Marijuana Cooking Without Butter: Butter Free Ways to Add Cannabis to Foods

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Marijuana Cooking WIthout Butter
Dear Cheri,

For a number of reasons, I avoid eating butter, but so many recipes call for marijuana butter. Are there other ways I can cook with cannabis without butter?

Thanks,

MC

Dear MC,

YES! While butter is a popular ingredient to infuse with cannabis for use in recipes, there are many other ways to add marijuana to foods and keep your recipes butter-free. Fats in general make excellent vehicles to carry cannabis as they bind to THC, but the fat need not be butter.

Marijuana Cooking WIthout Butter

  • You can infuse any edible fat, so consider medicating your foods with recipes that use oil instead of butter. Check out my How to Make Marijuana Oil tutorial for instructions.
  • In baking, infused coconut oil makes a terrific butter substitute in most recipes for cakes, cupcakes, quick breads, etc.  Use the above Oil Making tutorial to make infused coconut oil.
  • Cooking with concentrates such as kief, hash, and hash oils allows you to add cannabis directly into most any recipe, without making an infusion first. Check out my Cooking with Kief and Hash tutorial, and How to Make Dry Ice video for more details.
  • Use a cannabis tincture (tutorial coming soon) to add medication to most any recipe by simply stirring in a few drops.
  • While it doesn’t work well often, there are certain recipes that can be medicated by stirring decarboxylated ground up flowers directly into the food. My Cooking with Marijuana Buds tutorial will give you the scoop.

So as you can see, when it comes to marijuana cooking without butter, there are lots of options to choose from.  The best one for you will depend on the recipe you are trying to make.  Of course, if you DO want to cook with butter, my Making Marijuana Butter tutorial will show you how.

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9 Comments

    • When making marijuana butter or oil yes, absolutely! Or a triple batch, or quadruple batch, etc. etc. In regards to this article, I am not sure what you are doubling. In most cases yes, but if you want to be more specific, I can better answer.

      • If I just want a “snack” size and not a “party” size, wouldn’t this work; I think 1 gram is about 2 teaspoons, which is about 100mg THC or about 10 servings.
        Then I decarb (about 35 minutes at 240 degrees.
        Aren’t I really done? The THC is activated so do I really need to take all day and make the butter? If this formula gives 10 servings, can’t I just eat 1 serving, which is about 1/10 of the 2 teaspoon. I don’t really care if that tiny amount tastes bad.

        • Yes, you could eat a fraction of the dose for sure, but you would need to know what the dose is. Where you are off here is saying that 1 gram or 2 teaspoons is about 100 mg/10 servings. Each person is different and the cannabis is different. 2 teaspoons might be 100 mgs or it could be much more or much less depending on the cannabis it was made from. As to how many servings, that depends on the individual’s needs. Yes, many state laws cap dosages at 10mgs per serving, but this has ZERO basis in science or logic. And one of the best things about making your own is you can make what YOU need, not what some uninformed politician allows you to have. That 10mgs is going to be too much for some folks and not nearly enough for others. For some people the 100mgs is a single therapeutic serving. For others 2.5 mgs is a single therapeutic serving. Cannabis dosing is highly individualized.

          So yes, you could eat a fraction of the amount of oil in a recipe, and that percentage of the dose. But whether it is the numbers you quoted will depend on the cannabis used or your own tolerance level. For more info on dosing, please see my free online dosing class at http://www.Cannademy.com.

          • Thanks for your response. My question is really more about the infusing into the butter or oil. I would try for just 5 mg to start but do I need to do the multi-hour long process of making the butter? Since the weed has been decarbed, isn’t the thc active, and so I could just eat my one dose straight? Or do I need to make butter and then eat it. I don’t really want to make brownies. Its such a small amount I thought I would just swallow it

          • Ahhhh, now I got you. Yes you could, BUT two things: some people find bud difficult on the digestion so you know yourself best on that one; and secondly eat it, but eat or drink something with fat along with it (for instance coffee with cream or whole milk) as cannabis metabolizes better in the presence of fat.

            Also know there are so many things besides brownies. There are hundreds of recipes on this sites for all kinds of delicious foods that can be made with cannabis, and lots more in my cookbooks. But yes, if you don’t want to cook, you could just eat it.

  1. What about a small,personal batch? If I just want a “snack” size and not a “party” size, wouldn’t this work; I think 1 gram is about 2 teaspoons, which is about 100mg THC or about 10 servings.
    Then I decarb (about 35 minutes at 240 degrees.
    Aren’t I really done? The THC is activated so do I really need to take all day and make the butter? If this formula gives 10 servings, can’t I just eat 1 serving, which is about 1/10 of the 2 teaspoon. I don’t really care if that tiny amount tastes bad.

  2. Thank you so much. I suspected that it would be more effective / potent ingested with fat, so I thought peanut butter – or even just butter would help. The decarbing process his no big deal – it was the slow cooker for so many hours at just the right temp, etc. that I was hoping to avoid.

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