Hi everyone! I thought I'd share this recipe with you all. I'm aware there are a number of other recipes on here but they all seem to be missing the key ingredient, lecithin.
The recipe below is probably overly strong but I like that. My missus had one piece of brownie I made on the weekend at about 7pm and greened out. She sat there spinning out with a bucket next to her till 1am. Not for beginners.
-Butter 500gms (I use unsalted butter)
-Cannabis - this is entirely up to you, I used 28gms of popcorn buds.
-Cheese cloth, milk bag or bubble hash bag.
-Lecithin - liquid is best
-Bowl or container
Explanation on the importance of lecithin:
THC is lipophilic, meaning it attracts fats and lipids due to its non-polar molecular structure. Similarly, water is polar and therefore only attracts hydrophilic substances. Lecithin is a fatty substance derived from plant and animal tissue that is amphiphilic, meaning it attracts both water AND fats / lipids.
The reason this is so important is because in order for a drug, in this case THC, to enter our blood stream, it needs to become water soluble. This is because our blood contains water, not fats. Because the THC must transfer from a fat to enter your blood, taking THC in the form of edibles has traditionally had an overall lower bioavailability and slower rate of absorption. If you’ve ever waited multiple hours to start feeling an edible, you know this fact well.
By using lecithin to increase the bioavailability of the THC, not only do you increase the medicinal and recreational value of the THC, you also massively increase the speed at which the THC is absorbed by the body.
Step 1. Decarboxylate your cannabis
Preheat oven to ~225 F. Spread your cannabis over an oven-safe dish, ideally no deeper than 0.5″ or 1.2 cm in any spot. Cover the dish with foil or put it inside an oven bag. Put the sealed dish in the oven for 30 minutes. If your cannabis is fresh and not totally dry, you may want to consider leaving it in the oven for an extra 10-20 minutes. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes while still covered.
Step 2. Cooking
Set up your crock pot and turn on. Start by adding about an inch and a half of water. The amount you use doesn't really matter as it will be discarded at the end anyway. Just make sure there is enough so it doesn't boil dry and not so much that you need a huge container to hold the end product. There are a number of advantages to using water when cooking your butter. First of all it ensures the temperature of the butter never exceeds 212f or 100c. Secondly it will clean any water soluble plant material from the butter.
Add butter and decarboxylated cannabis. Add 1/2 cup of powdered lecithin / lecithin granules per 8 oz of butter. You can also use liquid lecithin, which you wont need quite as much of. If using liquid lecithin, you’ll want about 2oz per 8oz of butter. I highly recommend using liquid lecithin. Granules will work but they don't fully dissolve and it is very difficult to squeeze all the butter out of what's left.
Once this mix comes to the boil turn to low heat and let simmer. Stir 2-3 times in the first hour and after that stir every 2-3 hours. Cook for 8 hours at least, I cooked mine for 12 hours. You could even let it go 24hrs just make sure the water doesn't boil dry and add more if necessary.
Step 3. Final steps
Strain cannabutter through cheese cloth, milk bag, bubble bag etc. Don't use paper coffee filter bags as they will tear easily when you are trying to squeeze the butter out of the waste.
Make sure to squeeze as much as you can.
Place container covered in fridge overnight preferably. In the morning the the cannabutter will be set hard at the top of the container with the waste water underneath. Gently remove the cannabutter and rinse with clean water and dry with paper towel. I find using a plastic container makes it easier to get the cannabutter out because you can stretch the sides to loosen it.
That’s it, now you’ve got your cannabutter! It’s time to decide what you want to make with it, and the sky is the limit. Cannabutter will remain usable for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator and 2-3 months in the freezer.