Want to elevate your Thanksgiving dinner tonight? Cannabutter can turn your regular holiday dinner into an exciting affair. Edibles have become more and more popular among cannabis users.
They’re beginner-friendly, easily dosed, and of course, they’re seriously delicious.
Cannabis edibles all center around one magical ingredient: cannabutter.
In order to make the best cannabutter for your homemade edibles, you need to ensure that you get the right cannabis strain. But with so many options, it can be incredibly tough to make the right choice.
Don’t worry — this guide is here to help so you can wow your cannabis lovin’ friends tonight.
Read on to learn more about the best strains for making cannabutter.
Indica vs. Sativa: A Quick Overview
Especially if you’re new to cannabis culture, you need to know the difference between the two main kinds of cannabis plants: indica and sativa.
Indica plants have a lower THC count and a higher CBD count, which means that they’re more likely to help you physically relax (think of the typical “couch-locked” feeling.)
Indica strains help your muscles to relax, can be used as a pain management tool, help to control nausea, and just allow you to “chill out” mentally for a while.
Sativa strains, on the other hand, give you more of that mental, “trippy” high, thanks to their higher content of THC.
They can inspire creativity, help you to manage depression and anxiety, and even make it easier for you to focus.
Depending on the kind of experience you want, both strains can be used to make amazing edibles.
Which Strains Make the Best Cannabutter?
Now that you know the main differences between sativa vs. indica edibles, let’s talk more about the specific strains you should use to make the best cannabutter possible.
If you’re looking to make indica edibles, it’s tough to go wrong with the Purple Punch Strain.
It usually creates feelings of euphoria in users and is especially great for those who might be feeling last night’s drinking today. It’s also a good one to use right before bedtime to get a great night’s sleep.
Sour Diesel is an awesome choice for sativa edibles, and it’s great to use to energize you before a big night out. It also helps to keep stress at bay (so use before a date or a tense night at the gambling table!)
If you’re looking for a good hybrid strain, we can’t say enough good things about the gold standard of cannabis, the classic OG Kush strain (this is also a super beginner-friendly strain to try out).
OG Kush tastes great in edibles and gives you that much sought-after balance between a mental and a physical high.
A word to the wise about edibles: remember that they take much longer to kick in (about an hour) than cannabis that’s smoked.
Don’t make the common beginner mistake of eating more edible than you need to—that’s a fast way to ruin your night! Just be patient and wait for things to kick in. You should feel the effects most intensely for about 4 hours, with lingering effects up to 10 hours later.
How to Make Cannabutter the Easy Way
If you’re interested in trying out homemade edibles, the first thing you’ll need to do is make quality cannabutter.
You may be able to find pre-made cannabutter, but it’s a bit more satisfying—and surprisingly simple—to do it on your own. Plus what a great way to contribute to a homemade Thanksgiving dinner.
We think the simplest and most effective way to make cannabutter is in a crockpot/slow cooker. It requires minimum effort, keeps the smell down, and delivers a potent final product.
All you’ll need is a slow cooker, about 1 cup (10 grams or so) of one of the cannabis strains we mentioned above, and 1 cup of butter.
The most important step here is to decarboxylate, or “decarb” your cannabis before you make the cannabutter. If you don’t, the cannabis will lose most if not all of its psychedelic effects.
Place the removable bowl from the slow cooker (not the entire unit) with the ground cannabis in the oven for about 30-40 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Afterward, remove the bowl from the oven, throw in the butter (you may want to melt it beforehand) and let it simmer in the slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours.
Once it’s a greenish-brown color and looks a bit like oil, you’re good to cook with it! Check out this easy cannabis brownie recipe or experiment with other edibles to get started.
The Best Edibles Require the Best Cannabis
Now that you know exactly which strains make the best cannabutter and how to make your own easy cannabutter in a crockpot, we know that you’re eager to try it out for yourself! Now enjoy your new-found skill and enjoy your elevated Thanksgiving dinner!
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