We started these recipes exploring different ways to extract cannabinoids a little fearful of what our neighbors may think.
Let’s make cannabis weed butter. Teach those neighbors a thing or two about a thing or two.
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 CBD Butter Limits Burn Risk
We also love the slow cooker because as long as you keep it on your lowest setting, there is very little room for error.
Nothing feels worse than having to throw out a batch because you scorched off the cannabinoids.
So just like our motto when experimenting with edibles, slow and low is how we like our slow cooker CBD butter.
Infusion is often the most challenging part of cooking with cannabis and the reason why many people turn to their vaporizer in defeat. I’m here to tell you that you can do this! Not only is it doable, but it’s worth it.
If you haven’t yet discovered the wonder that is cannabis-infused eating, I’m excited for you because you’re in for an adventure. The experience from start to finish is significantly different from common inhalation methods. The effects are typically longer, stronger, and slower to set in.
For this reason, always start with a low dose and see how an edible affects you—especially if you’re cooking your own as it is impossible to calculate their potency.
Cannabis-infused oil is probably the most versatile medium and a great place to start, since it can be used for baking desserts, sautéing veggies, frying up your morning eggs, or putting in your salad dressing. In addition, as is the case with cooking anything at home, you have complete control over its preparation. Does peanut oil hold a special place in your heart? Make cannabis-infused peanut oil!
What Kind of Oil and Marijuana is Best?
I am always asked what kind of oil is best to infuse. That depends what you are going to use it for. A neutral oil like canola, grapeseed, or vegetable oil is most versatile as you can use it most any recipe calling for oil. For additional flavor elements, olive oil is a great choice. You can even infuse solid at room temperature fats like coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Use whatever works best for what you are planning to cook with it.
How to Save Money When Making Cannabis Oil
You can cook with any kind of marijuana from trimmings to flowers when making weed butter.
There is no need to cook with top-shelf marijuana. Those top-shelf strains are used priced that way because of their terpenes. As many of these volatile compounds will be cooked off in the process of making edibles, it doesn’t make sense to pay extra for them in this instance.
If your purveyor offers “shake” the marijuana world equivalent of the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of potato chips, check it out. Shake is sold for far less than pretty buds but it can still be mighty potent. Check out this link for more information about Shake.
If you grow your own, these are plenty of cannabinoid-rich trichomes left on your trimmings, especially the small “sugar leaves” that surround the flowers, and they make excellent cooking material. Of course the quality of the plant matters, but if you grow great cannabis, don’t waste those trimmings!
You can even make marijuana oil with old weed, although the effects of the edibles made from this may be a little different. Different is NOT necessarily bad, in many cases these effects are desirable, such as pain reduction and better sleep.
1. Decarbing: The key first step
Before you even grab the Crock, grab the cookie sheet. To get the most out of your weed, you want to decarb it first. Grind it up and put an even layer on the sheet. Have your oven at 240°F and bake the herb for 30-40 minutes, or until it is dry and browner in color. After it has cooled, pulse in a food processor until coarsely ground.
2. Choosing your oil
The higher the fat content in your oil, the better it will absorb the cannabinoids and terpenes of your herb. Fat also helps your body absorb the constituents of cannabis, so choose the best oil for your needs. Coconut oil is a great choice, but Canola also works, and can be used in more dishes.
3. Getting everything together
For every 1 to 1.5 ounces of ground herb, based on strength, you will want 2 cups of oil in the Crock. Add both in and stir until your cannabis is completely soaked, and not clinging to the walls above the oil. If you’re worried about using your slow cooker for cannabis oil, there’s always the MagicalButter machine, which makes things even easier.
4. Heat and reheat
On your Crock Pot’s lowest setting, heat the mixture for 3 hours, then allow to cool for about 8 more. Repeat this process once or twice to increase the potency, getting every last bit of THC and other cannabinoids absorbed into the oil.
5. Strain and store
Once the oil cools for the last time, use a fine mesh strainer, like a flour sifter, to strain out the herb as you pour the oil into a bowl. Press a spoon on the herb to squeeze any remaining oil through. You can now dispose of the plant material and bottle your oil in airtight containers for storage in the refrigerator.
Cannabis oil has a multitude of uses. You can add it to recipes or dose orally. You can put it in capsules for easier ingestion, or even suppositories for certain medical conditions. The power to make your own rubs, salves and topicals now rests in your hands.
If you’re worried about using your traditional slow cooker for cannabis oil, we recommend using the MagicalButter machine, it’s the easiest way to make cannabutter at home!