With the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada as well as the medicinal use of cannabis now allowed in many parts of the United States, there has been an increase in people curious about the benefits of cooking with cannabis.
Eating foods with cannabidiol (CBD) oil or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in them is a much healthier alternative to smoking or vaporizing the flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant.
If you live somewhere cannabis is legal, start by visiting your local dispensary or checking out an online dispensary like the Green Ace Weed Shop. Ask an employee about the pain-relieving benefits of different strains of cannabis. They can tell you how the different cannabis strains may affect you.
Many people think you simply grind up the flowering part of the plant and mix it in with cake mix to make the infamous Space Cake’s that Dutch coffee shops have sold for decades, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
The following recipe is an easy way to make and store cannabutter so it can be used later to create healthy canna-treats.
A Basic Cannabutter Recipe – How to Make Cannabutter
While there are devices on the market you can use to make cannabutter, they can be expensive. To make it yourself, you will need the following items:
- 2lb butter (the higher the fat content, the better)
- 1oz ground cannabis flowers (Generally speaking, using an Indica is best for pain and to help with sleep, Sativa is best for mental relaxation and creativity)
- A decent sized piece of cheesecloth (12”x12” should work)
- A double boiler
- A large bowl
- Wax paper
- Ice cube tray
- Start by filling the bottom of the double boiler with water. It should be just below the level of the upper pan, and you should heat it at medium-high so that you don’t lose water. If the water level becomes too low, you must add more water to the bottom pan to keep the butter from becoming scorched.
- Once the double boiler is heated, melt the butter in the top pan. Gradually add the ground cannabis flowers, stirring until the butter has completely coated the plant matter. Continue to stir this concoction every ten minutes or so for a minimum of an hour.
- The longer you heat this mixture, the stronger it will become. It shouldn’t take more than about 3 hours as you should have gotten all the THC and CBD to infuse into the butter by then if you have done this correctly.
- Once you have finished infusing the butter with the cannabis, strain the butter through the piece of cheesecloth into a separate bowl. When most of the butter has strained through, squeeze the cheesecloth to get any remaining butter out, and you can discard the leftovers.
- Take the wax paper and cut it into pieces small enough to fit into the ice cube trays with enough paper left sticking outside the individual cubes to fold around the cannabutter. Take the mixture and pour it into the individual cubes in the ice cube tray.
- Fold the paper over on top to seal it and freeze the infused butter. This way, you will have individual servings of cannabutter to use later. Each cube’s weight will vary, so weigh a cube before following recipes that require exact measurements.
How to Use Cannabutter for Pain Relief
The only limit is your imagination when cooking with cannabis. If a recipe requires butter, you can use it.
A healthy way to consume it is to take apple wedges and butter both sides. Place the apple wedges on an electric grill and sear the apple, sealing the cannabutter in with the apple’s pulp. Then, melt some caramel in the microwave.
Lastly, stir in a cube of the cannabutter.
Dip the grilled apple wedges into the caramel for a sweet and tasty treat with pain-relieving effects.
Like learning how to cook anything cooking with cannabis will take time to perfect. However, with patience and a bit of creativity, you can come up with all kinds of recipes that you can infuse with cannabutter.
For people wanting to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without risking damage to their lungs, cooking with cannabutter is the way to go.