The key to almost every delicious grass preparation is cannabutter, a butter that has been gently melted and enriched with the best of the cannabis flower. A butter that can be used for baking and cooking to refine a wide variety of recipes - from juicy space cakes to the best pasta sauce ever. This special butter can easily be used in any recipe that requires butter as an ingredient.
In order to exploit the full potential of the cannabis flowers in the preparation, it is of particular importance here not to skip the decarboxylation process and to adhere exactly to the temperature and time.
In the dried state, it is partly over 90% of the cannabinoids that are present as carboxylic acid (THCA and CBDA) and are therefore not (psychedelic) effective. The conversion or rather the decarboxylation of THCA and CBDA into the psychoactive THC or CBD takes place partly when the flower dries, but mainly when it burns. Since the necessary temperatures for this process are not reached when cooking in butter, it is recommended to decarboxylate the cannabis flowers in a hot oven before the butter bath.
For the decarboxylation the following is required:
- cannabis flowers 5-15g (depending on: THC / CBD content, preference)
- baking tray
- baking paper
- scissors (optional)
For the cannabutter you need:
- decarboxylated cannabis flowers
- 250g butter (or any other preferred fat / oil)
- 250ml water (for large pots 500ml)
- 1 pot
- 1 fine mesh kitchen strainer
- 1 bowl
- thermometer (optional)
Activate your grass (decarboxylate, THCA ->THC):
- Preheat the oven to 120 ° C.
- Break the cannabis flowers into smaller pieces to get a larger surface for the heating process.
- Now spread the mini-buds a little bit apart on the one with baking paper laid out baking sheet and put the whole thing in the oven on the middle rail for 30-40min.
- The buds should be turned every 10 minutes (or redistributed by careful shaking) to ensure even heating.
- Now get the baking sheet out of the oven again and allow the hot stuff to cool off a little.
- Shred the now decarboxylated grass with a grinder, scissors or fingers for further processing to the legendary cannabutter.
At a temperature of 120 ° C a complete decarboxylation takes place after 18 minutes at the earliest.
THC starts to evaporate from a temperature of 157 ° C
CBD, however, only at temperatures between 160 - 180 ° C
Boil your grass (cannabutter):
- Fill the water and butter into the Pot and gently heat it until it starts to simmer gently. You could also make the cannabis butter without water or in a water bath, but in this case the water ensures that the butter or the grass in the pot does not burn.
- Stir the crushed cannabis flowers into the butter and let it stir it occasionally and simmer on the stove for 1 hour over medium heat. (Helpful but not a must is a suitable thermometer to keep the temperature between 70 and 90 * C)<- But you can also recognize it by the small bubbles on the surface;)
- After boiling, pour the butter water -Grass mixture through a fine sieve in a bowl to filter out the bitter plant residues.
- (Alternatively, a pass cloth can be used, but with a lot of butter loss because the fabric sucks a lot)
- Then place the bowl in the fridge for a few hours until the butter has hardened. Now the water can be poured off and the butter can be packed.
- Well packaged, the butter will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks. If, contrary to expectations, the cannabis butter is not used up in time, it can also be easily frozen for 6 months.
As an alternative to the cannabis flowers, the blending and the leaves of the cannabis plant are used (15-250g plant material, water up to 1.5L).
Cannabutter recipes often boil for 3 to 4 hours or longer. This is not necessary with a previous decarboxylation and requires max. 1 hour cooking time. Cooking for longer only negatively affects the taste.