The edibles market is growing rapidly
The modern day cannabis market is filled with new innovative products. The recent trend of cannabis legalisation has emboldened creativity in the cannabis world, resulting in new ways of consuming the drug.
Cannabis used to be all about smoking; now, the plant can be consumed via edibles like cakes, cookies, candies, as well as through vaporizers, oils, and even creams rubbed into the skin. Your choice of consumption method really depends on what your purpose of use is, your tolerance level, the potency you want, along with the amount of time it takes for the psychoactive or medicinal effect to kick in and/or wear out. It’s really all about your preferences.
Of all the latest methods of cannabis use, edibles present a very interesting sector. According to Arcview Market Research, the United States’ edibles market hit $1 billion in 2017. Arcview also estimates a $4.1 billion dollar edibles market in the United States and Canada by 2022. Even Coca-Cola plans on entering the edibles market in Canada, following the country’s recent cannabis legalisation move.
Cannabis edibles market
Cannabis edibles include sweets and other candies, along with cookies, cakes, soups and more. Such cannabis foods require additives, of course, such as oils and other condiments like butter. But why use regular butter when you can increase the potency of the edible by preparing it with actual, weed butter?
What is weed butter?
Weed butter is a condiment -- it’s a cannabis-infused butter also referred to as cannabutter.
Who uses weed butter? What do they use it for?
Weed butter is used by those who prepare edible weed products. It can be used in place of regular butter while making edibles like cookies, cakes, or even used as a spread. It increases potency, of course, when used in place of regular butter.
Can you make your own weed butter?
Weed butter doesn’t have to be purchased, it can be made at home. There are several ways to make weed butter, but the idea is mostly the same. It usually involves adding cannabis to melted butter, cooking it, straining it, letting the oil separate, and then placing it in the freezer.
Here’s what you need to make your own cannabis butter:
- Cannabis trim or buds
- Cookie sheet (optional)
- Stirring spoon
- Sieve or potato ricer (optional)
Here’s a quick guide to making your own cannabis butter:
- Decarboxylze: This step is optional, but it increases the potency of your butter by activating some of the cannabiniods in your buds or trim. It involves placing your cannabis buds or trim on the cookie sheet, placing it in an oven that has been preheated at about 260 degrees, and leaving it there for about 45 minutes.
- Boil: Pour your cannabis trim or ground buds in a pot, up to 1/4 or 1/3 of the way. Add water and butter at a 4:1 cup(s) ratio until your pot is about 80 percent full. Place on the stove at high heat for around four hours or more, adding water to keep the level at 80 percent of the pot and stirring needed.
- Strain: Separate the solids from liquid by pouring the pot’s content into a strainer with a container below. This is likely to leave some butter attached to the cannabis however, and may require you to squeeze out the liquid from the trim with your hands. You can also use a potato ricer for this, which simplifies the process, or a cloth.
- Cooling: Let the container with the drained liquid stand for about 40 minutes. You’ll notice the oil rise to the top, separating itself from the water at the bottom. Place in the fridge overnight.
- Separate: The refrigerator should have solidified the butter, placing it at the top. Carefully extract the separated solidified weed butter from the top in the container, leaving the cold water at the bottom.
Remember, cannabis is still illegal in Australia. Making weed butter is therefore illegal. Medical cannabis, however, is legal in Australia. Regardless of what your reasons are for making weed butter, keep in mind that the process creates a very strong cannabis odor, requiring some precautions if you have reason for concern.
What alternatives are there to weed butter?
Weed butter isn’t a necessity; there are several alternatives. Of course, one can use regular butter when making edibles. However, other alternatives exist, including the following:
- Kief butter: Kief can be obtained after grinding cannabis with a weed grinder. Most grinders have kief catchers at the bottom. The kief is a fine matter, and it’s highly concentrated and potent. Use this to make butter to avoid the strong odour of cannabis, and avoid the chore of too much straining after the boil.
- Cannaoil: This condiment is made using canola oil instead of butter. After decarbing the cannabis, you follow a process similar to making weed butter, but its a lot less messy.
- Cannabis coconut oil: Coconut oil is a popular alternative to butter when making edibles. It absorbs the cannabis better than other oils, and the process is similar to the cannaoil process.
- Other alternatives: Other weed butter alternatives include cannaghee and tinctures.
What are the pros and cons of using weed butter?
Pros: Weed butter can be highly potent. Thus, using weed butter in edibles assures a more potent product. As potency varies, it’s possible to choose according to your tolerance level. It also presents a wide variety of uses, including spreads.
Cons: Making weed butter can be quite messy. It also takes a few tries to figure out what works best for you. Also, weed butter comes with varying potency, depending on the method and process you follow. Further, given the fatty process, weed butter packs a decent amount of calories. Weed butter also has a strong cannabis odor and taste.
The new age of cannabis is creating an innovative environment. Cannabis use today, goes beyond smoking. The drug can be consumed through edibles, drinks, creams, oils, vapes, and more. Edibles require condiments and ingredients such as butter. But to increase the potency, edibles such as cookies and cakes can be infused with cannabis through actual, cannabis butter, instead of regular butter. The good news is that weed butter can be made at home, with products you already have in your kitchen. There are also other alternatives, most of which are oils. Expect even more options as the cannabis legalisation trend continues to spread.