How to make Cannabis Shortening

Many people avoid cooking cannabis because they think they need a lot of weed, or because they have experimented in the past and wasted there hard-earned stash in recipes that just do not work. This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make a very small batch (enough for one or maybe two people) of cannabis shortening. If you follow all the steps exactly how they are written you will make yourself a working batch.


Cannabis Shortening

Why use shortening? Shortening has a very high saturated fat content which is perfect for extracting THC.

Note: If you wish to make a large batch you can use a 1-2 gram per tablespoon of butter or shortening ratio.

1. The “Decarb” Process

Preheat the oven to 150°F. Using tin foil make a small tray to hold you bud, like in the picture. I used a penny to give you an idea of how much marijuana I used. I estimate it to be about one gram. Place the buds on the tin foil and into the oven. Do this until the buds are dry and easily crumble into a powder. This process is called decarboxylation. Cannabis contains mostly THC-A, an acid with the carboxylic group (COOH) attached. In its acid form, THC is not psychoactive. When the carboxyl group is removed the THC becomes psychoactive. When marijuana is smoked this process happens automatically. This should take between 30-45 minutes. Again when the weed crumbles into very small pieces to the touch you know your done.

2. Double Boiler

Now you will need a double boiler or something similar for this process. I am using this egg-poacher which is the perfect siz e for making a small batch of butter or shortening. Fill the bottom half of the pan with water. The water should not touch the upper bowl of the double boiler.

3. Bring Water to a Boil

Fill the bottom half of the pan with water. The water should not touch the upper bowl of the double boiler. Bring to a boil. Place the upper portion of the boiler back on.

4. Add Shortening

Use one tablespoon of shortening. As you can see I only use the highest quality lard. Add to the upper dish of your boiler or egg poacher. It will melt very quickly. It should NEVER boil, or even bubble. If it does the pan somehow got way to hot. You likely killed all the THC by this point, try again.

5. Add the Weed

Crumble the weed into a fine powder into the melted shortening. This should be easy enough if you followed step one. Stir frequently! This is very important, it helps agitate the trichomes (glands that contain the magic oils), breaking them off the plant material so they bind to the fat molecules of the shortening. Continue for at least 90 minutes! Be patient it can take some time for the THC to dissolve into the shortening.

Step 7. Cool

Turn off the stove and allow the pan to come to room temperature. Than move the mixture to a dish and place in the fridge to solidify. If you were making a larger batch you would want to strain out the marijuana using cheesecloth. However because we are using a small amount we leave it in, this will ensure we don’t lose anything important! When it has solidified in the refrigerator it will be green and solid like butter.

8. Eat or Cook

You can use this In many recipes or spread it on pancakes or something. I used it on toast for simplicity. It was gross but worth it.

The Results

I ate all of it on one piece of bread, although you could probably share it with someone. I got a very heavy body high that stayed strong for 4 hours before it started to fade. Definitely worth it!

2 comments… add one

  • wilmahawkins May 28, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I have a gram of resin, can I use this to cook with?

  • sumyoong November 20, 2013, 5:02 am

    Hell no.


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