However, one of the most efficient methods of consumption is to ingest it.
Here we will show you how to make CBD butter and CBD coconut oil which can be used to make a huge variety of CBD infused foods.
The first step in preparing our flowers for ingestion is an important step, and is one that is often missed. It is a process called decarboxylation, and without getting too bogged down in science, it simply means heating the flower up for a short amount of time to convert the CBD into a form that is more suited for our systems to absorb.
WHILST THERE ARE BENEFITS TO CONSUMING RAW FLOWER WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO DECARBOXYLATE YOUR FLOWER
To ‘decarb’ your flower;
- Preheat your oven to 115°C
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper
- Break your flower into rice grain sized pieces. (Make sure not to grind your flower into dust as this will affect the taste and texture of your finished butter/oil.)
- Spread the ground flower across the baking tray and place in the oven for 40 minutes
- Every 10 to 15 minutes, give the tray a small shake to make sure all parts of the flower are being heated evenly
- After 40 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the to cool down to room temperature
Your flower is now ready to be cooked and consumed.
How to make CBD butter;
- Take your decarboxylated flower and break it down into smaller pieces using either a herb grinder, a pestle and mortar or even your fingers
- Place a pan on the hob and turn to low heat
- Add 220ml of water and 250g of butter to the pan to slowly melt. The water will help to keep the butter from burning
- As the butter melts into the pan, you can begin to start adding your ground CBD flower to the pan
- Over the next 2 to 3 hours, leave your flower to simmer on low heat in the butter. Make sure to stir every so often and never let the butter come to a boil. Too much heat may degrade your CBD
- The next step is to strain your butter so that you are left with a smooth butter. Using a cooking pot or a jar, place the cheesecloth loosely on top of the jar. Pour the mixture onto the cheesecloth to gently strain the mixture. Take this step slowly and allow the butter to sink through before adding more. You can try to squeeze out some more butter locked in the flower but be careful not to add pieces of flower back into the mixture, which may affect the taste and texture of your butter
- Whilst still warm, pour the butter mixture into your desired container for storage. Remember when choosing your container that the liquid will solidify
- You might like to keep the strained flower to be used later in tea
Place butter in fridge for 12 hours before use
If you are making CBD coconut oil or CBD olive oil follow the steps above but relace butter with 250/500ml of olive oil or coconut oil and do not add the 220ml of water to the pan.
You are now able to store your oil and butter and use these as a base for countless recipes.
If you have made CBD infused coconut oil then this can also be used as a skin and hair cream.