Easy Cannabutter 3 Ways, and We Mean Easy

3 ways to make cannabutter

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Cannabutter is a delicious cannabis-infused butter that can be used in a variety of recipes to create tasty and potent treats. Many people prefer to make there own cannabutter at home because it is a cost-effective and simple way to infuse their favorite foods with cannabis. In this article, we will explore three easy and effective methods for making cannabutter that you can try at home.

Cannabutter Overview

cannabutter guide

Before we get started, it is important to understand what cannabutter is and why it is so popular. Essentially, cannabutter is regular butter that has been infused with cannabis. This infusion process allows the THC in the cannabis to bind with the fat in the butter, creating a potent and delicious ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

While there are many different methods for making cannabutter, we will explore the three easiest and most effective methods in this article.

Method 1: Traditional Stovetop Method

melting butter on stovetop to prepare cannabutter

The traditional stovetop method is perhaps the most commonly used method for making cannabutter. This method is simple, cost-effective, and easy to do at home.

To begin, you will need ½ cup of butter and between 2–4 grams of ground marijuana (depending on your desired potency). You can also use our free potency calculator for edible dosing if you are unsure.

Heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat and gently mix in the ground cannabis. Allow the mixture to simmer for around 3 hours, stirring occasionally to ensure an even infusion of cannabinoids into the butter. Once done, strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or similar tool and allow the butter to cool before use.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of ground cannabis
  • Cheesecloth
  • Step 1: Melt the butter on low heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  • Step 2: Once the butter is melted, add in the ground cannabis and stir gently.
  • Step 3: Simmer the mixture on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4: Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Step 5: Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup or bowl.
  • Step 6: Press down on the cheesecloth to ensure that all the butter has been strained out.
  • Step 7: Cover the mixture and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Pros and Cons of the Stovetop Infusion Method:

Pros

  • Easy to monitor and adjust the temperature
  • Requires minimal equipment and supplies
  • Higher yield compared to other methods
  • Can be done quickly in just a few hours
  • Stronger flavor due to longer infusion time

Cons

  • Requires constant attention to prevent burning
  • Risk of uneven heating, which can result in inconsistent potency
  • The strong aroma may be difficult to mask
  • Longer infusion time may lead to the degradation of THC into less potent compounds
  • Ugly appearance due to remnants of plant material

Method 2: Slow Cooker Method

making cannabutter in a crock pot

The slow cooker method is another popular way to make cannabutter. This method is great for those who want a hands-off approach and prefer to let the slow cooker do the work.

To begin, you will need ½ cup of butter and between 2–4 grams of ground marijuana (depending on your desired potency). You can also use our free potency calculator for edible dosing if you are unsure as mentioned in the previous stovetop method.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of ground cannabis
  • Slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth
  • Step 1: Turn on the slow cooker to the lowest setting.
  • Step 2: Add in the unsalted butter and ground cannabis, and stir to combine.
  • Step 3: Cover the slow cooker and let the mixture simmer for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4: Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Step 5: Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup or bowl.
  • Step 6: Press down on the cheesecloth to ensure that all the butter has been strained out.
  • Step 7: Cover the mixture and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Pros and Cons of the Slow Cooker Infusion Method:

Certainly! Here are the pros and cons of using the slow cooker method for making cannabutter:

Pros

  • The easy and hands-off method
  • Less risk of burning or overheating
  • Can infuse a larger quantity of cannabis at once
  • Can be done overnight or while at work
  • A mild aroma that can be easily masked

Cons

  • Longer infusion time can lead to the degradation of THC into less potent compounds
  • Straining can be messy and time-consuming
  • Potency and consistency can vary
  • Equipment may not be available
  • This can lead to a weaker flavor profile compared to the stovetop method

Method 3: Instant Pot Method

making cannabutter in an instant pot

Finally, the Instant Pot method is a quick and effective way to make cannabutter. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of ground cannabis
  • Instant Pot
  • Cheesecloth
  • Step 1: Turn on the Instant Pot to the lowest setting.
  • Step 2: Add in the unsalted butter and ground cannabis, and stir to combine.
  • Step 3: Cover the Instant Pot and let the mixture simmer for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 4: Release the pressure from the Instant Pot and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
  • Step 5: Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup or bowl.
  • Step 6: Press down on the cheesecloth to ensure that all the butter has been strained out.
  • Step 7: Cover the mixture and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Note: Did you know you can also decarb and infuse cannabutter at the same time with an instant pot? A bit more advance but check out this time-saving guide on the ultimate cannabutter recipe. It is a bit more advanced but allows for better control and tastier butter.

Pros and Cons of the Slow Cooker Infusion Method:

Pros

  • Quick and efficient
  • Precise and consistent temperature control
  • Perfect for busy people
  • The fastest and most potent method of all
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Requires more expensive equipment
  • Lesser yield compared to other methods
  • May not be as flavorful as the stovetop method

Using Your Cannabutter in Recipes

Now that you know how to make cannabutter using these three easy methods, you can are ready to put on your apron and get to making tasty canna edibles. Yum.

Now I am in the mood to snack…Cannabutter Rice Krispie Treats anyone?

Keep in mind that the potency of your cannabutter will vary depending on a number of factors, including the potency of your cannabis and the dosage you use in your recipe.

Be sure to start with a small amount of cannabutter in your recipe and work your way up to the desired effect. Everyone’s tolerance to THC is different.

 

Cannabutter: Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabutter allows you to consume cannabis in a discreet way, especially for those who don’t prefer smoking. The potency of the butter can be controlled and it can also provide longer lasting effects as compared to smoking.

There’s no ‘best’ method for making cannabutter. Rather your preference. Mine is the Instant Pot for ease and speed, but the method depends on your preference and the equipment you have available. For example, if you have an Instant Pot, the Instant Pot method might be best for you, while if you don’t have one, the slow-cooker or stovetop method might be most convenient.

Choose high-quality cannabis, fresh or dried, and make sure that it is decarboxylated before infusion. The strain you use really depends on what kind of effect you’re looking for. Indicas tend to have a heavier, more relaxing effect, while sativas are more uplifting and cerebral. Hybrids are a mix of both.

The amount of cannabutter used in recipes will vary depending on your desired potency. Start with a small amount and adjust as needed. Keep in mind that the effects of edibles can take up to two hours to set in. Unsure? Use our dosing calculator for edibles.

Conclusion

In conclusion, making your own cannabutter at home can be a simple and cost-effective way to infuse your favorite foods with cannabis. Whether you prefer the traditional stovetop method, the slow cooker method, or the Instant Pot method, these three techniques can help you create delicious and potent cannabutter that you can use in a wide variety of recipes.

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Kharma Dee

Kharma Dee

Hi there! My name is Kharmadee and I'm an expert in harnessing the power of cannabis for holistic health benefits. In my work, I teach others how to naturally manage pain, anxiety, and stress, empowering them to lead happier, healthier lives. I believe that by incorporating cannabis into our daily routines, we can all experience greater joy, productivity, and well-being. Let me show you how!

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