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How to Make Cannabutter [Hemp-Infused Butter, a Non-Psychoactive Alternative]

Cannabutter has been a stable of cannabis consumers for a long time now. It’s an easy way to make cannabis edibles, and now it’s become a convenient way to make CBD-infused recipes.

If you don’t know what cannabutter is, but have heard of it before and are thinking about trying to make it yourself, then you’ve come to the right place. If you keep reading, you’ll learn how to make cannabutter, but more importantly, how to avoid the psychoactive version of the recipe.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

How to Make Cannabutter [Cannabis-Infused Butter]

What Is Cannabutter?

How to Use Cannabutter

How Long Does Cannabutter Last?

Ingredients & Appliances

Traditional Cannabutter Recipe [Step-by-Step Guide Instructions]

Slow Cooker Cannabutter Recipe Instructions

 

How to Make Cannabutter [Cannabis-Infused Butter]

The theory of making cannabutter makes it sound like an activity you would need a ton of instruments and technical gear to make. Still, the reality is that doing it is a lot more simple than the theory behind it.

The theory of making cannabutter is taking dried and curated cannabis flower buds and using them to concentrate naturally occurring cannabinoids. The concentrate extracted from cannabis contains a myriad of cannabinoids and other components that include CBD and THC.

When using marijuana as raw material, the extract will more than likely contain both of those cannabinoids. When using hemp that complies with U.S. federal law, you can expect the resulting extract to have a maximum of 0.3% THC.

The extract you will use to make your cannabutter will be non-psychoactive if you use hemp flower buds instead of marijuana.

Once you have the extract on your hands, you’ll use it to infuse your butter of choice with it. The idea behind this is to use the resulting cannabis-infused butter as a raw material for other recipes.

As you would expect, the science behind how this is possible can get a bit complicated. Having to ‘decarboxylate’ your hemp flower first to activate the cannabinoids in it and then submitting it to a simmering bath with butter, so the components are slowly extracted through heat are steps that both have chemical explanations, but we won’t get into that.

All you have to know is that by following a few simple steps, you’ll be able to extract your hemp CBD concentrate and infuse butter easily.

What Is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is what you call the combination of cannabis and butter. It has become a must-have for any cannabis enthusiast’s kitchen cupboard, and it is made by infusing the butter with your cannabis concentrate of choice.

If you use federally legal hemp, your cannabutter will result in a non-psychoactive variety with less than 0.3% THC. Depending on the hemp strain you use, you might see a larger or smaller CBD content.

What Is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is commonly used as an ingredient to make baked goods like brownies and cakes. Cannabutter can also be used in many other recipes, making it a convenient ingredient for people who like to make homemade cannabis edibles.

How to Use Cannabutter

Cannabutter can be used like you would any other type of butter. Unfortunately, but still, depending on how you make it and store it, cannabutter usually has a solid and less ‘spreadable’ consistency. 

So if you’re planning to use cannabutter as a spread for your toast, it might not be possible. Also, it’s usually not as tasty as regular butter.

Cannabutter can be used as an additive to your usual recipes. Most commonly used in baked goods like cookies or brownies, but other recipes that require butter could use it as well. 

How Long Does Cannabutter Last?

Cannabutter usually has a shorter shelf life than regular butter as it is infused with cannabis extract. Its shelf life could even be less if you leave plant residue in it because plant residue may rot, even if it is stored in a refrigerator.

Two weeks is the average shelf life of cannabutter when stored in the refrigerator. If stored in a freezer, cannabutter can last up to 6 months.

As you would expect, cannabutter may last even longer if stored in airtight containers. By keeping it this way, you prevent condensation from affecting the butter in the refrigerator or freezer. 

Another good tip to follow is to wrap the cannabutter in parchment paper and then in a glass jar. After that, you may put it in your freezer or refrigerator and ensure a longer-lasting lifetime.

Ingredients & Appliances

  • 5-10g of Hemp Flower (Any cannabis flower works as well).
  • 225g of Butter (If you’re using goat milk butter, ghee, or other variables, the recipe will hold up but the results could be a little different.)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Parchment paper
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Saucepan
  • Oven
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Glass jar

Traditional Cannabutter Recipe [Step-by-Step Guide Instructions]

Traditional Cannabutter Recipe

The traditional cannabutter recipe can be finished with eight easy steps. But before you begin prepping, make sure to preheat your oven to 100-110 degrees C and lay a piece of parchment paper on top of your oven tray. This way, when you start at step one, you are already prepping for later stages in advance. Now, let’s begin by grinding your hemp flower:

1. Grind Your Hemp Flower

Take your hemp flower and grind it as you usually would when making pre-rolls or packing a water pipe bowl. As you finish grinding your flower, begin to spread it out on the parchment paper covering your oven tray.

2. Decarboxylate Your Hemp

Now that your oven is preheated make sure you have at least 30-40 minutes left on its timer. If you don’t, then make sure you set the timer to that range.

After, take your oven tray, parchment paper, and ground hemp flower and put it into your oven. Some people also recommend gently mixing the flower in the oven every 10 minutes or so, but we find this a little bit messy and a step that you can look over without much harm done.

3. Melt Butter

Add the cup of water and butter to a saucepan at a simmering temperature. Let the butter melt slowly and make sure that it does not burn.

We like and recommend using an electric stove because it generates heat more evenly and allows you to control the temperature more accurately. If you don’t have an electric stove at home, no problem, make sure that you keep your stove on low and that the mixture is not burning or boiling too aggressively.

4. Add Your Hemp Flower

Once the butter has melted entirely and mixed with the water, your hemp flower should be out of the oven and ready to infuse the mixture. So add your ground, decarboxylated hemp to the mixture and mix it in. Then leave it to simmer for 2-3 hours. 

It’s good practice to stir the mixture occasionally to make sure that it is not burning. Remember, the mixture should never come to a full boil.

5. Strain, Store & Refrigerate

Once the previous step is finished, let the mixture cool for 40-60 minutes. This is unnecessary, but it’s always best to store recipes when they’ve cooled down entirely. It may also help you avoid breaking your glass container by changing its temperature too fast.

Once the mixture has cooled down, use the funnel and strainer to pour it into the glass jar. If you don’t have a fine sieve, then you could always use cheesecloth as an alternative.

Once you’ve strained the mixture into the jar, wrap the jar in parchment paper and then put it into a sealable storage bag (i.e., Ziploc bag). If you’re planning to consume the butter soon, take the package and put it in your refrigerator. If you want to store it for more than two weeks, then place the container in your freezer.

6. Remove Solid Top

Some cannabutter develops a solid surface. You can scrape this off, but in our experience, it’s also widespread for the final product to have a solid consistency all around. So if this happens, don’t worry too much. You’ll still be able to consume your cannabutter this way.

Slow Cooker Cannabutter Recipe Instructions

The slow cooker instructions for a cannabutter recipe are the same as the step-by-step instructions provided above. The only difference is that instead of using a saucepan to simmer the mixture, you will use a slow cooker.

Put the water, butter, and decarboxylated ground hemp into the slow cooker set at roughly 100 degrees C for 2-3 hours. Once the slow-cooking time is finished, let the mixture cool and store it as described above, and you are ready to go!

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.