Today, I'm thrilled to share with you a recipe that is a staple when making homemade edibles: homemade cannabutter! As a midwife, I'm deeply committed to the well-being of my patients, and I believe that holistic healing has a significant role to play in achieving a balanced and healthy life. Not everyone should or wants to smoke cannabis, ingesting cannabis in edible form is another great way to experience all that this plant has to offer. With that in mind, let's explore how to create your very own cannabutter in the comfort of your home.
Before we dive into the recipe, it's essential to understand the potential health benefits of cannabutter and its place in alternative medicine. Cannabutter is a versatile cannabis-infused butter that can be used in various recipes, offering a holistic approach to health and well-being. It can provide relief from pain, anxiety, and insomnia, among other benefits, making it an excellent addition to your holistic healing toolkit.
1 cup of unsalted organic butter
1 cup of decarboxylated cannabis (about 7-10 grams)
Water (enough to cover the cannabis while simmering)
A glass container with a lid for storing your cannabutter
Decarboxylate Your Cannabis: Start by preheating your oven to 240°F (115°C). Grind your cannabis coarsely, then spread it evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it turns a light golden brown. This process, known as decarboxylation, activates the cannabinoids, making them more accessible for medicinal use.
Infusing Cannabis into Butter: In a saucepan, combine the butter and enough water to cover the cannabis. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2-3 hours. Be cautious not to let it boil. The water helps prevent the butter from burning.
Straining the Mixture: After simmering, let the mixture cool for a bit. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a fine-mesh strainer and strain the liquid into a glass container. Squeeze the cheesecloth to get every drop of liquid out.
Chill and Separate: Allow the liquid mixture to cool completely. Once it has cooled, place it in the refrigerator. The butter will solidify on top, while any remaining water will be at the bottom. Gently separate the solidified butter from the water.
Store and Use: Your homemade cannabutter is ready! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months. You can use it as a substitute for regular butter in your favorite recipes.
Dosage and Caution: Cannabutter is potent, and its effects can vary depending on the strain used. Start with a small amount to assess your tolerance, especially if you are new to cannabis-infused products. Always label your cannabutter clearly and keep it out of reach of children and pets.
As a healer and believer in plants, I believe that homemade cannabutter is an excellent addition to your herbal remedy repertoire. It allows you to explore the healing potential of cannabis in a safe and controlled manner while using it in a variety of ways.
I hope this guide has inspired you to embark on your journey of creating homemade cannabutter. May it serve as a valuable tool on your path to holistic health and well-being. If you have any questions or experiences to share, please feel free to reach out. Together, we can continue to explore the world of herbal remedies and alternative medicine, one holistic step at a time.
*Remember, it's essential to use cannabutter responsibly and in accordance with your individual needs and preferences.