How to make CBD butter and 5 ways to use it

CBD butter is a versatile and handy ingredient to have in the kitchen if you plan to make CBD edibles. You can make a wide range of delicious edibles using CBD butter, including brownies, cakes, pies, cookies, pasta, and even salads. Read this post to find out how to make CBD butter – as well as some tasty ideas for using it!

If you're a newbie to cooking, or just lacking in confidence, don't worry. Making CBD butter is easy, even for beginners. When you make it at home, it is cheaper than buying CBD oil for infusing into CBD edibles.

The best part is that you do not need any special equipment to make this delicious treat. If you make it from scratch, you can add terpenes and flavonoids to your edibles to help you enjoy them fully.

In this guide, we are going to show you several ways you can make CBD butter and ways to use it. Are you ready?

How to make CBD butter

This recipe is super easy, so even if you're not confident in the kitchen there's no need to worry. You definitely do not need to be a culinary master to follow it.

The process involves slowly cooking the butter and CBD oil mixture over low heat until the butter absorbs all the CBD. Maintaining low temperature is crucial as CBD will evaporate at temperatures above 200oF. Making CBD-infused butter is fun, and you can use full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate CBD oil. It just depends on your preference.

One of the reasons that making CBD butter is a great option is because CBD dissolves and binds to fat. CBD and the other plant compounds are also more easily absorbed by your body when they bind to fat.

As you may know, butter comprises milk fat and a small percentage of water and milk solids. This makes it a perfect choice for infusing with CBD.

Water evaporates during cooking and the solids are strained to ensure a pure infused butter. For vegans, substitute dairy butter with any plant-based butter and the recipe works the same.  

Unsurprisingly, the quality of the butter you start with determines the quality of the CBD butter you end up with. Hence, unsalted butter is better as it contains fewer impurities. Clarified butter can be a good choice, though it is not necessary.

Keep in mind that the quantity of CBD butter at the end of the process will be twenty-five per cent less than the amount of butter you started with. This loss means that, if a recipe you're thinking about making calls for a stick of CBD butter, we advise you to infuse a stick and a quarter of butter.

Alternatively, prepare more in advance and store it in the fridge. That way, you can easily make sure you have enough for whatever edibles recipe you decide to make.

Small pieces of butter in a white ceramic mug on a wooden table, with a brown plant pot and green plant in the background.

How to make CBD butter on the hob

Before we begin, you need to gather what is needed, including a pot or pan large enough to hold the butter and a digital thermometer.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put the butter, water and CBD oil in a pot.
  2. Place the mixture on the hob and set it to high.
  3. Using your digital thermometer, monitor the temperature and when it reaches 1850F reduce the heat to low. Maintain this temperature for the remaining duration. 
  4. The butter will take around two hours to absorb the CBD. After two hours, the butter is ready, and you should remove it from the heat.
  5. Set it aside to cool. The infused CBD butter will solidify. The water and milk solids will remain at the bottom.
  6. The CBD butter can now be stored in an airtight container or bag and stored in the fridge. For extended storage, you can freeze the CBD butter. 

With this recipe, the water is used to help regulate the temperature. This helps to prevent your butter from getting burnt. The water evaporates during cooking, and you can simply discard the remainder once the butter solidifies. 

And there you go! Your CBD butter is now ready to be used in any recipe you desire.

There are other recipes for making CBD butter out there, too, so feel free to try various different ones to find the one you like best. However, just remember that CBD evaporates at high temperatures, so you should be sure to avoid recipes that call for high heat. Also, if you choose to freeze your CBD butter, avoid thawing it in the microwave for this same reason.

When using CBD oil, you can roughly calculate the amount of CBD in your butter. The more potent the CBD oil is, the more potent your butter will be. As with any method for taking CBD, be sure to monitor your dosage with care. Avoid exceeding the dosage recommended by the manufacturer of your CBD oil.

How to use CBD butter

Many dishes and pastries call for butter in the recipe. You can simply substitute butter or oil in the recipe with CBD butter and make your favourite CBD-infused edible.

We know a homemade CBD-infused edible is a delicious treat for any enthusiast. With help from the butter you'll have made using the recipe above, you'll be able to whip up something yummy anytime you desire.

But keep in mind that it is not always easy to make homemade edibles. Some recipes are easier than other. Start with small portions to test things out. You don't want to end up wasting any of your CBD oil with recipes you don't enjoy – or that simply don't work!

Just because we are making CBD edibles does not mean we want tasteless food. Always remember to season your food and garnish accordingly to bring out the tastes and flavours. 

Here are five different types of CBD edible that you can make and enjoy at home.

CBD pancakes

Pancakes are a popular breakfast food in many households. There is no better way to enjoy your daily dose of CBD than infused in a stack of mouth-watering pancakes. 

To make the CBD-infused pancakes, simply replace the butter or oil in your regular pancake recipe. If you don’t have a recipe, an online search will yield countless that you can choose from. Prepare and cook as you usually would. Pour on some syrup or honey and enjoy. Have it with your favourite beverage – milk, tea or coffee, the choice is yours!

CBD Dutch coffee

Dutch coffee refers to coffee with a bit of butter added. This makes it a perfect opportunity to infuse some CBD into a refreshing morning brew! To make CBD-infused Dutch coffee, simply add a teaspoon of CBD butter into your cup of coffee.

CBD pasta

When it comes to recipes for CBD edibles, there's often a focus on sweet treats. And understandably so! But don't overlook the savoury options.

For instance, CBD pasta is a great way to get your dose of CBD and at the same time enjoy some Italian food. Pasta is a filling dish, and it’s easy to make. Just add a little of your CBD butter to your chosen pasta sauce, or drizzle some of the melted butter over the cooked pasta.

Why not combine the butter with some herbs – parsley or basil, for instance – to add even more flavour to the dish?

CBD chocolate

Chocolate can lift anyone’s mood at any time. The good news is you do not need to go out and buy the melt-in-the-mouth snack. Why not make it at home?

To make chocolate, we mix melted CBD butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar in a bowl. Whisk together and pour into a silicone chocolate mound and refrigerate.

Once it sets, take it out of the mould, and enjoy the delicious, chocolatey goodness.

CBD baked goods

When it comes to edibles, baked goods are the perennial favourite. And for good reason! Just think: CBD cookies, cupcakes, cakes, brownies... The list is endless when it comes to baking with CBD butter. And everything on it is delicious!

When it comes to adding CBD to your baking, the process is simple. You only need to substitute the oil, butter or margarine that a recipe calls for. If you love baking, it is an excellent way of enjoying CBD in the comfort of your home.

Whether you are using a brownie premix or making delicious treats from scratch, CBD butter works very well in any recipe.   

Just be sure to store your CBD edibles away from sunlight and heat. If you don't, they become denatured and lose their effectiveness. It is best to keep them in a cool dark place in airtight containers or bags. 

Conclusion

CBD butter is simple to make, and anyone with basic cooking skills can do it. It's a handy ingredient to have in your kitchen. Incorporate it into various dishes for spectacular results. It is an excellent way to make CBD edibles in the comfort of your kitchen. Keep a little extra in the fridge or freeze it for an even longer shelf life. 

Just remember that temperature exceeding 2000F will denature the CBD and render it useless.

Properly storing your CBD edibles is crucial to preserving the potency of the CBD. Keep them away from heat and sunlight.

While it may be difficult to calculate the exact amount of CBD in a serving, we can roughly calculate using the concentration of the CBD oil.


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