How to turn your favorite chili recipes into edibles with cannabutter

Published Sep 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
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When it comes to making edibles, the task of infusion and straining can be enough to scare anyone away. After all, many of us aren’t very skilled in the kitchen with regular food, furthermore the recreational kind. Luckily, there is one recipe that is perfect for just this, as it can be infused using extra ingredients, or by adding the cannabutter directly to your bowl if you prefer. The options are truly limitless when it comes to infusing chili with cannabutter, and here you will find a simple cannabutter recipe, a cannabis chili recipe, and some amazing tips and tricks for easy ways to infuse all liquid-based dishes like chili.

Instant cannabis infusion ideas

  1. Bread
    Serve a slice of bread or toast with a thin layer of cannabutter for a simple infused meal.

  2. Potatoes
    Potatoes will absorb the cannabutter, and work as an excellent base to coat with chili.

  3. Pasta
    A lot of people add a small amount of margarine to keep their noodles from sticking together, and though pasta might sound like an odd combination with chili, it tastes delicious and takes only a matter of minutes to make.

  4. French fries
    Baking some wedges or fries in cannaoil or cannabutter can be a great way to disguise the taste, without sacrificing potency of your marijuana edibles. Besides, who doesn’t love chili fries?

  5. Sour cream
    If you aren’t a fan of the taste that often accompanies edibles, then adding a small about of cannabutter to a blender with your sour cream an hour in advance of eating, works perfectly, just be sure to allow it time to reset in the fridge, as adding cannabutter will thin the cream.

  6. Cannabutter
    Add as much or as little cannabutter as you like to any chili or soup recipe for an instant marijuana edibles meal.

Cannabutter Recipe

This recipe is ideal for anyone who has not learned how to make cannabutter, as the simplicity and safety that the slow cooker method offers is easy to reproduce at home. However, this combination is considered to be strong, so those that are new or less experienced may want to begin with less cannabis. Just remember, the potency is controlled by the quality of the marijuana products that are used as well as the amount added, so as you get more comfortable with your tolerance levels, it can be fun and easy to safely experiment with edibles that offer different strengths.

Makes: 1 cup of cannabutter

Duration: 9 hours


  • · 10 grams of cannabis
  • · 1 cup of unsalted butter


  • Slow cooker
  • Cheesecloth
  • Heat resistant container (for storage)
  • Measuring cup
  • Elastic (or twine)
  • Oven gloves


  1. Turn your slow cooker on and set it to the highest setting.

  2. Put the unsalted butter into the pot and wait 5 mins for the butter to completely melt.

  3. Use a weed grinder to bust apart your buds before adding them to the liquid butter.

  4. Close the slow cooker and leave the mixture to infuse for 8 hours. Though you don’t have to mix it, the occasional scraping of the bottom of the slow cooker can help you to avoid scalding which can ruin the cannabutter recipe.

  5. After 8 hours has passed, turn off the slow cooker, and wait for the liquid to cool a bit. You will have on oven gloves for the next step, but sometimes that isn’t quite enough to avoid burns, so it’s a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes.

  • Now place a measuring cup so that it is easily accessible, put on some oven gloves, and pour the cannabutter into the cup.

  • Take a few sheets of cheesecloth and layer them together before using them to cover the top of your storage container with an elastic or twine.

  • Slowly pour the cannabutter through the cheesecloth filter into the storage container. This step isn’t necessary, but without it, you will notice a grittiness in your marijuana edibles.

  • Once the excess plant materials have been removed, close the container and store it in the fridge to cool and harden.

  • Cannabis Chili Recipe

    Makes: 6-8 servings

    Duration: 6 hours and 30 minutes


    • 2 lbs. of ground beef
    • ½ cup of broth (beef, pork, or chicken)
    • 15 ounces of dark red kidney beans
    • 15 ounces of light red kidney beans
    • 15 ounces of stewed tomatoes
    • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
    • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
    • 1 cooking onion (peeled and diced)
    • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
    • 4 tablespoons of cannabutter
    • 2 teaspoons of cumin
    • 2 teaspoons of paprika
    • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
    • ½ teaspoon of salt
    • ½ teaspoon of pepper


    • Slow cooker
    • Saucepan
    • Mixing spoon
    • Serving bowls


    1. Brown the ground beef on the stove in a pan before adding it to a slow cooker.

    2. Now add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and cover it with a lid.

    3. Leave the ingredients to cook for 6 full hours before serving. Top with shredded cheese or sour cream for garnish.

    How long do edibles stay in your system?

    The main reason so many people are concerned with the introduction of edibles is how easy it can be to take significant doses without realizing it until it’s too late. Marijuana edibles are not only more potent than your average cannabis product, but they are also often paired with more intense effects, which can quickly become overwhelming for new or inexperienced consumers. This is the reason why it is so important to know how long edibles will continue to affect you.

    These incredibly powerful cannabis-derived goods are filled with cannabinoids like THC that work together to provide the intense effects. Though they are the exact same elements as those you would expect to ingest from smoking marijuana, they are absorbed by the body differently.

    When you smoke weed, the effects are almost immediately, as the THC is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through millions on tiny blood vessels in the lungs. Edibles take a different journey, and the cannabinoids within are not absorbed until after they reach the stomach, which is the reason why it can take up to 2 hours to feel any of the euphoric effects from cannabis-infused treats.

    Hence the reason why it can also take much longer for the effects to wear off. The psychoactive sensations caused by THC can last for up to 12 hours, which is the reason why overconsumption is such an issue. A typical bad experience with smoking pot only lasts for a matter of an hour or two, but with edibles, that same uncomfortable sensation can go on for several hours. Thus, it is highly recommended to begin with the smallest dose possible and to wait at least 2 or 3 hours before deciding whether or not you are comfortable with a

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