If you're looking for the best butter to make cannabutter, look no further! This guide will help you determine which type of butter is best for making a delicious batch of cannabutter at home.
- Why ghee is better than regular butter
- What butter options you should avoid
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Why You Will Love This Guide
For those new to cooking with cannabis, the idea of making edibles can seem intimidating.
Knowing which type of butter and cannabis flower to start with can seem overwhelming.
Recently, a member of my Well With Cannabis Community wrote, "I know all you need is some butter and buds, but which kind of butter should you use?"
And it's a great question because the butter you use can greatly impact your final product.
In this blog post, I'll teach you everything you need to know about choosing the right ingredients to make the best cannabutter recipe from the comfort of your own home.
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Overview of Butter
Butter is a dairy product made from the fat and protein components of milk or cream.
Most kinds of butter are made with cow's milk, but other varieties may be created with the milk of goats, sheep, water buffalo, and yaks.
There are several different types of butter available on the market today. These include:
- Salted or unsalted butter
- Clarified butter - known as ghee
- Cultured butter - made with bacteria-cultured cream
- Compound butter - butter that has been mixed with herbs or spices
- Sweet cream butter - made from pasteurized cream without a starter culture
- Light or whipped butter - aerated with air or nitrogen to double its volume
- Flavored butter - addition of herbs like garlic and herbs de Provence
- European-style or "European-style" butter - higher in fat than standard American butter
Butter is the perfect medium for making cannabutter because of its high-fat content.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are lipophilic, meaning they love fat.
These cannabinoids stick to the fat molecules, resulting in an infused butter that can be used for marijuana edibles and more.
The Best Butter for Cannabutter
The best butter for infused butter will depend on your desired outcome. There is no exact science or one right way to do something.
One option is not any better than the other; it just comes down to personal preference.
The best way to make weed butter is the way that makes you the best about your final product.
Clarified Butter or Ghee
Clarified butter, also known as ghee, is a form of pure butterfat that has been heated and had the milk solids and water removed from it.
Ghee has many benefits, both for cooking, for health, and for making cannabutter.
When butter is clarified, the milk solids are removed along with any water content, leaving behind a type of purer fat and more concentrated than regular melted butter.
This saves you an extra step at the end of the cannabis infusion process because you won't have to let the butter harden and then separate and discard the excess water.
This benefit makes ghee or clarified butter the ideal butter for making your own cannabis butter.
Salted Butter or Unsalted Butter
Salted butter is a dairy product made from churning cream mixed with salt.
It has been around for centuries and is widely used in all types of cooking.
Unlike salted butter, unsalted butter does not contain any added salt or flavorings, making it the perfect choice for those who are looking to keep their food as natural as possible.
Both salted and unsalted butter are great options to make cannabutter but know that you will have some separation at the end of the process, which will need to be addressed.
One of the most popular brands of solid butter is Kerry Gold butter because it has a higher fat concentration than traditional butter found at the grocery store.
What Not To Use
For various reasons, many types of butter are not a good choice for making butter.
Some of these options to avoid include:
- Plant-based butter
- Whipped or spreadable butter
In most cases, these products separate and create a soupy and messy butter.
Notes & Expert Tips
- If this is your first time, know that it is OK to make a small batch to test your method first.
- For a better-tasting cannabutter, skip the hand grinder. Grinding releases more chlorophyll from the plant matter, making a cannabutter that is more green looking and tasting.
- Many cannabis products can be used to make cannabutter, from the cannabis flower, sugar leaves, fan leaves, concentrates like FECO, and more.
- To make a more potent cannabutter, use kief or concentrates.
- Don't forget; you can save the leftover plant material for other recipes. It's perfect for savory recipes like pesto.
- If you are new to cannabis edibles, be sure to check out my safe dosing guide before getting started. Finding the perfect dose is key to comfort and happiness.
- Pro tip: Need to make a big batch? The LEVO C is perfect for making large batches.
- Do not add lecithin to your cannabutter; this will bind the excess water and create a soupy mess in the end.
Frequently Asked Questions
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This will depend on how potent you want your cannabis-infused butter to use. Check out this flower-to-oil ratio guide for reference. Remember, how much butter you use will affect the potency, too. If you use a cup of butter, your final infusion will be twice as potent then if you used two cups of butter.
You will want a baking sheet or mason jar for the decarbing process. You will want a mason jar and a medium saucepan or other option to facilitate the cooking process and hold the hot water. A double layer of cheesecloth, coffee filter, or french press is helpful for the straining process.
Yes, if you want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC. Raw cannabis contains cannabinoid acids, like THCA, which are non-intoxicating. To activate the THC we want, you must bake the marijuana flower. This will result in decarboxylated cannabis that will be more likely to provide the experience you are looking for.
If you are going to use the cannabutter in less than a week, room temperature in an airtight container is OK. For longer-term storage, check out this guide for refrigerating and freezing cannabutter. Freezing will extend the shelf life and help retain maximum potency.
Yes, simply swap coconut oil for the butter. You could even use olive oil, MCT oil, and vegetable oil to make cannabis oil.
Yes, if you've already made cannabutter but are unhappy with the potency, you can follow this guide to fix weak cannabutter.
There are many different ways to make marijuana butter, outlined below. The first step is to follow the decarboxylation process in an oven or Instant pot.
From there, you can create a low-heat water bath for your infusion. A low temperature of 160°F-200°F is ideal.
Decide how much cannabis and how much butter you want to use with the help of this flower-to-oil ratio guide.
If you want to guestimate the mg of THC in your finished product, be sure to input the numbers into this edible dosage calculator here.
Here are the many different cannabutter recipes to try:
Recipes to Make with Cannabutter
Are you ready to finally put your cannabutter to good use? You really can substitute regular butter with cannabutter in any recipe.
Whether it's your favorite peanut butter cookies or a simple brownie mix, the options are endless.
Just keep in mind the typical 350°F temperature called for during baking is not too much heat; it's perfectly OK to bake cookies at these temps without sacrificing potency.
When it comes to butter, there are many different types available to suit a variety of needs.
However, using salted and unsalted butter will separate the water and milk solids, which will need to be removed after the cooking process.
To skip this inconvenience, we recommend starting with clarified butter or ghee.
Now that you have a better understanding of the varied forms of butter available, you can be ready to make your own cannabutter at home and use them in your favorite homemade edibles.
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Can you use cocoa butter as a substitute?
Renée from Team EKN
Hi Kenny. Yes, you can infuse cocoa butter with cannabis the same as you would regular butter.