How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter

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Cannabutter can be used to make a variety of marijuana edibles. (Photo: Prensa420/Flickr)

Cannabutter can be used to make a variety of marijuana edibles. (Photo: Prensa420/Flickr)

Get started with marijuana edibles by making cannabis-infused butter.

If you want to make marijuana edibles and don’t know where to begin, your best bet is to prepare a batch of cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter. By infusing cannabis with butter, you can easily turn any recipe into a marijuana-infused dish.

Never made cannabutter before? Luckily, it’s incredibly simple if you follow the right recipe.

The entire process usually take a few hours, though, so be warned. But once you have a batch of cannabutter, you’ll be able to whip up any marijuana-infused food within minutes.

How It Works

Making cannabutter involves separating the active ingredients – the cannabinoids – from cannabis and infusing it with a solvent; in this case, butter.

Butter is recommended for this process because cannabinoids, such as THC, are fat-soluble and don’t mix well with water. Cannabinoids also require heat in order to be activated, which is why you can’t use raw cannabis to make edibles.

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Specifically, heat transforms THCA into THC through a chemical process called decarboxylation. Without decarboxylating your cannabis first, it won’t have the same effects.

Use the recipe below and you’ll have fresh, homemade cannabutter that can be enjoyed as part of any marijuana-infused food, ranging from brownies and cookies to soup and tea.

Cannabutter Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 ounce cannabis (ground or raw)
2 cups water
Metal strainer
Medium pan

Directions
1. Add water and butter to pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough water to create a layer between the butter and the bottom of the pan. Use extra water if necessary.
2. Add cannabis to pan and mix thoroughly.
3. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. If mixture starts to boil, reduce heat.

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4. Allow pan to cool before straining into bowl or container.
5. Place mixture in fridge overnight. The butter will separate from the water and rise to the top.
6. Once butter has risen to top, remove from fridge. Peel off the chunks with a fork or knife and place in separate container.

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Congratulations, you’re now ready to make edibles! When it comes to dosing, it’s best to start with small amounts and move up gradually. Any extra cannabutter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Remember, the effects of edibles last much longer than smoking or vaporizing. While usually delayed by 30-60 minutes, the effects can last for 8 hours or more.

Quick & Easy Edibles

If you’re not sure what to do with your very first batch of cannabutter, there’s no need to fret. Here’s a list of edible recipes that are great for beginners:

1. Cheesy Garlic Bread
2. Medicated Waffles
3. Pot Brownies
4. Cream of Cannabis Soup
5. French Toast
6. Marijuana Tea

Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

Almonds 1-almonds

Almonds are pretty hardworking nuts when it comes to lowering your cholesterol. First, they’re rich in unsaturated fats that help raise healthy HDL cholesterol while lowering unhealthy LDL. Second, these fats also help make LDL cholesterol less likely to oxidize. This is a fabulous thing, because when LDL oxidizes, it’s more likely to gunk up your arteries and cut blood flow to the heart. Snack away. But do keep an eye on portion size. Almonds are high in calories, and all you need are a couple of ounces a day to reap benefits.

2-orangeOrange Juice

OJ manufacturers are doing everything they can to make their health food more appealing — including fortifying their juice with plant-derived cholesterol-busting compounds known as phytosterols. A review of 84 scientific studies revealed that getting 2 grams of phytosterols a day – the amount in a couple 8-ounce glasses of sterol-fortified OJ — could help lower harmful LDL levels by more than 8 percent. Check with your doctor first regarding whether citrus will interact with any of your medications. If it does, look for sterol-fortified margarine, milk, soymilk, cheese or breads instead.

Olive Oil 3-olive oil

This oil is a nutritional superstar — rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL. In fact, in a study of people with high cholesterol, blood samples showed less potential for harmful clotting just two hours after the study subjects ate a meal with olive oil. That’s because olive oil is rich in phenolics, plant substances that makes blood less likely to clot. All you need is about 2 tablespoons a day for benefit (use it in place of other fats).

4-asparagusSteamed Asparagus

There’s nothing wrong with a platter of crudités or a salad if you want to improve your diet, but steaming may help improve the cholesterol-lowering capabilities of some produce, including asparagus. Other veggies that get better after a short bout in the steam: beets, okra, carrots, eggplant, green beans and cauliflower. Researchers think steaming these veggies may help them do a better job of binding bile acids, which means your liver needs to use up more LDL cholesterol into order to make bile. That translates into less circulating LDL in your bloodstream.

Oatmeal 5-oatmeal

Your mama was right. Starting the day with a bowl of warm, toasty oatmeal is a smart move. Of all the whole grains, oats are the best source of soluble fiber — the kind that forms a gel to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream. Shoot for five to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day. If you have 1¼ cups of cooked oatmeal for breakfast, you’ll start your day with 5 grams of the stuff. Top your oatmeal with a chopped-up apple for an extra 3 grams of fiber, and you’re set.

6-pinto beansPinto Beans

Next time you make chili, add pinto beans to the pot. They’re packed with soluble fiber to help drive down cholesterol. And in a study, people who ate a half-cup of pinto beans a day lowered their total cholesterol by 8 percent in just 12 weeks. Ole! (Tip: If you use canned beans, rinse them to wash away excess sodium.)

Blueberries 7-blueberries

You’ve heard by now that blueberries are a nutritious superfood. One reason they’re so great? They help keep your arteries clear by reducing blood levels of artery-clogging LDL. Researchers suspect it’s because the berries support liver function so well. The end result: cholesterol gets swept out of your system much more easily. Enjoy blueberries fresh, frozen or freeze-dried. They still have the same benefits.

8-tomatoTomatoes

Include lycopene-rich tomato products in your diet every day for a few weeks, and you may knock your bad LDL cholesterol levels down by as much as 10 percent, according to a recent study. Researchers think the lycopene in tomatoes inhibits LDL production while at the same time helping break down this artery-clogging fat. You’ll need to consume at least 25 milligrams of lycopene a day for cholesterol benefits. That’s about a half cup of tomato sauce. Bring on the marinara!

Avocados 9-avacado

Every kitchen should be stocked with ripe avocados. Why? They’re chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help knock down bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while boosting healthy HDL cholesterol. Even better, you’ll love the fruit’s (yep, it’s a fruit) mild flavor and creamy texture. Mash avocado into guacamole, add slices to a sandwich, chop it up in a salad or — for a tasty snack — simply spread a little on whole-grain crackers with a tiny pinch of coarse sea salt.

10-chocolateChocolate

If you’re a chocoholic, here’s some good news. Study after study confirms dark chocolate is pretty amazing, healthy stuff. It’s full of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help lower cholesterol. It also has oleic acid, the same type of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. To improve your cholesterol, just have a little nibble — up to 1 ounce of dark chocolate a day. And check the label to make sure your chocolate is at least 70 percent cocoa. Cocoa is the stuff with all the heart-healthy ingredients.

Resource: http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/top-10-foods-lower-cholesterol?gallery=true

Homemade Cough Drops

Coconut Momma

Homemade Cough Drops – Feeling sick? These natural homemade cough drops are my go-to when I’m fighting a cold. Made with natural ingredients like raw honey which is known to help suppress coughing and immune boosting coconut oil you can’t go wrong with this natural alternative!

Homemade Cough Drops Ingredients cough drops

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temperature (Buy Here)
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey
  • Optional: 1-2 drops of Thieves Essential Oil (Buy Here) or 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon (Buy Here)

Directions

  1. Scoop coconut oil into a mixer bowl and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until it’s whipped.
  2. Add the honey and continue to whip until the honey and oil are mixed.
  3. Add cinnamon or 1-2 drops of Thieves Essential Oil if using.
  4. Pour mixture into small ice cube trays (like this one).
  5. Freeze the coconut cough drops until they’re hard, about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop the cough drops out of the ice cube tray and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    About The Ingredients

    Raw Honey – Known to naturally suppress coughing and help with sleeping due to respiratory infections (source). In clinical studies, honey has shown to be just as effective in alleviating coughs as over the counter cough medicine. Honey is also known to help alleviate allergies. According to this article, taking a few teaspoons of local raw honey a day prior to pollen season can be effective in boosting your immunity to pollen!

    Coconut Oil – This healthy fat is rich in antioxidants and contains lauric acid, which is antibacterial and antiviral. Coconut oil can be used to help prevent colds by boosting the immune system. Once the cold is set in, coconut oil can help reduce the length of sickness and can be quite soothing when added to warm honey-lemon water or tea.

    BONUS INGREDIENT: Thieves Essential Oil – Made up of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, this blend is named after four thieves who supposedly used the oils to protect themselves while robbing people dying of the plague. Thieves oil has actually been tested for its cleansing abilities and has shown to be very effective in supporting the immune system and eliminating bacteria. Note: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use this brand and feel comfortable ingesting these oils in very low doses with plenty of healthy fat like in this recipe.

    Cinnamon – If you don’t have Thieves cinnamon can be used in its place. Cinnamon has been used in folklore and traditional medicine to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms.