There’s nothing better than peanut butter and jelly, or is there? Imagine sinking your teeth into a tasty sandwich, and just a few hours later, you feel totally relaxed and chill? To cannabis users, that probably sounds heavenly, and with peanut butter weed, you’ll not only be able to enjoy a yummy treat, but you’ll also get a nice buzz. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Cannabis edibles have become all the rage in recent years, especially since medicinal and/or recreational marijuana use has become legal in so many locations across the United States. With the growing demand for edibles, people have been coming up with interesting, tasty, and fun ways to consume their ganja, and peanut butter certainly fits into that description.
There are so many ways to enjoy cannabis-infused peanut butter; PB&J sandwiches, smeared on some toast, topped on ice cream, on some crackers, mixed into a protein shake, or even just on a spoon, no peanut butter shaming here!
If the idea of weed peanut butter has your mouth watering, you’re probably wondering how to get your hands on some, and we don’t blame you (it’s our favorite form of edibles because of the sheer versatility and easy dosing).
You could try scouting some out at a dispensary or head shop that sells edibles, but it might be hard to find it, and if you do, it could be pretty pricy; plus it might not meet your taste requirements.
Instead of trying to source already-made cannabis-infused peanut butter (and not being satisfied if you do happen to find it), there’s a better way to get your hands on some ganja PB. How? By making it yourself!
Canna-peanut butter; it’s a lot like regular cannabutter but with more flavor and more easily consumed without having to cook anything (raw power!)
Keep on reading to find out how to make your own cannabis-infused peanut butter at home, saving boat loads of time and generating endless hours of blissful fun!
Canna-Peanut Butter: Take it Slow and Steady
It’s important to remember that when it comes to ingesting weed – including cannabis-infused peanut butter – you really need to take your time. Eating marijuana is a whole lot different than smoking it. When you smoke it, you feel the effects almost immediately; when you eat it, it can take quite a bit longer for the effects to kick in.
Why? Because when you consume edibles, the THC (the active ingredient that causes that “high-like” feeling) has to work its way through the digestive track so that it can be metabolized, and that can take about an hour or more (depending on your digestive system).
So, with that said, make sure you have patience. The last thing you want to do is dig into a cannabis-infused PB&J sandwich and 15 minutes later, you aren’t feeling the effects, so you toss back another scoop of peanut butter, and then BAM – you’re super-high and instead of feeling cool and mellow, you feel buggy and paranoid.
Doubling your dose, while it won’t lead to physical harm, can certainly lead to a bad time (if you’re an experienced weed user, you know what we’re talking about).
So, with that said, if you want to have the best time possible, make sure that you’re patient and take your time. Once you digest that sandwich, shake, or scoop of PB, you’ll be sure to feel the effects.
Decarboxylation: What it is and why it’s important?
In order for weed to get you high, it needs to be heated up so that THCA, a cannabinoid, can be converted into THC, the naturally-occurring component of the cannabis plant that makes you feel high.
When you smoke weed, the THC-A in the plant is heated up almost instantly, as you’re obviously exposing it to fire; however, when you eat cannabis, it isn’t heated up, and so the THC-A won’t be converted into THC, which means that you won’t feel the effects.
In order for your cannabis-infused PB to create that high-like sensation, the weed that you’re using has to go through decarboxylation.
Decarboxylation is a fancy way of saying heating up the cannabis. The name might sound complex, but it’s actually a pretty simple and straightforward process. You can either buy a cannabis-specific decarboxylation machine or do-it-yourself.
In order to decarboxylate your weed, use the following tips:
- Preheat your oven to 210 degrees F
- Finely grind up your weed
- Spread the finely ground weed onto a cookie sheet. Avoid layering it, but rather, make sure that it’s spread out as much as possible.
- Cover the weed with tinfoil
- Place the tray into the oven and let is bake slowly
- Check on the weed, using a spatula or spoon to move it around the tray to ensure that it’s evenly heated
- When the ganja becomes brown, is dried out, and seems crumbly, it’s ready to remove from the oven. The process usually takes about an hour.
Simple DIY Cannabis Peanut Butter
If you’re new to making your own edibles, this simple, easy to follow ganja peanut butter recipe is a great place to start.
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (we prefer organic, but you can use any kind you like)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (again, we recommend organic, vegan organic THC oil is the best!)
- Decarboxylated cannabis
Add the peanut butter to a dish and mix in the olive oil until the two ingredients are well-blended and smooth. Add in the ganja and mix it, again, until it’s well-blended. When finished, set the mixture into the fridge for a few hours (or a freezer for faster results) until it sets.
Advanced Cannabis-infused Peanut Butter
If you prefer starting from scratch and don’t mind the extra work and the time commitment, this recipe might be for you, as instead of using pre-made PB, it involves making your own. In our opinion it’s worth the extra effort just for the flavor alone.
- 5 cups of unsalted peanuts
- ¼ cup of peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Decarboxylate cannabis
Mix the peanuts and salt in a blender or a food processor, letting it grind for a few minutes until it’s nice and fine. Mix in the olive oil and honey, and then blend for a few more minutes until well-mixed.
Add your ganja to the mixture, flip on the blender or food processor again, and let everything mix together until you have a nice smooth texture. Place the mixture in a container, cover it, and pop it in the freezer. When you want to use your homemade ganja PB, give it a mix with a spoon or a knife to turn over any oil that may have settled at the top or bottom.
Herb CEO Summary
Weed peanut butter is great. Not just because it’s well, peanut butter, but because like other THC-tinctures or chocolates even weed peanut butter is probably the easiest form of edible in which you have complete control over exactly how much you THC you dose.
A edible cookie for example can be broke in half, maybe quarters but it quickly begins disintegrating into crumbs as you try to portion down your doses. This isn’t great if you are new to edibles or you’re just looking to micro-dose to get through your day.
Peanut butter on the other hand you can consume as little as a pea-sized drop or you can smear a whole table spoon over a piece of bread, it all depends on what effect you are looking for. Heck, you can put it in cookies and brownies too if you want bigger portions.
If you’re going to be decarboxylating and making your own edibles and are new to the whole process we recommend checking out THC testing equipment as well to analyze your goods to be confident in exactly how much THC you’re consuming.
Getting the exact THC % down perfectly is pretty difficult when DIY-ing your own cannabutter or canna peanut butter and if you don’t want the risk of going on a longer, wilder ride than intended then getting a tool to test THC quantity will be solid insurance.
Other than that, all we can say is have fun! After weed is decarbed you can put it in pretty much anything, from traditional backed edibles to sweet gummy snacks to dinner items like pasta or pizza. The world of edibles is just as vast as the world of regular culinary delight, just with a little extra magic. You’re only limited by your imagination!