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Cannabutter 101: how to cook weed butter

Cannabutter 101: how to cook weed butter

We love weed. We love the effects, the taste, the feeling. 

You know what else we love? Snacks. 

Cooking and baking with weed is rewarding on so many levels, from avoiding smoke altogether to the pure deliciousness of it all. There are a few ways to do it, but one key ingredient shines above all else as the key to unlocking edible weed weed butter. 

Also known affectionately as ‘cannabutter’, this magical concoction allows you to infuse all manner of recipes with a hit of THC or CBD, and best of all, you can whip it up at home yourself. 

How, you ask? Just read on and learn. 

What is cannabutter exactly?

In case the name didn’t make it clear, it’s a beautiful mash-up of cannabis and butter. 

Cannabutter is essentially just regular butter that’s been infused with THC or CBD, or both by cooking them both together over heat. 

You can use it in baking, you can melt it down and drizzle it over your favorite meal, you can butter toast with it – the world’s your oyster/slab of cannabutter. 

So how do you make cannabutter?

What do you need for making weed butter?

It’s all pretty simple really. You’ll need:

  • Weed
  • Butter
  • A saucepan or slow cooker
  • A wooden spoon
  • A cheesecloth or two

How much weed do you need to make butter?

Your butter to weed ratio comes down to how strong you want your cannabutter to be, but as a rule of thumb you should aim for one ounce of ground weed per four sticks of butter. 

What kind of butter works best?

You can use any butter you like, from unsalted to clarified butter, but we like using pure, salted butter best as it has a higher smoke point and is less likely to burn in the process. 

What can it be cooked in?

There’s saucepan weed butter and slow cooker weed butter options out there, so use what you have! 

Of course, each method has its ups and downs. Slow cooker weed butter takes longer than using a saucepan, but requires less attendance during cooking, and it typically results in maximum THC/CBD saturation. 

Using a saucepan definitely requires more steps in the process and you need to tend to your creation more carefully, but it’s much faster overall. 

How to cook weed butter

fresh butter for making cannabutter


Step by step, here’s how to whip up your own delicious batch of cannabutter at home. 

Cooking times are based on using one ounce of weed and four sticks of butter, so you can increase or decrease times based on your own quantities. 

Step 1: Decarboxylation

Potentially the most important step in cooking weed butter, decarboxylation (or decarbing for short) is not something you want to skip. 

It’s a bit sciency, but basically THC and CBD need to be heated before they turn into their active selves, or else you won’t be getting the effects you’re after. 

To decarboxylate your bud, just spread it out on a parchment-lined baking tray and pop it in the oven at about 230 degrees Fahrenheit for up to an hour, or until it turns a deep brown-green color.

Step 2: Grinding

This step can actually be done before or after you decarb your bud. Aim for a rougher grind than you would normally use for smoking; you want to keep the bud intact to some degree, and a fine powder will leave your cannabutter tasting bitter. 

Step 3: Prep your butter

Pop your butter and half a cup of water (it’ll prevent burning) into your saucepan and melt it completely until it’s entirely liquid. 

If you’re using a slow cooker, you can add everything in at the same time. 

Step 4: Infusion

Add your ground weed to the melted butter and mix it through thoroughly. Keep the cooker on a low heat and allow the mixture to simmer (never let it boil!) for two to three hours; you’ll need to check in regularly and give it a stir to stop it sticking and burning. Once the top looks thick and glossy, it’s done. 

If you’re using a slow cooker, just stir everything together until combined and leave it on a low heat for 16 to 18 hours. 

Step 5: Strain it

Now we want to get all the little bits of weed out so we’re left with a super smooth block of cannabutter, and a cheesecloth is the easier way to do this. 

Drape the cheesecloth over the opening of the jar, pot or box you want to set your butter in, and pout the still-melted mixture through it. Allow it all to drip through until just the plant material is left behind in the cheesecloth. 

Step 6: Store it

Pop your cannabutter into the fridge to set. After a couple hours, it will have set and separated from the water: you can use a knife to get it out of the jar or pot and get rid of the water. 

Once it’s completely set through, munch away!

Wondering what to make with cannabutter?

You can make just about any recipe that calls for butter with your cannabutter, so let your imagination run wild. 

We rate a classic chocolate chip cookie made with cannabutter pretty highly, but basically any baking recipe will leave you with tasty, THC-loaded treats. 

Cannabutter makes for an excellent addition to savory snacks, too. Butter fresh toast, add it to your pasta, add it to sauces, or (our very favorite) drizzle it on top of freshly cooked popcorn. 

The options are truly endless when it comes to cannabutter, so keep your eyes peeled for new recipes to try. 

Go pro

Of course, you don’t always have to make your cannabutter from scratch using your own two hands. 

If you plan on regularly consuming cannabutter, investing in aninfuser machine to do the hard work for you is totally worth it. TheMagical Butter andLEVO machines can instantly create THC or CBD infused butter (plus oils and tinctures if you prefer) at the touch of a button. 

They take all the hard work out of it for you, so you can sit back and decide on the most delicious ways to eat your finished product. The Magical Butter Machine is even self-cleaning! If you’re looking for an easy weed butter method, this is by far the easiest. 

Can it be made without THC?

Yep, if you can get your hands on CBD weed (that is, bud with no THC content) you can follow the exact same steps as above. Make sure to keep heat low both while making the butter, and while using it in recipes after, as CBD tends to degrade at high temperatures.

If you have CBD oil, you can also create a CBD butter mixture. Melt your butter and CBD oil together in a saucepan (along with a cup of water to prevent burning) and stir to combine. You want to aim for around 10 ml of CBD oil per cup of butter. 

Simmer on a low heat for around two hours, then pour into a container to set. Easy!

Cannabutter 101

Everything else you need to know about weed butter. 

How to: make cannabutter stronger

First things first, follow the cannabutter recipe to a T. Too much or too little heat can ruin the infusion process, leaving you with some tasty but useless butter. 

If you’ve nailed the recipe but want to kick things up a notch, you can increase the potency of your cannabutter by simply using more weed in the mix, or by using the same amount of a stronger strain of weed. 

Can you freeze cannabutter?

Yes! Cannabutter freezes beautifully, and can last up to six months in the freezer. 

Be careful not to overheat it when defrosting it, or the THC content could degrade. When you want to use your frozen cannabutter, simply leave it in the fridge in an airtight container until it’s softened enough to use.

How long does cannabutter take to kick in?

There are so many variables for each person that it’s difficult to say, but a rough estimation is between 30 to 90 minutes. 

This depends on your body weight, how empty your stomach is, how much weed you’ve used, and how you’ve chosen to consume the butter, among other factors. 

Can you overcook cannabutter?

Yes! Cooking cannabutter for too long can degrade the THC or CBD contents, weakening the strength of your butter overall. Similarly, cooking at the wrong temperature can also ruin it. 

What color should cannabutter be? 

It can vary, but the finished product should usually be a very light greenish-yellow hue. 

How long does weed butter last?

It all depends on how you store it. If you keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and limit light and air exposure, cannabutter can last for a couple of months. 

If it’s incorrectly stored, it will go off in just a couple of weeks. You’ll know it’s bad as it will have a slightly fermented smell, and might be moldy. 

How to: make weed butter with stems

Making weed butter with stems couldn’t be easier: just follow the same recipe as you would for bud, and make sure the weights are all correct. You’ll want to grind up your stems to a rough consistency, then off you go! 

We have everything you need for whipping up the cannabutter of your dreams at Weedipedia. If you have any more questions, just get in touch with the team. They’re always happy to help!

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