We made cannabis butter – this is how we did it

ISMOKE Recipes CannaButter & CannaFudge

We had a great weekend at ISMOKE making cannabis butter and then using that butter to bake batches of delicious cannabis fudge.

The edibles didn’t last long!

Baking is something we don’t do enough of, but after trying numerous edibles over the past few weeks we decided to bake up some of our own delicious canna-treats.

Here is the ISMOKE Cannabis Butter & Cannabis Fudge Recipe:

First we had to make cannabis butter which we could then use to make the cannafudge:

We started with a bit of research online, and found that it’s best to decarboxylate cannabis for 45-60min at around 116 degrees celsius (anymore may take away some potency) before infusing the cannabinoids into butter.

Into the oven our 14g of herbs went on some baking paper (spread evenly over the oven dish):

Herbs before Decarbing
Herbs before Decarbing

Note: Next time we cook we will ground the herbs up more finely to increase surface area. The herbs we used (pictured above) were pretty much dust anyway, but the finer the better.

The next step was to get the double boiler set up and to melt butter – we put about 1-2inches of boiling water in a saucepan and then put a glass bowl on top so the steam heated the bowl. We melted 1 and 1/3 sticks of unsalted butter into the bowl.

Cannabis Butter
Infusing the butter with THC

After the butter was melted and the herbs were decarbed, we added them to the butter and let it simmer lightly for 3 hours (varying reports online say anywhere from 45 minutes to 22 hours – we wanted to leave it to infuse for a long time and found 2 – 3 hours apparently produced good results). We stirred occasionally and also made sure to check the water in the saucepan occasionally, adding more as needed.

When it was done, it looked like this – dark green (almost black):

Liquid CannaButter Before Cooling
Melted CannaButter

Now it was time for some cooling, and we sped up the cooling process using some ice:

Canna Butter
The CannaButter Cooling in Ice

It took about an hour to cool, helped by the Ice, which we didn’t actually start using until a while into cooling so I think it can be cooled even faster.

You’ll know it’s done when it goes from the almost black colour above to a delicious green:

CannaButter Cooled
This stuff looks delicious
CannaButter Cooled
CannaButter Cooled
Alien Technology
CannaButter Strain: Alien Technology (100% Indica)

And that was it for the cannabis butter! This can be baked into anything and adds a distinct cannabis taste, which we really like. A lot of edibles mask the taste a bit but we like the canna-taste and found that this cannabutter delivers on that front.

Note: The 1 and 1/3 sticks of butter ended up making just under 1 and a half cups worth of butter after we’d infused the herbs – around 300 grams. We saved a bit for future baking.

Next we got to work on making two batches of cannafudge. To do this we added to each batch:

  • 1/2 cup / 115 g cannabis infused butter
  • 4 Cups / 907 g Sugar
  • 12 oz / 340 g Condensed Milk
  • 7 oz / 200 g Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 oz / 450 g dark chocolate

Note on dosage:
If you follow the ISMOKE measurements in this recipe, each batch of fudge will contain approx 5 grams of cannabis. You can then work out your dosage if you know the THC percentage – if your bud is 20% THC then cutting the fudge into 10 pieces will mean each piece has around 100mg of THC (0.5g bud -> 100mg THC)

We put the cannabis butter, sugar and condensed milk into a saucepan and slowly brought it to the boil on a medium heat for 17-20 mins, stirring occasionally.

CannaFudge Mixture

After that, we stirred continuously for another 15 minutes, then took it off the heat (it should be around 112 degrees celsius if you have a thermometer).

Once it was off the heat, we split the mixture back into two batches, adding the chocolate to the chocolate and stirring that in until it melted.

Dark Chocolate

We added the marshmallow fluff to both batches, and lastly a teaspoon of vanilla to each batch. This can all be done without separating, but we were experimenting and wanted to make two batches just in case.

CannaFudge mixture – On the left  – before chocolate is added

Note: Mix everything togeth before putting each batch into a square dish as pictured above. Here is how each batch should look when it is all mixed in together:

Chocolate CannaFudge
Chocolate CannaFudge

Now it was time for cooling (again!) and we improvised a cooling rack with some ice cubes and oven trays:

Cooling the CannaFudge
Cooling the CannaFudge

After an hour or so, the batches were almost ready for cutting. We sectioned each batch into 10 pieces, each containing 100mg:

CannaFudge in 100mg portions –  it still needs to cool more and set completely

The 100mg pieces are a lot of fudge, so we have since cut them in half again to 50mg doses. Next time we will use less ingredients and make the fudge stronger, so a 50mg dosage is half the size again.

So, what did we learn?

Cannabis Butter is awesome. It smells good, tastes delicious and looks great. It can be added to anything you bake and will make that taste good, as well as medicating you if decarbed correctly.

The fudge is delicious, and it is easy to make. Here is how it looked once it properly set overnight:

CannaFudge Finished Product 50mg Alien Technology

It is rich, creamy, chocolatey and the 50mg doses give a nice and mellow body high. The high will, of course, depend on what strain of cannabis you are using.

Next time we are going to bake some cannabutter-infused ginger cookies, and we also plan to bake with CBD oil in the future to make proper medibles.

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