Better Bud Butter has been a
terrific hit with website readers and those fortunate enough to have a copy of
“The Canny Bus Trip Kit” (soon to be released). It’s hard to improve on Better
Bud Butter but we’ve done it.
Improvement number one comes
from using European sweet butter. Regular butter is about 80% butterfat while
European butters range from 84-86%. This may seem trivial but remember it is
the butterfat that exacts the cannabinoids so a 7-8 % increase in butterfat
will result in a more efficient extraction and stronger butter. European style
butter comes from a number of manufacturers including Plugra from upstate New York, Strauss Organic, and recently Challenge European
Style. Yes, the best still comes from France but it is exorbitantly priced.
Improvement number two comes
from using a Braun high speed coffee grinder to convert all cannabis plant
material from whatever source to a fine powder. The use of powder means the
butter will taste more like cannabis as some of the chlorophyll and a few terpenes get into the butter. It also means a vastly
increased surface area where the butterfat meets the cannabinoids. Using powder
or “flour” significantly increases the potency of the final butter.
Improvement number three
comes from using the best starting materials available. In this case Train
Wreck, California Orange, and Pooh Bear trim were ground up and supplemented by
powdered California Orange flowers. Using bud as opposed to trim will increase
the potency of the butter.
The three improvements noted
above resulted in cannabutter that is markedly different from the normal (and
quite wonderful) Better Bud Butter. Black Out Bud
Butter (BOBB) is approximately 2oo-300% stronger. The name BOBB comes from the
fact that this butter is green and will cause blackouts if too much is consumed.
2½ pounds (six cups) of
European Style high butterfat unsalted butter. I combined 8 oz of Plugra with 1
pound of Strauss Organic and 1 pound of Challenge European Style. Everyone has
there own favorites but mine is Strauss. Strauss is smoother and less greasy
than the others.
4 oz powdered Train Wreck
2 oz powdered Pooh Bear Trim
(a cross of Train Wreck and Salmon Creek Big Bud)
2 oz powdered California
1/3 oz powdered California
The butters were melted in a
covered crock pot set on high. The powdered cannabis was gradually stirred in
with a wood spoon. The mixture was frequently stirred and cooked covered on
high for one hour followed by three hours set on low. Stirring was accomplished
every 15 minutes.
After four hours the hot
mixture was squeezed through cheese cloth into a bowl then the product was filtered
once more through cheese cloth. All available butter was squeezed out producing
approximately 3 ½ cups. Theoretically, the cloth balls remaining could be
re-extracted with more butter but the product would not be nearly as strong.
Approximately 75-85% of the available cannabinoids are extracted on the first
Here is one cup of BOBB in
his new refrigerator home:
Note on Preparation:
No gloves were used in
squeezing the rather hot cloth balls into the collection vessel. If you go
barehanded beware of burns. Usually the ball can be twisted and held at the top
then you can press the ball with the wood spoon against the side of the
collection vessel. Once the ball has cooled sufficiently you can “wring” out
the last of the cannabutter. Yes, this is messy but will leave your hands oh so
Note on Amount of powdered
cannabis to use: I use as much as will go into solution with the butter. This
varies depending upon the cannabis and source.
Note on Potency:
I know this cannabutter is
potent simply from the extreme effects produced from handling it. I look
forward to using this super potent butter for the next batch of Pecan Sandies.