Edibles

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesussman/3119643913/sizes/z/in/photostream/I hope I’m not the only one out there that enjoys a good edible. From the seasoned smoker to the curious first-timer, a good “loaded” treat really can bring a great high without the inconvenience of actually smoking. It’s good for a variety of reasons: the lack of smoke makes your “session” undetectable, it is probably a nice break for your lungs, and a cookie or brownie can be much tastier then even the best bud around (unless you suck at baking). The good news for fans of edibles is that it is very easy to make your own cannabutter.

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a state with medical marijuana, then you probably already know that many dispensaries carry a wide variety of great edibles. Much like the comparison between eating out every night and cooking for yourself, however, it can really start to add up if you rely only on dispensaries for your loaded treats. That’s why I usually make my own cannabutter at home.

There are many different ways to make your own cannabutter, and everyone has their favorite. My method is extremely simple, and I’d like to share it with the readers of Weedist today.

Here’s what you will need: 

1. A crock pot (any size and kind will do.)

2. A single stick of butter

3. Some bud, perferably shake if you can get your hands on it. Many dispensaries (at least in Colorado) will sell shake, or you can just grind up whatever you have. Make sure to grind up any large flowers. It doesn’t have to be perfect since you won’t be smoking this, but there shouldn’t be any large nugs going into the pot. A grinder is most definitely recommened, but anything will do just as long as it is decently ground up.

The actually amount you should use depends on how strong you want your treats to be. I usually like to use one 1/8 ounce of weed to one stick of butter. Using this ratio will ensure that you have a good amount in the final product — using too little will make an entire batch weak.

The easy steps: 

1. Put the stick of butter into the pot with your ground bud.

2. Set on LOW for 10-12 hours

(Those in a hurry can use the high setting for less time. It’s worth experimenting with this if you’re impatient, but keep in mind that you don’t want to get it too hot and scorch the THC out of the leaves.)

3. Stir every few hours to make sure that nothing burns.

You want your bud to turn dark brown, but not 100% black. The butter in the pot should resemble something close to light fryer oil: a dark brown/ dark green color. A totally black final product probably means the THC was too hot and may have evaporated in the crock pot, so make sure to watch it and stir every few hours or so.

Once completed, just strain the leaves out and you’re ready to start baking whatever it is you feel like. The butter can be stored in a refrigerator, and as long as you keep it covered and the temperature in your fridge doesn’t get too extreme, the butter won’t lose any potency.

Yes, it really can be that easy.

There are obviously many different methods for making your own cannabutter. This crock pot method’s big draw is that it is extremely simple: very few steps, not much preparation, and all you really have to do once the butter is cooking is check on it and stir. Slow cooking on a low setting will ensure that all of the THC gets absorbed into the fat in butter, without the risk of burning it off at a higher temperature. If you’ve ever cooked anything, you can imagine how hot a pot can get when put on a high setting, and this is why I prefer the slow cooking method. It’s easier to monitor the progress of butter, and although it does take a longer amount of time then some other methods, it’s much easier to ensure that you’ll get the end result you need.

What’s you’re favorite method for making cannabutter? Does anybody out there have any other tips to share?

8 comments
fibrogirl
fibrogirl

I just want to add one step to this fabulous recipe.  Here's what I do. I cook it all day, carefully watching to make sure it doesn't get too hot… on my crockpot, that means i have to alternate between LOW and WARM.  Overnight I let it sit in the crockpot with it TURNED OFF. Then the next day I cook it a few more hours - wow! Powerful!

brizzlebyrd
brizzlebyrd

I have a huge crock pot but I imagine it would be better to use a smaller one. Can I use a big one though?

fibrogirl
fibrogirl

Hi. I'm a new medical marijuana user, fibromyalgia. I made this cannabutter and it is really powerful and delicious. I did not strain it to remove the ground up leaves, etc. I've noticed that if I eat it every day I start to smell like weed. Is that because I didn't strain it?  Or is that just typical of eating weed?

brizzlebyrd
brizzlebyrd

Maybe if it's a bigger pot I should set it to warm instead of low?

DaliaMarie
DaliaMarie

It's a typical weed thing I think. Sort of. Like I smell it when I go to the bathroom, sorry tmi. But other than that I dont think it affects me in any other way. I have just had gummy edibles and a cannabon. From dispensaries. I will be trying this soon tho.

palermomatthew33
palermomatthew33

@brizzlebyrd get a little meat thermometer that measures up to 300 degrees... and just dont let it go past like 280-290 and you will be fine.. I use a big crock pot on the high setting (and alternate to off a couple of times to regulate the temperature) for 2.5-3 hours.. I use 1.5 grams of pot to about 3 tablespoons of butter...and I put the whole thing straight into a bowl of pancake mix when its done and mix it in with the pancake mix... I can tell you as a seasoned pot smoker that I will not (ever again) eat the entire pancake.  Half does me plenty of justice and puts me on my ass.

fibrogirl
fibrogirl

@DaliaMarie  Hi! I made another batch which I strained really well - no leaves or crumbs remaining. I'm much less stinky now! Or else I'm getting used to it and everybody else can smell me!!!

DaliaMarie
DaliaMarie

I beg they don't unless you smoke too. I'm always paranoid about that as I am pretty involved in my faith. I do smoke once a night and that's not every night. I'm hoping once I make my butter I will be able to cut back on smoking and use that only for pain flare ups in my back. Anyways good soap and deodorant along with lotion should make you smell nice. I've gotten compliments on my smell when I wear my burberry's perfume.