Today we’re reviewing a product that hopes to change how people infuse their own butter and oils with THC. 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. 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.
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. I unscrewed the lower section and added 1 stick of butter (cut up into cubes) along with ½ cup water. I then placed the buds into the filter in the lower section and reattached to the upper section. 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. 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. 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 designed for use with Mota Pot.
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. 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. I stumbled upon one of these while researching canna-butter recipes: It works a lot like an expresso maker, using both heat and pressure to infuse the butter - and it does it in about 10 minutes. It seems like it might work especially well with ABV.
There appears to be 2 sizes available - one that uses 1 stock (1/4 cup butter) and a larger one that uses 2 sticks. There also appears to be at least 2 makers/distributors of the product. One sells it as the "Mota Pot" and the other calls it the "Easy Butter Maker" - they appear to be identical units. The Mota Pot at www.motapot.com also sells a variety of cannabis baking products. The Easy Butter Maker (http://shop.easybutterco.com/main.sc) is the same price, but also offers the larger unit for $69.95.