Let’s Talk about Cannabis
Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and even recreationally for quite some time as well. Recently, however, there’s been a change in people’s attitude towards this plant from an illicit drug that people partake in at bars or clubs to something that can help control epileptic seizures in children and reduce pain long-term in cancer patients.
The first thing that comes to mind when someone says “cannabis” is the psychoactive THC that sends people into an intense euphoric state. However, there are actually at least 113 cannabinoids within cannabis seeds and all of them have their own effects on the body. The most common ones are CBD, which does not give you a high but instead controls seizures in children, and THC which does give you a high feeling.
Cannabis is known scientifically as “cannabis sativa,” which means literally ‘useful hemp.’ There are many ways to use this plant, but consuming it by smoking and eating is becoming increasingly popular. Although some people think that smoking cannabis is the only way to receive its benefits, many people don’t like the idea of getting smoke into their lungs and would rather eat it instead.
There are many ways to consume cannabis, but the most common ones are smoking it in joints or blunts, vaping it with pens or e-cigs , consuming edibles like brownies or gummies, and finally straight up eating/drinking the plant by using cannabis butter.
If you’ve ever had brownies or cookies before, then you probably know how delectable cannabis can be when contained in an edible product such as this. Cannabis butter, also known as “cannabutter,” is a specific type of infused butter which contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), and other cannabinoids within it.
What Are some Beneficial Uses for Cannabis Butter?
There are many useful purposes for cannabis butter. The first reason is that using it as an edible form of THC or CBD, it provides sustained energy throughout the day, which is necessary for anyone who doesn’t want to be too sluggish during important meetings on the job.
Second, cannabis butter is full of healthy fats and protein, so it will keep you feeling full for hours without eating too much.
Thirdly, by starting your morning with cannabis butter, you’ll be able to avoid some of those gut-wrenching sugar cravings that come mid-morning or afternoon. However, because there is no water in this preparation, little to no THC will be lost through digestion (Note: Edibles tend to take much longer to take effect than smoking/vaporizing).
Another common use is simply cooking with it; This can act as an extremely potent herb/spice additive for any recipe! It’s also possible to make topical products, and hair and skin moisturizing and potentially more effective than common store bought lotions.
How High Will I Get from Cannabis Butter?
It seems silly not to mention “getting high” when talking about cannabis infused products. However, there is surprisingly little information on what cannabinoids and what terpenoids are present after making this product.
The obvious benefit is the easy and effective storage and use of your marijuana. There’s no need to worry about keeping flowers fresh, as they will last quite a while even at room temperature (and for much longer if refrigerated). No special equipment is necessary, unlike with smoking or vaporizing.
In terms of ingestion ease, it takes less time than edibles or drinks because there isn’t any digestion needed! Most people enjoy the mental clarity that comes from not being “stoned” for a period of time after consuming cannabis – It allows you to go about your day without having to worry about getting high every 5 minutes!
What is the Process of Making Cannabis Butter?
Processing marijuana into cannabis butter is simple; First, decarboxylate the marijuana (heat it for about 30 minutes at 240F-250F). Grind up your material until it is very fine (a food processor works great for this). Then boil some water in a pot on the stove, and place another pot or bucket of water on top of that.
This acts as a makeshift double boiler to prevent scorching/destroying the cannabinoids in your flowers. Add your ground marijuana to the boiling water and stir frequently for about 2 hours. Strain out all plant matter through a cheesecloth, and let the water in your secondary pot cool down to a lukewarm/comfortable temperature.
Add butter (preferably salted) to that water in a one-to-one ratio (butter=water). Stir frequently over low heat for an hour or two. Filter out any sediment by letting it settle and pouring off all of the clear liquid.
If necessary, add more butter to the mix at this point, but make sure you add enough water as well! After filtering is completed, place pot in fridge until fully cooled, then place in freezer until solid.
Once frozen, remove from container and shred or grate using a cheese grater or food processor. Place butter back in filtered water and re-freeze.
Once again remove from container and shred or grate using a cheese grater or food processor. Place butter back in filtered water and re-freeze once more (this is the decarboxylation process).
Trash can be used as storage during this time, but only if there is no chance of it getting into any way with people/animals; you can also freeze sections of it for later use as well. Once the final product has been made, store as you would regular butter (in fridge if not cooking within 24 hours of made, freezer if not using in a day).
Using about 1 tsp of water for every gram of marijuana that you use would be a good ratio to start with. The more finely the butter is ground up, the faster and better it will absorb the THC from the marijuana. That means that when you grind your pot or weed it releases THC which can be absorbed into the fatty acids within butter.
Making cannabis butter is easy, but takes some time and effort to get it right, but yields an excellent source of THC to be used for medical or personal use. Always keep in mind what your local laws are concerning this substance, and weigh the risks with the benefits before doing anything! Extreme caution must be taken when cooking with this potent substance! There are many different recipes and methods out there, so do some research before attempting this!
John DiBella is a medical marijuana advocate, owner of The Sanctuary Wellness Institute, and a writer. When he’s not writing blogs about medical marijuana, he enjoys hiking, camping and sailing.