Cannabis Cooking Basics with Laurie Wolf: Easy canna-butter
Celebrity cannabis chef Laurie Wolf takes you from zero to hero in the kitchen with the beginning of our series, “Ask Laurie!” This week, a super-easy way to make canna-butter. You can’t burn it!
First-timer, here. How do you like to make canna-butter, Laurie?
Great question. As cannabis moves into the mainstream, no longer a “stoners only” pastime, cooking with weed is becoming a thing. And a lovely thing it is. Say goodbye, crisped rice treats and way-too-potent brownies. Folks are creating cannabis-infused recipes that include everything from deviled eggs to angel food cake.
Canna-butter is the most common method of infusion, although infused coconut oil is gaining in popularity, serving as both an edible and topical product. (I suppose you could rub canna-butter all over the parts that hurt, though I don’t recommend it.) Speaking of which, make sure to clearly label your finished canna-butter to avoid any unpleasant episodes.
Making infused butter is a simple process, and this recipe uses water, basically eliminating the chance of the butter burning, which is a tragedy of unutterable proportions.
When cannabis is added to melted butter the cannabinoids attach to the fat, infusing the butter. You can then use the butter to make all sorts of stuff.
The butter will be as strong as the cannabis you use.
There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis, all having different effects when ingested. The cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol-acid (THCA) is converted to the psychoactive molecule THC, the main compound that gives people the feeling of being high. As we learn more about the benefits of cannabis, there is serious focus on the cannabinoid cannabidiol or “CBD”. This non-psychotropic compound helps control seizures, reduces inflammation and is becoming a natural alternative to prescription pain medication which can have serious, unpleasant side effects.
Remember that when it comes to edibles, less is more. While you are figuring out what your comfortable potency is, go slow and start with a little. Too much cannabis won’t kill you, but it’s not fun. Believe me.