There are numerous cannabis infusions on the market. One of these is cannabutter, which is a thick liquid to make edibles and other dishes with marijuana. There’s also something called Cannabudder, which has a similar consistency to butter, but it isn’t the same thing as canna-butter just because they both have a soft Extracting hash from marijuana has many different methods, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. But they ultimately rely on the same goal of producing a high-potency concentrate.
Budder Explained in a Simple Way
Budder is a marijuana concentrate that retains most of the plant’s terpenes. Terpenes are essential oils found in plants that are responsible for the smell and taste of this plant. Budder is a concentrate that enhances the flavor of terpenes. The process for making budder requires several steps, including whipping it until it becomes the texture of butter. Purists believe that budder is the most potent form of cannabis available, and also the cleanest.
Cannabis wax falls in the budder category, like honeycomb and crumble. Budder is thick and dense like peanut butter, but more liquid than almond butter. Honeycomb is light and airy, and looks like it has been filled with air. It is also quite brittle. Crumble is just like its name says. It’s brittle and easy to tear-apart in your hand, not as much so as budder or honeycomb that are not quite as friable. All three waxes can’t easily be broken by hand. You need something, like a dabber, to break off the part you want to smoke. The only things all three types of wax have in common are their extraction methods: butane or CO2.
Budder is High in THC
Budder is a cannabis concentrate that will have high levels of THC. It can be as high as 70%. The main draw is the preservation of THC’s terpenes content, which keeps about 60% of the original terpenes. The terpene content and the cannabinoid levels are both high in this strain. This makes it perfect for increasing flavor and, more importantly, medicinal properties. This is crucial for medicinal purposes. The synergy between cannabinoids and terpenes has the added benefit of providing medicinal benefits. It also has a purity level of 99.6%. It has no toxins, heavy metals, molds, diseases, solvents or other contaminants.
It furthermore contains cannabidiol and cannabinol. Cannabidiol (CBD) moderates the effects of THC in marijuana-based butter.
The Difference between Budder and Shatter
Cannabis concentrates have many different textures from a viscous oil to a glass-like shatter. Shatter is a crystallized form of a concentrate. Shatter is very transparent and glass-like, where budder is rather opaque in color and creamier consistency. Shatter is also very high in THC. It normally has a range of about 80%. It has no terpenes though because, in the second extraction process, all fats, lipids, and waxes are removed.
What is wax?
A type of cannabis concentrate named for its appearance and consistency. It has an opaque appearance and a malleable, waxy texture.
Marijuana wax refers to a cannabis concentrate that has been agitated during extraction, causing the oil to crystallize and solidify. The consistency and texture of wax can range from gooey or creamy, known as budder, to something harder and flaky known as crumble. Higher quality waxes tend have a softer texture that is amber toned.
For cannabis consumers in search of a potent and flavorful high, homemade wax offers an intense psychoactive experience. Unlike craft cannabis, the quality and potency of extractions means a little goes a long way.
Cannabis wax is a user-friendly concentrate that’s easy to work with and unlike shatter, it isn’t as easy to break into pieces, nor is it as runny. It can also be easily stored in a dab rig and vaped without leaking or spilling over the edge of the device.
Сannabutter with wax: Recipe #1
Adding wax or crystal to your butter is the key for potent edibles. Making cannabutter from wax (butane hash oil) follows the same process as making it from RSO. To decarboxylate your oil before melting it into your butter, carry out these easy steps:
- Heat your oven to 240°F (115°C).
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place your WAX / BHO in the center of the baking sheet.
- Heat your BHO for 20 minutes to decarboxylate. It should spread, thicken, and darken slightly in the oven.
To make cannabutter, add the decarboxylated shatter to butter and cook on low heat. Stir continuously until all of the BHO is dissolved. Pour your infused butter into a pot while it’s cooling and let it solidify before using.
Using Wax Instead of Flower
If you want to cook with cannabis edibles, wax concentrates allows cooks more control over the strength and taste of their recipes. When infusing cannabis-flavored oil, the resultant flavor may be too strong for many people. You can estimate how potent your oil will be depending on the potency and weight of your wax. These waxes are less than desirable and often cheaper, yet have a THC content of sixty to seventy percent per gram. If this is the case, then the infusion will contain approximately 600-700 mg of total THC per gram of wax used in the oil given best conditions.
|Wax Weight & Potency
|Measurement of Oil
|1g @ 60% THC
|1 cup or 16 tablespoons
|37.5mg THC per tablespoon
|3g @ 60% THC
|1 cup or 16 tablespoons
|112.5mg THC per tablespoon
|5g @ 60% THC
|1 cup or 16 tablespoons
|177.5mg THC per tablespoon
|1 g (wax) = 1000 mg. 1000mg x 60% total THC (potency) = 600mg total THC. 1 cup (oil) = 16 tablespoons. 600mg ÷ 16 tablespoons = 37.5mg/tablespoon.
Infusing Cannabis with Coconut Oil
- Add ¼ cup of water for every 1 cup of coconut oil used and combine into a small saucepan to prevent scorching the oil. Place the small saucepan onto the stove top and turn the burner on low to melt the coconut oil.
- Once the coconut oil has melted, add your cannabis wax to your melted oil in the saucepan. Stir slow and consistently as the wax mixes into the oil. Note: Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil throughout this process. The temperature of the oil should not exceed 240°F.
- Heat the oil for 45 minutes to 1 hour in the saucepan stirring occasionally, with the total cooking time depending on the amount of oil being used, the amount of wax being used, and the temperature of the mixture. This is the decarbing process that is converting THCA to THC.
- Take the pot off the burner once it has completed the total cooking time and pour it into a container after the oil has cooled down for at least 5 minutes. Place the container into the freezer to cool down the oil.
- You can store the container of oil at room temperature or in the fridge. It is recommended that you do not eat cannabis edibles on an empty stomach if you want to maximize the effects of the edible. The key is to slow the rate of gastric emptying or how fast food moves through your digestive system. Normal gastric rates can vary from 60-240 minutes and a slightly slower rate for an individual before, during, or after consumption can help to absorb the THC from the edible.
Сannabutter with wax: Recipe #2
You will need:
- Grill tongs
- A bottle of vegetable oil
- A thermometer
- 2 grams of wax
- A Pyrex jar or beaker
- Two sticks of butter or equivalent vegetable/ coconut oil
On stove top fill saucpan with vegetable oil and raise temp to 250°F
but not higher than 275°F using your thermometer. (At no part of the process can the temp go higher than 300°F)
Place wax into glass beaker and use tongs to submerge beaker 1/2 inch deep in oil. Hold this here for 25-30 min. The wax will start to bubble, this is a good sign. You will know it is ready when the bubbles go from big to very small and then almost stop. Remove from heat after 30 min.
Melt the two sticks of butter and pour into glass beaker with wax. Whisk together until wax and butter are well mixed. All of this should be done while material is still warm.
Pour into storage container and chill. To understand the potency of the canna butter you have just made, take the total THC percentage of the initial wax you used. For example, two grams of wax testing at 82.2% put into two sticks of butter would give you a total butter concentrate of 1,644mg and each table spoon would be 102.75mg.
Why Use Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil can be used in cooking recipes and is often a good substitute for butter. When you are selecting an alternative for butter, pick an oil that has a high saturated fat content because cannabinoids bind well to this type of fat. Coconut oil has the most saturated fats out of any oils or butter available at the grocery store. Coconut oil can also be mixed with other ingredients to make topical creams and other products. If you care about taste, consider using other oils and fats such as olive oil or avocado.
- 1 gram WAX
- 8 oz butter
- Silicone baking mat (or parchment paper + an oven-safe dish)
Once you’ve got all that together, you’re ready to begin.
- Preheat oven to 225°F.
- Place BHO on your silicone baking mat, and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. If you don’t have one, place parchment paper on an oven-safe dish and put your WAX on that.
- Once 20 minutes have passed, turn the oven off but leave the WAX in there to cool down for another 20-30 minutes. This allows the continued activation of THC at the same time the extract is cooling.
- Move your WAX to the freezer for at least 15 minutes so it can cool and harden enough for easy removal. This is where a silicone baking sheet comes in handy, since you can just roll or bend it to fit in the freezer. If you’re using parchment, remove the parchment from the oven-safe dish and place that in the freezer.
- Place your butter in the saucepan and heat on medium-low until melted and steamy.
- Remove your cold concentrate and apply it to a metal fork.
- Gently torch the air close to the cold concentrate, so that it starts melting slowly and drips into the hot melted butter/shortening. Once it’s all in there, simply stir until all the concentrate is incorporated.
Be sure your butter mixture is steaming hot, but not boiling. This will allow the WAX to fully mix in with the fats. Once complete, your infusion should be placed into a storage container and refrigerated until solid. If you need it quickly, place it in the freezer for 7-10 minutes to speed up the process.
One more thing to remember: label your cut fruit, veggies, or solid ingredients you cook with it! Edibles that are made using concentrated cannabis oils are barely odorous, have little to no taste and lack the neon green tint of regular cannabutter. Combined with the fact that they’re often a lot stronger, it’s really important to make sure no one accidentally gets into them.
For those unwilling to tackle the fuss of cannabutter and oils, WAX edibles are a great option.
Give this recipe a try, have fun and enjoy responsibly!