Recipes with cannabutter

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried cannabis edibles bought at the dispensary and found them to be fantastic. Of course, now you want to make your own, because cooking is your passion, or maybe just a great outlet for your creative juices. Making your own edibles with marijuana is easy enough. All you need to do to get started is make the cannabutter and then follow any recipe, substituting the cannabutter, in part or all, for regular butter. We can start with the following basic recipes.

But First: The Cannabutter Recipe

The first thing you will need to do is to decarboxylate (decarb) your cannabis in order to unlock its potency. If you don’t, you will end up with a weak or inactive product. Once you have done this, you’re ready to make the cannabutter. Use the handy cannabutter dosage calculator on our website to help you figure out the exact amount you will need. Don’t forget, the THC in the bud will determine how strong your cannabutter is.

How To Decarboxylate Cannabis At Home

If you are determined to decarboxylate at home, there are a number of methods available for those who do not wish to purchase a decarboxylator. Some involve the use of a crock-pot, toaster oven, or conventional oven.

However, this quick guide will refer to use of a conventional oven, potentially the most common piece of equipment of those listed.

Cannabutter Recipe: How to Make Cannabutter

Before beginning this recipe, it’s very important to remember to complete the decarboxylation process before adding your cannabis to the butter. If you skip this step, your cannabutter will only be a fraction as potent as it would be after achieving decarboxylation. Do not skip this step.

Ingredients and Cooking Tools

  • ¼ ounce of cannabis buds, finely ground with stems and seeds (if any) removed
  • 1 quart water
  • ½ cup (one stick) of unsalted butter
  • One cookie sheet
  • One large saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Metal strainer (you may also use a cheese cloth for straining)
  • Wooden ladle
  • Container with a tight-fitting lid (for storage)

First, bake your cannabis sample on a cookie sheet at 250°F/120°C for 30 to 60 minutes. This will complete the decarboxylation process and give the ground cannabis a nutty, roasted flavor.

Next, melt the butter in the saucepan filled with water on low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the butter has completely melted, start stirring in your ground cannabis, a little bit at a time. Stir well after each addition.

Once you have added all of the cannabis, stir to incorporate all of the grounds. Simmer the cannabutter on low heat, stirring frequently. After about 2 to 3 hours, you should start to see small foamy bubbles forming on the surface of the cannabutter.

Remove from heat and strain the cannabutter through the metal strainer or cheese cloth into your storage container. Use a spoon to press the melted butter through the strainer while trapping all of the ground cannabis grains. Let cool in fridge for up to 1 hour and remove excess water.

When finished, your cannabutter should have a slightly greenish tint. You are ready to start creating your favorite cannabis-infused recipes! If you successfully achieved decarboxylation during the initial roasting process, your cannabutter should be potent and produce the effects you’d expect from premade edibles found at a dispensary.

You can store your cannabutter the same way you would store regular butter. You can freeze it for up to six months or keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Calculating the Potency of Your Cannabutter

You may be wondering how to tell how potent your cannabutter is before consuming it. It’s wise to have some idea of how to judge the strength so you don’t inadvertently make something too potent that leaves you “couch-locked.” And on the other hand, you want to ensure your cannabutter is potent enough to be noticeable in your infused foods.

It’s important to take note if the cannabis you purchased from your medical marijuana dispensary has a THC or CBD percentage listed on the package. If so, you can use that percentage as a baseline to calculate the potency of your cannabutter. As a rough guideline, cannabutter extracts about 60 percent of the psychoactive compounds (cannabinoids) found in marijuana.

Cannamilk

Making cannamilk is easier than cannabutter:

  • Pour a half gallon of milk into a pot and heat to simmering – do not let it boil!
  • Add ½ ounce finely ground cannabis and let simmer for a half hour, stirring gently.
  • Strain through a doubled cheesecloth into an airtight container, let cool, cover and refrigerate for use.

Mini Canna-Pancakes

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make and makes about 40 mini pancakes.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1–2 tablespoons cannabutter *, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 banana, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup raspberries (optional)
  • Syrup (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil (for use in pan or griddle)
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Directions

  • In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk together the milk, melted butters, and egg.
  • Gently pour the milk mixture into the dry; mixing until dry ingredients are moistened—some lumps are fine.
  • Heat a pan or griddle with the canola oil to medium. Using a tablespoon, pour the batter onto the pan. You can do a few at the same time; just allow room to use a spatula to flip the pancakes. The pancakes will bubble and tiny holes will form on the top of the pancake, signaling time to flip to the other side. Pancakes should take about two minutes per side.
  • Pile the pancakes on a platter and top with sliced banana and berries and a drizzle of syrup.

* The amount of cannabutter used depends on the strength of the THC and the potency you desire. Start with the small portion of a serving and wait one to two hours to make an informed decision on whether to consume more.

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaze Sauce

How about eggs benedict with an infused hollandaise sauce? This is one of my favorites and will make Sunday brunch an experience to remember! It takes approximately 20 minutes to make and makes two servings.

Ingredients for Hollandaze Sauce

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1- 2 Tbsp cannabutter *, melted and warm
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted and warm
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Eggs Benedict

  • 2 English muffins, halved and toasted
  • 4 pieces of bacon, ham, or veggie of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chives, chopped (optional)
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Directions

  • Heat the protein or veggie of your choice and place on English muffin halves.
  • Heat a small pot of water with the salt and vinegar to simmer. Place a ladle in the water and crack an egg into it and slide into the water. Repeat with other eggs.
  • After 3 minutes take eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and gently place on top of the protein or veggie.
  • Blend egg yolk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender on high for 20 seconds. Then slowly start drizzling melted butter and cannabutter in a thin stream until fully incorporated.
  • Once the sauce is thick and creamy, gently spoon over eggs, garnish with chives if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

* The amount of cannabutter used depends on the strength of the THC and the potency you desire. Start with the small portion of a serving and wait one to two hours to make an informed decision on whether to consume more.

Cannabis-Infused Spicy Chicken Wings

This recipe is even great for a party with its light and sweet cannabis flavor with just a touch of heat! This makes approximately 12-14 pieces of chicken and takes 45 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • Dash cumin
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 pound chicken
  • 1/3 cup cannabutter *
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (separate from above)
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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Sift all dry ingredients together in large bowl.
  • Fold chicken into seasoning mix and place on a lightly greased pan.
  • Mix together 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot in small bowl and dunk pieces of chicken into the mixture before replacing on pan.
  • Place chicken in oven, turning over once after 15 minutes.
  • Mix together 1/3 cup melted cannabutter and 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot and heat – set aside.
  • Once chicken is out of the oven, drizzle cannabutter mixture over chicken wings.
  • Serve hot! Pairs well with bleu cheese or ranch dressing.

* The amount of cannabutter used depends on the strength of the THC and the potency you desire. Start with the small portion of a serving and wait one to two hours to make an informed decision on whether to consume more.

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