When people have concerns about smoking because it is a health hazard while also craving to experience the intoxicating effects of marijuana, making baked goods is a great option. While you still experience the ridiculous highs, most times even longer than if you had smoked, you also keep your lungs from turning into dried piles of crusty black lung butter (ew, ganja butter is much better than lung butter, I assure you). So without further delay, let’s get down to making ganja butter!
Shake, stems, seeds and buds (as desired) –
Generally people say that if you use an ounce of buds to 2 sticks of butter, you’ll be enormously stoned every time you cook with your butter.
For more concentrated batches, half the butter.
For sticks, stems, seeds and shake, the amount needs to compound significantly. For instance, if you grew a harvest of two pounds this season, you’ll have enough stems, shake and trimmings to make butter that’ll last you roughly a half dozen batches of brownies (all figures are estimated).
When it comes down to it, the quantity of pot material necessary for good ganja butter really boils out to whether you use THC rich buds or THC low stems and trimmings.
1 – 4 sticks of butter (depending on desired potency)
In a large pot, grind your ounce of buds or several ounces of seeds, stems and trimmings. When the entire ounce is ground up, Add the desired amount of butter depending on how stoned you want people to get when they eat your brownies. Turn the heat up, boil the butter once, then turn the heat down to a simmer and let the pot sit, covered, for at least six hours. After six hours, separate the liquid butter into a glass bowl through a strainer to catch the ground marijuana. Put this in the fridge and use it when you want to make something that calls for butter in the recipe next time: you’ll be amazed at the results!
Why It Works
The reason that pot needs to be processed through butter before it gets you stoned is because pot is lipidic, (it bonds quickly to fatty substances). As you heat the bud and the butter over a long period of time, the THC and other compounds in the marijuana begin to loosen from the plant material and infuse within the butter. This means that all properties of intoxication are transferred through, into the butter and eventually into the meal you will prepare. Brownies work wonderfully but pasta dishes and cookies work fine as well.
What to Expect
Warning to those who are faint of heart – ingesting pot rather than smoking it can intensify effects and prolong them! If you’re not a pro at getting stoned, eat brownies for the first time in a complacent environment with good people. Paranoia can be a real ***** when you’re high for four hours. Due to the slow ingestion process versus the smoking process, which gets absorbed into the bloodstream quicker but also processed quicker, the effects of the weed when through the esophagus, stomach and bowels is intense to say the least. Especially with seriously high-grade pot, you can expect to be high six hours before you come down. With that in mind – line up the movie marathon, get slews of Doritos in advance and be prepared because eating weed will creep up on you and put you under before you realized what happened.
Remember – the higher the fat content of the butter, the better it’s going to take in the THC from the pot. Check different local grocery stores for different brands if you really want to maximize your intake of psychoactive ingredients after straining your butter!