Eating, cooking, and cannabis are three subjects I am highly passionate about so edible experimentation was of course a part of the logical progression of my love affair with all three. Experimentation first came in the form of my friend’s and I trying to out do each other and make the “strongest brownies” in high school. There is no big surprise that at 17 years old and without the internet resources that are available today, my friends and I had no actual clue what we were doing. I laugh/cringe at the mistakes I have come to realize we were making during the days of our first cannabis culinary adventures. I have come a long long way since then and I have experimented with infusing everything from candy to juice to a full 3 course meal. I've shared my creations with friends and am constantly refining my process from their feedback. Because canna-butter is the basis for most heady culinary adventures, I am frequently asked what the “right” or “best” way is to make canna-butter. Below I am going to share with you exactly what my process is.
Why Coconut Oil Over Butter
Don’t get me wrong I have no beef with regular butter and I frequently cook with both. However I care a great deal about health and wellness and coconut oil is as versatile as butter but comes with a ton of added health benefits……..
- Coconut oil can quickly be converted into energy compared to other oils. It can build muscle and improve cognitive function in less than three hours.
- Better for food allergies, if you are allergic to dairy products or have trouble digesting butter, coconut oil is an easily digestible alternative and very few people have allergies to coconut oil.
- The fats in coconut oil are quickly metabolized by the liver, which increases your metabolic rate by up to 15%.
- Coconut oil (especially refined or extra virgin coconut oil) has an advantage in taste and brings the true flavors out in your savory dish
- The main fatty acid in butter is palmitic acid, which appears more likely than other to cause the buildup of plaque in your arteries. In coconut oil, lauric acid which is a great immune system booster. As the main fatty acid in coconut oil, it can boost beneficial HDL cholesterol.
- Coconut oil also has been proven to reduce belly fat and aids with weight loss. Butter can’t do that.
- Butter also contains a fair amount of vitamins A and D, along with vitamin K2 (a heart-friendly vitamin associated with less buildup of fatty plaques in arteries). And particularly when it comes from grass-fed cows, butter provides a small amount of conjugated linoleic acid, a naturally occurring fat that may have metabolism-revving effects and other possible health benefits.
Coconut oil is easily subsituted for butter in most recipes and your vegan friend’s will be stoked that they can indulge in your heady edible creations!
What you need......
- Crockpot ( I use the little dipper crockpot that comes included with full size crockpot. The temperature does not exceed 250 degrees and it is the perfect size to make one cup of oil.)
- 1 tsp. of organic soy lecithin powder or granules.
- 1 cup of organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 oz. of flower
- 2 organic coffee filters
- Pour over coffee maker
- (2) 4 ounce or (1) 8 ounce mason Jar (I love using mason jars with chalkboard lids. This allows me to keep track of which jar of butter comes from which batch so that I can experiment with different blends and dosages.)
The Decarb Prep…..
Decarboxylation ( Decarbing for short) converts the non psychoactive compound THCA into the psychoactive compound THC. I will get into the science behind decarbing and the use of soy lecithin in another post but until then trust me on this. Decarbing is a vital step in the butter making process and should not be skipped.
Preheat the oven to 240° F. / 115° C.
Break up cannabis flowers and buds into smaller pieces with your hands.
Put the pieces in one layer in a rimmed Pyrex dish or baking sheet. Make sure the pan is the correct size so there is not empty space on the pan. tightly cover the dish with tin foil
Bake the cannabis for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that it toasts evenly.
When the cannabis is darker in color, a light to medium brown, and has dried out, remove the baking sheet and allow the cannabis to cool. It should be quite crumbly when handled.
Grind the decarbed flower up into a fine powder.
The Next Step......
In the crockpot, add the coconut oil and enough water to float the oil in the pot. Turn the crockpot on medium and allow the coconut oil to melt. If you are not using the little dipper crockpot, which stays below 250 degrees, then I recommend using a thermometer to monitor the temperature of your oil. The mixture needs to stay below 320 degrees to avoid burning off the THC. The water in the pot stops this from happening because it will evaporate first.
Slowly start stirring in the ground flower and soy lecithin until the mixture is completely saturated. If needed, add more water.
Periodically stir the mixture and check that the temperature stays around 250 - 270 degrees. Make sure that the cannabis stays submerged and periodically add water if need be.
After 8-12 hours your oil is ready to be strained. Turn off Crockpot and set up your pour over coffee maker with the double filter over a glass mason jar. SLOWLY (or our filter will break from the weight of to much liquid) pour the mixture into the coffeemaker and allow it to drip into the below container. When all of the oil has passed through the filter gently press and squeeze the remaining oil from the filter into the container of oil.
Save your coffee filter with the the leftover plant material as this still contains precious material and oil. This little satchel can be used to make a cup of sleepy time tea or even used as topical compress.
Put the container of hot oil/water in the fridge over night and allow the oil to rise to the top.The water that was added during the process catches all the extra plant material and brown carcinogens from the the mixture. This allows for a much cleaner tasting product.
Scoop the hardened green coconut oil off the top of the water that sunk to the bottom, and discard of the water.
Reheat water oil at a low temp and pour into mason jars for storage.
Disclaimer: All Recipes created for this blog are made within a 420 friendly state. Though we may not agree with the laws placed against Marijuana throughout this country, we are in no way advocating or suggesting that you break the laws within your own state. If you disagree with said laws I highly urge you to fight against the laws regtricting marijuana within your state. That being said all recipes on this site are only intended for use by those who live in states or countries were medical and or recreational use of marijuana is legal, for those who are of 21 hears of age and of sound mind. Remember to never operate heavy machinery or drive a car under the influence of cannabis.