Behind the Butter

Sweet Grass Kitchen has been creating cannabutter confections for the past five years. All products are infused with slow-simmered, triple-strained, full flower cannabutter -- in other words, the kitchen uses the best part of the plant, not just the trimmings. We like to keep it old school while still evolving and improving our process to achieve optimum results.

So what is cannabutter? Cannabis infused butter is one of the oldest, simplest, and most natural ways to make cannabis infused foods. When it comes to edibles, it is important for consumers to understand what they are eating and how it can affect their experience.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary active substance in cannabis and is a hydrophobic oil, which means water-fearing. Hydrophobic oils are only soluble in lipids (fats) or alcohol, making butter a prime candidate for THC extraction.  Sweet Grass Kitchen uses clarified butter, which is pure fat and free of water, so that no cannabis material is wasted in the process.   

Founder & CEO, Julie Berliner, holds tray of decarboxylated cannabis buds.

Founder & CEO, Julie Berliner, holds tray of decarboxylated cannabis buds.

Cannabis produces THC-A, a cannabinoid that, while raw, is not very psychoactive.  In order to infuse butter with psychoactive properties it must undergo a process called decarboxylation where the cannabis is heated in order to convert the THC-A into THC.  After decarboxylation, the butter and cannabis can be simmered together allowing the THC to decouple from the cannabis flower and infuse the butter.  

 

SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SMOKING AND EATING CANNABIS?

Edibles Education cards created and provided by the Cannabis Business Alliance to educate people on "Start Low. Go Slow."

Edibles Education cards created and provided by the Cannabis Business Alliance to educate people on "Start Low. Go Slow."

The main difference between smoking and eating cannabis is how the THC is metabolized.  When smoking, the THC is absorbed through the lungs, into the bloodstream, and quickly makes its way to the brain providing immediate effects.  When ingested, however, the THC must first pass through the stomach and then the liver before being reaching the blood. This is why the psychoactive effects are delayed for approximately one hour after consumption. The THC from smoking, rapidly decreases after partaking whereas effects from eating cannabis can last on average between 6 to 10 hours.  Sweet Grass Kitchen advises the start low, go slow approach.

"In a nutshell, when cannabis is eaten, it is metabolized by the liver, so delta-9 THC becomes 11-hydroxy-THC, which passes the blood-brain barrier more rapidly and has more of a psychedelic effect than standard THC,” says Understanding Marijuana author Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. 

 

Sweet Grass Kitchen portions all recreational products into 10mg servings.  Find recreational Sweet Grass Kitchen products at these fine locations.

 

For more information on edibles and smoking v. ingestion, check out these links:

Inhale or Injest, 5 Differences Between Edibles and Flowers

Smoke v. Snack, Why Edible Marijuana is Stronger Than Smoking