Fraser Horton
Fraser Horton
Last Updated on March 24, 2021

Cannabis butter is one of the most used cannabis products because of its versatility. You can include it in a lot of sweet and savory dishes to make your medical marijuna experience more enjoyable. While making cannabutter might seem like a difficult task at first, it’s really not that hard since it only takes a few ingredients, and some of your free time.

To show you that making homemade cannabis butter can be pretty easy, we’ve focused this article on exactly that – using up your weed trim to make homemade cannabutter. And to find out more information about making cannabis butter with other cannabis products, you can take a look at another one of our articles that guides you through making cannabutter with leaves.

What Is Weed Trim?

Weed trim is the excess plant material that marijuana growers trim to maximize the bloom and yield of their cannabis plants during the harvest stage. It’s done as a way to help the plants focus on growing high-quality buds. By trimming excess sugar and fan leaves, the plant can focus on growing more and higher-quality buds.

Trimming can be done both by hand or with machines, and even though in the past weed trim was thrown out, nowadays it’s used to make a wide variety of cannabis products.

What Is Cannabis Butter (Cannabutter)? 

Weed butter or cannabutter is a cooking staple when it comes to making cannabis edibles like the classic weed brownies. To put it simply, cannabutter is nothing other than regular butter infused with marijuana. Through the cooking process, the cannabinoids are extracted from the plant material and incorporated into the butter. However, you could use other carrier oils like coconut oil and olive oil for your weed infusions.

Since butter is a fat, and cannabinoids like THC and CBD are lipid-soluble, butter is used as the carrier lipid that gets infused with weed to increase the bioavailability of cannabinoids and terpenes. THC, which is a psychoactive ingredient found in the buds, trichomes, leaves, and other parts of the cannabis plant, can also be used to make cannabutter.

While you can buy a piece of cannabutter at your local dispensary, making your own cannabis butter is a great way to tailor it to your own taste.

Making Cannabutter at Home With Trim

To make the process of making your own batch of weed trim butter easier, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide.

Decarboxylation of Cannabis

Decarboxylating is essential to making cannabutter, and it’s the first thing you should do when you set out to make your homemade weed butter. Decarbing cannabinoids means that the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) convert to the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, and the sedative cannabinoid CBD. The easiest way to decarboxylate weed trim is by using an oven.

  1. To decarb raw cannabis trim, you need to preheat the oven to 220-235 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Next, you need to grind the plant material with a grinder or a food processor to make it easier for the pieces to decarboxylate.
  3. After that, you should spread the weed trim evenly, and bake for around 30-40 minutes.
  4. Keep in mind that you should mix the plant material every 5-10 minutes so it doesn’t burn.
  5. Finally, weed is decarbed once it changes color and goes from bright green to dark green.

Weed Trim Cannabutter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter
  • Decarbed weed trim (about 30 grams of sugar leaves, or 60 grams of fan leaves)

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Wooden spoon
  • Thermometer
  • Airtight container

Making Cannabutter Using the Stovetop Method

For this recipe, you can use everything from sugar leaves, to cannabis flowers, fan leaves and other trim from your cannabis plants. You can even add kief to your pot butter to increase its THC content.

  1. Place a saucepan filled with water on your stovetop and wait for it to boil on medium heat.
  2. Place all your ingredients on low heat on your stovetop, start heating the mixture at a temperature between 160-180ºF, and be careful not to let it boil.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, cook for about 3-4 hours to infuse the trim into the butter and stir frequently.
  4. The butter is done once it looks thick and glossy.
  5. Pour the finished plant matter and butter mixture through a cheesecloth or a strainer, and your final product is done. Now you have high-quality marijuana butter that you can’t find at any local dispensary.
  6. Wait for the butter to cool down at room temperature, and after that it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Make the Best Cannabis Butter in a Crockpot 

Making cannabutter in a slow cooker is pretty easy. All you need to do is mix a pound of butter with the previously decarboxylated cannabis trim and a cup of water, placed in the crockpot. Start the slow cooker and cook on low anywhere between 6-12 hours. After about 12 hours, put the plant material through a cheesecloth and you’ve got some high-quality cannabutter on your hands.

Avoid Making These Mistakes When Making Cannabutter

Even though making cannabutter is fairly easy, you should keep in mind these potential mistakes, so you can make the best batch of cannabutter possible.

  • Don’t skip the decarbing process as weed needs to be decarbed so the cannabinoids are activated and bound to the lipids of the butter to produce psychoactive or sedative effects.
  • Avoid overheating the mixture since you can burn the butter and your cannabutter will taste bitter.
  • Be careful what dose you use since ingesting cannabis takes a longer time to kick in compared to inhaling it.
  • Don’t over grind weed as it can cause your butter to be more bitter.

How to Use Your Cannabis Butter?

You can use your cannabis butter to make edibles, to cook sweet and savory dishes, sauces, soups, smoothies, coffee, tea, and other edibles and drinkables. Moreover, cannabis butter is a more discreet method of weed consumption from which medical marijuana users will definitely benefit. The only thing you need to be careful of is dosing your cannabutter properly in your cannabis recipes in order to avoid potential side effects like nausea, headaches, paranoia, panic attacks, bloodshot eyes, cottonmouth, and the bad case of the munchies.

Conclusion

Cannabutter is a versatile cannabis recipe that can be used in a lot of cannabis products, and can even be made with your leftover weed trim. 

You can infuse your butter in a number of ways including on a stovetop and in a slow cooker, and you don’t need a lot of additional materials to make it at home. All you need is decarbed weed trim, a few blocks of butter, water, some standard kitchen equipment, and the desire to make a homemade weed butter.

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