How to Make Cannabutter in a Crockpot with Delta-8 Flowerby JEREMY BELLAND
If you want to learn how to make cannabutter in a crockpot with Delta-8, you’ve come to the right place. Cannabutter is a simple common way to make your own edibles. However, it’s still a bit tricky for those new to the process.
In order to activate the potential of the Delta-8 flower, you have to heat it slowly at a low temperature. Below, we give you a guide to this process, known as decarboxylation. Then, we offer some insight into how to infuse butter.
Before we begin, though, here’s an important reminder.
Oftentimes, it’s difficult to accurately dose homemade edibles. While we give you some tips below, keep in mind that all at-home cannabis cooks have no way to guarantee homogeneity or potency across their batches.
What You’ll Need
- Mason jars
- Cannabis flowers of choice: Delta-8, CBD, etc.
- Digital thermometer
How to Make Cannabutter in a Crockpot
Butter is one of the most versatile carriers for THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. However, it’s not the only one. For our vegan friends out there, you might consider using olive oil, coconut oil, or any other fatty oil.
Just remember that butter burns quite easily. So, it’s important to keep an eye on your butter as it cooks.
Now, there’s no “proper way” to cook with cannabis. Many people have their own techniques, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s perfectly okay to develop your own method - so long as you reach the desired outcome.
Still, there are a few guidelines to follow.
- Choose the decarb process
- Avoid “fake” butter and margarine
- Be careful that you never overheat the butter
Your Important Prep Step: Decarb Your Cannabis
When it comes to how to make cannabutter in a crockpot, some people miss a key first step. Before you make your cannabutter, you have to “decarb” the flower. If you skip this step, you have an inactive, weaker finished product.
Why? Cannabis buds produce THCA, which converts to THC as it heats. However, this process applies to CBD flowers as well.
While some recipes ask you to decarb the flower in the butter, the less time you soak the flower, the better the taste. That’s why we recommend an oven decarbing first.
- To decarb your cannabis, preheat the oven to 245ºF.
- Cover an oven-safe, nonstick tray with parchment paper.
- Place the buds on your tray.
- Put the tray into your oven and set the timer for 30-40 minutes. Note that older flowers may require less tip.
- Every ten minutes, mix the flowers with a light shake of your tray. This helps to expose the surface of the flowers equally.
How to Make Cannabutter in a Crockpot - Step 1
First, lay a clean town at the bottom of the crockpot. This creates a buffer between mason jars and the pot itself. Moreover, it helps to prevent the jars from cracking or moving in the process.
Step 2: Just Add Water
Fill the crockpot with warm water. It should be enough to cover the mason jars. Be careful to avoid overflowing your pot.
Step 3: Digital Thermometer
Place your digital thermometer into the water and set the pot to high heat. When the water reaches 185ºF, reduce the heat to low.
Step 4: The Butter
Next, evenly divide your butter between your mason jars. We’d recommend 16 oz, wide-mouth jars because two sticks up butter fit perfectly into one jar.
Step 5: Adding the Flower
Then, divide the decarbed cannabis between your two mason jars.
Step 6: Clean & Close
Wipe the rim of the mason jars off and attach the lid. Tight the ring, but not too much.
Step 7: Into the Bath
Gently place the mason jars into the crockpot. Put the lid on the crockpot and let the jars cook for 4 hours.
Throughout the length of the process, you want to be sure the digital thermometer reads around 185ºF.
Step 8: 4 Hours Later…
After the 4 hours pass, remove the jars from the water bath. Place them somewhere to allow them to cool. Feel free to discard the water bath at this point.
Step 9: Straining
Set up a straining area with another set of mason jars. For straining, you have a few options:
- Paper filter
Pour the contents of your flower-filled jars through your strainer. This separates out plant bits from the newly infused butter.
Note: Save that plant matter! This pulp is perfect for other recipes.
Step 10: Store, Cook, and So Much More!
Where do you want to store your cannabutter? It’s good to have a flexible container or keep it in those mason jars.
However, some people prefer to use a butter mold to return their cannabutter to stick form. No matter your container, place your cannabutter in the fridge and allow it to cool.
As it refrigerates, your cannabutter hardens and solidifies. Your last step is to drain the remaining liquid away.
Then, your cannabutter is ready to enjoy. Now you know how to make cannabutter in a crockpot!
Remember to store your cannabutter in the fridge and use it according to the expiration date of the butter you infused. For longer storage, toss it in the freezer.
Thawing and Reheating Cannabutter
When you store your cannabutter in a freezer or refrigerator, never use your microwave to thaw or soften it. This has the potential to ruin your final product by destroying your cannabinoids.
Tips for Dosing
Now that you know how to make cannabutter in a crockpot, let’s talk about dosing. The potency of your cannabutter depends on an array of factors. This includes the heat, the length of the cooking, and your starting materials.
To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ teaspoon on a snack and see how that impacts you over the next hour. Use this as a baseline for dosing any edibles you make or however you enjoy your butter.