If you're someone who needs a little TLC in the form of edible THC or CBD, you've come to the right place. In this step-by-step post, I'll show you how easy (and odor-free) it is to make Cannaoil or Cannabutter in the Instant Pot. Do your lungs and pocketbook a favor and join me!
Take your flower and grind it into a fluffy state, but not so small that it's powder. I use my spice grinder to shorten this process, but one of those hand held grinders will absolutely work.Place the grinds into a small, clean mason jar and firmly attach the lid.Place trivet in the bottom of your Instant Pot, and place the mason jar on top. Pour in enough water to cover roughly half of the jar.Secure the lid, set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 40 minutes. Do a quick release, being sure to avoid the scorching hot steam as it escapes.
Now that your flower is decarboxylated, it's ready to make oil. Measure out oil (or butter) of choice into a small mason jar.Carefully remove the jar you used for decarbing the flower from the Instant Pot. Using either a mesh tea steeper or a piece of cheesecloth, secure the flower and add it to the container with the oil. NOTE: Decarbed flower is going to look a few shades darker than prior to this process. Don't fret, that's normal.Secure the lid on the jar with your oil and flower. Place it back into the Instant Pot, again looking for the water to cover about half of the jar.Secure the lid of the Instant Pot and set to pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. Allow to naturally release for 40 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.Carefully remove the jar from the Instant Pot and allow to cool enough to handle. Remove the lid, then remove your flower. Squeeze any oil that has seeped into the cloth or flower back into the jar, then discard the flower. If necessary, add more oil to the jar to get the amount you need for your recipe.
Please note that nutrition facts are for the entire batch of oil!
What is the best kind of oil for making cannabutter? It kind of depends on the application you're planning on using it for. Generally speaking, I reach for unrefined organic coconut oil because it's pretty dang versatile in terms of making sweets (my preferred application). I can use it for anything from gummies to brownies, rice krispy treats to cookies, and can easily make the batch vegan.
That said, if you want something to use in a more savory setting - say, salad dressing - I might opt for olive oil or grapeseed oil instead. If you want to make baked goods the more old fashioned way, butter or vegan butter can work, too.
How long does cannabutter last? From what I can tell, cannaoil or cannabutter can last in a clean container in the fridge or freezer for several months without any detectable change in quality or potency.
How do I calculate the potency of my batch? When you purchase CBD (or THC) flower from a dispensary, there will be several strains available to you, each with varying levels of potency. Look for the percentage of THC or CBD associated with the strain you choose. My recipe calls for ¼ oz (or ~7g) of flower for the batch.
The numbers you will need to calculate the dosage of your gummies are: percentage of CBD (THC) in your strain, amount (in ounces or grams) of flower used in your batch, and the number of servings you end up with. Please note that you'll need to adjust your calculations if you only use a partial batch of the cannabutter.
While you can certainly go about reverse engineering the dosage yourself from here, there are several calculators out there to help you do the job. I happen to like this one.
Can I make my batch more or less potent? Sure! Simply increase the amount of flower you use, or opt for a more potent strain of flower. If you want to dilute the batch, simply add more oil or butter to the mix.