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How to Make Cannabutter with Vaped Weed
If you’re smoking on a budget, you want to try your best to get the best high for your buck. This isn’t always easy, especially if you’re relatively new to the world of legal weed. In the future, I’m going to talk more about saving money on marijuana in general, but first I wanted to talk about one of the best ways to get the most mileage out of your bud: making your own cannabutter (or cannabis-infused butter) and edibles.
Making cannabutter and edibles might seem super intimidating, but it’s way easier than you think. Follow the step-by-step guide to making cannabutter below and soon enough you’ll be rolling in awesome homemade edibles.
Some things you’ll need:
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 ounce – 1 ounce of vaped cannabis
- container for cannabutter
Step 1: Buy in bulk.
Whenever you can, try your best to buy your bud in bulk. The whole point is to try and save as much money as you can while getting the best high out of it. This advice is more specific to my location, but the same principles apply wherever you are. You always want to try to spend less money for more weed to stretch your dollar and your high the furthest. Instead of buying an 8th here and there for around $30+ depending on where you are, some places have deals where you can buy a whole half ounce for $60 or an ounce for $100 depending on where you look. You end up saving a bunch by buying in bulk rather than in small quantities. Unless you’re looking for a specific strain or want to patronize a specific business, you can find some high-quality strains on the low if you take your time to look.
As you shop for your weed, keep in mind the differences between sativa, indica, and hybrid strains when you’re choosing your strain of marijuana. They’ll factor in to how the edibles affect you. You may experience a more sedative and relaxing effect from edibles made with an indica strain. If you’re looking for a more stimulating high, you’d want to go with a sativa. Choose your favorite.
Step 2: Vape it to decarboxylate it.
“Decarboxylate” is more than just a big fancy word. Decarboxylation is the process by which you convert the cannabinoids in marijuana into potent THC. Most people decarboxylate weed for edibles by baking it on a baking sheet on a low temp for about an hour. Yes, that’s right, they bake fresh weed . Unfortunately if we had the money for that, we wouldn’t be smoking on a budget, and even if we did, it would still feel pretty wasteful. That’s why I’m sharing my technique with you. Fun fact: you can decarboxylate your weed by vaping it . That means you can get high with it once by smoking, and then a second time once you use it for edibles. Amazing, right?
The process is pretty simple. First, load up some of your favorite ground bud into your vaporizer (I use my Pax 2) and smoke it on the second to highest temperature for the best result. By smoking it on a slightly lower setting, you preserve some of the THC in the weed while still getting a quality high as you vape it.
Once you’ve vaped the weed and it’s brown, all you have to do is save it. I like to reuse airtight containers that my weed was originally delivered in (extra savings!), but any closed container with a top that closes tightly works. This container on Amazon is great, but even something like a glass jar will do the job. For this recipe, you’ll need around an ounce of decarboxylated weed. It takes some time to save up that much, but it’s well worth it.
Step 3: Simmer your decarboxylated weed with butter and water.
This part is really simple. All you do is take two sticks of butter and and melt them in a pot on low with a half cup of water. As the butter melts, add your previously vaped ounce of bud and stir. Stir clockwise for good luck. Let the mixture simmer on low for 2-3 hours and don’t let it boil . If it does boil, it’s okay to turn off the stove for a little bit and let it cool before resuming. Make sure to check on it and stir every twenty minutes or so.
Step 4: Strain it.
You’ll need a few things to make this step a little easier. The first is something to store your cannabutter in. I recommend using a wide-mouthed jar. The second is a good-sized piece of cheesecloth to strain the cannabutter mixture with–no one wants big ol’ weed chunks in their butter, so you need some closely-woven cheesecloth to strain them out. Lastly, you’ll need a funnel. It doesn’t need to be a big one, but it can help make the process easier, especially if you’re using a jar with smaller opening at the top.
Once your butter, herb, and water mixture has simmered for the appropriate amount of time, take it off the burner and let it cool for a little bit. While it cools, get the container you want to store your cannabutter in. Place the funnel over the container and line the funnel with a piece of cheesecloth. Push the cheesecloth into the funnel with your hand so that there’s a divot that can be filled with cannabutter. Stir your cannabutter mixture one last time and then pour as much as you can fit into the cheesecloth/funnel without it overflowing. Let the liquid strain through the funnel and cheesecloth. Once all the liquid has drained out, pick up the cheesecloth and the weed and squeeze all of the liquid out of it and into your cannabutter container. This ensures that you get every last bit of butter and THC out of the mixture. Once you’ve squeezed all the liquid out, toss the plant matter that was left in the cheesecloth, rinse the cheesecloth in warm water so there are no more weed bits on it, and then repeat until your entire cannabutter mixture has been strained into your container.
Step 5: Refrigerate it.
Once you have your mixture in your container, refrigerate it for about a day. The refrigeration allows the water and the butter to separate. The cannabutter should float to the top and turn into a greenish mixture, while the waste water sinks to the bottom, as seen in this picture. After 24 hours, the butter will have solidified enough that you can carefully separate the cannabutter and dump the waste water. Don’t worry if a bit of the water gets on the cannabutter–you can simply pat it dry with a paper towel.
That’s all! You made cannabutter! Congrats! And you did it all while still getting to smoke the weed you used as well! Now, find your favorite baked good recipe or any recipe that calls for butter that you want to try and make some edibles with. You can substitute cannabutter 1:1 for butter in any recipe. However, remember to take this slowly so that you don’t overmedicate and have a bad trip. The point is to enjoy yourself and relax. “You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less.”
This post was brought to you by me after happily eating a few homemade snickerdoodle edible cookies 🙂
If you’re smoking on a budget, you want to try your best to get the best high for your buck. This isn’t always easy, especially if you’re relatively new to the world of legal weed. In the future, I’m going to talk more about saving money on marijuana in general, but first I wanted to…