Decarboxylate your cannabis: Before you start infusing your butter, you need to activate the THC in your cannabis. This process, called decarboxylation, involves heating the cannabis to a specific temperature for a certain period of time. To decarboxylate your cannabis, preheat your oven to 245°F (120°C). Grind your cannabis and spread it out on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Choose your butter: You can use any type of butter for this recipe, but some people prefer to use unsalted butter because it allows for more control over the final flavor of the dish.
Melt the butter: Place your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. As the butter melts, it will begin to bubble and froth.
Add the decarboxylated cannabis: Once the butter has melted, add your decarboxylated cannabis to the pan. Stir the mixture occasionally to ensure that the cannabis is evenly distributed throughout the butter.
Simmer the mixture: Let the mixture simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. This will give the THC in the cannabis time to infuse into the butter.
Strain the mixture: Once the infusion is complete, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any plant matter.
Store the infused butter: Once the butter has cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
Note: The strength of your infused butter will depend on the potency of your cannabis and the amount you use. It’s important to start with a small amount and increase as needed to find the right dosage for you. It’s also important to remember that the effects of THC can vary greatly from person to person, so it’s important to use caution when consuming edibles and to start with a low dosage.
It’s important to keep the temperature of the butter and cannabis mixture low during the infusion process. If the mixture gets too hot, it can cause the THC to evaporate, which will reduce the potency of your infused butter. Aim to keep the temperature of the mixture below 200°F (93°C). If you have a thermometer, you can use it to ensure that the mixture stays within this temperature range. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can use the simmer setting on your stovetop to keep the mixture at a low temperature. The mixture should be hot enough to melt the butter, but not so hot that it’s boiling.