Kief is a great choice when it comes to cooking with cannabis. Though kief, the shiny and unprocessed yet still very cannabinoid concentrated resin glands off of the actual buds, still contains terpenes, it does not impart quite the punch of cannabis flavor to food that extracting a fresh bud will. It is also much more quickly prepared for cooking. To prep any type of cannabis for cooking, it must go through decarboxylation, or decarbing. That’s a long word that means we apply heat for a set amount of time in order to activate the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC. Kief is a 10 minute prep time, it melts readily into fats and requires no straining of plant material.
Before making the kief butter, you must first decarboxylate the kief.
To decarboxylate kief:
1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
2. Place kief in an oven safe container, and cover.
3. Bake for 7 minutes.
4. Allow to cool with cover on.
Once decarboxylated, the THC in the kief is active, as in psychoactive, meaning it will now produce the euphoric feeling most commonly described as being “high.” This same procedure can also be used to decarb hash oil, shatter, or wax.
Kief Butter Recipe
- l/2 lb Unsalted Butter
- gram decarboxylated Kief (from home supply or purchase from legal retailer)
- Small saucepan
1. Place butter into the saucepan and heat over medium heat until thoroughly melted.
2. Add the decarboxylated kief, and stir until dissolved. Do not continue cooking once the kief is dissolved into the butter.
3. Pour kief butter into silicone cupcake liners, and freeze them for fresh storage.
The liners will pop right off, are reusable, and each one is naturally l/4 cup= 4 Tbsps, leaving it incredibly easy to measure for your next recipe. This butter will stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months. Making edibles at home is all about experimenting, and learning what works best for you. Start with baking for 10 minutes and eating a low dose when you prepare a treat. For a stronger butter, use¼ cup or¼ pound when preparing. For a lighter dose use l cup or l lb. Novice users should wait 90 minutes after consuming the first dose, before considering having some more. Each time you cook with cannabis, write down what you did in step-by-step format. Include how much you consumed and what the strength or dosage was. Also, keep notes on how you felt each time so that you can adjust dosing to understand your comfort levels.