All marijuana edibles are exciting, but there’s something very versatile about cannabutter, or weed butter, that makes it a classic among weed connoisseurs. You can add it to many different types of recipes to level them up, or you can enjoy it on a piece of toast. Some people also like to add a little to their morning coffee to make it a bit more special and get a light buzz.
So, if you’ve been wondering how else you can use this weed-infused cannabis edible, we’ve prepared some edible recipes for you, starting with the basic one – the cannabutter recipe.
First Things First – How to Make Cannabutter at Home
However you like your cannabutter, you should know that you can make your own batch at home without having to run to a dispensary every time you get a hankering for a weed-infused edible.
You shouldn’t doubt your cannabis-cooking abilities because the process is very simple, and even though it does require a few hours of your time, it’s very satisfying. It can be cooked both on the stove and with a slow cooker, so, let’s see what you need to do to make a delicious cannabis-infused butter.
Ingredients and Things Needed:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup cannabis flower
- ¼ cup water
- Medium saucepan
- Wooden spoon
Step 1 – Decarboxylating the weed in the oven:
Before you start making your weed butter, you’ll first need to decarboxylate your weed. The process is not nearly as complicated as it sounds – it just means that you need to dry out the weed in the oven (unless you already have decarboxylated weed on hand).
The decarboxylation process is necessary for making any kind of weed edible – from cannabis oil to cannabis cookies, because it’s how the cannabinoids CBD and THC get activated from their non-active forms CBDA and THCA. Weed in its raw form is not psychoactive, so you need to expose it to high temperatures for the cannabinoids to get activated.
To do this, preheat the oven at 245°F and spread the weed on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet. Put the tray into the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or less if your buds are not that fresh. Remember to check on the weed frequently to prevent burning it. Once done and cooled at room temperature, use the grinder to grind it coarsely.
Step 2 – Cooking it on the stovetop:
Next, turn the stove on medium heat and add the butter and water to the saucer. Combine them well with a spoon until the butter melts, and then add the ground cannabis. Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients, lower the cooking temperature and simmer on low heat – about 160°F-180°F. Simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring often, until the water evaporates. If you notice it starts thickening too soon, add a splash of water to prevent burning.
When it’s done, set it on the counter to cool a little, and then strain in through a cheesecloth or regular strainer and into a glass container. Use a spoon to gently press on the plant material for better extraction. Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate it for up to two weeks. You can also freeze it for six months if you don’t plan to use it up right away.
You can also make cannabutter in a crockpot. The process is more or less the same – you cook it for about 3 hours on low heat in the cooker, stir often, and add water if needed.
If you want to save the leftover plant matter, you can add it to a brownie mix or even something savory, like a pesto. There are no rules and you can get as creative as you want.
Four Cannabis Recipes You Can Make With Weed Butter
Now comes the fun part – using the cannabutter you made in other delicious recipes. Let’s see some sweet and savory dishes you can make using weed butter, from classic ones to more unexpected ones.
You guessed it, the classic recipe we have for you are pot brownies because who doesn’t love them? This chocolatey dessert is also easy to make, so let’s see what you’ll need.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup weed butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For a vegan version, you can substitute the eggs with flax or chia seeds, and you can replace the butter with weed-infused coconut oil or any other cannaoil or vegan butter.
- Preheat the oven at 350°F and line a medium-sized pan with parchment paper, or grease and flour it.
- Melt the butter and the cannabutter in a medium saucepan on medium heat and be careful not to burn them. Once done, set aside.
- In one bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- In a different bowl combine the dry ingredients – the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour the egg mixture into the melted butter mixture and combine, then add the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Ganja Mac and Cheese
Another staple “go-to” recipe, but this time elevated with cannabutter and guaranteed to make you enjoy it. In just about half an hour you’ll have an enjoyable lunch that’ll relax you in the afternoon.
- 5 cups of weed butter
- 1 pound macaroni
- 5 cups flour
- 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 5 cups milk
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Boil the macaroni in salted water as you normally would until they’re “al-dente.”
- In a large saucepan melt the weed butter on low heat, add the flour and salt and pepper, and gently stir until there are no clumps.
- Next, pour the milk slowly and stir constantly until fully combined. Mix for around 5 minutes until it’s simmering and thickening.
- Add nearly all the shredded cheese, leaving some for topping.
- Finally, add the macaroni to the mixture in the saucepan and stir well.
- Serve and add the remaining cheese on top or some parmesan for some oomph.
Canna Ice Cream
What’s a better refreshment than a cold canna ice cream? This basic recipe is very easy to make and very versatile as you can add whatever flavor you like to tailor it to your personal preferences.
- 14 ounces condensed milk
- 4 tbsp softened cannabutter
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Topping of choice (chocolate chips, frozen fruit, nuts, M&Ms, peanut butter, etc.)
Start by whipping the cream until it’s very thick and then carefully fold in the remaining ingredients one by one, starting with the condensed milk. Don’t melt the cannabutter at high temperatures, just making sure it’s soft enough to combine it. Add any desired toppings or leave it as is. Freeze for at least 6 hours before consumption.
Cannabis Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is a universal snack that goes with basically everything, so why not amp it up with some weed butter? This recipe is very simple and quick to make, you just need to make sure you get the right consistency.
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature (so it’s soft enough to blend)
- 2 tbsp softened cannabutter
- Herbs and spices of choice
For a vegan option, you can use any vegan alternative to cream cheese and cannabutter.
To make this recipe, combine the cream cheese and the weed butter in a bowl and add any fresh herbs or spices that you like. Parsley adds some freshness, while basil and garlic add some zest, but you can use whatever you like, or nothing at all.
If you have a mixer with a paddle attachment, that would be ideal for combining the ingredients, but a food processor can also do the trick. You just need to make sure to mix it long enough to allow for an even distribution of the cannabutter and avoid concentrated clumps. This is also why both need to be soft enough to combine.
Ideally, you should mix it for about 7-8 minutes with frequent pauses so you can scrape the sides of the bowl for better mixing.
Use it right away or store it in an airtight container in the fridge for as long as the expiration date of the cream cheese is.
Finally, Be Careful With Dosing
The potency of your butter mostly depends on what kind of weed you’ve been using, but the decarb temperature also plays a part – if you burn your weed, it’ll lose its potency. To test your butter, it’s best to spread ½ a teaspoon on a piece of toast or any other snack and wait for about two hours to feel the effects.
As the potency of homemade edibles is really hard to estimate, actually trying it will tell you a lot. Afterward, you can make changes as needed and make sure to take notes so when you perfect the recipe you have a clear picture of what you’re doing.