Cooking with Cannabis Flower

The age-old question: how do I cook with cannabis? Well, it may be a little more tricky than you think. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot merely throw cannabis flower into a brownie batter, bake it, and call it good! Who knew? That said, cannabis-infused butter (cannabutter) is the simplest and best way to make cannabis edibles and create an endless variety of cannabis recipes in a few simple steps.

Step one in making cannabutter is to activate the cannabinoids (chemical compounds) within the cannabis, a process called decarboxylation or “decarb” for short. The amount of cannabis used will vary depending on how much butter you would like to make. Typically, 1 ounce of flower to 6 sticks of butter (3 cups) will yield approximately 4 cannabutter sticks. Some publications will tell you that 1 ounce to 1 pound is the appropriate ratio but some butter will be lost in the process, so this recipe calls for 6 sticks versus 4.

Learn how to make cannabutter from cannabis flower using these steps

You will need:

  • 1/2 ounce of cannabis flower
  • 3 cups (or 6 sticks) of butter
  • Crockpot or double boiler
  • Cheesecloth for straining

How to “decarb” the cannabis:

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place approximately ½ ounce of non-ground cannabis on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Place cookie sheet in the oven.
  4. Check cannabis every 5-7 minutes; agitate cannabis to ensure all cannabis is activate.
  5. Remove from oven after 35-40 minutes or until cannabis is brown.

Once the cannabis is brown, you can remove it from the oven and start the butter process!

Did you know you can use your already-vaped cannabis to make cannabutter? If you vape flower, save it after your sessions! Once you have a decent amount saved, you can add this to your butter without having to decarb it!

How to infuse the butter:

  1. Place 6 sticks of butter in a crockpot set to low or 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add cannabis to the butter.
  3. Stir every half hour to prevent the butter from burning.
  4. Strain the cannabutter by placing a cheesecloth-lined funnel on a jar and pour slowly.
  5. Place in the refrigerator until the butter has congealed.
  6. Once butter is cooled, any leftover vegetation and water will separate to the bottom; remove any excess and viola! Cannabutter.

How will you know how potent the butter is? You won’t, that is, not until you try it. The butter’s potency is determined by a variety of factors, including the strain and potency of the flower. Start low and slow with your butter. Try a teaspoon either in your coffee or on toast and see how you feel. When baking or cooking with butter, substitute oil in the recipe with cannabutter, but remember, go LOW and SLOW.

Want to skip these steps? For an expedited infusing process, consider the Magical Butter Machine or Ardent Decarboxylator. Give any of our dispensaries a call to see if we have these in stock!

Are you vegan? You can easily substitute vegan butter to make a friendly cannabutter for all your favorite recipes.