Cooking With Weed Butter

Mike McPadden
Mike McPadden - Content Writer

Nov 30 2020 - 4 min read

Are you looking for instructions on how to cook with weed butter? Perhaps you’ve just come across our recipe for cannabutter and now are keen to get started making some delicious treats. Well, you’ve come to the right place. This blog is going to explain why we love cooking with cannabutter and offer you two recipes which will showcase the versatility of this ingredient.

Why I Love Marijuana Edibles

Marijuana, in my experience, has been an entirely positive force for good. I love weed’s effects on my health and wellness, I love weed’s effects on my friends (and even my family members) health and wellness, and I love how weed’s effects on the world in general is finally bringing an end to cannabis prohibition. Now here’s one thing I don’t love: smoking.

It’s not that I have anything against the act of smoking, if that works for you. It just doesn’t work for me. And I think this is a common finding among medical marijuana patients who are looking for alternative consumption methods. I was exactly where you were a few years ago. That’s how I came to discover the joys of marijuana edibles. I started by munching out on pot cookies and other baked THC treats from the dispensary. The real change came, though, when I took up cooking with cannabis.

Creating dishes with weed is not just my favorite way to get baked (pun most definitely intended) it has also fired up my creativity anew and I get to share the results with my best buds (yes, again, pun intended).

Why I Love Cooking With Cannabis and, Specifically, Cooking With Cannabutter

The secret to cooking with cannabis, for me, is not really a secret at all. It’s cannabutter. Yes, cannabutter, the magical substance that combines two of life’s mightiest pleasures — weed and butter — into an endlessly malleable building block upon which you can create infinite cannabis recipes.

The marijuana edibles I’ve created using weed butter range from the sweet (cannabis pumpkin bread) to the savory (cannabis fettucine alfredo) and from the simple (cannabis peanut butter bites) to the elaborate (cannabis ham and peas with parmesan sauce).

Trust me, making your own cannabis edibles is easier than you might think. It just all comes down to learning how to properly make your own cannabutter. From there, any recipes using marijuana will be immediately available to you.

Cannabutter; Cannabis Butter; Marijuana Butter; Edibles

Yes, You Can Make Your Own Cannabutter

Making your own cannabutter might seem intimidating but, trust me, once you find the right recipe, it’s as simple as following each step. So on that topic, here’s a direct link to exactly that — the right recipe, perfectly titled How to Make Your Own Cannabis-Infused Oil (Canna Oil) and Cannabutter.

Anxiety and a bit of perfectionism is what led me to medical marijuana in the first place, so I wanted to find a simple, direct recipe that I could rely on. That one I linked to has definitely been it for me. You can download it directly here:

Get Your Delicious Cannabutter Recipe

Be precise and be patient the first time out, and making your own cannabutter will quickly become a simple pleasure. As you get more confident, you can adjust it to your own taste and own dosage preference. From there, cannabutter acts just like butter, so you can use it accordingly in any dish that calls for butter. There are no limits.

How to Cook With Cannabutter

Well, once you’ve made your own cannabutter, making your own cannabis edibles is as easy as following recipes using marijuana that you find online or trade with friends, as well as just experimenting with your own creations. Cannabutter is the basis of almost all cooking with cannabis, so, really, run wild with it.

I’ll share two very different, but essential building block examples of how I cook with cannabutter below. Once you master these basics, you can go anywhere with cannabis butter.

Healthy Cannabutter Banana Bread

Banana bread cannabutter

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup melted cannabutter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
  • ¼ cup milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1 ¾ cups (220 grams) of whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees celsius, or gas mark 3)  and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cannabutter and honey together with a whisk.
  3. Add the eggs and beat well.
  4. Whisk in the mashed bananas and milk.
  5. Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend.
  6. Use a larger spoon to mix in the flour, until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  8. Bake for 55 minutes.
  9. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for at least 10 minutes.
  10. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack. Let cool. Slice and enjoy.
Download Our Banana Bread Recipe

Baked Chicken With Cannabutter

Baked Chicken cannabutter

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons melted cannabutter (this is a good amount to start with; adjust it to your own taste and dosage from here)
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees celsius, or gas mark 6) and grease a baking sheet or large casserole dish.
  2. Melt cannabutter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side, just until browned. Move the chicken to the baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together chicken broth, lemon juice, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning. Add salt and pepper throughout.
  5. Pour sauce over chicken.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes (depends on the size of the chicken breasts.
  7. Every 5-10 minutes spoon the sauce from the pan over the chicken.
  8. Eat!
Download Our Baked Chicken Recipe

As you can see, cannabutter can be used exactly like butter. This means pretty much any recipe where you use ‘normal’ butter, can be made into an edible by switching out just one ingredient. I recommend you experiment with how much cannabutter you use each time to get the dose right for you.

Remember, everyone is different and every body reacts differently to cannabis. The most important piece of advice is to wait a while after you’ve eaten before eating more. It will take longer for you to feel the effects of the cannabis using edibles than it would if you had smoked marijuana. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it hasn’t worked and going back for seconds. Low and slow wins the race!

What’s your favorite meal to cook with cannabutter? Drop us a note in the comments below.

Written by
Mike McPadden
Mike McPadden

Mike McPadden is a Chicago-based writer, author, editor and podcaster. After years of contributing to Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane website, he comes to Leafwell as a true believer in both the moral and medical power of cannabis. Mike has also written for Vice, Kindland, MTV, Investigation Discovery, Showtime, and other cultural outlets. He hopes you will listen to his podcasts (Crackpot Cinema; Busted Guts; 70 Movies We Saw in the 70s) and buy his books (Teen Movie Hell [2019] and Heavy Metal Movies [2014]).

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