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What is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is also known as cannabis butter or weed butter. It is the main ingredient for a wide range of marijuana edibles. Most homemade edibles start with cannabutter. If you truly love cannabis edibles, you should learn how to make edibles with trim as soon as possible!

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Why Use Trim, Leaves, and Stems For Cannabutter?

If you grow marijuana, you’ll have plenty of garden waste. Between culling males and defoliating plants, you’ll gather trimmings that are too harsh to smoke every single day. Many growers throw out useful parts of the marijuana plant that could have been used to make canna butter or other cannabis concentrates. Don't think only cannabis flower is all you can use to make canna butter or cannabis concentrates because it is not!

Don’t waste that trash—turn it into stash! You can use leaves and stems for canna butter!

You might be wondering how to make cannabutter with leaves and stems. Trim, leaves, and stems are leftover cannabis materials that growers collect both during the grow cycle and after harvest. Although most of the active components of marijuana are in the flowers, some cannabinoids are in the sugar leaves, fan leaves, and other trim. Sugar leaves, the tiny leaves that cluster around the marijuana flowers, contain between 5 and 7 percent cannabinoids. The large fan leaves found throughout the cannabis plant contain 2 to 3 percent cannabinoids.

Although these percentages are low for smoking, you can get more for your money by infusing those cannabinoids into butter. Use the trim and leaves from your cannabis plant to make edibles. Save the high-quality buds to smoke.

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Preparing the Trimmings

So how do you make weed butter with trimmings? Do you wonder how to make cannabutter with fresh trim? Should you use wet or dry leaves for cannabutter?

To start the process of making cannabis butter, you must prepare the marijuana plant. Gather the leaves and dry them in a well-ventilated area. Chop the dried cannabis leaves into pea-sized pieces. Remove the stems.

Don’t use a coffee grinder or food processor. That will turn your trim into powder! The goal is to maximize contact between the leaves and the butter. You want to dissolve all the cannabinoids without getting any powdered leaf in your butter.

Why should you remove the stems? You can’t make canna butter with stems. Since stems don’t contain enough cannabinoids to affect the potency, it’s best to remove them. If you don’t, they can puncture holes in the cloth that you’ll use later on to strain the cannabutter. It’s useless to learn how to make weed butter with stems.

How to Decarb Marijuana Trim, Leaves, And Stems

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Before you make cannabutter from trim, you need to decarboxylate it. Decarboxylation is a process that uses high temperatures to “activate” the cannabis compounds. This turns non-intoxicating THCA into highly intoxicating THC. If you don’t decarboxylate, you’ll get the medical benefits of cannabis but not the high!

There are many ways to decarboxylate cannabis. The easiest way to decarboxylate trim, leaves, and stems is in the oven.

First, put the cannabis leaves and stems for cannabutter in an ovenproof baking dish with a glass cover. Place an oven thermometer on top of the cannabis, positioned so you can see it through the cover. Cover the dish and place it in an oven preheated to 212°F (100°C).

Once the thermometer inside the baking dish reaches 212°F (100°C), heat it for another hour and a half. After you remove the dish from the oven, let it cool completely before you remove the cover.

Ingredients in Cannabutter

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Although butter is an excellent solvent for cannabinoids like THC, you can use other types of oil too. The best oils to use are those that have triglycerides with medium-length chains. These oils, known as MCT oils, include olive oil, butter, and coconut oil.

This is good news for vegan marijuana enthusiasts. To make vegan cannabutter, just use olive or coconut oil instead of butter!

Clarified butter, also known as ghee, works better than butter for infusing cannabis. Clarifying the butter removes water and milk solids. Those parts of butter do not absorb cannabinoids, so they’re useless for making cannabutter.

Making Cannabutter With Trim

After you decarboxylate the weed, it’s time to make the cannabutter. Put the decarboxylated cannabis in a crockpot. You can fit as much as a half-pound of cannabis in a standard crockpot. If you have less than an ounce of cannabis, use a mini-crockpot.

If you don’t have a crockpot, you can use a large pot on your stovetop.

Once your weed is in the crockpot, add eight ounces of oil (two sticks of butter) for every ounce of trim. Add enough water to completely cover the cannabis.

Set the crockpot to medium or turn the stove burner on low. Heat your mixture for 4 to 12 hours. Check your mixture frequently. Add water if it gets low. Adjust the settings as needed to keep the temperature around 150°F (65.5°C).

The Benefits of Using Cannabutter

There are several benefits to using canna butter. One benefit is that it allows you to efficiently use marijuana leaves, kief and trim. It is also easier to measure the doses, beginning with identical batches.

When you infuse butter with marijuana, you get cannabutter, which has been a recipe that many enthusiasts have enjoyed.

After you make cannabutter, you can use it in various recipes such as making pot brownies, cookies, and pasta sauce. You can also eat cannabutter by itself, which allows you to easily consume medical marijuana without having to smoke it.

Best Practices For Straining Cannabutter

When you’ve finished infusing your butter with cannabis, strain out the plant material. Line a strainer with three layers of cheesecloth. Place it over a collection container. Pour the mixture from your crockpot into the strainer.

Fold the cheesecloth around the leaves and squeeze out as much cannabutter as possible. Wear knit gloves (to protect your hands from the heat) covered by latex gloves (to protect the cannabutter from your knit gloves).

If you used butter or solid coconut oil as your oil, put the collection container in the refrigerator overnight. When the cannabutter is hard, you’ll be able to pour out the liquid water without losing any cannabutter.

Be sure to pat the butter dry to remove any excess water. Excess water can make your cannabutter moldy!

If you used a liquid oil, put the collection container in the freezer overnight. When the water is frozen, you’ll be able to pour the liquid oil into a collection container.

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Storing Your Cannabutter

Now that you have a big batch of cannabutter, you might be wondering how to store cannabutter. If you know how long you can store the cannabis butter, you’ll be able to make the right amount so that nothing goes to waste.

The amount of time you can store cannabutter depends on where you store it and the type of oil you used. Infused butter lasts in the refrigerator for 60 days.

It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months!

Other cannabis infused oils last even longer. You can store infused olive or coconut oil in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 months. It will stay fresh in the freezer for an entire year!

Cannabutter Potency And Dose

Back in the day, no one cared how many milligrams of THC was in their cannabutter. They just wanted to make it as strong as possible.

Now that legal dispensaries exist, people are starting to know their ideal THC dose. Because of that, people want to know how many milligrams of THC are in their homemade edibles.

You will never know exactly how many milligrams of THC are in your edibles unless you test it in a lab. However, you can make a good guess. You can estimate potency as long as you know the strength of the cannabis and how much weed and butter you used.

If you follow this recipe, you will use eight ounces of oil for every ounce of cannabis. If you used sugar leaves, your cannabutter will contain around 4.25 mg/gm of THC.

Your fan leaves cannabutter will contain around 1.7 mg/gm. In comparison, cannabis flowers with 20% THC will yield cannabutter with a potency of around 17 mg/gm.

If you want to know how to make strong edibles with trim, you need to reduce the amount of butter. If you use four ounces of butter for every ounce of cannabis instead of eight, your cannabutter will be twice as strong.

There’s a limit to how many cannabinoids your oil can absorb, though. Use at least four ounces of oil for every ounce of trim.

Today cannabis flower is on average 4 times as strong as it was just back in the early 1990's!

How to Use Cannabutter

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Cannabis butter allows you to consume medical marijuana easily and discreetly without having to smoke it. After you make cannabutter, you can use it to make pot brownies, cookies, pasta sauce, and more.

You don’t even need to bake something. You can just spread your cannabutter on toast!

If you make a big batch of weed butter from trim, it’s easy to make edibles that have the same dose every time. Just use the same amount of marijuana butter!

Inexperienced users should be careful when consuming food infused with cannabutter. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to kick in.

Be patient! If you don’t feel any effects, wait at least two hours before you eat any more.

You might wonder, “What can you do with the leftover weed from cannabutter?” If you want to get the most for your money, don’t throw that leftover weed away!

It still contains cannabinoids. Some people soak the leftovers in alcohol to get out any remaining cannabinoids. Others keep the leaves in cheesecloth and use the package as a warm poultice to treat aches and pains.

Alternative Methods To Make Cannabutter

While users can certainly make weed butter directly from trim, leaves, and stems, users can also convert their leftover cannabis material into a range of products first such as kief, hash, and rosin.

Sugar leaves are an excellent starting material to make kief and hash. Users can use a trimming machine to gather the accumulated kief or collect kief using a silkscreen method where kief falls into a container below.

Cannabis trim can make excellent rosin or rosin can be pressed from the kief or hash made from unused marijuana material. Rosin, kief, and hash are all ingredients that can be used to make cannabutter.

Not only can users take a dab of their trim-derived rosin, but they can also use some to make a delicious and potent edible or meal.

*Tip-Parchment paper is a good item to have handy when making canna butter or other cannabis concentrates. Parchment paper is easy to use, can be used in the oven, and things do not stick to it as much as some other types of paper products or aluminum foil. Use parchment paper when making pot brownies, thc gummies, weed butter, and many other tasty cannabis treats. Nothing beats warm butter and cannabis made on parchment paper!

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Butane Hash Oil vs Cannabutter

Butane hash oil is far more potent and dangers then google old cannabutter. BHO is a method for making cannabis concentrates, most often for dabs and dabbing.

Butane hash oil (BHO) is any marijuana extract that was developed through an extraction process using butane as the main solvent. BHO can be turned into many types of textures, all with their own nickname in the cannabis industry. Popular types of butane hash oil are:

Crumble

Sauce

Wax

Badder

Shatter

Although butane hash oil is commonly used for making concentrates for dabbing, sticking to a safer and easier on the body method like making cannabutter using wax and trim and leaves and stems is a better alternative.

Cannabis concentrates are becoming more popular every year but many people are making them without proper knowledge and running into issues like blowing up their house or garage! Stick to good old canna butter for your cannabis concentrates.

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