The holidays mean a lot of things to different people, but one that is pretty universal across the board is food. We’re talking about homemade treats: Brownies, Rice Krispie treats, chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie. You get the idea. These homemade baked goods make great presents to share with friends and family, especially this year when we’re less able to hang out in person. Just be sure—as always—to keep cannabis-infused foods far from children and anyone else who isn’t ready for a full-on edibles experience.
Sound like a plan? All you need to take your baking to the next level is marijuana-infused cannabutter. We’ll show you how to make it, and point you towards some simple and fun recipes you can try yourself!
Cannabutter: How to Make Marijuana-infused Butter or Oil
Homemade cannabutter (or cannaoil) is a versatile (and delicious) secret ingredient. All it is is butter—or some other fat or oil—infused with fresh marijuana flower. If you use a flower vape, even better: You can use already-vaped flower! Here’s the basic idea:
1. Measure out a cup of fresh cannabis flower (or already vaped bud) and one cup of the cooking oil or butter of your choice. We love butter of course, but you could go with a fruity olive oil or even a neutral-tasting coconut oil. Depends on what flavor you’re going for. Obviously, the finished cannabutter is going to have a pretty strong weed taste as well.
2. Grind the cannabis. Because you’re going to strain it at the end, you want to end up with small chunks, not a fine powder.
3. Combine the butter or oil with the ground flower, and place them in a double-boiler or a slow cooker. You’re going to heat them on “low” or “warm” for several hours, so the lower the better. You could use a regular saucepan, but your cannabutter will need more careful checking, especially if you’re using butter, which can burn.
No matter how you do it, have a kitchen thermometer close by. A cheap one is fine; just make sure the temperature doesn’t exceed 245°F.
4. Here’s the slow part: Let the infusion cook for as long as you can. We recommend 4 – 6 hours in a slow cooker, 6 – 8 hours in a double-boiler, and at least 3 hours in a saucepan.
5. Once the oil is infused, let it cool some so it’s safe to handle. Then carefully pour it through a kitchen strainer, ideally lined with cheesecloth. You’ll want to squeeze out the plant matter, but don’t! This adds more chlorophyll and more of that “weed flavor,” but not more cannabinoids (the “good stuff” you want in your cannabutter).
You’re done! Your delicious cannabutter will keep for at least two months on a dark pantry shelf, and about twice as long if stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
Cooking with Cannabutter: The Sky’s the Limit!
So, what should you make with your cannabutter? You’re only limited by your imagination: You could start by swapping it for the butter or oil in your favorite recipes, but we recommend limiting it to no more than half the total (otherwise the weed flavor can kind of dominate).
You could use it to butter steamed or roasted veggies, even stir it into rich Mexican cocoa or coffee! But because it’s the holiday season, we’ll leave you with a few of our favorite cannabis-infused cookie recipes to get you started:
- “Buzznana” Bread from Hazey Kitchen
- Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies from Emily Kyle Nutrition
- Personal-Sized Chocolate Cake from Marijuana Mommy
Get your baking started on the right foot! Make sure to start with quality flower like what we stock at High Season. Not in the mood to bake? Hit the easy button and shop our edibles now!