Before You Begin: Tips for Success
Here’s a few pointers on getting started, to ensure you enjoy and benefit from the experience. For beginners this is both exciting and scary. You will have to write down what strain and how much of it you are using. Keep a log book to remember what you used and how you used it. Here’s to some great times and good memories made with the help of some simple ingredients you can make at home to amp up any meal or desert.
Step 1: Work out your limit Try using a small amount to sample over a half hour to an hour. Depending on how much shke or what potency you use, the amount of THC and CBD will vary. Start with teaspoon sized portions and then move up to a tablespoon if you are not reacing your preferred potency. Compare the affect to the THC mg amount in edible you may have already purchased from Green God.
Step 2: Walk, don’t run! Many people make the mistake of eating some weed cookies or brownies, waiting an hour, feeling nothing, then eating a whole lot more. When making your own marijuana edibles, start with low doses. Be patient and wait at least a few hours before you eat any more. You can gradually increase your dosage each time until you find the sweet spot.
Step 3: Infuse your marijuana One of the best ways to ensure your marijuana edibles are delicious and effective is to infuse a the marijuana into butter, oil or some form of other heated cooking fluid. Try warming some butter in a saucepan and mixing the marijuana into it. Then, leave it to simmer together in order to infuse the THC oils into the butter. That way, when you bake or cook with the butter, the marijuana effects will evenly distribute throughout the food.
Making Cannabis Infused Butter
Cannabutter is a primary ingredient in many marijuana-infused recipes. Cannabis butter is technically an ‘extraction’ method whereby the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are extracted from the cannabis plant and infused into the butter fats. The butter from a normal recipe is then substituted with cannabutter to produce psychoactive effects. Cannabis butter is often used in decadent edible recipes (such as brownies), but ultimately its use depends on the cook and his/her personal preferences and/or their dietary needs. It can be made from dried or decarboxylated cannabis buds, trim, solvent-less hash or even sugar leaf.
For patients seeking relief from the many side effects of various ailments can tailor their medication to their personal circumstances, preferences and dietary needs by creating their own edibles. Cannabutter can be used in practically any recipe that calls for butter by simply substituting cannabutter in equal measure. The trick is to dose the amount of butter you use with the desired effects you want to achieve.
And, butter is finally overcoming the decades of criticism for contributing to obesity and heart disease. In moderation, butter may actually be good for you.
How To Make Cannabutter
When you’re making marijuana-infused butter (cannabutter), the key thing to remember is “low and slow” (eg, low temperature, slow cook time). Infusing the butter over low heat for several hours allows for full activation of the THC without scorching the herb or wasting material.
THC and CBD are not soluble in water, but are in certain carrier oils. Therefore, the butter fats act as carriers and “soak up” the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, leaving any impurities in the water.
Important: If you are looking for a more psychoactive effect (eg. the high commonly associated with THC), then it is recommended that you completely decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it. The ‘decarbing’ process ensures the cannabinoids are activated and no longer in their acid-form (THCa, CBDa, etc.).
You Will Need
½ ounce decarboxylated cannabis*
*New patients should consider starting with a half ounce flower, gradually increasing the amount of cannabis after becoming familiar with the results. Those seeking more potent medication may tolerate effects of a 1:1 ratio (1 oz of cannabis to 1 lb of butter). Also, flower high in THC (15%+ THC content) will often deliver a heavier effect than trim or shake. If using all shake/trim, use 1 to 3 ounces. Try experimenting with a mix of flowers and trim/shake to maximize your medication supply 1 pound butter (unsalted preferred)
- 1 quart (4 cups) of water
- Metal spoon
- Medium saucepan / pot (2 or 3 quart)
- Glass or stainless steel bowl (2 quart)
- Metal strainer or colander
- 2 pieces of cheesecloth (approx 8” x 8”)
- Food handling gloves
- Plastic wrap or airtight container(s)
Directions for Cannabis Infused Butter
- Combine water, butter (cut into several pieces) and cannabis into pan and cook over low heat – the mixture should never boil but simply simmer. Continue cooking for 3-4 hours.
- Every 30 minutes or so stir gently. The mixture will thicken as the water cooks off. Don’t allow mixture to become too thick. The cannabis should float about 2 inches from the bottom of the pan and should never touch the bottom. If necessary, add water.
- After 3-4 hours, when the mixture looks glossy and is more dense and compact (most of the water has evaporated), turn off heat and allow to cool.
- While the butter mixture is cooling, line a metal colander or strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth (be sure to allow a few inches of overhang). When mixture is safe to handle, pour the butter and cannabis mixture into the colander/strainer, pressing down with back of spatula, allowing the butter to drain into the glass bowl.
- With gloved hands, bring together the corners of the cheesecloth and twist tightly to squeeze out all of the butter. Discard cannabis.
- Using the spatula, scrape out any residual butter left in pan into the bowl. Place bowl in fridge for about 2 hours, or until butter has solidified. After the butter has solidified, the next step is to remove it from the water. Run a knife around edges to separate the butter from the bowl, and then cut a small piece from edge (but large enough to feed spatula underneath).
- Carefully lift the butter layer and place wet side up on wax paper or cutting board and dab off any excess water with dry clean cloth. Your finished butter will have a green tinge.
Place the cannabutter into an airtight container, and store in fridge until ready to use. It is recommended cannabutter be used immediately, or within a few weeks for optimal quality.
Any kind of butter – not margarine – can be used (unsalted preferred), though we find that using high-quality, organic butter tends to provide a better effect and taste. This is most likely because high-quality butter has less water and foreign substitutes, essentially guaranteeing that more of the cannabinoids and such will be “soaked up” by the butter fats.
It is important to recognize that cannabis edibles are slow-acting due to the cannabinoids going through the digestion process first. As such, it may take up to three (3) hours for you to feel its maximum effects, and those effects could last for some time. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or concerned about overdosing, don’t panic — no one has ever died as a direct result of consuming cannabis.
Want Something Truly Canadian and Delightful?
This Maple Bacon Butter is a sweet and savory combination of maple syrup, crispy bacon and unsalted butter is the perfect when served with savory breads or hot cakes. It is literally melt in your mouth delicious . (This butter will keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.)
- ¼ lb unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ lb cannabutter
- 2 slices crisp cooked bacon, small chopped
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 TBSP Bacon grease
- In a small bowl, combine the butter, bacon, bacon grease and syrup with a spoon. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Transfer to small container, cover and refrigerate.
Cannabis Infused Butter Storage Tips
As long as you use an airtight container or storage bag (plastic wrap works, too, if sealed tightly), your cannabutter will keep in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to six months. It is a good idea to separate into individual doses or measurements first, especially if freezing.
Before making your tinctures ask youself: What are the benefits of using cannabis tinctures? Here is what you need to know about cannabis tinctures and their benefits:
- Doesn’t require extra consumption equipment
- Is a smoke-less form of cannabis consumption
- Alcohol base helps your body absorb the cannabis faster when consumed sublingually
- Fewer calories than edibles
- Easy to consume discreetly
Cannabis tinctures can be swallowed or added to foods and beverages, but the most common way to consume tinctures is sublingually by placing drops under the tongue. Tinctures usually come in a dark colored glass container that has a dropper for a lid. Depending on how strong the tincture is, a few drops can really go a long ways to treat all types of ailments from pain to insomnia.
- What do you need to make cannabis tincture?
- Cannabis tincture is one of the easiest cannabis products to make at home. Below is what you will need:
- Cannabis – it can be trim, shake, or buds
- A glass jar
- A high-proof alcohol
For those that do not want to consume an alcohol based tincture, you can use distilled water, vegetable glycerin, apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar instead of alcohol. Glycerin tinctures are preferable to some people because it gives the tincture a sweet flavor. Which solvent you use is up to the consumer’s taste preference. It is worth noting that using a high-proof alcohol results in the most complete extraction of the cannabinoids from the cannabis material being used, so keep that in mind. Various methods exist for making tinctures, with some methods being more involved than others. Below is the easiest way to make it:
- Break up the cannabis as best you can.
- Decarboxylate the cannabis to activate it.
- Place the decarboxylated cannabis in the jar.
- Fill the jar with the high-proof alcohol, leaving a small gap between the top of the liquid and the lid.
- Let the mixture soak, giving it a good shake a few times a day.
How much cannabis you put into the jar is up to you. The more cannabis you put in it, the stronger the tincture will be. The same goes for how long you let the tincture soak. The longer it goes, the more the alcohol will strip the cannabinoids from the cannabis. Let tinctures soak for four months, and the end product will be outstanding. When it is done soaking, simply strain the liquid and place it into a container of your choosing. Glass dropper bottles are easy to find online. The Bottom Line These are only a couple suggestions for using shake. If you are vegan and wish to make cannabutter, there are various recipes to choose from that do not include the use of animal-byproducts. I hope this post will help you in utilizing the BC Shake coming to our site soon. A great price for someone who wants to utilize their medicinal marijuana and make their cannabis stretch. These versatile recipes can be used in so many ways and once you are confident in your “do-it-yourself” skills, you can modify these recipes or create you own, There are so many possibilities and the world is your oyster. With our unbeatable prices for premium BC Shake, you could create some wonderful creations for eating or topical use. Now, you can learn to use shake safely at home, and that there are other ways to use shake.