Cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter, is the gold standard when it comes to making weed edibles. Did you know that cannabutter can be made with weed stems? If not, no worries! It’s just as easy as making regular cannabutter, and a great way to utilize resources when times are scarce.
Is There THC In Weed Stems?
Although there is still THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis stems so it can make you high, the trouble is getting them out. In theory, you could simply grind it up and smoke it. However, smoking it raw will taste extremely harsh and likely cause headaches and no high. That's why learning how to make weed butter with stems is so great, as you can enjoy the high from the weed stems without any nasty side effects!
How To Make Weed Butter With Cannabis Stems
Other than the obvious fact you’re using stem instead of bud, making weed butter with stems is entirely the same as making it from flower. It’s a simple process, if a little time consuming, so gather everything you need and let's learn how to make pot butter with stems!
Ingredients For Weed Stem Butter
Before making cannabutter with stem, you’ll need to prepare the following ingredients:
- Cannabis stem – as much as you can get (minimum ¼ cup per person)
- Unsalted butter – 250g (2 sticks)
- Water – 300ml (10fl.oz) + 50ml (1.7fl.oz) per hour
You will also need some everyday household items:
- A pot or saucepan – heavy-bottomed if available
- Strainer – cheesecloth or clean tea towel
Once you have all the ingredients and equipment ready, you can start making weed stem butter – just follow our instructions.
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Step 1. Decarb Your Stems
The first step to making stem cannabutter is converting the THCA into THC to make it readily available to the human body. To do this, lay your ground-up stems on a baking tray and put in the oven for 40 minutes at 100-110°c. This activates the THCA by decarboxylating it and converting it to THC.
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Step 2. Simmer In Butter
The next step is to melt your butter at medium temperature and add the 300ml (10fl.oz) of water before bringing it to a simmer. Once simmering, add your stems and stir through.
Now the waiting begins. The longer you leave it for, the stronger it will be. However, 3 or 4 hours will be enough time to create a decent potency. Stir every 15 minutes or so and add 50ml of water every hour of simmering, or when you notice there’s only butter and stems left in the saucepan.
Step 3. Drain
Once you’ve waited as long as you can to finish off your cannabutter, set up your cheesecloth or clean tea towel over a heat-proof container and secure it in place with string. Then, slowly pour the cannabutter into the cloth, allowing the butter to drain through into the container. Once the butter has stopped flowing, bundle the edges of the cloth together and squeeze tightly, pressing out as much butter as you can.
Now all you have to do is put the container in the fridge and wait for the butter to set. In a few hours, you’ll see that the butter has formed into a layer on top of the water. Simply collect all this butter and store in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer.
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How Strong Will Cannabutter From Stems Be?
While making cannabutter from stems will still work, it won’t be as strong as cannabutter made from bud or leaf, as stems contain less THC. To get around this, use as much stem as you can get your hands on. Another excellent way to utilize stems is by adding it to your bud or leaf when making regular cannabutter. It will add some potency to any batch and will taste better than cannabutter made only from stem.
How To Dose Stem Cannabutter
We’ve all heard horror stories of what happens when you eat too high a dose of cannabis edibles. Luckily, as cannabutter made from stems is less potent, it’s a lot harder to overdo the amount. Still, care should always be taken when eating edibles, so start slow and eat more if you don’t feel the effects within about an hour, or if the effects are too mild. Before cooking with cannabutter, it’s always a good idea to do a test run - on a free day, have a teaspoon of cannabutter, and watch the effects - this wil give you a rough idea of how strong the cannabutter is, and how much you’ll need per portion of cooking.
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Many Ways To Enjoy Weed Stem Butter
Now all you have to worry about is how first to eat your weed stem butter! You can substitute it into any recipe that calls for regular butter, like brownies, cookies, and cakes, or you can simply spread it on some toast or pancakes, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
How to Make Weed Butter?
At Herbies we made a recipe for making cannabutter with weed stems. To find out more about the recipe, just scroll up and read this recipe in more detail. You can also go to our Blog - there’s a recipe for weed butter made from fresh bud.
How Much Weed Butter to Use?
It all depends on what you use it for, but in general, before using any cannabutter do a test by taking a teaspoon of it to check the effects. Then you can adjust any recipe and make it cannabis-infused by partly or fully substituting regular butter or oil for weed butter.
How Strong Can Cannabutter From Stems Be?
While making cannabutter from stems will still work, it won’t be as strong as cannabutter made from bud, as stems contain less THC. That’s why in this recipe we recommend using as much stem as possible.
What Can I Cook with Weed Butter or Where Can I Use it?
You can use weed butter in any recipe that calls for regular butter, like brownies, cookies, cakes, pasta and sauces - possibilities are endless! Or you can simply spread it on some toast or pancakes, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
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