The cannabis plant can be used to make “cannabutter”, which is used to create a variety of edibles. THC is the active cannabinoid in the marijuana bud that causes users to experience the “high”, and the part that is infused into the butter. Edibles are usually sweet bakery treats, however you can use the butter in any dish that call for it. This is an easy way for medical marijuana patients to receive the medicine they need.
THC is fat soluble and will not mix well with water. However, butter works extremely well for this process! It is an easy task, but will take a few hours. It is a labor of love that any medical marijuana patient will definitely appreciate!
Cannabinoids are only active when heated. That is why you can smoke marijuana to get the effects, and why a butter or oil must be made in order to consume it in food. It cannot simply be sprinkled into any meal to have its beneficial effects.
The ingredient list is very simple. Most people already have these products at home. This is what you need for “Cannabutter”:
- Butter! 1 cup. This is equal to two sticks of butter.
- ½ ounce of cannabis. I would suggest breaking or grinding it up.
- 2 cups of water.
- A metal strainer.
- A medium sized pot or pan.
Mix the butter and water together in the pot.
The butter will float in the water. Make sure there is enough space between the butter and the bottom of the pot so the butter does not burn. Add more water if needed.
Add the cannabis and stir.
Simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 hours.
Stay close and check occasionally, as you DO NOT want to the mixture to boil.
If it starts to boil, reduce the heat even lower.
When the time is up, let the mixture cool.
Use the metal strainer to strain the mixture into a bowl.
Place this in the fridge to chill. Something cool is going to happen! The butter with the medical marijuana infused in it is going to rise to the top!
When the butter has risen to the top of the bowl you can remove the butter by using a spoon to simply scrape it off the top and place it into a glass or plastic storage container with a lid.
Now you can cook!
The butter can stay in the fridge, in the container, for up to two months.
Start with a small amount of medical cannabis infused butter when cooking or baking, then work your way up to stronger doses if you like.
A word of warning- the “high” you will feel after ingesting the butter will last longer than what you normally feel after smoking marijuana, and you may not notice the full intensity for close to an hour after ingestion.
Enjoy your delicious food!