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Cannabutter Explained, Effects and Recipes

Sweet Grass was born out of a desire to bring unique comfort food to cannabis consumers. We started baking modern takes on classic favorites in Colorado over a decade ago with Cannabutter as our star ingredient. Cannabutter helps us achieve our company purpose “to make life sweeter” and we are thrilled to offer this perfectly dosed stick for everyone to enjoy!

To help you get excited about our Cannabutter, we describe exactly what it is, how it’s made, and the effects. We also share some of our favorite Cannabutter recipes so you can be a home canna-chef!

What is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is THC-infused butter. Butter is a dairy product that contains a lot of saturated fats. Because of the saturated fat, the butter has many sites for THC to latch onto compared to monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil. 

Sweet Grass Cannabutter sticks contain 100mg THC each. Each stick is portioned into “pats” that are 1 tablespoon and contain 10mg THC each for easy dosing. Keep Cannabutter in the fridge or freezer; it can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Our Cannabutter won trophies at the 2019 and 2021 THC Classic and was the first infused butter to be approved by the Colorado Department of Health!

How is Cannabutter made?

1. Quality cannabis flower

At Sweet Grass, we infuse our Cannabutter with high-quality cannabis strains that are cultivated in-house. This allows us to ensure our products are grown, tested, and cooked at the highest quality standards to guarantee consistency. 

2. Decarboxylation

When making our Cannabutter, the cannabis flower is decarboxylated, which means it is heated at precise temperatures for a specific period of time. This activates the cannabinoids like THC to feel their effects.

3. Simmered and Strained

All of our flower is then gently simmered in clarified butter — which is pure butterfat — to ensure a great infusion and an even mixture of THC. Then, for the best flavor, our butter is strained three times to remove all plant matter and impurities.

What are the effects?

Since Cannabutter has a high fat content, you can count on a longer lasting body effect than cannabis oil infused edibles or when smoking cannabis. This may be because orally ingested cannabis is processed by the liver where THC is metabolized into 11-hydroxy-THC, a more potent molecule. This makes the therapeutic and psychoactive effects more powerful and longer lasting than smoking.

The reported effects of eating a Cannabutter-infused treat are body relaxation and a psychoactive cerebral euphoria. However, everyone’s body is different and so the effects may vary. It typically takes 1-2 hours to feel the effects and they may last up to 6 hours or more. 

Remember to follow our golden rule: start low and go slow! This means start with a low dose and wait to see how you feel before eating more. If you eat too much, you could feel negative effects.

Sweet Grass Favorites

If you are new to Sweet Grass or if you haven’t tried all of our cannabutter-infused goods, browse our menu. Some of our favorites are Sweet Grass Brownie Bites, Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Bit Cookies, Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Chip Cookies. We also offer seasonal Pumpkin Pies and Key Lime Pies.

Today Sweet Grass cannabis-infused baked good are distributed to nearly 400 recreational and medical dispensaries throughout Colorado. 

Cannabutter Recipes

Some our biggest goals are to bring people together and for everyone to enjoy cooking with their friends and family. So roll up your sleeves and check out the Sweet Grass 2020 Holiday Baking Guide with Cannabutter recipes. Also below are a couple of our favorite cannabis recipes to try. Check back with us this fall for this year’s 2021 Holiday Baking guide with all new recipes!

Sugar Cookie Bars

Instead of making sugar cookies try using a sheet pan and making cookie bars instead. Combine this with the featured frosting recipe. We highly recommend covering in green sprinkles to finish this recipe in style.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients: 

  • 8 Tbsp. Sweet Grass Cannabutter (softened) 
  • 8 Tbsp. butter (softened) 
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour  
  • ½ tsp. baking powder 
  • 1 tsp. salt 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. Combine Cannabutter and butter in a large bowl and cream together with a stand or hand mixer. 
  3. Add sugar and increase mixer speed until mixture is fully creamed together. 
  4. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract. 
  5. Combine in a separate bowl – flour, salt, baking powder – and then slowly add to creamed butter mixture. 
  6. Spread batter evenly into a greased prepared pan and bake for 25-30  minutes. 
  7. Cool cookie bars completely if you plan to frost them! 

Frosting

Use 10 tablespoons of butter total. You may use different ratios of Cannabutter and regular unsalted butter to pick the dose you would like.

Ingredients: 

  • 10 Tbsp. Sweet Grass  
  • Cannabutter (softened) 
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners sugar  ½ tsp. vanilla extract 
  • ¼ tsp. salt 

Directions: 

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer cream the butter by slowly adding the sugar and increasing the mixer speed.
  2.  Mix in vanilla extract and salt. Be sure to fully combine all ingredients. 
  3. Add sugar and increase mixer speed until mixture is fully creamed. 
  4. Spread evenly on cookie bars or anything else you would like!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

If spicy foods are your thing, here is one of the most famous and popular dishes with a twist. This version is a canna chef delight that is perfect for game day or any day. For a meatless option, omit bacon or substitute for veggie bacon (ie. MorningStar or Be Leaf). This recipe makes a dozen and each popper contains 4mg THC. Ingredients:
  • 12 Jalapeños
  • 5 tablespoons Sweet Grass Cannabutter (50mg)
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 1 Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • Dash of salt and pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and clean out seeds.
  3. Mix cream cheese, greek yogurt, cannabutter, salt, and pepper.
  4. Fill jalapeño halves with cannabutter/cream cheese mixture.
  5. Wrap in bacon.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is thoroughly cooked.

Tips for Cooking with Cannabutter

  • Do not exceed 450 °F when baking.
  • Saute at low heat.
  • Microwave in 5-second increments and allow the butter to cool each time.
  • When cooking, if the butter begins to smoke it is too hot.

We hope your Cannabutter recipes turn out great! Feel free to share your recipes with us on our Cannabutter Recipe Forum. Also, you can find Cannabutter at Colorado dispensaries here.

If you are interested in featuring Sweet Grass Cannabutter in your shop, contact us.

Infusiasm makes no claims regarding the health or medical benefits of cannabis in general, or this product in particular. Individual results may vary.

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