Being Blunt: How To Make Your Own Homemade Cannabutter

6 February 2019

Cannabis has been legal in Canada for a few months now, but if you’re not interested in smoking, bad news: edibles, ingestible marijuana products, won’t be for sale on the legal market until mid-to-late 2019.

There’s a loophole though, you can still make your own edibles at home. If you’re new to the edible game, the first recipe you want to have under your belt is Cannabutter. THC, the thing that actually makes marijuana psychoactive, dissolves into fat, so it can easily be infused with oils or butter. It doesn’t take many supplies, it’s simple to make, and it’s versatile enough to be substituted into a lot of your favourite recipes.

What you'll need:

  • ½ oz (14g) cannabis (It doesn’t need to be amazing to be potent, so don’t shop high-end strains for cooking!) 
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 
  • 2 cups water

Step one: Prep your butter
Add butter and water to a slow cooker and cook on high until the butter melts. The water will make sure that your butter never boils and overcooks during the process. While the butter heats, move on to the next step.

Step two: Decarboxylate your bud 
Cooking with raw cannabis will result in very weak edibles, and a waste of your product! Decarboxylation basically means you activating the cannabinoid chemicals within the plant.

Start by preheating your oven to 240°F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Coarsely grind your cannabis or just chop it roughly with scissors. If the pieces are too small, they will burn in the oven. Spread it all evenly on the sheet, and bake for 40 minutes, stirring with a spatula every 10 minutes so it cooks evenly.
Step three: Cook Your Butter
When your butter is melted and your cannabis is decarbed, turn the slow cooker down to low, and mix everything together in the pot. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours. You’ll know it’s ready when the top layer goes from watery to glossy and dark.

Step Four: Strain and cool your butter
Put cheesecloth into a metal strainer. Pour the entire contents of the crockpot through the strainer and into a large bowl. While the cannabis is still in the strainer, pour hot water on top to help rinse any more oil off. Press the liquid through with a spatula or spoon. Let the bowl cool. The butter will rise to the top and cool to a solid on top if the water.

Step Five: Store Your Butter
Store your finished Cannabutter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month, or in the freezer for up to three months.

SAFETY TIP: It’s really hard, if not impossible, to accurately dose your homemade edibles. You’ll also start to feel their effects a lot slower than you would with smoking or vaping, so it’s really important not to rush into it, especially if you’re a beginner. Start by using a very small about and wait two hours before you take another dose. Repeat this until you reach a good level. It might take a while, but it’s better to figure it out slowly than to get uncomfortably high. There are no serious health risks to eating too much, but you may experience nausea, dizziness, or paranoia. Try your treats in a safe space with somewhere you can lie down if you want to, and remember to drink lots of water!
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