Slow Cooker Cannabutter Recipe

CBD butter

If you’ve been dabbling in how to incorporate cannabis into your recipes of choice, you have by no doubt caught wind of the importance of cannabutter. Most cannabis recipes incorporate cannabutter in some way, so it is essential to understand how to make it.

Trouble is, preparing cannabutter is somewhat of an art all of its own, and there are many methods out there! That’s why today, we will be looking at some of these and guiding you through the process of making some top-shelf CBD butter.

Specifically, we will be basing ourselves on a recipe employing the slow cooker. If you’ve never used one before to make cannabutter – well, you should.

Compared to the traditional method of simmering in a saucepan for many hours, using a slow cooker simplifies the whole process. It also allows you to breeze through the lengthiest part of the recipe without having your eyes glued to the stove the whole time. Read on to learn our slow cooker cannabutter recipe.

How to Make Cannabutter With a Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. fresh, high-quality cannabis buds
  • 450 g butter
  • 1 to 2 cups of water

Equipment Needed

  • Herb Grinder
  • Slow Cooker
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass container (mason jar, pitcher, large bowl)
  • Baking sheet

Serving Size: 1 Block (450 g) of cannabutter

Estimated Cost: Approx. $30-40

Prep Time: 30-45 minutes

Cooking Time: Anywhere from 6 to 12+ hours

Total Time: 1 to 2 days

Nutrition: 100-150 calories per serving, approx. 3,000 calories per block of cannabutter

Instructions

Using an herb grinder, reduce the cannabis to a fine texture. The finer, the better – feel free to spend some time on this part of the process. For an amazing cannabutter, what about visiting our shop and choosing one of our craft cannabis flowers? Botany Farms’ CBD and CBG strains are U.S harvested and 100% FDA compliant.

Take your fresh cannabis and put it in the oven on a baking sheet at about 240-250 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out after 20-30 minutes.

Once ready, turn your slow cooker to a low setting, and fill it with a cup or two of water (depending on the cooker’s internal volume), as well as 450 g of butter. Add your ground cannabis and keep it covered while cooking.

We recommend slow cooking your cannabutter for at least 6 to 12 hours, especially if it’s your first time trying! It would also be a good idea to stir your mix every now and then. While you’re at it, check if the pot needs to be re-filled with more water, and compensate as necessary.

After enough time has passed, grab your glass container, and cover the top with a strainer. Line the inside of the strainer’s surface with a cheesecloth, and drain your butter. Let the butter seep through completely, squeeze out any remnants of liquid, and separate and throw away all the plant material that the fabric and strainer will catch.

Now, place your butter in the fridge for at least a couple more hours. Let it solidify and sit for a while. Once it is fully hardened, your cannabutter will be ready!

Cannabutter Uses

Knowing how to make good cannabutter is one thing, but how much do you know about the various uses of this magic ingredient?

While exploring the whole capabilities and usefulness of cannabutter could fill up entire books, suffice it to say that cannabutter has enjoyed its status as the pre-eminent ingredient for edible for generations. Using cannabutter, you can integrate THC into nearly any kind of recipe smoothly and effortlessly. It blends into existing flavors, leaving no foul tastes behind, and it is so universal that there is hardly ever a better alternative for most applications.

With cannabutter, you can really have a “jack of all trades” that can help you add a healthy high to nearly any kind of food, without overcomplicating things and without any obvious downsides.

What to Make With Cannabutter

There are hundreds upon hundreds of recipes that you can make with cannabutter.

In short, cannabutter is an essential piece to nearly any edible cannabis recipe. From cookies to bread, cake, dips, soups, and more, the possibilities are endless.

Of course, the most traditional option would be a classic homemade cannabutter weed brownie. Easy, simple, and well-loved, you really can’t go wrong with a snack like this. Cannabutter cookies are likewise an enjoyable recipe that’s as fun to make as it is to eat!

Those who consider themselves more advanced or wish to experiment with something a little bit more out-of-the-box might want to try their hand at, say, cannabutter mac and cheese – or how about some cannabutter THC pierogi?

Cannabutter Slow Cooker 24 Hours

Alternatively to our above recipe, you might want to try the below variation, which extends the slow cooking time to a whopping 24 hours! Some do prefer the extra time as they feel it gives the cannabutter a nicer consistency when it’s finished. 

It might also result in slightly higher cannabinoid absorption, making it more potent.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. fresh, high-quality cannabis buds, responsibly sourced
  • 450 g butter
  • 2 to 3 cups of water (more as needed throughout the cooking process)

Equipment Needed

  • Herb Grinder
  • Slow Cooker
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass container (mason jar, pitcher, large bowl)

Instructions

Using an herb grinder, reduce the cannabis to a fine texture. The finer, the better – feel free to spend some time on this part of the process!

Take your fresh cannabis and put it in the oven on a baking sheet at about 240-250 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out after 20-30 minutes.

Once ready, turn your slow cooker to a low setting, and fill it with a cup or two of water (depending on the cooker’s internal volume) and 450 g of butter. Add your ground cannabis and keep covered while cooking.

Refill water as much as necessary, and remember to stir at least a few times per day. Let cook for at least 24 hours, and add time as you see fit.

Once ready, grab your glass container, and cover the top with a strainer. 

Line the inside of the strainer’s surface with a cheesecloth, and drain your butter. Let the butter seep through completely, squeeze out any remnants of liquid, and separate and throw away all the plant material that the fabric and strainer will catch.

Now, place your butter in the fridge for at least a couple more hours. Let it solidify and sit for a while. Once it is fully hardened, your cannabutter will be ready!

Cannabutter Slow Cooker No Decarb

In this variation, we will be following a no decarb recipe for making cannabutter. What does this mean? Well, remember how, in our two above recipes, we put our cannabis in the oven before going ahead and adding it to the butter on the stovetop?

We did this for a reason. The heat inside the oven decarboxylates (decarbs) your cannabis, activating its ingredients. THCa gets converted to usable THC, CBDa to CBD, and so on.

This is what makes the finished cannabutter so potent in THC, CBD, and other important cannabinoids! However, in some cases, you might want to make cannabutter without a decarb.

For example, if you are going to use your cannabutter for baking, then the heat will likely decarb the cannabis anyway. 

Hence, you’ll want to keep it fresh at first so that when decarboxylation does occur later, it will be more recent, and more cannabinoids will be directly absorbed into the dough.

You can follow the recipe variation below if you want to make cannabutter in a slow cooker with no decarb. As you’ll see, very little, if anything, changes here – just skip the decarbing process in the beginning!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. fresh, high-quality cannabis buds, responsibly sourced
  • 450 g butter
  • 2 to 3 cups of water (more as needed throughout the cooking process)

Equipment Needed

  • Herb Grinder
  • Slow Cooker
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass container (mason jar, pitcher, large bowl)

Turn your slow cooker to a low setting, and fill it with a cup or two of water (depending on the cooker’s internal volume), as well as 450 g of butter. Add your ground cannabis and keep covered.

Refill water as much as necessary, and remember to stir at least a few times per day. Let cook for at least 24 hours and add time as you see fit.

Once ready, grab your glass container, and cover the top with a strainer. 

Line the inside of the strainer’s surface with a cheesecloth, and drain your butter. Let the butter seep through completely, squeeze out any remnants of liquid, and separate and throw away all the plant material that the fabric and strainer will catch.

Now, place your butter in the fridge for at least a couple more hours. Let it solidify and sit for a while. Once it is fully hardened, your cannabutter will be ready!