It is very easy to incorporate cannabis-infused butter into your daily routine. Since butter is a widely used ingredient on a daily basis, infusing CBD into it makes it easy to add it to your normal daily routine without the need to keep measuring the dosages or keeping a reminder.
Making CBD butter is very easy, the same applies to make butter infused with THC. A lot of people always wonder if it’s possible to make CBD butter at home. The good news is that it is very much possible, and simple too!
CBD oil products have many incredible benefits to the body because of their versatility. It is only up to you to choose the method that easily aligns with your lifestyle and wellness needs. In this guide, I am going to show you how to make CBD butter, from one step to another so that you don’t miss a thing. However, it is important to keep in mind that if you bake the infused butter at temperatures higher than 180°, all the CBD in the butter will cook off.
What you need Before Getting Started
For you to effectively prepare your CBD butter at home, you will need to gather some few ingredients and tools. It is possible that you have some of these in your kitchen already. However, there are some that might require you to go out and get them especially for this recipe.
For decarboxylating the cannabis
- Wooden spoon.
- 1g quality cannabis flower.
- Scissors (Optional).
- Parchment-lined baking sheet.
For preparing CBD infused butter
- Small saucepan.
- Unsalted butter.
- Fine mesh strainer.
- 1 cup water.
- Candy thermometer.
- Storage container.
Step-by-Step on How to Make Butter Recipe
Step 1: Use high quality cannabis
Ingredients play a critical role in any recipe, and so does cannabis in this recipe. The quality of the cannabis you use when you make your CBD butter will have an effect on the flavour and potency of your final product.
Many recipes use shakes or trims to make CBD butter. However, you have to realise that, in as much as they are a good option to go for, they contain more plant matter. The more the plant matter the more the chlorophyll in the final product. This means it will be more bitter.
Essentially, just take about a gram of high quality cannabis flower. If you are buying your cannabis from a dispensary, take a closer look at the CBD and THC ratios. This will tell you how much CBD or THC you can go for. Since our focus is more on CBD than THC to make your butter, make sure that the CBD ratios are significantly higher than THC. This will enable you to use your CBD butter without feeling high. If you are looking for a little bit of flavour, you can consider going for citrus, peppery or herbal terpenes.
Step 2: Preheat your Cannabis
Preheating your cannabis is what is referred to as decarboxylation. This method transforms raw cannabis to either a non-psychoactive or a psychoactive substance, depending on the level of heat and time spent heating the cannabis. The best way to decarboxylate your cannabis is by using an oven. Here’s how you do it.
- Preheat your oven to 120°C.
- Tear the cannabis flower into smaller pieces.
- Add and spread the pieces on your parchment-lined sheet and place it in the oven. Let it heat for about 10 minutes while occasionally stirring to activate the CBD.
- Remove the pan from your oven and let the cannabis cool at room temperature.
- After they cool, grind the pieces to a medium course using the grinder before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Infuse CBD into the Butter
Remember how keen you were when choosing your CBD rich cannabis? That same attention should be accorded to choosing the butter you are going to choose in your recipes. For my case, I prefer using high quality, unsalted. It doesn’t have to be some fancy butter, just make sure that is rich in fat.
You may have noted that some CBD recipes may go a little overboard when infusing the butter with CBD. Although some of these recipes may infuse the decarboxylated cannabis into your butter after heating for around 2-4 hours, it may end up causing the cannabis to lose its taste. I would recommend that you do this for around 45-60 minutes only. This will make sure that there the cannabinoids in the cannabis don’t get degraded and butter retains its rich taste. It should now be ready to strain.
If you want to infuse butter with CBD on a stovetop, here is how you do it.
- On you small pan, add the decarboxylated cannabis and butter plus your 1 cup of water.
- Heat the pan at a low simmer on low heat for about one hour. Use the candy thermometer to monitor the temperature to make sure it doesn’t exceed 90°C.
- Remove the pan from the low heat and strain it through the fine mesh strainer into a storage container. If you prefer, you can use cheesecloth.
- Cover your cannabis infused butter and let it set while in the fridge. Ensure that you pour off any excess water.
Step: 4: Use your CBD Butter
After you let the butter set in the fridge for about 3 hours, it will now be fully infused and activated. However, the shelf life of the butter will now be shorter than it was before. If you cover it properly, it can last up to 2 weeks. You may want to use it as soon as possible so that it a huge chunk of it doesn’t go to waste. You can also choose to store it in your freezer, which will extend its shelf life up to six months. If you want to keep track of the shelf life of your different sets of CBD butter in the freezer, you can create logs for each time you put them in there.
Step 5: Easy Dose It
You have to understand that your CBD butter’s potency depends on a variety of factors. Fundamentally, it will depend on the temperature of the heat you use, the time you spent cooking it and the potency of your cannabis you started with. The best way to test how potent the butter is spreading about a half a teaspoon on your favourite snack and see how it affects you after about an hour. Depending on how the effects are, increase or decrease the dose gradually. The butter may take effect on different people differently. It may take one hour to some, while to others it may take up to 3 hours. Just ensure that you don’t take more than you just did after just 10 or 30 minutes if you feel you aren’t feeling anything yet.
Eve as you try your best and prepare your butter recipe, be careful when dosing the butter. This is where a lot of people go wrong, even big companies have it rough prescribing the correct dosage. It will depend on how exactly it affects you after preparing it. Don’t take doses so close together. Space the doses accordingly. However, I hope you enjoyed following through with the recipe. Try it on your own at home and enjoy your homemade CBD butter! If you liked the recipe, be sure to share on your social media platforms so that your friends and family can also take advantage of the recipe. Remember, sharing is caring!