While there are many ways to infuse your food, a reliable slow-cooker cannabis butter recipe is an essential part of any weed chef’s arsenal. Cannabutter elevates any old batch of cookies or dinner recipes into THC-friendly treats. However, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a canna-chef with a story to tell about overdoing it on edibles. Tales of inconsistency, uneven distribution of THC, and overpowering highs are everywhere.
At this point, F it, right?
Luckily, we have the perfect slow-cooker cannabutter recipe for you. How long does cannabutter take in a slow cooker, you ask? A slow cooker indeed takes more time than, say, baking your bud in an oven to decarboxylate the THCA into THC then throwing the ounce of weed into a pot of melting butter. Trust us, though, using a slow cooker to make cannabutter will ensure complete saturation and an uber-potent final product ready to use in a plethora of recipes.
Of course, the potency depends on several factors, including how long you cook your cannabutter, how much weed you throw into the pot, whether you add trim or bud, etc. If you’re wondering how much cannabutter does an ounce make, it all depends on how potent you want your butter. An ounce in 1 pound of butter is very different than an ounce in 2 pounds of butter.
The same logic applies to how much cannabis is used in the recipe. How much trim is in a pound of butter all depends on how strong you want your THC-infused experience to be. You could add any amount to the butter, from half an ounce to 2 ounces or whatever your preference may be.
The potency and amount of butter you make depends on the intended use for your cannabutter. If you have a specific weed recipe in mind, you can make as much as you need and adjust the below cannabutter recipe accordingly. Conversely, you can make large batches of cannabutter and freeze whatever you don’t use.
Read on for a step-by-step guide to making the perfect cannabutter in a slow cooker.
Let’s make cannabis weed butter. Teach those neighbors a thing or two about a thing or two.
One of the most versatile things in cannabis has to be the mighty cannabutter. With this powerful substance, one may create anything from the traditional “special brownie,” to a to-go snack, or an infused dinner that gives Rachael Ray a run for her money.
And it doesn’t even have to be butter! Cannabinoids (like THC) are generally fat-soluble, meaning that they dissolve into fat better than water. Because of this, cannabis edibles can also be made from oils, like olive, canola, or coconut; the last of which is comparably higher in fatty acids and also great for desserts (all three are vegan).
It’s generally not a super easy process, as making it on the stove runs a risk of burning or boiling (which we don’t want, of course, so one must watch it carefully while the infusing happens over several hours). A lower-maintenance solution is the crockpot! You’ll still want to pay attention to your cannabutter, but these handy devices add an awesome element of ease to the process.
How to Make Crockpot Cannabutter
1. First things, first – ingredients. Save your top-shelf flower for smoking, trimmings and lower-quality buds will do just fine here (though potency is, of course, still relevant). You’ll also need to decide if you want to use butter or an oil of some kind. Make sure everything you need is on hand.
2. Turn THCa into THC: Decarboxylation is the magic process that turns the acidic versions of cannabis into their more well-known forms – usually done when we burn flower with a lighter to get smoke. In the case of THC, the one that causes psychoactive effects, you’ll get it by transforming THCa via oven.
Preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit, then place cannabis buds on a cookie sheet, using your favorite method to prevent sticking. Put the tray in the oven for 30-40 minutes (older/drier cannabis takes less than fresh), shaking every ten minutes so it heats evenly.
3. Grind that flower. Use a manual or hand grinder to break up the buds. Lovers of vaporizers might be tempted to use a coffee grinder, but resist – we’ll be straining at the end and don’t want plant material in our cannabutter. (It will also lead to a more significant color change if an electric grinder is used.)
4. Crockpot it up. Set your crockpot to low, or about 160 degrees. Make sure that it’s not hotter than 200 degrees, which will increase the risk of burning. Then, add the cannabis and butter or oil, and a little water if you’re concerned about burning. Let sit, stirring occasionally, for about three hours. Once done, allow it to cool, which will separate fats to the top.
5. Strain out the good stuff. If you’ve used butter, you may be able to skip this step if it has solidified at the top. If not, separate fats from plant material by straining with a cheesecloth-lined funnel. Note that squeezing the cheesecloth is not necessary and can lead to more plant material in the final product.
6. Dose carefully. It’s important to test how strong your crockpot cannabutter is before cooking your delicious fare, assuming you’d like to avoid the whole common way-too-high-from-edibles disaster. To gauge its strength, try a half teaspoon or less (depending on your tolerance), and see how you feel in a couple of hours – using more or less to achieve your desired result.
Be sure to cook with portion sizes in mind. it’s important to know what a serving looks like, especially when sharing with friends. A direction of “some pasta” could lead to someone with a big appetite and a low tolerance winding up freaking out in the corner!
Why a Crock Pot for Making CBD Butter?
So glad you didn’t ask!
First things first. Is it CrockPot or Crock Pot… or Crockpot?
I’ll call it a slow cooker since google trends show’s slow cooker as trending.
Infused Cannabis Butter in a Slow Cooker is Dead Simple
Slow cookers make busy lives seem simple. Nothing like coming home to a hot bowl of chili that sat in the cooker all day.
Well, even better coming home to some cannabis butter. You’ll know it’s ready when your nose is near the front door – we promise.
Speaking of, if you want to limit the decarb smell because you live near neighbors, check out our mason jar tips.
Slow-cooker cannabis butter recipe
First, assemble the following supplies and ingredients:
- A slow cooker.
- Metal strainer or cheesecloth.
- Storage container.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 pound of butter.
- 1 to 2 ounces of cannabis flower, depending on potency preference.
Next, turn on the slow cooker to the lowest possible setting. Add all the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Put on the lid and allow everything to cook for up to 18 hours. Remember, the longer you cook, the more potent your weed butter will be. “How do I know when my cannabutter is done?” you ask. Gauge the duration of your cooking session based on how much THC you want the butter to absorb. The average cooking time per most online sources is about 12 hours.
Once your mixture finishes cooking, pour the cannabutter through the metal strainer or cheesecloth into a separate bowl. Set the butter in your refrigerator. As it cools, it will harden and separate from the water.
Finally, remove the butter from the water and store it in an airtight container, usually a glass jar or plastic container. Your weed butter is now ready to use.