Tuesday March 24, 2015

By CO Pot Guy

Making Cannabutter with the Mota Pot 420 Culture

Making cannabis infused edibles at home has usually been a messy task. The main culprit in the process is infusing the butter with marijuana. A popular technique involves simmering the marijuana in a large pot with water and melted butter. You then need to separate the plant material from the mixture of water/melted butter. The issue here is much of the butter remains absorbed into the plant material, so you have to use something like cheesecloth to squeeze all the butter out before it cools and solidifies. The end result is usually butter splattered around your kitchen and some minor finger burns. Not a huge deal but enough of a deterrent where many just buy their edibles from the dispensaries instead of making them.

Today we’re reviewing a product that hopes to change how people infuse their own butter and oils with THC. The product is called the Mota Pot. It’s a stovetop infuser that removes the mess and lets you make edibles conveniently with accurate dosing.

Mota Pot was created by Brandon Shepherd, a food scientist from Denver whose resume includes the Hot Pockets product line. Brandon’s experience in food science exposed him to various stovetop infusers over the years. Using this knowledge he decided to apply the technology for infusing THC into fatty oils and butter.

The first step of the process involves drying out your weed, technically known as desiccation Simply pre-heat your oven to 210F and bake the herb for 15 minutes. The next step is to increase your oven temperature to 240F and bake for an additional 45 minutes. This latter step is known as decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is the process of converting inactive THC-A to psychoactive THC by removing the acid. This takes place during consumption if you smoke or vape marijuana (although very inefficiently), but for edible marijuana it is something that needs to take place beforehand.

Decarboxylated marijuana

Decarboxylated marijuana

I decided to use around a gram of Sour Diesel for my first batch. I probably should have ground the buds up before putting them in the oven but missed that step. After an hour in the oven, the buds came out toasty and dry. At this point I ground the buds into a course powdery consistency.

The Mota Pot has a detachable lower section. I unscrewed the lower section and added 1 stick of butter (cut up into cubes) along with ½ cup water.

Add 1 stick of butter

I then placed the buds into the filter in the lower section and reattached to the upper section.

Add the marijuana in the filter

Add the marijuana in the filter

Now all you need to do is place the Mota Pot on your range and heat it at medium/medium-low heat for around 10 minutes. How it works is the water in the lower section heats and turns to steam. The hot steam forces the melted butter up through the filter containing the herb, infusing the butter with the THC. Since THC is fat soluble and not water soluble, all the THC ends up in the butter. This THC infused butter ends up in the upper section of the Mota Pot. After around 10 minutes, you’ll hear a ‘burping’ noise, which signals that all the butter has been push to the upper section and the extraction is complete.

Heat on the stove for 10 minutes

Heat on the stove for 10 minutes

Now the last step is to chill the mixture of THC infused melted butter/water from the upper section. Chilling separates the butter and water, the butter will turn to a solid allowing you to toss out the water.

Chill the butter

Chill the butter to remove water

The Mota Pot has around a 70% efficiency in regards to extracting THC from the buds. In my example, I used 1000mg (1 gram) of Sour Diesel tested at 20% THC. Therefore, 200mg of THC was available, and factoring in 70% efficiency, 200mg x 70% = 140mg. So my stick of cannabutter should contain around 140mg of THC.

To make things easy, you can buy baking mixes specifically designed to use with the Mota Pot. This takes a lot of the guesswork and measuring out of the equation. I decided to go with the brownie mix, and ended up with 12 brownies with around 12mg of THC in each one.

Cannibles baking mixes

Cannibles baking mixes designed for use with Mota Pot

Marijuana Brownies

Almost there, just need to bake the mix.

To be honest it turned out really well, the brownies were yummy, but more importantly I had my own strain specific edibles!

Overall the Mota Pot is a great option for those looking to make their own edibles from home. It is easy to use and makes homemade edibles a no brainer task. They are even looking at partnering with dispensaries to sell prepackaged cups of decarboxylated marijuana to make things even easier. Similar to those cups you use in coffee machines. If you are looking to make large volumes of cannabutter, or want to use your sweet leaf and trim from your harvest, then the Mota Pot may not be the best option. For the casual user who wants to make their own edibles, we can certainly recommend this product.

It retails for $50 and can be purchased online at MotaPot.com or on Amazon. You can also purchase it brick and mortar at Freaky’s locations in Colorado, as well as Angelo's CDs.

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