Marijuana Butter Health Benefits, Effects & Easiest Recipes
As society grows more comfortable with the consumption of medical marijuana, people are educating themselves on the medical compounds in marijuana, the best strains to buy and the different ways to consume it.
While smoking is still the most common way to consume cannabis, some people have started to shy away from inhalation for a variety of reasons. Firstly, some people don’t like the taste. Others are concerned about the lung damage associated with the combustion of any substance. Finally, some people are worried about the stigma surrounding lighting up a joint.
Luckily for us, medical marijuana dispensaries have introduced users to an assortment of different ways to consume cannabis. From vape oil to topical creams to marijuana teas, it seems the possibilities are endless. Edibles are also a popular way to get your cannabis kick and making cannabutter or marijuana infused butter is a great way to incorporate the benefits of edibles into a variety of different dishes.
Edibles vs. Smoking
Your body metabolizes marijuana differently when you smoke marijuana verses when you eat it. Everybody always jokes about having edibles and not feeling the effects so consuming more. When the effects of the THC finally hit you, you end up hopelessly stoned. This is because when you eat marijuana, it goes through your stomach and then is processed by your liver. The effects of the marijuana are then more intense and last way longer. If you are using cannabis to manage pain or to help you sleep, edibles may be the right option for you.
When you smoke, you feel the results almost instantaneously because the THC goes directly to your brain. You will get less of a body buzz and the effects will wear off sooner than they would with edibles. Its also a little easier for a inexperienced user to pace themselves as they won’t fall into the “well, I’m not feeling anything so I’ll have another” trap.
Marijuana butter is one of the easiest ways to incorporate marijuana into food. When you make marijuana butter, you can replace your regular butter with it in almost any baking recipe. You can sauté with it. You can eat it on pancakes with maple syrup and butter. You can even simply drizzle it on top of chips or breads for a tasty treat. Marijuana butter is fairly straightforward to make but there are some important steps that you have to understand.
Decarboxylation: In order to experience the full psychoactive and medicinal properties of marijuana in edibles, you must firstly activate the THC. This process is called decarboxylation and simply involves the addition of heat. Of course, when you smoke weed, you apply heat to it by setting it on fire. With edibles however, you will want to apply that heat to it prior to adding it to anything.
Fats: Obviously, there is fat in butter. While everyone usually shy’s away from the F word, in this case it’s actually essential. THC molecules dissolve in and bind to fats, meaning that there will be no separation once your cannabutter is done. This article is about butter, but you can use a variety of different fat sources, coconut oil also being a big favorite.
Slow and Steady: The key to making delicious marijuana butter is patience! It’s easy to burn butter, which will destroy its flavor, and consequently the flavor of everything you put it in. You also don’t want to burn or scorch your pot. A long, slow simmer is essential, never allowing the mixture to come to a boil.
Marijuana Butter Recipes
Basic Cannabis Butter Recipe:
- First things first, we have to decarboxylase the marijuana. Pre-heat your oven to 240 degrees. Break the marijuana up into smaller pieces and place it on a baking sheet or Pyrex dish, evenly spread out in one layer. Bake for 30 minutes for Kief and 60 minutes for buds and trim, be sure to turn it a few times during baking to evenly heat both sides. Once it is done allow it to cool and grind up the cannabis until it is coarsely ground (do not grind it into a powder).
- Bring a few cups of water to a boil. The purpose of the water is to keep the marijuana from ever touching the bottom of the saucepan and getting burned. Once the water is boiling, add in two sticks of butter. Once they’ve melted, turn that heat waaaay down to a slow simmer.
- You can now add your cannabis. Allow to simmer for 2-3 hours, make sure it never reaches a boil.
- You need to strain your butter while it’s still hot, so strain it into a large glass bowl using a piece of cheesecloth and a strainer. You can use a large spoon to help press the remaining marijuana is the strainer to help squeeze out all the water.
- Cover glass bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight until the butter is hardened.
- Once the mixture has cooled the cannabutter will be the hard block hard in the top of the bowl with a thin layer of cream and the water on the bottom, simply lift the butter off the water and place it in on a dish. You’re now ready to bake!
Note: the potency of the cannabutter will depend on the herb you use. Also remember the amount of butter you used so you will know how to measure out the amount you will need for your recipes, if you use 1 pound of butter you will want to cut your cannabutter into 4 pieces and each piece will represent 1 stick of butter.
You can try to flavor your butter if you like, but we advocate for leaving its natural flavor so that you can use it in a variety of different recipes. Keep in mind that canna butter is pretty potent so be careful how much you use.
You can use marijuana butter in basically any recipe you use regular butter in. Here are some suggestions to get you started!
- French Toast
- Pancakes with (Canna) butter and maple syrup
- Banana Bread
- Peanut butter truffles
- Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Mac and Cheese
- Twice baked potatoes with bacon and cheese
- Alfredo sauce for pasta
- Hollandaise sauce for eggs benny
- Cheesy Queso Dip
In conclusion, edibles are a fantastic alternative to smoking you cannabis. You benefit from a more intense, longer lasting high, which is an amazing advantage if you are using medical marijuana to manage a chronic condition. Marijuana or Cannabutter can be used to substitute butter in essentially any recipe. You need to remember to apply heat to the marijuana by itself prior to making the butter… a process called decarboxylation. It is also important not to boil your cannabutter or cook it at a high temperature: you’ll scorch your stuff, kill all of the THC and everything you put it in will taste like garbage. Follow these instructions and you’ll be off to making your own psychedelic delicacies in no time!