What is Cannabutter?
Cannabutter in the most literal sense is a butter based solution which has been infused with cannabinoids from marijuana.
When the butter is heated with cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids are released from the plant matter and join the fat in the butter. Many of the healing compounds in medical marijuana are fat-soluble, meaning they bind to fat molecules.
The finished cannabutter can be used in any recipe that calls for butter. Most patients can benefit from this method of marijuana delivery, but certain ailments are particularly well suited to medicating with cannabutter.
Ingestion Methods & Advice
The only appropriate way to ingest cannabutter is orally. As a marijuana edible, the full effects may take some hours to emerge.
When cooking cannabutter, it is suggested that one uses a low, gentle heat for around 4 hours as THC is a delicate material and can be compromised if cooked improperly.
Reports suggest that you should consume cannabutter as an ingredient rather than on its own. While eating cannabutter alone will have some effect, using it as an ingredient in a recipe will decrease its acquired taste and vastly improve its effects when consumed.
Cannabutter is less harsh on the throat and respiratory system than many other orally administered medical cannabis ingestion methods. Therefore, asthma, respiratory allergies, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and many forms of cancer are just a few conditions that can benefit from ingesting marijuana through cannabutter.
Ingesting cannabutter avoids the physical strain on the nose, throat, and lungs that comes from inhaling burnt plant matter, as happens with smoking medical marijuana. Particulates prevalent in smoke irritate the respiratory system. Those with smoke allergies may find cannabutter a good match for their needs.
Some patients suffering from nausea can find relief with cannabutter. The act of coughing from smoking or even when using a vapourizer, can trigger vomiting in certain patients since similar muscles are used in both coughing and vomiting. This is particularly challenging for patients who vomit frequently over an extended period of time, and therefore sometimes experience a more sensitive gag reflex. These include chemotherapy patients and women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that can be life-threatening and which has few forms of treatment. Melted cannabutter in an herbal tea can be an easy and soothing way for nauseous patients to ingest their medicine.
Cannabutter offers a discreet way for patients to have their medicine when social stigma plays a significant role. General Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder are conditions that present significant levels of anxiety which may be exacerbated by the outside perceptions of the smell, ash and residue of other marijuana methods. The discretion of an edible made with cannabutter allows patients with anxiety to medicate in a manner that may be less problematic.
Insomnia sufferers benefit from cannabutter made from indica, or indica-heavy hybrids. The deep and long lasting effects of cannabutter work well to help keep the patient asleep through the night. A dinner or evening dessert cooked with cannabutter can serve as a sleep medicine with a delayed affect, leaving the patient feeling lethargic near bedtime.
Cannabutter (depending on the strain) can be extremely potent and should be consumed in moderation to avoid extremely negative side effects.
Proper cannabutter dosing requires self-awareness and a bit of trial and error since body chemistry, and thus medication results, vary from patient to patient. Beginning with conservative doses, and allowing a full two or two and a half hours before judging the dosage, will help patients learn how their individual bodies respond to the cannabutter.