The Stoner Mom Cooks Cannabutter
I chose this recipe as my first foray into cannabis cooking, because it’s seamless and the most parent-friendly. No boiling pots on the stove top for hours. This is the clean, quick and easy method that I instantly knew would resonate with parents.
This is a slow-cooker recipe so it can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours depending on what you’re going for. A good technique would be to let the cannabutter cook over night in the slow cooker, and then cool/freeze during the day. This should result in your finished cannabutter by evening, just in time for you to whip up some magical cookies for fun times with the spouse.
- A crock pot. Size isn’t important though I think a smaller crock pot might have some advantages.
- Fine strainer. I used cheesecloth.
- Container for your finished cannabutter to set in.
- 4 cups water
- 2 sticks organic butter
- 1/4 oz cannabis. You can use the actual flower, ie: the weed that we smoke, or you can use “shake”- the trimming and leaves that are removed from the buds during harvesting. I am using shake from my own personal home grow, which is a really cost-effective way to maximize your harvest.
In a slowcooker, add 4 cups water, 2 sticks butter and all your cannabis. Put on the lid and cook anywhere from 4-18 hours. The longer you cook the butter the more potent it will be, so don’t be so quick to set the timer to 4 hours.
When done, strain the mixture into your container, separating the plant matter from the rest of the butter mixture. It’s super hot, so use a large spoon to press the liquid out of the plant material. Gloves are highly recommended.
Chill in fridge for 6+ hours. I ended up chilling mine for several hours longer than this. Basically we are just waiting for the cannabutter to set. When it’s ready most will be solid, and you can pour out the water/liquid collecting on the top. Done!
Store cannabutter in the fridge or freeze it, but take all precautions in a household with kids. Keep things clearly labeled so you don’t accidentally make pot brownies for the PTA.