You may not be feeling much when you eat your butter because it seems to me like you're using a lot
of butter for the amount of cannabis you've got.
Try using enough butter to barely coat the weed, and no more. You'll end up with a more potent product.
You mention you're using a double boiler? When I think double boiler I think:
The only concern with this picture is that if the bowl sits too low inside the pot, so the bowl is resting on the rim of the pot all the way around, allowing no steam to escape; pressure will build up under the bowl. As pressure builds up, so temperature rises. Always keep enough water inside the boiling pot to keep the bowl floating freely, and not resting on the rim of the pot.
The genius of the double-boiler is that steam is allowed to escape around the outside of the bowl. Boiling water will never rise above ~220 degrees F
. Therefore, your butter will never be heated above that temperature. The double boiler keeps your weed from vaporizing as long as there is enough water in the pot below to keep the bowl floating.
This is exactly what I do. Weed and butter inside the bowl on top, and plenty of boiling water inside the pot below. Using a round bowl on top of the pot provides the best possible shape to encorporate as much weed as possible into the smallest amount of butter.
Try to use as little butter as possible, no matter how much weed you use. Also, remember that this works equally well with any fatty oil. Olive oil, cocoanut oil, veg oil, even duck fat if you want to enjoy a lovely cannabis confit.I find this ratio works excellently:
1oz cannabis / 1 cup butter
Just so we're clear, 1 cup of butter is 1/2 a pound.
If you're using the small sticks:
Each small stick is 1/2 a cup.
With ~28 grams in an oz of weed, and you using 4 grams...
For 4 grams, I would recommend 2.5 Tablespoons of butter.
I like to start my butter in the double boiler, clean the kitchen and make dinner. I'll stop to add more water to the boiling pot occasionally, but otherwise I ignore it completely. After about three hours, I pour the weed/butter mixture into a "French Press" coffee maker, and press it down, separating the butter.
You can use cheese cloth, coffee filters, or even a fine-mesh chinois strainer to separate bud from butter. Whatever you want.
One more time, my recipe:
1 cup (1/2 a pound) of butter
Steep in double boiler for 3 hours.
With this concentration, 1 Tablespoon of infused butter is enough to mess me up righteously for 10 hours or so. I find excellent pain relief benefits with this method/concentration. I like to just spread it on some toast.
One last consideration:
When you eat the weed food is important as well. Cannabinoids are most easily absorbed in your bile. Your pancreas excretes bile as you swallow food to help digest it before it reaches the stomach. However, you can only produce so much bile in a given time period.
So. If you just ate a huge meal, and you want to follow it up with some weed toast... Your pancreas will probably be producing less bile after all that food you just ate. Therefore you will get less of an effect from the food since your body cannot digest it properly.
What I'm saying here is that you should enjoy some toast first thing in the morning. You'll have a great day.
I hope this was helpful! Good luck!