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It’s High Time You Knew How to Make Cannabutter

Infused edibles are much easier to make at home than you might think.

5/11/2021 5:04:00 AM

Infused edibles are much easier to make at home than you might think.

Infused edibles are much easier to make at home than you might think; three experts weigh in on process, dosing, and the best recipes for putting your butter (or oil) to work.

back then,” he says, “and not understanding what we were doing. We didn’t have formulas or devices to help measure potency, so we winged it! And the result was either horrible tasting with no effect or left you holding on to your seat.”The average cannabis consumer these days is better-versed in personal dosing thanks to the advent of regulated store-bought edibles. Knowing exactly how many milligrams of THC and CBD are in a given gummy or mint makes it easier to find your sweet spot and know—with numbers, not a vibe—how something will affect you. But that same certainty is harder to come by when making your own cannabis infusions at home. For the best sense of how to dose your baking project, you’ll need to do a little research and a little math.

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First,determine the ideal strength for each servingof your infusedbaked good. As a lover of dessert, there’s nothing that bums me out more than being told I can eat only half or one quarter of an edible; to me, the delight of a ~special treat~ is I get both a whole cookie

anda high. If the proper dose is barely a bite, it’s usually because someone didn’t plan ahead.The magic number of THC milligrams you should use per serving depends on your tolerance level, but 5 to 10 is a good place to start. “I keep my doses pretty low because I want you to enjoy this—I’m not trying to ruin anyone’s day,” Mitchell says. Lo agrees: “Going low-dose is my preference, so I can consume throughout the day and not feel impaired.” Begin with something in that range, then adjust when you know how your body responds.

The next step is decipheringthe potency of the strainof weed you’re working with. You can do this by shopping for lab-tested cannabis, which will come marked with its exact THC percentage, or by looking up the variety you purchased on a trusted online resource like

Leafly. There is a margin of error involved in using any guidance that isn’t about the exact weed in your hands, because light levels during growth, curing processes, and other factors can affect potency within the same strain. But having even a general sense of the strength of cannabinoids in your product will help you make a dosage plan. (If you’re really serious about it, you can invest in a device like

, which tests infusions and raw buds to evaluate potency.)Finally,follow the formula belowto help you dose. Buckle up, this is the math part.Multiply the percentage of THC in your weed (written as a decimal) by the number of grams of weed you’re using.

For example, if the weed you bought is 18% THC and you have 3 grams to bake with, you’ll multiply 0.18 x 3, which is 0.54.Multiply that number by 1,000 to convert from grams to milligrams.Using our example above, 0.54 x 1,000=540. This means your infused fat will contain 540 mg of THC in total.

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Divide that result (the total THC, in mg) by the number of tablespoons of fat you’d like to infuse.Don’t worry yet about the quantity of butter called for in your cookies or cakes—we’ll get to that shortly. If you’ve decided to infuse two sticks (16 tablespoons) of butter, 540 ÷ 16=33.75 mg, which means you’ll get roughly 34 mg THC per tablespoon of infused butter.

Now, figure outhow much infused butter you want to usein the specific baking recipe you’re using. You may want to make the recipe entirely with cannabutter, or with a mix of cannabutter and regular butter—it all depends on the potency you’re going for per serving.

Let’s say you substituted all eight tablespoons of butter called for in a cookie recipe (likethis one, which makes 18 cookies) with the butter you made above. Eight tablespoons x 34 mg THC per tablespoon=272 mg, which is about 15 mg THC per cookie. If that’s a good dose for you, then you’re good to go—proceed as normal!

But if you’d like a lower dosed cookie—say, 5 mg THC each—you only need to use enough infused butter to equal 90 mg THC (5 mg x 18 cookies). At 34 mg THC per tablespoon, that’s about three tablespoons of your infused butter. Supplement the remaining five tablespoons of butter in your recipe with the regular stuff.

Finally, while this formula will get you fairly dependable results, nothing about cannabis is 100% foolproof. Every crop is different, so even if you follow the same equation with the same strain every time, you may get varying results. That’s why Lo recommends sampling your butter or oil to feel out relative potency. “After my sous vide infusion is finished, I test a half teaspoon to gauge the effects on my body,” Lo says. “My recipe may be too low dose for some people, but that’s the beauty of DIY: You can easily modify and adapt.”

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