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The best cannabutter recipe to bake and get baked at home for 4/20

By Alma Fabiani

Apr 17, 2020

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4/20 is in three days, and although this year we won’t be able to go outside, sit in a park with friends and celebrate the cannabis-oriented holiday together, we still need to find ways to enjoy it from the comfort of our homes. We are going through stressful times that make us all feel anxious and on edge. And what better way to relieve stress than to bake and get baked?

That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the best recipe for weed-infused cannabis, so you can enjoy your free time this weekend and bake in preparation for Monday. Don’t thank me but please enjoy your solo sesh responsibly.

How to make cannabutter

The best cannabutter recipe to bake and get baked at home for 4/20

First things first—you wouldn’t bake a cake without butter, right? Well, the same applies here—you need to start with the most important ingredient: cannabis-infused butter, also called cannabutter. Not everyone would use it as it takes quite a while to make, but remember we’re doing this for 4/20 so no, we won’t accept a cake with grinded weed thrown in there. Let’s bake properly so we can get stoned properly.

Butter is a great carrier for THC and other cannabinoids, but you can also pick other options such as coconut oil, olive oil or any other fatty oil for your infusions. And don’t forget that butter burns easily, so keep an eye on your cannabutter at all times, which means don’t leave it in the oven while you roll a fat one.

Here’s what ingredients you will need:

Some of you might wonder what decarboxylated cannabis is. It is the essential first step in order to make banging magic brownies. Skipping the decarboxylating might result in a weak or inactive cake. Some stoners like to decarb their weed directly in the hot butter, but the less time you soak the buds, the better your cannabutter is going to taste. That’s why I would advise you to decarb your weed in the oven first.

Decarb the cannabis

Preheat your oven to 120ºC (245ºF). Place your buds on a tray covered with non-stick baking paper. Insert the tray into the oven and set a timer for 30 to 40 minutes. Drier cannabis may require less time. Every 10 minutes, lightly shake the tray in order to expose the buds equally.

Grind away

Grind your decarboxylated cannabis with a hand grinder.

Melt the butter

Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan and simmer on low heat to let the butter melt. Adding a bit of water prevents the butter from scorching.

As the butter begins to melt, add in your ground cannabis and simmer. Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Your yummy mixture should never come to a full boil.

Strain it

Set a funnel on top of a bowl and line it with cheesecloth—if, like me, you’ve never had a cheesecloth in your house, just use a paper coffee filter. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the funnel and let it strain. Once this is done, refrigerate your bowl of butter.

If water forms at the bottom of the bowl, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out.

Don’t go overboard, dose your cannabutter carefully

Once your cannabutter is ready to be used in the recipe of your choice, refer to dosing information before adding your butter—trust me, you don’t want to go over the top. Otherwise, you’re all good to go.

Enjoy your space cakes, your cannabis peanut butter cookies and gummy edibles, and happy 4/20!