My husband ordered some hash several months ago and it was packed away doing nothing. He knows I make Cannabis (weed) butter but he asked if I could make hash butter. Of course I said, “Sure, why not?” Easier said than done! But before I get into how I made hash butter, let me give you a little background.
We both have our medical marijuana license and we regularly buy the CBD oil, both of us for pain management – for him his lower back and shoulders, for me hip and knee pain. Sometimes, though, he will buy gummy bears with a little THC which his body can tolerate more than mine so I am quite content sticking to my quality CBD oil.
However, I am quite happy to make some of his favourite edibles such as My Special Brownies and Hash Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cups.
Note: Both medical and recreational cannabis are both legal in Canada with approval given to recreational in October 2018. You must check your area of residence with regard to possession, growing and consumption of cannabis and hash.
If you live in the U.S. or other countries, it is advisable to read up on the laws that govern the use of marijuana in your area.
Difference Between Hash and Cannabis
Hash (or hashish) is made from the resin of the cannabis plant. It is typically consumed by smoking a small piece in a pipe, bong, vaporizer or joint, or orally after decarboxylation. Pure hash will not burn if rolled alone in a joint, so it is mixed with herbal cannabis, tobacco or another type of herb.
Hash can be solid or resinous which is dependent upon both preparation and room temperature. Pressed hash is usually solid; water-purified hash (or bubble hash) is a paste-like substance and can vary in hardness and pliability. Its colour, which is dependent upon the process and amount of leftover plant material, can range from light to dark brown, transparent to yellow, tan, black or red (ours was black Moroccan hash).
Did you know: Hash was the primary form of cannabis consumed in Europe in 2008. (Source)
Note: Be aware that the effects from hash will be much stronger than smoking cannabis because the concentration of cannabinoids is much greater.
Cannabis is commonly known as marijuana, weed or pot and refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa plants. The cannabis plant, as we know, can be used either medically or recreationally. The main chemical compound found in Cannabis which causes the ‘high’ or euphoric state is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – say that ten times!!). It is found in the resin produced by the leaves and buds, primarily from the female cannabis plant.
When smoking marijuana, the THC passes quickly from the lungs into the bloodstream and the blood carries it to the brain and other organs. However, when ingesting it in foods or beverages, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to feel the effects.
Note: Although it is used medically, The FDA does not approve or recognize the plant as a medicine.
OK, now let’s get into the fun stuff!
For the sake of this article, we are not going to go into the different types of hash and how to make it. Instead, we will talk about making butter and using it for baking (from my experiences) and the differences I found between hash butter and cannabutter.
My favourite way of making cannabutter is in the slow cooker. No muss, no fuss and no need to babysit. (I’m a busy person!)
I start with an ounce of marijuana and decarboxylate it in the oven at a low temperature of 225 degrees (110 Celsius) for approximately 40-45 minutes (I once had to use a propane stove and the temperature did not go below 275 degrees (140 Celsius). I checked it every 10 minutes to make sure it wasn’t burning!
Decarboxylation is process of activating the THC by heating it.
Note: You can use a coffee grinder or small grinder to break up the weed a bit but do not over-grind. If you don’t have a grinder, don’t worry; you can still go ahead. In fact, some people don’t use the grinder at all.
I place the weed on a cookie tray (if it is a new pan or in good shape, I just place it directly on the tray). If it is beat up and well-used, I will line it with parchment paper (we travel a lot so we never know what will be at our disposal) and pop it in the preheated oven.
I will check it halfway through to make sure all is good. After the time is up, I remove the tray and let the weed cool. I either make the butter right away or store it in a tightly covered jar in a cool place.
To Make the Butter
- I place one pound of good quality *unsalted butter (2 cups), 1 cup of water and the weed in a slow cooker on the lowest setting and let it cook for anywhere from 8 to 16 hours (depends on time of day, whether I have to be away, etc. Every few hours I check it to make sure there is still plenty of water. If I feel I should add more water, I do!
Note: Nowadays a lot of people are watching their salt intake plus a lot of recipes call for unsalted butter. You can always add salt to whatever you are making. Also, I have let the slow cooker go as long as 24 hours. It really depends on your time.
- To strain the mixture (which is a dark brown so don’t panic), some people use cheesecloth but I use a tightly meshed strainer over a glass bowl. The mixture will be hot at this point so I let it sit over the bowl until it has cooled a bit and then I use either a wooden spoon or clean gloves to strain the rest of the mixture into the bowl. Then I discard the residue.
Note: The smell will permeate through the house so if you are planning on having company over, maybe you should wait if that is an issue J.
- I usually pour the mixture out of the bowl, scraping it all, into a small square glass container (with a lid) and place it in the fridge. I only do this as it is easier to keep the butter stored once it is ready. You can use the same bowl though and cover with saran wrap if it doesn’t have a cover.
- After several hours (or overnight), your butter will harden and separate from the water. It should be a light greenish colour. Once it is set, I take a sharp knife and cut around the edge and lift the butter out, set it wet side up on a cutting board, scrape off any remaining residue, pat it with a paper towel and put it back in the same container (after discarding water and washing it), cover with the lid and store back in the fridge.
Now you have butter and can use it the way you want.
My experience making hash butter was a bit different. First of all, I couldn’t find any clear information on how to decarboxylate the hash – lots of information to make the butter though. Since I made the butter, I have seen more articles, but this is how I made it.
The hash came in little round containers, each one holding 1 gram of hash for a total of 6 grams. Since everything I read said hash was stronger than the weed, I was happy to go ahead and make the butter. Besides, my husband didn’t want to get stoned, just mellowed out.
To decarboxylate it, I used parchment paper and broke up each gram into smaller pieces and then followed the same procedure as above, except I only cooked it for approximately 20-25 minutes (I was working with unknowns here and didn’t want to run the risk of burning it).
After I removed it from the oven, I set up the slow cooker and did everything exactly the same except every few hours I took a wooden spoon and mashed the pieces against the side of the cooker to distribute it more evenly throughout the mixture.
You also don’t have to strain it. I just poured it into the covered container, placed it in the fridge and let it set. I then drained the water off, same as for the cannabutter and kept it in the fridge, tightly covered until I was ready to use it.
Note: When using butter in recipes that call for melted butter, it is advisable to melt butter on very low heat on the stove and not in the microwave. If it doesn’t call for melted butter, let it sit at room temperature.
- If you are new to baked edible goods, it is suggested you start small – ¼ to ½ of a portion size (it is better to have too little than too much!). If you don’t feel anything, wait 24 hours and try a little larger portion.
- Don’t eat on an empty stomach.
- If you are not making your own, trust the person who is giving them to you.
- You should never drive under the influence (no different than consuming alcohol)
- If you want to use edibles for medical purposes, the Government of Canada has given some very clear guidelines under the Cannabis Act.
Both procedures were fairly easy. There is, of course, less mess with the hash and no straining but I find the weed cooks up better. I can usually make about 2 batches of brownies (16 each) and a batch or two of cookies with the cannabutter. But this will vary for different people depending on how strong you want your edibles to be.
If the recipe you are making calls for one-half cup regular butter, substitute it with one –half cup of the cannabis or hash butter. You may just have to experiment. I am still experimenting with the hash butter.
Sometimes my husband pitches in by stirring the batter (of course he knows he gets to lick the spoon afterwards which is the best part!).
I would like to share two recipes with you – one with weed butter and my newest one with the hash butter. By the way, hubby liked the hash edibles and watching him, I could tell he was getting a bit of a buzz. Being the responsible person he is, he only takes it at nighttime or if he knows he won’t be driving during the day. I strongly urge you to do the same.
By the way, hubby is my tester and gave a thumbs up to the crunchy peanut butter I used in the Peanut Butter Cups (see notes at the end of the recipe with regards to this).
CBD OIL (NO THC) CUPCAKES
Some people have very little tolerance to THC. I am one of them. I can handle a little, but that’s it.
This information was given to me by one of CBD Oil suppliers.
Once your batter is made and distributed in your muffin tins, use a clean syringe and fill to your prescribed dosage (what you normally consume in a day). Empty the syringe into each cupcake, stirring the batter with a knife or large toothpick to distribute the CBD oil evenly. Bake, following instructions in your recipe.
DISCLAIMER: I always urge you to check out the laws in your area of residence with regard to possession of cannabis and hash and CBD Oil, whether in Canada, the US or other parts of the world as laws do vary from place to place.
The Government of Canada has published an article full of facts on cannabis and your health.
Do you make your own butter? What has been your experience?