cbd cannabutter

CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found naturally in cannabis plants such as marijuana or hemp. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties and does not cause any feelings of intoxication or “high”.

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As the CBD industry grows, the availability of products and vast product selections for consumers are practically endless. One of the most popular methods of taking CBD is through edibles. Edibles provide long-lasting effects that can help you get through the day. As users become more comfortable with incorporating CBD into their daily routines, many will begin experimenting with different recipes, including making their own CBD butter. CBD butter is easy to make and is a great way to help you adhere to your specific dosing and dietary needs when cooking or baking with CBD.

Cbd cannabutter

C annabis-infused butter (cannabutter) is one of the simplest and most common ways to make infused cannabis edibles. However, making infused butter can be a little bit tricky. In order to activate its psychoactive potential, the flower must be heated slowly at a low temperature. This recipe will first guide you through this process–called decarboxylation–before walking you through a step-by-step guide to infusing butter.

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Your butter’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. Even the type of cannabis used (indica vs. sativa strains) can be a factor. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes. For more information on why potency is so difficult to measure in homemade cannabis edibles, check out part four of this series.

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Tips for dosing cannabutter

Before making your cannabutter, you’ll need to decarboxylate, or “decarb”, the cannabis flower you’re working with. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product. Here’s why: Cannabis buds produce a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid called THCA. When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat converts THCA into THC, the molecule that delivers euphoric effects. If preparing CBD edibles, this same process should be applied.

Cbd cannabutter

If you want to incorporate CBD into more of your daily recipes, the best way to do this is to make CBD infused butter. Once you have CBD butter, you can add it to any recipes that calls for normal butter and replace it with CBD butter. Just always keep in mind that the CBD cooks off if it heats over 350 F so make sure you are using it in recipes that will not go over this temperature.

This recipe is very easy to make and depending on the strength and type of CBD oil you have, you will likely not taste any difference in your butter. Remember to keep it in a separate labeled container so your children do not get into this oil.

If you want to read the basics on cooking with cannabis, check out my previous post here and check out my CBD gummy recipe here.