Making Weed Butter in a Crock Pot – Easy Recipe for Beginners

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Making Weed Butter in a Crock Pot – Easy Recipe for Beginners

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When it comes to infusing cannabis into cooking, weed butter is probably the easiest route to go. Also known as cannabutter, infused weed butter can be used in a wide array of recipes, from baked goods to savoury dishes, and can be made easily in a crock pot.

In this guide, we’ll delve into the process of how to make weed butter in a crock pot – it’s a method that’s both convenient and effective.

Understanding the Basics of Weed Butter

Weed butter is perfect for both new and experienced stoners, allowing you to set your own ratio and potency. Whether you’re looking to bake some brownies or add the butter to a batch of cookies, weed butter is probably one of the easiest ways to infuse your cooking with THC. Just make sure you don’t get too zoinked.

Decarboxylation

Before you can make your weed butter in a crock pot, you first need to decarboxylate your weed – activating the THC. The process of decarboxylation isn’t nearly as complicated or sciencey as it may seem, as its just heating cannabis to convert THCA into THC.

This step takes the cannabis nuggets you have and makes the THC within the plant bioavailable, psychoactive, and ready to be put into weed butter. The reason this step is not required when you light a joint or a bowl is because the heat of the flame does it all for you.

How to Decarboyxylate Your Weed Before Making Weed Butter

Decarboxylating your weed is probably easier than pronouncing the word to begin with.

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Preheat the oven: Start by setting your oven to 240°F or 116°C if you’re a Canuck like us, to start the decarboxylation process. The 240°F (116°C) temperature makes sure to activate the THC without causing the degradation of other cannabinoids and terpenes. You want a good high, not just raw THC.
  2. Prepare the Cannabis: Break up the cannabis buds into smaller pieces and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Make sure the weed chunks are all small as you don’t want to lose any of the THC within the plant.
  3. Toast the Cannabis: Next, you’ll want to place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and toast the cannabis for 40 minutes. During this time make sure to monitor the colour change, aiming for a golden brown hue. Once you see that gold colour, your weed has been decarboxylated.
  4. Cool the Cannabis: Lastly, let your toasted cannabis cool before doing anything else. This step prevents excessive heat exposure making sure the terps stay in good shape.

Making Weed Butter In a Crock Pot:

Creating weed butter in a crock pot is one of the simpler methods of creating edibles while still managing to yield potent results. Follow these steps to master the art of making weed butter in a crock pot:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of ground cannabis flower
  • 1 pound of unsalted butter
  • 1:1 mixture

Equipment:

  • Crockpot
  • Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Airtight container for storage

Step 1: Combining Weed and Butter

Combining weed and butter in a crock pot

Before you do anything else, first melt the pound of unsalted butter on low heat for roughly 5-10 minutes. Once melted, add the decarboxylated weed to the crock pot and stir well to combine the entire mixture.

Step 2: Cooking the Weed Butter in the Crock Pot

Crock pot sitting on high heat cooking weed and butter mixture

Now, cover the crock pot and set it to the lowest heat setting (usually labelled as “warm” or “low”). Once you’ve set your heat and combined the weed, let the mixture cook for 6-8 hours; making sure to stir the mixture occasionally. Be sure to maintain a low temperature to avoid burning the butter.

Step 3: Straining

weed butter straining through a fine mesh strainer

After you’ve cooked the weed-butter mixture for 6-8 hours, let the mixture to cool slightly for a minute or two. Once the weed mixture has cooled, place a piece of cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer over a clean container that’s big enough for the weed butter coming out of the crock pot. From there, carefully pour the butter mixture through the cheesecloth/strainer to strain out the weed – you don’t want that in your food.

Step 4: Cooling and Storing

Weed Butter cooling after being strained

Allow the strained butter to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Once cooled, transfer the butter to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for future use.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Weed Butter

Congratulations! You’ve now just made your very own homemade weed butter! You can use your weed butter in really any of your favourite recipes that have butter, such as brownies, cookies, or even spread on toast for a relaxing treat. Remember to consume responsibly and be mindful of dosage.

Dosage and Potency

Before you go ahead and slap a ton of weed butter in some cookies or brownies, you need to first make sure you understand dosage and potency. This is especially true if you’re new to cannabis smoking or are new to edibles in general. Depending on the strain you use, your weed butter made in a crock pot can have a variety of potent effects that depend on factors such as THC content and terpenes.

For beginners, start with a low dosage and gradually increasing as you need to gauge your own tolerance level. This also gives you way more control which should lead to a more comfortable experience – reducing your chances of greening out and having a bad high. Because trust us, we’ve all had a bad green out, and it’s not fun.

On the off chance you do overconsume and feel yourself getting a little bit too high, there is no need to panic – it will end with time. However, for clarity, some of the potential side effects of eating too much weed butter include increased heart rate, nausea, vertigo, anxiety, paranoia, and general discomfort. T

These effects can be overwhelming and unpleasant, but we assure you that you won’t die; the high will just need to run its course.

Weed Butter Potency Formula:

Accurately determining the potency of your weed butter is essential for dosing in recipes, regardless of your experience level.

An image with a mathematical formula explaining how you calculate the dosage and potency of weed butter made in a crock pot

Utilize the following formula to estimate the maximum THC content:

Total grams of flower) x 1000 x (Percentage of THC) = Total milligrams

Common Dishes Using Weed Butter Made in a Crock Pot

  • Baked goods (brownies, cookies, cakes)
  • Sauces and dips
  • Soups and stews
  • Pasta dishes
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • Popcorn

Cake make with weed butter made in a crock pot
Examples of recipes you can make with weed butter make in a crock pot

Storing Your Weed Butter

Now that you’ve made your very own weed butter in your crock pot, you need to find a way to properly store the stuff to maintain its potency and freshness over time.

Here’s how you can store weed butter effectively:

1. Cooling and Solidifying Your Weed Butter:

After straining the weed butter and putting it in an airtight container, you need to let it cool to about room temperature before you can really use it. Once the weed butter reaches room temperature, put the container you chose into your fridge or freezer overnight to let it set.

2. Airtight Containers :

Now that you’ve cooled your weed butter, pick out an airtight container or glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. The last thing you want is air and moisture seep into your cannabutter – it can degrade the potency and flavor of the butter over time and even rot your supply.

3. Labeling:

Make sure you properly label your weed butter containers with the date of preparation and potency level (if known). This really helps you keep track of the freshness and potency of your weed butter over time, especially if you plan to freeze your stash.

Refrigeration vs. Freezing:

Weed butter can be stored quite easily in both your refrigerator and freezer; it really depends on how you plan to use your weed butter and how long it’ll be stored.

Refrigeration Pros: Weed butter stored in a refrigerator will stay fresh for up to 2 months, although it could go bad much quicker. However, if you do plan to use a fridge, make sure the the temperature is consistent.

Freezing Pros: For long-term storage, freezing weed butter is going to be your best option. This is because freezing can help your weed butter remain just as potent as when you made it for up to 6 months. You can really store it in your freezer in any way you like, but we divide the butter into smaller portions and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminium foil before putting them in a freezer-safe container.

Benefits of making Weed Butter in a Crock Pot:

  • Consistent Temperature: Crock pots are used for things like pulled pork for a reason – they are great for providing a steady and low-heat environment. This slow heat will almost perfectly infuse weed into butter without overheating or burning the mixture, which can be quite common with other methods.
  • Convenience: The average person is likely to have interacted with crock pots at some point in their life, they are easy to use and easy to clean.
  • Hands-Off Approach: Unlike stovetop methods that may require frequent stirring and monitoring, making weed butter in a crock pot is almost stupidly easy. You can simply add the ingredients, set the temperature, and let the crock pot do the work creating the weed butter.
  • Odour Control: Seeing as crock pots have airtight seals, the aroma of weed wont stink up your apartment or home while infusing your butter with weed.

Tips for Your First Time Making Weed Butter in a Crock Pot:

  • Start with a small batch: Before you go off the deep end, start with a small amount of weed when you try to make weed butter for the first time. It’s much nicer for your mental state and wallet to familiarize yourself with the process before ruining an ounce of bud.
  • Choose the right strain: Many newbie stoners may not know, but cannabis strains can vary widely in terms of effects and potency. We recommend you start with a lower THC content.
  • Decarboxylation is key: Before anything else, you need to properly decarboxylate your weed before infusing it into butter to activate THC – otherwise, you’ll just have a bunch of burnt weed.
  • Monitor temperature carefully: Make sure you check up on your weed butter often to make sure it’s still set to a low and steady temperature during the infusion process to avoid burning or degrading the cannabinoids.
  • Strain thoroughly: After cooking, strain the weed butter to remove any plant material, because you don’t want to bite into a brownie and taste dirt.
  • Label and store properly: Label your weed butter, making sure to note the day you made it and the potency level. And regardless of your storage method, store your weed butter in airtight containers.
  • Start with a low dosage: When using weed butter in any of your day-to-day recipes, start with a low dosage and gradually increase as needed to understand what your tolerance level is.
  • Be patient with onset time: We really cannot emphasize this point enough, EDIBLES TAKE A LONG TIME TO KICK IN WHEN COMPARED TO SMOKING OR VAPING, wait patiently for the effects to kick in before you eat another eddie.
  • Educate yourself: Research and educate yourself on the dosing and potency of weed butter to make sure you’re doing everything right for your body.

Conclusion

Making weed butter in a crock pot is rewarding and generally straightforward, letting anyone from any walk of life create some decent eddies.

As long you follow the steps outlined in this guide and understand the basics of decarboxylation, infusion, and dosage, you can create some pretty potent weed butter, and get stoned with a number of baked goods and food.

FAQ

How Much Water do you put in a crock pot for Cannabutter?

When making weed butter in a crock pot, you typically don’t add water directly to the crock pot. Instead, the butter is infused with cannabis over low heat without additional liquid. This method allows the cannabinoids in the cannabis to bind to the fat in the butter.

What is the best weed to make butter with?

The best weed to make butter with really depends on your personal weed preferences. Do some research, but in general, Indica’s will be more sedated, Sativa’s will be more head high, and hybrids will be in-between.

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