I’ve decided to make my own cannabutter. I’m into using edible forms of cannabis to replace the fragrant use of a 6 inch bong. Besides, eating cannabutter keeps my secret safe.
About a half ounce of premium marijuana went into the first batch of cannabutter. One huge bud and a few smaller ones made up the bag.
Using a grinder, I turned the big bud into tiny bits. The grinder separated the kief from the larger parts. To make sure I’d get the full bags worth of cannabinoids I mixed the kief into the batch. Then baked it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour.
When the cannabis came out it was brownish green. A sign decarboxylation went well.
Next, I melted about 8 ounces of the unsalted butter. Added one third cup of water. And the decarboxylated cannabis.
The sauce pot with the butter and the cannabis simmered on extra low for about 4 hours before I strained the bits of weed out and chilled the butter.
The effects were a mellow total body high. Not overwhelming at all.
Of course the next batch of cannabutter was entirely different. I used the same method, same dealer, but different cannabis. The butter actually was greener in color. And way stronger. I felt way too high, way too spaced out, and I had to fight to keep my wits about me when my 70-year old neighbor came for a visit. Awful.
Now, I’m preparing to make another personal batch. And there’s no telling how this one will turn out.
The problem is there’s no way to tell. My dealer doesn’t have a registry. He works from his car. And so does his dealer.
There’s no government issued testing here. No regulations protecting the consumer. So I’ve decided to put some potency protection of my own into place.
After researching the topic of consistency I’ve discovered regulated markets experience inconsistency too.
Just this month Tilray, the Canadian cannabis giant, experienced inconsistency. An entire batch of THC:10 CBD:10 cannabis oil recalled by the company. “The company has initiated the recall due to slightly lower than indicated THC potency level identified in a routine stability test.” a representative explained.
Pharmacists in Germany must test all cannabis oils before giving them to patients. Colombia mandates seeds and clones get registered. The Bureau of Cannabis Control in California has numerous labs to test cannabis.
Tests provide patients and consumers with reliable cannabis. The German patients with prescriptions for THC 10: CBD 10 avoided the shock of a weaker dose. I’d like to avoid the shock of being so high I can’t form sentences.
These are the protection measures I’ll attempt to put into place:
Protection measure number one: Eat a small amount. This might work, but the time lag between eating and feeling effects is so long I usually try some more.
Protection measure number two: Give the edible to someone else. This too could work, but willing testers could have difficulty remembering.
Protection measure number three: By a cannabis tester for my personal use. These things run about $1000 and that money’s better spent on pot.
The regulated cannabis market has given marijuana users the luxury of knowing. This knowledge prevents dosing surprises and inconsistent edibles. It’s a small luxury we’re tempted to ignore. Knowing makes life with marijuana more predictable and less stressful. That’s good medicine.
Until then every batch is a surprise.