Two Simple Ways to Make Cannabutter
Cannabutter is a butter-based substance that contains THC (or, more specifically, cannabinoids). By heating cannabis and butter, the fat in the butter allows for the extraction of the cannabinoids. For more information, check out The Science of Cooking with Cannabis. There are a number of effective methods for making cannabutter, two of which will be explained here. Note: A ratio of 1/2oz cannabis to 3/4 LB butter is recommended.
Place the cannabis tops on a baking sheet and place in the oven at the lowest possible temperature, or no higher than 150 degrees fahrenheit. This will help dry out the buds which aids its release into the butter. It also "activates" (decarboxylate) some of the inactive cannibinoids into the all important THC.
Crush the marijuana into a fine powder, using enough to fill a boiling pot roughly 1/3 full. Using a mixture of 1-part butter and 4-parts water, fill the pot until it is about 3/4 full. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seed of Cannabis sativa, commonly known as marijuana. The preparation used as a psychoactive drug (the highly publicized face of marijuana) actually uses the dried flowers and subtending leaves and stalks, not the seed. Versatile hemp seed oil has very low to undetectable levels of any of the psychoactive components called cannabinoids, making it safe to use in a variety of ways. The plant is also very hardy with a natural resistance to pests, which makes it an easy plant to grow organically without pesticides or herbicides. Refined hemp seed oil has primarily been used in body care products, but the unrefined oil has an attractive, nutty flavor, which makes it a great culinary alternative to other cooking oils.
Compared to other cooking oils, hemp seed oil is quite low in saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is considered a super-food because of its high essential fatty acid (EFA) content, substances that we must ingest, since our bodies cannot make EFAs themselves. Hemp seed oil has especially ideal ratios of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and gamma linoleic acid.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis also known as marijuana or ganja, is a flowering plant which has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal, recreational, spiritual, and industrial value. The flowers of the female cannabis plant can be smoked, prepared in food, or made into other extractions like hash, hash-oil, and tinctures. The stalks of the plant are made of strong fibers known as hemp. Hemp has hundreds if not thousands of industrial uses from making paper to health and beauty products.
Why Cook with Cannabis?
Besides the obvious health benefits of cooking marijuana as opposed to smoking it, marijuana is used in food for many reasons. The high of smoked cannabis generally only lasts up to two and a half hours, whereas marijuana prepared in food can last up to five hours or more. This is a great advantage if marijuana is being used medically for pain relief. The high from cooked cannabis can also be much more intense than when smoked.
Can cannabis be prepared in any food?
If cannabis is to be used efficiently in foods it must be extracted into a butter,