In Part One of this product review, I was really excited about the potential of the Magical Butter Machine. In this part, you’ll find out why! Here’s what I used to make my first pound of cannabutter with the Magical Butter Machine:
- 14 grams of mixed marijuana buds
- 4 sticks of butter
- 2 tablespoons of soy lecithin
- Put it all into the machine
- Pressed the 160°F temperature button and the “butter” button
That’s all, folks! The machine melts the butter, lightly decarbs the weed, grinds and mixes it all up, heats it, and then beeps at the end (the LED light show on top is just a bonus). The only thing it doesn’t do is smell, except for the barest hint if you go right up to it while it’s heating. Then you pour it through the filter bag, squeeze it out (while holding the top of it really, really much more tightly shut than I did) into a container, and put it in the refrigerator. You’re done, except for cleanup, which is pretty easy if you don’t wait for the butter to harden onto everything or spill it on the stove like an idiot (not mentioning names here…) And speaking of done, here’s what it looks like when it’s done:
You know they say “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”? Well…I’d say this came out twice as strong as my usual cannabutter…and it tasted better too, with lots less of the “weedy” taste.
This came out twice as strong as my usual cannabutter…and it tasted better too
— Old Hippie
Test 2: Glycerin Tincture
Next I thought I’d give the MBM a real “torture test”. The manual said it could make tincture using either regular grain alcohol or glycerin. Now, most of my tincture is intended for Felicity, who keeps it around in case she needs quick effects, since she usually takes our Canna Caps or butter (which, like most edibles, take around 45 minutes to work). But she’s now developed an allergy to alcohol, so glycerin tincture would be the obvious choice, except that I’ve really never had much luck making glycerin tincture. I mean, it works, but it usually takes a lot of it to feel anything, and the best batch I ever made tasted burnt. Even commercial glycerin tinctures that I’ve bought were next to useless, so I had mostly given up on the whole idea.
I still had a quart bottle of glycerin laying around, so I measured out two cups, weighed out 28 grams of cannabis, added a few tablespoons of lecithin, threw it all into the Magical Butter Machine, then pressed the 160°F temperature and “tincture” buttons. After 4 hours of assorted whirring noises, it again let out some impossible-to-ignore-even-if-you’re-stoned beeps, and it was done. One dropper full of this stuff and I was convinced that good glycerin tincture was not only possible, it was working right there in my kitchen. And since making this batch, I’ve been using a dropper a day in my morning coffee…one gets me medicated, two gets me high. And did I mention this needs just one more step to make e-cig juice?
Test 3: Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
OK, the cannabutter was pretty good and the glycerin tincture even better, but I’ve been working with coconut oil for years and I can dose it just by looking at the color. If the Magical Butter Machine can surprise me with coconut oil, I will seriously be impressed.
Again I went for “half-strength” by using 14 grams (½ ounce) of cannabis to 2 cups (1 pound) of coconut oil, and added 2 tablespoons of lecithin. No surprise by now: you select 160°F, press the “oil” button, and away she goes (for just over an hour). When the time was up, I had two full cups of finished oil, having finally gotten the hang of using the Purify filter properly so as not to spill or waste anything. I put most of it in the refrigerator, but saved ½ cup to make some quasi-fudge from a recipe that a buddy from reddit had told me about. That recipe called for a full cup of coconut oil, so I would be using half-strength oil and diluting it in half again.
The result? A small piece of fudge (about two knuckles’ worth of my finger, and I have small fingers) was more than enough to get me up to around . But “a small piece of fudge” is not exactly a scientific measurement (I don’t yet have access to lab-quality measurement of cannabinoid levels). So I took some of the original finished oil and put it directly into a #0 capsule. This would be a direct comparison to my Canna Caps, which I am intimately familiar with. And this time, I got just about twice as high as with my normal Canna Caps.
The Magical Butter Machine makes more oil with the same amount of weed, and it’s twice as strong to boot.
— Old Hippie
When I make my Canna Caps, I’m generally using 1/8 ounce of weed to 6 tablespoons of oil. I won’t bore you with all the math, but what this means is that the Magical Butter Machine makes more oil with the same amount of weed, and it’s twice as strong to boot. That means I can now use half as much expensive cannabis, and get more oil too! Color me not just surprised, but amazed, and definitely impressed.
Summary: Magical Butter Machine MB2
BC Product Rating: 5 Nugs!
Pros: (here’s what you will give up over hand processing):
- No more grinding
- No more standing over your stove and stirring
- No more smell
- No more decarboxylating (or even wondering what that means :-)
- Must process a minimum of 2 cups of liquid at once
- The glove ripped slightly at the thumb base after a single use
- The blender will scare small animals in the vicinity when it starts up
Although it’s virtually smell-free, the MBM is not completely “stealthy” because the sound of the blender is quite penetrating. So you could use this while your anti-weed roommates aren’t home because there will be no lingering smell, but people with normal hearing are definitely going to notice something going on while it’s running.
Speaking With the Angel(s)
We talked at length to Garyn Angel by telephone for this review. Garyn believes passionately in the power of the plant the way we do, but he wanted to put in a good word about THC-A, the non-psychoactive compound found in freshly harvested cannabis plants. “THC is not the [sole] key to the puzzle for everybody”, he said. According to Garyn, THC-A helps people feel good, similar to the way CBD does, but without the THC-countering effects of CBD. He told us that THC-A damps down on the well-known anxiety and paranoia that too much THC can bring.
That’s why he deliberately sets the first temperature button at 160°F — lower than most experienced cannabis cookers are used to. Garyn feels that a low temperature and more time can work better. “As you increase the temperature, you decarboxylate more and vaporize off terpenes and cannabinoids”, he told us. “Even going to 190°F changes the flavor.”
And we’d be inclined to agree with him, at least on the basis of these tests (although a better test would use fresher cannabis, since ours has almost surely changed in chemical composition over the last two years). We all noticed different and better taste in the butter and the fudge made from the oil. I even did experiments where I got much higher than usual (it’s for science!), but I never had the slightest panic or anxiety, which is unusual for me at those levels. Here’s the kicker: every one of these botanical extracts were made using a strain called Casey Jones, which I had put aside because it always made me feel paranoid and hyper! Using the Magical Butter Machine let me “save” more than an ounce of cannabis that I thought of as unusable.
We’re going to definitely explore more research on THC-A, but remember you can set the Magical Butter Machine to do whatever you like. If you prefer more THC, by all means use higher temperatures for the whole run, for the first hour, or even decarboxylate first as a separate step in your oven, and let the MBM do the rest.
Garyn also was kind enough to share some future product plans with us in advance; all we can say at this time is that they are thinking way ahead and out of the box, and the next six months should be extremely interesting!
One of the more surprising things is the condition of the leftover dregs. Usually when I’m done, it looks like what you’d expect: wet ground weed. Except in the case of the butter, which I didn’t get to squeeze out properly, the remains were almost like dry lint. I was amazed that the short bursts of blending (a few seconds every 10 minutes or so), which obviously wasn’t concentrated on the cannabis, was enough to reduce it to a fine powder. This thing clearly has one hell of a blender.
Buying a Magical Butter Machine is practically a no-brainer…simply using it saves you money — Old Hippie
If you are a medical marijuana patient who prefers edibles, tinctures, or capsules to smoking or vaporizing, or you’d just like to try making your own in bulk, without the somewhat complex methods that we’ve written about here, buying a Magical Butter Machine is practically a no-brainer. That blender, plus the lecithin and pre-programmed sequences that Garyn and his crew have developed, combine to literally emulsify the extracts, which help make them much more bio-available than normal methods. The result is that simply using the Magical Butter Machine saves you money, since you’ll need less cannabis for the same result.
I hope you’re one of those people who reads all the way to the end, because at the end of our talk, I arranged with Garyn to get Beyond Chronic readers a special discount. If you’d like to buy your own Magical Butter Machine, add the code bc420 to your order (on the page where you’re asked how you’d like to pay), you’ll save $20 (which makes it a double pun: “for $20″ :-) and we’ll get some money too.
Price: $174.95 (220V model available for $184.95). Shipping extra (depends on destination and how fast you want it).
Includes Love Glove and Purify Filter.
Warranty: One year limited warranty, not valid if purchased through Amazon or eBay
Size: 12½” H x 9½” W, weighs 8 pounds.
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