How to Make Cannabutter for Your Favorite Edibles
The foundation of baked edibles is cannabis-infused butter. That and a fine appreciation of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Lauren Finesilver, executive chef at Denver’s Sweet Grass Kitchen, taught me how to make the best weed butter for churning out perfect brownies, cookies, space cake... whatever.
Picking your strainJust like if you were smoking it, the weed you buy impacts the butter’s effects. It could make you energetic, lazy, philosophical, hilarious to others, hilarious to only you, hungrier, great at Call of Duty, or Seth Rogen. Which is to say... buy something that suits you from somebody who knows their strains. Or just roll the dice, invest in the extended editions of Lord of the Rings, and let ‘er rip.
What you’ll need:
- Candy thermometer
- 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 ounce cannabis trim or shake
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Disposable rubber gloves
Mix itAttach candy thermometer to a medium saucepan. Add butter and water; set over medium heat until white, filmy milk-fat floats to the top. Add cannabis, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer.
Cook itOnce temperature reaches 190℉, reduce heat to low, and cook for at least 2 hours (3 hours maximum). Stir the mixture every 30 minutes and check that the temperature stays between 190℉ and 200℉. Increase or decrease the heat accordingly. This important step activates the THC. Be sure to keep the temperature consistent and don’t skimp on time.
Remove from heat; let sit in saucepan until cool enough to handle.