How to make slow cooker cannabutter
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While there are many ways to infuse your food, a reliable slow-cooker cannabis butter recipe is an essential part of any weed chef’s arsenal. Cannabutter elevates any old batch of cookies or dinner recipes into THC-friendly treats. However, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a canna-chef with a story to tell about overdoing it on edibles. Tales of inconsistency, uneven distribution of THC, and overpowering highs are everywhere.
A reliable slow-cooker cannabis butter recipe is an essential part of any weed chef’s arsenal. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Luckily, we have the perfect slow-cooker cannabutter recipe for you. How long does cannabutter take in a slow cooker, you ask? A slow cooker indeed takes more time than, say, baking your bud in an oven to decarboxylate the THCA into THC then throwing the ounce of weed into a pot of melting butter. Trust us, though, using a slow cooker to make cannabutter will ensure complete saturation and an uber-potent final product ready to use in a plethora of recipes.
Of course, the potency depends on several factors, including how long you cook your cannabutter, how much weed you throw into the pot, whether you add trim or bud, etc. If you’re wondering how much cannabutter does an ounce make, it all depends on how potent you want your butter. An ounce in 1 pound of butter is very different than an ounce in 2 pounds of butter.
The same logic applies to how much cannabis is used in the recipe. How much trim is in a pound of butter all depends on how strong you want your THC-infused experience to be. You could add any amount to the butter, from half an ounce to 2 ounces or whatever your preference may be.
The potency and amount of butter you make depends on the intended use for your cannabutter. If you have a specific weed recipe in mind, you can make as much as you need and adjust the below cannabutter recipe accordingly. Conversely, you can make large batches of cannabutter and freeze whatever you don’t use.
Read on for a step-by-step guide to making the perfect cannabutter in a slow cooker.
Slow-cooker cannabis butter recipe
First, assemble the following supplies and ingredients:
- A slow cooker.
- Metal strainer or cheesecloth.
- Storage container.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 pound of butter.
- 1 to 2 ounces of cannabis flower, depending on potency preference.
Turn on the slow cooker to the lowest possible setting. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Next, turn on the slow cooker to the lowest possible setting. Add all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Put on the lid and allow everything to cook for up to 18 hours. Remember, the longer you cook, the more potent your weed butter will be. “How do I know when my cannabutter is done?” you ask. Gauge the duration of your cooking session based on how much THC you want the butter to absorb. The average cooking time per most online sources is about 12 hours.
Add all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Photo by: Gine Coleman/Weedmaps
Once your mixture finishes cooking, pour the cannabutter through the metal strainer or cheesecloth into a separate bowl. Set the butter in your refrigerator. As it cools, it will harden and separate from the water.
Finally, remove the butter from the water and store it in an airtight container, usually a glass jar or plastic container. Your weed butter is now ready to use.
Your weed butter is now ready to use. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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Crock Pot Cannabutter for Dummies
A couple of my patients have asked me how to make cannabutter. One patient has mobility issues and they can stand only for short periods. While this method takes longer than some, it is absolutely reliable and very easy for most people to master. So. here we go!
We need a Crock Pot, butter (real butter is best), trim or bud, and water. Later you will also need a large pot, strainer, cheese cloth, and storage container.
I usually cook with trim and use the ratio of 1oz of trim to 1lb butter. When using bud, I use 1/4oz bud to 1lb butter. For this batch I’m using 2oz of trim and 2lb butter. Your results will vary depending on how strong your trim or bud is, and you can only dial it in through experimentation. Final product too strong? Dilute by melting in a pot with more butter. To weak? Run it again with more trim / bud. You can’t really screw it up.
This photo is very important. Notice how fine the trim is ground up. The first part of the chemistry is releasing the trichomes from the trim / bud. You will release more of the active ingredients in the marijuana if the bud is finely ground and all of the trichomes are exposed. You can dry out your trim / bud until it’s crispy, then put it in a ziploc bag and crunch it up. If it’s not crispy dry, you can freeze it in a ziploc bag and then crunch it up. Just crunch it up, that’s the message.
So here is our starting mash. I put all eight sticks of butter in the bottom of the pot, add the 2oz of trim, then add 2.5 quarts of water. The amount of water isn’t really important, but you want enough to top off your Crock Pot and wet all of your trim / bud. Mix it a bit to make sure everything is wet, then put on the cover and turn your crock pot on low.
Here is our mash after an hour or so. Notice that the butter has melted and is blending with the water and trim / bud. Stir once in a while, but don’t go crazy. The crock pot does its best work with time, the lid on, and the power on low. I probably only stir the mash three or four times over the whole process. Not quite “set it and forget it”, but close.
Here is our mash the next day. Yeah, the next DAY. I usually cook for 24 hours. The simplified chemistry is as follows: The active ingredients in marijuana are fat soluable, not water soluable. The butter will absorb the active ingredients released from the marijuana, which is broken down by the water mash mix. So now we have our potent butter, how do we seperate it from the water and mash?
Position a large pot and strainer over each other.
Drape cheese cloth (available at your grocery store with baking or canning supplies) across the strainer. This is optional, but if you don’t strain really well you may have a bitter, weedy taste to your butter.
Strain. I start by using a ladel to get most of the mash out of the crock pot. Once you have all of the mash in the strainer and all of the liquid out of the crock pot, just let it sit for 15 – 30 minutes. Every drop that drains out is precious! USE CAUTION, the mash will be VERY HOT!! After you have waited to let the strainer drain, gather the edges of the cheese cloth and squeeze out any remaining liquid. It will be mostly butter as the trim / bud and butter LOVE each other. Trash or compost your trim / bud mash. It is completely spent at this point.
Here is the pot with our water / butter mix. Notice the bubbles seem to be looking at me.
Put the mix in your refrigerator overnight. The butter is lighter than the water and will float to the top and solidify. I didn’t show the lid to the pot. If you don’t cover the pot, your whole fridge will smell like bong water. At least that’s what my wife told me, lol.
So here we are the next morning. The butter is on top and solid, the water is on the bottom. Cut the butter up with a sharp knife and remove it.
This is optional, but I usually melt the chunks of butter and pour them into a smaller container. Notice the butter is starting to melt. It looks brown when melted but will return to the familiar green color when solid.
I poured the melted butter into a tupperware style container and will put it back in the refridgerator or freezer. It will stay good for a couple of months in the refridgerator (like regular butter). It will stay good and just as potent nearly forever if left in the freezer. I just defrosted some from two years ago and baked with it, no potency loss.
Using this method, the butter comes out very smooth tasting. Here are some sugar cookies made with this butter. They look, smell, and taste like any other sugar cookie and the marijuana is completely imperceptable. until an hour or so after eating!
A couple of my patients have asked me how to make cannabutter. One patient has mobility issues and they can stand only for short periods. While this method…