We invest a lot of time, money, and love, to guarantee ideal conditions for our precious plants. Let’s be honest, as soon as trichomes begin to change in colour, most of us get nervous and can’t wait to manicure, dry and cure. After countless hours of being highly concentrated on trimming like an artist, following question might arises: What to do with the large amounts of trim and lower grade buds? It’s only logical for us to use all the THC and other cannabinoids, provided by our plants. One way of using our trim is producing delicious and potent cannabis butter.
This blog will walk you through the step-by-step process of making butter, using the “long simmering method”. If you are really interested in producing a butter that is strong, delicious and perfectly natural, then look no further and try this recipe. 28g of cured trimmings (preferably the small, sugary bud leaves) 14g of cannabis blossoms (choose the quality you like) 250g of salted butter (salted butter = higher melting point) 300ml of tap water (plus approximately 50ml for every hour of simmering) 1x cooking pot (pan works fine) 1x sharp knife (for fast results use kitchen blender) 1x stove (camping cooker can be a mobile option) 1x cheese cloth (a fine kitchen sieve , or any kind of finer mesh material does the job) Storage containers (glasses look very nice, plastic can also be used) Anything from 8-24 hours of your time (due to the long-simmering at low heat) - Disclaimer: you experiment at your own risk - This recipe is meant to produce very potent butter. It uses 28g grams of sugary bud leaves, together with 14 grams of buds. The trimmings and buds are a blend of two different strains, one being indica-dominant, with strong Afghani influences, and Cheese. The raw material has been cured in jars for 14 days. If this is your first time making cannabis butter, you might want to use substantially less raw material and experiment with lower amounts of trim and bud.
Producing cannabis butter always involves the risk of doing an excellent job, and ending up with a product that is very potent. Be responsible and slowly work your way up until you reached the desired effect. Sometimes it takes up to 3 hours until you feel anything. There is the potential risk of throwing up and having a bad trip full of self-doubt, anxiety and paranoia. Try to relax when you ate too much, you feel better the next morning. Do not operate any heavy machinery, including cars when being under the influence of cannabis butter. The effect can last up to 8 hours and has a strong influence on your skills, necessary to operate any kind of machinery. You might end up having problems operating a microwave. STAGE 1 - FIND A PLACE TO COOK, BUY INGREDIENTS, CHOP UP RAW MATERIAL. Think of the delicious but risky smell when choosing a location to produce your butter. Depending on the quantities you want to produce, smell can be a small issue. It's always present when making cannabis butter but can be reduced by a good airflow in your kitchen. Another option is making a rather smelly type of food while making butter at the same time. You can use a kitchen blender if you’re not willing to use a sharp kitchen knife. What you aim for is a nice blend of trimmings, combined with buds of the quality you prefer. It makes sense to use the airy and fluffy ones from lower branches. If you aim for higher or lower potency, you can increase or decrease the amount of buds. You can get very good results by just using trimmings to be honest. Before we dive into baking, we’ll need to decarboxylate our cannabis. This converts non-bioavailable cannabinoids like THCa and CBDa into THC and CBD, which are then bioavailable. This means that when eaten, they readily work their wondrous effects. Preheat an oven to somewhere between 104°C and 113°C. As the oven heats, grind your weed and place it in an oven safe container, made out of glass or ceramic. When the oven is ready, bake your weed for 30–40 minutes. Once it’s done, remove your weed from the oven and place it on the counter to cool off. This recipe was tested by letting the mix simmer for 8 hours.
If you are aiming for extreme potency, you can let your butter simmer for up to 24 hours. After creating your blend of butter and water, you can go ahead and mix in your trim. What follows is a simmering of your mixture at very low temperatures. By not putting a lid on the pot, we allow the water vapour to leave our mixture.
The 300ml of water, we added at the beginning, will turn into water vapour over time but the butter will stay in our mixture. This is very important because we still need the butter at the end.