How To Get Buttered Up And Make Cannabutter With Trimmings

By Canncentral Editor

2019-11-19

Infusing butter with cannabis to make ‘cannabutter’ with trimmings is one of the most popular and simplest ways to make cannabis-infused edibles. However, there is just one tricky aspect of this, generally, simple routine; that is activating the psychoactive properties of cannabis. To do this, the weed needs to be heated slowly and at a low temperature.

This cannabutter recipe will walk you through the healing process which is called decarboxylation. It will then lead you, step-by-step, through the procedure of infusing the butter with cannabis.

One word of note; it is quite difficult to accurately dose cannabis infused into edibles. This guide will help you learn how to get this as accurate as possible. Just be aware that there is no guarantee of potency or effects using this method.

How to make cannabutter with trimmings; cannabis-infused butter.

Butter is an ideal host for infused cannabis. Its pliability makes it really versatile for carrying THC and cannabinoids. Bear in mind, though, that butter can burn quite easily, so keep monitoring it as it cooks.

You’ll need the following ingredients to make cannabutter with trimmings:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup (7-10 grams) of ground decarboxylated cannabis.

As part of your preparation, you will need to decarboxylate (decarb) your cannabis flower. Failing to complete this step will leave you with a weak or inactive cannabutter. 

The reason you need to decarb is this. Cannabis buds produce THCA, a non active cannabinoid. The slow heating process activates the THCA into THC, the high inducing molecule. The same decarb process should be followed if infusing edibles with CBD.

Some recipes for cannabis edibles might recommend that you decarb the cannabis directly in the hot butter. However, the less time your buds are soaked for, the better the cannabutter will taste. So, we recommend that you do a decarb first in the oven.

A simple recipe for how to make cannabutter with trimmings is as follows:

  1. Decarb cannabis. 
  2. Preheat oven to 245ºF. 
  3. Place cannabis buds on a non-stick oven tray.
  4. Cover tray with parchment paper (this avoids sticking)
  5. Insert the tray into the oven.
  6. Decarboxylate (cook) for 30-40 minutes (old or dry cannabis may require less time). This is the low-and-slow method; you can also increase heat to 300ºF and reduce time to 10-18 minutes.
  7. Mix the buds by lightly shaking the tray every 10 minutes to get an even heat on the buds’ surfaces.
  8. Coarsely grind the decarboxylated cannabis.
  9. Melt the butter. 
  10. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan. 
  11. Place saucepan on low heat until butter melts. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents scorching.
  12. As the butter begins to melt, add in the ground cannabis.
  13. Simmer on a low heat (160-200F max) for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Do not let the mixture come to a full boil.
  14. Strain the cannabutter through a cheesecloth. When cool, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. Do not force or squeeze it through.
  15. Place the cannabutter in the fridge. If you notice water forming at the base of the butter, remove the butter with a knife and drain the water. Do not do this until the butter has been refrigerated for at least one hour. 
  16. Carefully dose out the butter having referred to the dosage information below. 

Directions if you are using a slow cooker

  1. Grind as above.
  2. Set your slow cooker to low (somewhere between160-200F max). Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents scorching.
  3. Add the ground cannabis to the butter. Stir occasionally.
  4. After about 3 hours, switch off the crockpot and allow butter to cool.
  5. Strain as the above procedure.

Dosage tips for cannabutter

Your cannabutter’s potency is dependant on many factors. Cooking duration and temperature will influence the potency of your finished product. 

To test its strength, spread a small amount on a snack and see where that takes you after about one hour. You will need to increase or decrease your dosage as required. 

Once you’ve got your baseline, you can then incorporate that measurement into future recipes.

Good luck with your experimentation and enjoy buttering up your friends with your tales of how to make cannabutter with trimmings.

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