By LeeWEpstein

June 30, 2020


Cannabis butter is the cook’s best weapon. But there are many other ways to infuse your dishes with cannabis, such as swapping high-fat butter with coconut oil, olive oil, or others.

Edible foods offer an exciting way to enjoy the effects of cannabis. And while people usually think of cookies or brownies when they hear about edible foods, there are many ways to infuse cannabis into your dishes. Read on to get an overview of cannabis butter and the different types of cannabis oil – the basis of most edible foods – to see which one suits you best!

Why use cannabis butter ?

Ahhh, butter. Nothing compares to the rich, sweet flavor of quality butter made from whole milk. Combine it with quality Kush and you’ll have a delicious way to infuse cannabis into your favorite dishes.

Cannabis butter is the basis of brownies, space cakes, and cookies. It is made by cooking cannabis flowers in butter and water for 3 to 24 hours, depending on the recipe. This process extracts the cannabinoids and other compounds from the flower to be incorporated into the butter, making them available to our bodies when we eat these edible foods. Remember to maintain a low temperature when simmering your butter to avoid burning it and destroying the precious compounds in your herb.

To have an active butter, it is important to decarboxylate your herb first, which means crumbling it and cooking it for 30-40 minutes at a low temperature (about 110°C). This converts the cannabinoid acids, such as THCA and CBDA, into their non-acidic equivalents (THC and CBD), which ensures more potent edibles.

The advantages of cannabis butter

Cannabis butter is easy to prepare and complements sweet or savory dishes thanks to its richness and buttery taste. You can use cannabis butter as a last-minute addition to creamy curries, as a base for delicious cookie dough, or even just spread it inside a simple grilled cheese sandwich. Cannabis butter is usually where most novice cooks begin their long psychoactive journey with homemade edibles.

– Easy to make

– Tasty

– Works for sweet or savory dishes

– Relatively inexpensive

– Fat promotes the power of edible foodstuffs

The disadvantages of cannabis butter 

The main disadvantage of cannabis butter is its fat and dairy content. If you are monitoring your fat intake, if you are vegan or if you are intolerant to dairy products, cannabis butter is simply not an option for you with its edible cooking. Luckily, this is where cannabis coconut oil can save the day! Don’t forget that butter also has a low smoke point; high heat can spoil the flavor and effects of your edibles.

– Not the healthiest option

– Non-vegan

– low smoke point

Why use cannabis-infused coconut oil ?

Coconut oil is a source of many medium-chain triglycerides that are easy to digest and used as energy by your body. Studies also suggest that coconut oil can help promote heart health, help your body burn fat, and much more, making it an excellent alternative to common cooking fats such as butter and other oils.

Coconut oil infusion is simple to use: simply cook a few cannabis flowers and/or crumble them in oil and water for 8 to 24 hours, depending on the recipe and the potency you are looking for. As in the manufacture of cannabis butter, it is important to keep the temperature low (to avoid destroying the cannabinoids and burning fat) and to decarboxylate the flowers beforehand to obtain a more powerful finished product.

The benefits of cannabis-infused coconut oil 

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil has a ton of advantages as cooking oil, making it a super healthy way to infuse all your favorite dishes. The fact that some coconut oils don’t have a strong taste makes them ideal for cooking everything from sweet snacks to savory delicacies. And if you want to spice up your sex life, you can also use infused coconut oil as a natural lubricant! Remember that THC is a natural vasodilator and applying it to your skin can help direct blood flow to the right places.

– Highly nutritious

– Vegans

– Versatile fat source (works in sweet and savory dishes)

– Can also be used as a lubricant

The disadvantages of cannabis-infused coconut oil 

There are not many real drawbacks to using coconut oil, especially considering its health benefits. Coconut oil does not bring the same creamy texture and rich taste to your dishes as butter. But whether this is a problem or not depends on your eating habits, needs, and preferences. If you want to brew a batch of brownies, you can opt for cannabis butter. On the other hand, if you want to brew a healthy stir-fry, coconut oil is probably the best solution.

– Less tasty than butter

– Sometimes harder to get

– More expensive than butter

Why use cannabis-infused olive oil ?

If you are looking for a cheaper, but healthy alternative to coconut oil, olive oil is your best option. It has a delicious flavor that goes very well with Mediterranean dishes, drizzled over salads, sauces, or even just over freshly baked sourdough (your mouth is already watering?).

The manufacturing process for infused olive oil is the same as for infused coconut oil.

The advantages of cannabis-infused olive oil 

First of all, olive oil is delicious. It is also much more accessible, both in terms of availability and price than some of the other oils on this list. Also, olive oil has a ton of health benefits: it is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants and is not associated with weight gain or obesity (unlike other cooking fats).

– A sweet and pleasant taste

– Nourishing

– Ideal for savory dishes

– Easily accessible

– More price/quality options

The disadvantages of cannabis-infused olive oil 

There are two main disadvantages to using olive oil as a base for your cannabis oil. Firstly, olive oil burns at a lower temperature than other cooking oils, which means that it should not be used for anything cooked over high heat (such as steaks or stir-fries). Secondly, the strong flavor of the olive does not go very well with certain dishes, such as sweets or desserts.

– Low smoke point

– Not ideal for sweet dishes

– A “better” olive oil costs more

What other oils can you use to make cannabis edible ?

Coconut oil, olive oil, and butter are far from being your only options for making edibles. If you have the time, money, and supply of weed, consider brewing some of the following oils to increase the variety in your kitchen.


Which is more potent, cannabis butter or cannabis oil ?

One of the main concerns when selecting an oil to use for cooking cannabis is how effectively it absorbs THC and other cannabinoids from your herb. 

According to tests by SC Labs and C4 Laboratories, clarified butter, coconut oil, and olive oil gave the best results. 

How to choose the right fat for cannabis edibles 

You’re about to cook and you don’t know which oil to brew? Here are three factors to keep in mind to help you choose.


If your main concern is to cook the most potent edible foods possible, you should choose a cooking fat with the highest THC and other cannabinoid absorption rate. I


In addition to getting you high, you want your food to taste good. Keep this in mind when choosing an oil to brew, and consider brewing two or three different oils to give you some variety. For example, if you decide to have a multi-course dinner party for your friends, you can use some oils for savory dishes and butter for desserts (with a vegan coconut oil option, of course).


Like the flavor, the texture is an important part of our experience with food. No matter what dish you prepare, think about how your oil will affect the texture and “mouthfeel”. Most oils have a similar texture; butter and ghee, on the other hand, have very specific textures that are perfect for some dishes and completely change others.  

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