC level, this is a potent strain so make sure you watch how much you add when making your Cannabutter!
With spicy herbal notes, this strain is a great choice when making savory cannabis edibles, but it can also be used when making sweet treats. This indica-dominant strain of cannabis is known to produce high yields so we’re sure you will be happy with this choice of seed. If you want a Cannabutter that has a high potency then this is the one for you, but if you don’t like the stronger strains then steer away from this one.
Cannabutter is a fantastic multi-purpose cannabis edible that is easy to make, easy to store and has a long shelf life. This means that you can put your precious buds to efficient use and create a product that can be eaten on its own or be used to create a multitude of other tasty treats for you to consume.
The effect your Cannabutter has will depend on the cannabis strain you use within it so, if you are thinking of growing your own, make sure you select the strain that suits both your personal needs and your palate. Thanks to the amazing breadth of seeds available to grow there is a strain to suit everyone. The strains reviewed here are particularly suitable to Cannabutter so why not give one of these a try.