How to make cannabutter using kief (dry ice hash)

Learn how to make cannabutter using kief extracted using the dry ice hash method. This marijuana butter recipe works great with edibles such as our marijuana brownie recipe since cannabutter made with dry ice hash has very little of the “weed” flavor associated with cannabutter made with buds and trimmed leaves.

Don’t have any kief handy for your cannabutter recipe? Learn how to cook cannabutter using butane hash oil (aka BHO or shatter), marijuana flowers or trim, bubble hash, or scissor hash.

It’s easy to make great marijuana edibles using kief, which is the pure trichomes of the marijuana plant. The dry ice screening process separates the psychoactive mushroom-shaped trichomes from the plant material, leaving you with a pile of pure hash or kief. Since the plant material is removed, the strong “marijuana” flavor of your marijuana butter will be greatly reduced. The result is a nicely balanced flavor in the recipe.

Before cooking cannabutter with kief you’ll need to decarb it to activate the THC. Decarboxlyation is done by heating the dry ice hash at a low temperature which causes a chemical reaction. This step is essential – do not skip it. Learn how to decarb dry ice hash.

How to make cannabutter from kief

How to make cannabutter with kief ( or dry ice hash)
To make cannabutter with kief or dry ice hash, first decarb your kief and then simmer it in butter to dissolve.

Learning how to make cannabutter using kief is simple. After decarboxylating your dry ice hash the next step is to dissolve it into something that contains fat, in this case a stick of butter.  The amount of kief you should use varies based on how potent you want your butter to be.

Using 1 or 2 grams of kief per stick of butter is a good way to cook your first batch. Better to start light and work your way up once you’re sure you can handle it.  See below for more info on how to determine the THC content in your kief cannabutter.

In this marijuana butter recipe we’re going to slowly melt 1 stick of butter and then add 2 grams of already-decarboxylated dry ice hash. Make sure the kief is broken up into small pieces with your fingers rather than using a big chunk.  Simmer the kief lightly for a few minutes, stirring constantly while scraping the bottom of the pan with a silicone spatula. The kief will melt into the butter and dissolve quickly, press any chunks flat to speed this up.

Simmer lightly for a few minutes. Keep the heat as low as you can to maintain a slight simmer; too much heat destroys THC. Too much heat will also cause the butter to brown, not ideal for baked edible recipes.

Some chefs decarb their hash directly in butter using double boiler consisting of a mason jar placed in a pan with a few inches of boiling water.  This method of decarbing kief requires that you cook the butter much longer to achieve decarboxylation. We prefer to decarb in the oven first since it’s a more consistent way to gently heat the kief, and then add the already decarbed material to the butter briefly.

Make higher strength cannabutter requires either using more hash or reducing the amount of butter.  For example, if the recipe calls for one stick with 2 grams of hash, you can make your cannabutter double strength by either using 4 grams of hash or by reducing the amount of butter by 50%. But remember it’s better to go light then to overdo it and have a bad edibles experience.

The cannabutter in these brownies was made from 1 stick of butter and 3000 mg of kief extracted using dry ice. A pan of 12 brownies would each have about 80 mg of THC per serving.
The cannabutter in these brownies was made from 1 stick of butter and 3000 mg of kief extracted using dry ice. A pan of 12 brownies would each have about 80 mg of THC per serving, a strong dosage for many people.

How to determine THC content of Cannabutter made with kief

Determining the THC content of cannabutter made with kief is  important. Too much THC causes a bad user experience. This is why it’s so important to correctly calculate THC content. Knowing how to make cannabutter using kief requires some simple math to determine the potency.

Pure kief runs in the range of 30-33% pure THC.  So if you use 2 grams (2000 mg) of kief in your recipe, you can assume that will equal about 660 mg of THC.

  • 9 brownies with 73.3 milligrams of THC per serving
  • 12 brownies with 55 milligrams of THC per serving
  • 16 brownies with 41.25 milligrams of THC per serving

It is always better to under-dose your first batch than to overdo it. Never eat a new brownie recipe and decide after 20 minutes to eat another one because it’s taking too long to kick in. It may end in disaster.

THC in edibles gets processed by the liver. Unlike smoking,  it is very easy for people to ingest too much cannabis inadvertently. Overdosing on marijuana edibles is an awful experience.  Be cautious on your first try.

Once you have learned how to decarboxylate your kief and make cannabutter, you’re ready to cook.  Cannabutter can be used right away or stored in the fridge in a small sealed glass jar for longer-term storage.

Take special precaution to keep kids away from cannabutter or weed edibles, and never underestimate the ability of youngsters to find them. Safely storing cannabutter made with kief as well as prepared marijuana butter edibles save you a trip to the ER and will also keep you in the running for the parent of the year award.

You learned how to make cannabutter using kief – what next?

After you decarb BHO you can turn it into cannabutter for use in hundreds of weed edibles recipes.

Now that you have just learned how to make cannabutter with dry ice hash, here are a few ways to use your marijuana butter in edibles recipes:


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