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Recipe: How to make basic cannabis-infused butter

March 31, 2014

Bailey Rahn and Anna Wilcox contributed to this article.

Cannabis-infused butter (cannabutter) is one of the simplest and most common ways to make infused cannabis edibles. However, making infused butter can be a little bit tricky. In order to activate its psychoactive potential, the flower must be heated slowly at a low temperature. This recipe will first guide you through this process–called decarboxylation–before walking you through a step-by-step guide to infusing butter.

Note: Homemade edibles are very difficult to accurately dose. This guide will give you some tips for more precise dosing, but all DIY cannabis cooks should be aware that there’s no way to guarantee the potency or homogeneity of their batch.

How to make cannabis-infused butter (or ‘cannabutter’)

(Clare Barboza for Leafly)

Butter is a delicious and versatile carrier for THC and other cannabinoids, although it isn’t the only one. You can also use coconut oil, olive oil, or any other fatty oil for your infusions. Just keep in mind, butter burns easily, so keep a close eye on your cannabutter as it cooks.


  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup (7-10 grams) of ground cannabis, decarboxylated

The essential (and often missed) first step: Decarboxylating the cannabis

decarbing Decarboxylation

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Before making your cannabutter, you’ll need to decarboxylate, or “decarb”, the cannabis flower you’re working with. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product. Here’s why: Cannabis buds produce a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid called THCA. When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat converts THCA into THC, the molecule that delivers euphoric effects. If preparing CBD edibles, this same process should be applied.

Some recipes may instruct you to decarb cannabis in the hot butter directly, but the less time you spend soaking the buds, the better your infused butter is going to taste. For this reason, we recommend decarbing in the oven first.

Basic cannabutter recipe

decarb chef oven recipe

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  1. Decarb the cannabis. Preheat your oven to 245ºF. Place cannabis buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Cover the tray with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Insert the tray into the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Older, drier cannabis may require less time. (Tip: you can also set your oven to 300ºF and heat for 10 to 18 minutes, although low-and-slow is the recommended approach when decarbing to better preserve the cannabinoids.) Every 10 minutes, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray to expose the surface area of the buds equally.
  2. Grind. Grind the decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder.
  3. Melt the butter. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
  4. Add the cannabis. As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis product.
  5. Simmer. Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
  6. Strain the cannabutter. Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: Squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through).
  7. Refrigerate the jar of butter. If excess water forms at the bottom of the jar, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out. (The butter will need to refrigerate for about an hour before removing the water.)
  8. Dose carefully. Refer to dosing information below before adding your butter to any snacks, dishes, or desserts.


What is decarboxylation, and why does your cannabis need it?

Directions for slow cooker

  1. Grind your cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder. (Tip: A coffee grinder will finely pulverize the flower and prevent effective straining of bad-tasting plant material.)
  2. Set your slow cooker to low, or somewhere around 160ºF. (Tip: Avoid exceeding 200ºF to prevent burning or wasting cannabinoids. You can also add a little water to help prevent scorching.)
  3. Add the butter and ground cannabis. Stir occasionally.
  4. After about 3 hours, turn off the crockpot and wait for the butter to cool.
  5. Strain as above. 


Avoid these 7 common mistakes while cooking cannabis edibles

Tips for dosing cannabutter

Your butter’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes. For more information on why potency is so difficult to measure in homemade cannabis edibles, check out part four of this series.

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Hat-tip to Chef Torrin (a.k.a. The Dank Chef) for contributing tips, measurements, and expertise to this recipe.

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  • Lala Kay

    Thanks for the recipe. It’s pretty similar to what I do and always works well, except I make a lighter budder by using 1 Z good quality bud to 8 sticks butter. Great dosing at that strength for my mom’s intractable pain. Anyway- one question (because I always do this so wonder how it affects the baked good)- why not microwave to soften?
    Thanks again.

    • Nathan Wind

      Probably because there is no way to keep the internal temp in check and you could raise the temp too high which would cause the cannabis to lose compounds you want in there. Microwaves are kind of a blunt instrument.

      • Eyeball_Kid

        I’ve melted butter in the microwave for popcorn and the stuff gets crazy hot and pops all over. For cannabis butter? No thanks.

    • A Flat

      Maybe because microwaves are trickle-down Pentagon war-porno tech that causes all sorts of cellular disruption?

      • Jordan

        Trickle-down Pentagon war-porno tech? Lawls, keep that tinfoil hat on.

  • wannacannabalearn

    why throw out the water??? it was in just as long as the butter would it not also be infused with the flowers? if I’m way off please let me know. this is all new to me. I was just recently prescribed it for my chronic pain. but some recipes call for water so if its usable I figure why waste it.

    • BRADBO

      No the water is not fat soluble, you basically add the water so you don’t burn the butter

    • Bonnie Mechefske

      BUT the water may have small amount of butter in it still. We infuse ours in coconut oil. We strain it through the cheese cloth and then use the cheese cloth and what was strained out to make a huge pot (not tea pot) ofchai tea. Then we freeze the tea in ice cube trays. Its nowhere near as powerful as the oil but there is still a bit floating around in the tea from the cheesecloth that would otherwise have been wasted. A cup of that is lovely to take the edge off before the in-laws arrive, in my opinion. So I say…if you think there is still some butter bits or oil in your water give it a go.

      • I just made my first batch and threw the cheesecloth and used flowers away 🙁 So, next time, I can take the cheesecloth and reverse it and use it to make tea?? I imagine chai because its strong? That is such a good idea to get the most out of the process… Could you catch the vapor coming off of the boiling pot? Would that contain any trichomes? random questions and thoughts…

        • chippy12

          re vapour off simmering butter etc. Never noticed any intoxicating effects myself.

    • Josh Lewis

      THC isn’t water soluble.

      • Wilma Laura Wiggins

        Thanks didn’t know that.

    • Maritimer

      Instead of adding water to the butter, you can put the butter in a pan which you then put in another pan of water. This is called a bain marie. The butter will never go above 212 degrees, the boiling point of water.

      • exactly how one keeps chocolate melted and not scorched.

        • megapixelz

          That’s amazing, I didn’t know this. I haven’t taken the leap yet to test it out since I live in a fixed income.
          But I always wondered how to keep it from getting ” scorched ” while it’s simmering.
          Thank you for the idea

          • No worries. I know the reply here is a little late – just did a form of it. Using high % alcohol. My home made double boiler is a pot with water brought to a boil first, then a flat pan put on it like a lid, temp then turned down to low; I pour a bit of water into the top flat pan too before putting in a bowl. I use high heat glass bowls, small. Separated rather fast, on low heat too.

          • megapixelz

            Thank you very much for the advise. I will try and let you know how the outcome is when I take the leap. If you don’t mind me asking, what’s the least amount of flower you’ve used into to make your meal, for example cookies or brownies?
            Thanks in advance.

      • Gwen

        It’s called a double-boiler in America.

    • Dusty Mitchell

      water limits the temperature. since water changes its state (boils) at 212` degrees the water keeps the oil from gaining temperature therefor guaranteeing you wont destroy the product … if there were any active product in the water it would just settle at the bottom and would not taste to good. if taste is not a problem then have at it 🙂 otherwise the water itself will not infuse with thc.

      • megapixelz

        Thank you for the advise. Very much appreciated.

    • Moxie LaBouche

      THC is not water soluble. That’s why a fat is being used as the medium.

  • Elise Rutterman

    I am wondering if my uncut poppy heads and leaves can be added to my cannabutter. Would the slow cooker process extract and infuse the medical properties of the poppy successfully..My good mate rapidly deteriorating, so much pain, stomach problems, and loss of appetite. Oz does not embrace, recognize, or prescribe to the absolute value of medical marijuana.

    • Behr Palomo

      poppy is not marijuana that’s heroin

      • Chad Vermeland

        Poppies have opium, not heroin.

        • Loki

          I add kava root, lobelia, and mullein leaf with my gorilla butter. I don’t discard the flowers since they add a rustic touch to whatever I’m baking usually a bread for morning jams. So I don’t see why not. The water I use for soups and teas. I get a light buzz from it but it’s still flavors you can compliment a vegan/vegetable broth. But whatever you bake you’re going to need water so you may as well not waste it. people are making pot tea and pot beer all the time and there’s no butter in that.

        • Behr Palomo

          Chad, sorry but you are wrong. Or rather half-right, since opium is made with poppies, just not right about correcting me and saying “not heroin”.

          If you want to nitpick (and you obviously DO), poppies are the ingredient from which heroin, opium and morphine are made.

          • Nic

            You are incorrect. Poppies are opium, opium is the raw base for natural narcotic analgesics. Morphine and codeine among other narcotics are the metabolites of opium. Heroin and all other natural derivatives of narcotic analgesics are based from opium but undergo several laboratory purification processes to refine the extract into a more potent form. If you ingest raw opium you will light up a drug screen with morphine, codeine and other metabolites of the opium. Heroin to compare with cannabis you could look at it as the hash of the poppies or maybe shatter. Poppies and opium are currently being demonized with all the addiction rates sky rocketing. Opium is a very useful and needed plant derivative. We are all dying our own deaths, and these wonderful plants such as cannabis and papvier somniferum (the opium poppy) are extremely useful for those who wish to take their last days in a more tolerable way.

          • Behr Palomo

            Thanks, Nic. I understand that there is a depth of chemical construction that I did not Google and elaborate on. My brief statement “Poppies are not marijuana that’s heroin” was not meant to be an in depth analysis of either. It could be equated to a similar statement “Hops are not wine, that’s beer.”. Yes, hops are not beer. Yes, poppies are not heroin, nor are they opium. They are a base ingredient that is refined and then you get your end products. Got it.

            Following the litany of corrections upon corrections as everyone hits Google to come back here and show how much they “know”, in hindsight I should have just said “Poppies contain a different set of chemicals than marijuana if you are interested in THC solutions be aware this is a different path.” or something like that. Though I imagine someone would have a problem with some aspect of that statement as well.

            Not to lay down judgement on poppies or any other plants that either get you high, heal you, take you on a spiritual journey, help you feel pleasure while dying or whatever it is any drug does for any individual. I was trying to point out on a “How to make Canna-butter” article that poppies are in a different category. Not really addressing the individual situation Elise was having with her friend, but in a more general sense. The one thing I would add though in that regard is that as most people know, mixing different drugs can have intense effects. Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not. Also there are the chemical reactions when “refining” or otherwise processing with heat or other factors. Probably best to proceed with caution when at home mixing and matching and throwing additional ingredients into your recipe.

          • Nic

            While I appreciate that you decided to defend yourself by somewhat admitting you’re wrong, I don’t appreciate your arrogant condescending attitude. I have a background in healthcare and while Google it’s an excellent tool for advancing knowledge, I didn’t have to go to Google to know you’re adv asinine individual. Just take the loss and move on.

          • Nelson

            Wow, if anyone is arrogant or condescending it is you. Your comment here adds nothing to the conversation. Behr was just trying to help. And what is an “adv asinine individual?” Finally, this is not a competition, it is people trying to have a civil discussion.

          • Behr Palomo

            Thanks Nelson. I just got done writing this irritated post but you put it more calmly than I could have and I’m glad at least one person understands. 😀

            Cooperation rather than competition!

          • cetaman

            Someone must have hit a nerve.

          • Danny Carbona

            “everyone hits Google to come back here and show how much they ‘know'”

            You do realize that people are capable of knowledge independent of the Internet, right?

          • JPSC

            Uh, NO, he’s absolutely right. Poppies do not contain heroin, at all. Heroin is made from opium, and poppies are needed to create opium, but poppies do not contain heroin. Poppies also do not contain all of the chemicals needed to make heroin.

        • cetaman

          And what is heroin made from?

          • tom ellis

            Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug. It is used by millions of addicts around the world who are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives—knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal.

            Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower. This opium is refined to make morphine, then further refined into different forms of heroin.

            Most heroin is injected, creating additional risks for the user, who faces the danger of AIDS or other infection on top of the pain of addiction.

          • tom ellis

            The short answer is the resin of poppy plants

      • A Flat

        Actually poppies are used to make opium, not heroin. I understand your point of view, even though you are making factually erroneous statements. Perhaps, if you spent more time in study and research mode, and dropped the judgementalism, we could create a better overall emotional environment where people would not feel the need to take opioid-based analgesics. Just a thought…

        • Lisa K.

          Elise is dying and in pain, A Flat. This is why he question was poised. Does anyone have an answer for Elise?

          • chippy12

            I think Elise should give it a try. Mix in the poppy leftovers with the cannabis. Go for it. This is how we get to know more. That type of intractable, worsening cancer pain needs all you can bring to bear on the problem.

          • Birbie

            I do believe poppy can be tinctured in alcohol. Ripe pods in vodka for a day or two (?) There are videos on the process. Careful, tho, this is a big deal with the man.

        • A Flat

          Behr, I’m not sure what your criticism of me is. I wasn’t criticizing Elise, but rather, you. For what I perceived to be the judgmental undertones of your comment. Also, your stance that “Elise is dying and in pain…” is confusing to me because when one reads the post, Elise clearly is referring to someone named “Oz”. Or so it seems. Whatever. And guess what? I’m in pain and dying too. That out to make you happy – so have a coke and a smile, ok? And a great day!

        • livinon2wheels

          So if A Flat gets high does that make them an A Natural? 🙂

          Aside from bad humor, I would think that the mixing of these different things in a homebrew cocktail is as good an idea as taking chemo…I saw what that did to my father, I cant imagine anything I could mix up at home could be any worse. I hope the CBD will help my IBS. I have lost all faith in modern medicine as practiced by the large conglomerates that have consumed most medical practices and all the hospitals that I know of. Its time to find my own answers instead of depending on the system that is in it for the money.

        • Birbie

          Poppies>>> heroin, laudanum, morphine, opium. Just different methods, different products. Any of these will deal with pain of terminal illness fabulously.
          Oxycodone is semi synthetic and lab-formulated, but also partially from the poppy.

      • Kanefire

        poppy is no more heroin than coca leaves are cocaine… different substance when denatured, refined, and sythesized

        • Behr Palomo

          True, thanks, yeah. This lifeless horse has been well beaten. My six word statement was not detailed enough. I copy. For a longer explanation, please see Google and/or Wikipedia. 😛

          Wheat is not bread anymore than poppy is heroin or coca leaves are cocaine. I understood this when I replied originally and I understand it now. I hope others are starting to understand and understand that I understood and understand so they don’t need to clarify.

          • Gwen

            Another idiot. Learn to STFU.

    • chippy12

      I think if you have uncut poppy heads lying about you know enough to ignore know-alls and you should go ahead and try it out. My good mate too is going through what you describe too, very heavy pain. I’d be interested to know how it went if you did make this concoction. I’ve heard of it in bits of ancient history and stories and it does seem an obvious thing to do if you’ve got the ingredients to hand. I plan to try it one day if I ever do. But only reply if you feel up to it. I can see by the time you posted that It might be over for your friend by now. Regards.

    • Diane Harvey

      Where do you get poppy flowers? These can’t be the ones that make opium! Can they?

  • Colin

    How soon after trimming can I use the trim ?

    • BRADBO

      I would let the trim dry first and then use, do not keep it bunched together as it will mould.. I like to spread it out on cardboard

      • Colin

        Cheers Bradbo

      • Sean Tucker


        • BRADBO

          It can go either way but thanks for the correction I guess

          mould noun

          UK US mold uk ​
          /məʊld/ us ​
          mould noun

          [ U ] a soft, green or grey growth that develops on old food or on objects that have been left for too long in warm, wet air: There was mould on the cheese.

    • Alessandro Roberto Pirzio-Biro

      i’ve heard running concentrates and butter to use fresh leaf/trim/buds right off the cut if poss.

  • Tiny Berube

    i’am wounding if i use the slow cooker can i turn it off at night then finish the next day

    • Robert George

      Why not just leave it on and finish the next day? The longer it simmers the better…

      • A Flat

        Robert, in my experience it’s the decarb time in the oven at 240 degrees for about 45 minutes that is essential.

        As you may know, this converts the THC into a “usable” compound. A long time on the stovetop afterwards may cause your mixture to evaporate too much, or separate your butter into ghee and mild solids, which can get a little messy. Just my experience using grain alcohol as the solvent, rather than butter. I do think recipes call for a fat soluble solution eventually, which is what happens when I add my mixture to the coconut oil/beeswax solution. Good luck!

  • Julie Foust

    I was wondering about slow cooker method. I checked the temp that it cooks at on low it only holds at 190 is that warm enough to fuse the the with butter?

    • Gwen


  • zoe

    how many cups about will this recipe make?

  • Alicia Lynn

    I just did this using stems and leaves i didnt use water at all i let it simmer on low for about 6 hours it came out just fine.

    • Lori M Kimball

      I am totally new at this , need if for cronic pain. And want to use a cockpot did you need to stay with it, when not using water. I would like to make brownies and lollipops

    • Sheldon Funk

      Really … just using reggy?

    • caseyrebel

      Alicia Lynn was that green or cured stems you used to do that with?

  • Micky Sedota

    what’s the water for? i just throw butter and grounds in the slow cooker.

    • Alessandro Roberto Pirzio-Biro

      so people don’t fuck up and burn their butter.. since water will never go above boiling.

  • A Flat

    Is anyone disturbed by the fact that the gold rush is now on and most of what we are seeing is $350 whiz-bang pipes and all sorts of exotic claims about terpine this and entourage that and I’m pretty fed up. I happen to be dying and use the weed to deal with excruciating pain. Don’t get me wrong, Leafly is a GREAT resource, but where are recipes for pain salves that don’t get you toasted and products that working class people can afford. I mean, I survived cocaine/crack, and all this elitist crap has a very familiar ring to it. Was actually at a party last week where some asshole rolled one up and he and his two asshole friends sat on the couch in the middle of a living room with 30 or so people in it and the joint did NOT get passed. These three characters just sat there, bogarting their oh-so-precious $300 a gram weed and did not let one person have a hit.

    Fuck that.

    • Gwen

      Aw, you got snubbed at a party.

  • Terry Carlino

    I wish I could eat the butter, ahhhh! I miss the brownies.
    I am looking for some good bud that is smooth, keeps the flavor, high THC. Has to be smooth. Any suggestions, just got my card and looking around.

  • harold333

    Just a couple of points. If the leaves are dry then they and the stems will be easier to grind up. Smaller the better. I see no need to add water to a crock pot set on low. Remember butter is 20% water so use more butter than you want to get back when done. Use three or more pounds of butter if your crock pot is large enough and add as much leaf and stem as you can cover with the melted butter. Simmer 12 or more hours stirring occasionally. Strain and cool pouring into a plastic or glass heat proof container to make the butter easier to remove. Cut up into chunks and freeze in a zip lock bag. Krusty’s makes a gluten free double chocolate brownie mix. Replace the oil with butter and add an extra egg. Drop on cookie sheet for cookies. Cook at 300 to 320 for 12 to 14 minutes. Brownie cookies better than anything store bought. Just don’t overcook and keep the temperature lower than the box recommends.

  • PMB52

    I’ve been using decarbed kief to make butter instead of green. 2gm decarbed kief/1 stick unsalted butter.

    • Marion Martinez

      PMB52 do you need to strain in cheese cloth still?

      • PMB52

        No need to strain. The decarbed kief dissolves completely in the butter, turning the butter green.

    • Sierra Borden

      did you use a crockpot or the stove top? if you used the crockpot, did it turn out/work the same as the stovetop method?

      • PMB52

        I decarbed the kief, in the oven. Covered container, for 45 minutes @ 275 degrees F. Heated unsalted butter till just melted. (You don’t want froth in it.) Stir in the decarbed keif, stir till dissolved. Ready to use for my baking. Adjust ratio of kief to butter to get more potent.

        • Sierra Borden

          do you think you could do think you could make hash butter in a slowcooker (crock pot) instead of on the stove?

          • PMB52

            I have only done it this way. I only use kief to make the butter. It works. It’s easy enough. And I like hands-on. You use a lot less kief to make butter than you would use leaf.

  • cathy jordan

    First time trying to make cannabutter and have a question. After I harvested my bud, I put the trim/leaves in the freezer, thinking I could use them later. Am I right to think that? Would it still have potency left in it if it was in the freezer? I’d like to try it but don’t want to waste butter only to find out that it didn’t work.

    • A Flat

      Put your weed in tin foil, place in a 220-240 degree oven for 45 minutes. Pull out, let cool. Then place in freezer for a couple of days, alongside a jar of grain alcohol. After a couple of days, put the weed in the booze, shake it a couple of times a day for 2-3 days (longer the better!). Take out of freezer, strain the mixture thru a cheese cloth (not a coffee filter!) and reserve the weed by wrapping a rubber band around the top of the cheese cloth. Place back in freezer. Now, place your mixture in a double boiler, medium heat, no open flame. Water boils at 225, alcohol at 175, so this forces the alcohol to evaporate. Be very careful because you do not want to boil away everything into a patch of black tar. If you put the liquid in smaller glass jars and lower the heat each time, you will begin to see what I think of as little black glaciers floating just below the surface of the oil. The is the essential oil of the plant, and it can be hemp, rosemary, basil, whatever you like. When you get a thickish, gravy-like liquid, pull it off the heat and just let it rest back to room temp. Then make a 50/50 mix of organic yellow beeswax and coconut oil and blend them to gather with the essential oil. This ration turns into a salve that is solid at room temp, but will melt beautifully into your skin. Use topically for pain AND VERY CAREFULLY, if you want to get stoned, get some good measuring spoons and place a 1/4 teaspoon under your tongue before you go to bed to help you sleep. Also, remember that bag of weed in the cheesecloth? Well, put a 1/4 cup of olive oil or butter in a round tin and soak that little baby in the oil. Then, when you have a tension headache, or a neck ache, pull it out of the freezer and rub on the soar spots. One last thing; you can add big crystal sea salt to you salve and then use it as a rubbing mixture on your feet, hands, whatever. The salt will rub your skin in such a way that the blood rises up in your capillaries and that carries the healing molecules into your bloodstream – plus salt is a great way to detox your body. I know this is more than you asked about, but I’ve dealt with serious chronic pain my whole life which finally disabled me, and so I figure I might as well share my experience of making my own medicine. The more weed you use, the more oil you will raise, and the stronger your medicine will be.

  • Shawn

    Can you use coconut oil instead of butter?

    • Koutore Kloset

      yes coconut oils is actually better to use than butter

      • Nic

        I prefer coconut oil over butter for a few reasons. One it is healthier, two it will absorb about 4 times the amount of active medicine than butter, and three it tastes better. To me butter gives the baked goods a heavy skunky taste that is hard to mask. Coconut oil gives it an easier smoother flavor to my palate at least. There are ways to reduce the taste of cannabis out of infusions but I have not tried them to date. I also typically leave some of the flower material in mine but the batch I have cooking now I will be straining it. Best of luck!

        • Susan Cupryniak Aussant

          How much coconut oil do you use?

          • Nic

            Depends, I try to make a certain dosage. So 10% thc content will yield approx. 100 mg per gram of dried flower. I make my batches if baked goods to suit my needs. Just adjust your amount to fit your usage. For me a 1/2 oz to two cups of coconut oil is very strong. Some would but a while oz. It really depends on your tolerance and how you feel.

          • Ikiniki

            The same amount as butter. Whatever fat you use, it’s 16 oz. to one oz. flowers.

        • Freddie DC

          I actually LOVE the skunky taste. LOL!!!
          But thanks for this. I will definitely try the coconut oil since it’s healthier and since you make the point that it infuses the cannabinoids better

        • Ruck Ustata

          Hi all, not to rain on anyones parade but butter is the best at absorbing because it has higher fat content. I personally prefer coconut oil only based on taste and because I am lactose intolerant. However, the difference is small between butter and coco oil.
          According to lab tests, clarified butter beat out coconut oil and all other oils. Coconut oil was a fairly close second though.

          Again, i personally like coconut oil for the smell, taste and my own personal health issues. I didn’t want people going around repeating incorrect information. 🙂 Cheers

          • Birbie

            Coconut oil has more *saturated fat than butter, and more fat. If you’re talking about clarified butter, they have the same amount.

          • The DUCK

            Can you mix coconut butter and butter? Just curious if I could go half and half?

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        • Paul Sorensen

          Hi. If you use coconut oil, do you still add water too? And, does coconut oil get solid in the fridge like butter? Thanks!

          • Danny Carbona

            I don’t know about adding water or not, but coconut oil does indeed harden like butter when refrigerated.

          • Nickcole Johnson

            Coconut oil does get harder in the fridge same as regular butter. If you leave it out it becomes more of a liquid, however my coconut oil that is left out stays fairly hard because the temp of my house. If you stir coconut oil it becomes a liquid too. It is super weird lol. I don’t know why but thats what mine does.

          • Jeanne Monroe

            YES AND YES!

        • Tim Kessler

          I’m not sure where this Coconut oil is healthier than butter came from, but it is not. It is about as healthy as lard.

          • Ikiniki

            Lard has less saturated fat than butter so it’s healthier than butter. Coconut oil has more saturated fat than just about any vegetable based oil.

          • Rose

            LARD is ANIMAL FAT. Hello heart attack!

          • Ikiniki

            So is butter and lard. Lard is much less likely to cause heart disease than either coconut oil or butter because it’s not as saturated, Duh! The idea that coconut oil healthy is bogus. It may have something in it that may be beneficial but it saturated nature far outweighs that benefit. If you don’t want to use such unhealthy fats use regular olive oil or avocado oil.

          • Rose

            Depends on what you’re making. I still won’t touch lard, but I like the idea of avocado oil. Good point.

          • Ikiniki

            I wouldn’t use lard in making cannabutter, but it makes the best piecrust, ever, Leaf lard is the best as it has less porky flavor. And it’s healthier than butter.

          • Ed Reusser

            exactly. I wonder what cannabis infused avocado oil would taste like! Take guacamole dip to the next level!

          • Sarah Holding

            long since disproven. Its transfat which damages your arteries and causes cholesterol to adhere to them repeatedly in an effort to repair damage.

          • Simon Clutterbuck

            Actually its sugar and refined carbs that cause damage and inflammation to ones arteries. Cholesterol repairs the damage, and then calcium adheres to the cholesterol, and blocks and calcifies the arteries, because people dont eat enough leafy greens, and lack vitamin K2, which moves calcium, along with help from Vitamin D3, out of the blood stream to bones and teeth where its needed.

          • Nic

            Are you saying this because a news report recently stated it wasn’t healthy? I have news for you, don’t believe what you read. About every 10 years scientists come out and change their position on eggs. They go back and forth. Don’t fall victim to their studies. Coconut oil has benefits beyond fat content. Lard is carcinogenic and has no real value beyond fat.

          • Jeanne Monroe

            TRUE THAT!!

          • Ed Reusser

            I am not necessarily disagreeing with you, but I am curious your source of information. That lard is carcinogenic that is.

            It is in the nature of science to constantly be correcting course. As new information comes out, old information is verified or contradicted. Complaining that this means some old data is discarded and adjustments need to be made, is to misunderstand the very principle behind which science is based.

          • Randy Farren

            Never once have I heard this about eggs. But up here in canada we have far higher standards for dairy, eggs and meat.

          • Ikiniki

            Lard has less saturated fat than butter and a lot less than coconut oil. You can use any fat and mix them up. I’ve made a salve with coconut, butter and olive oil. For eating, I make it with butter and olive oil for eating.

          • Ikiniki

            Lard has less saturated fat than butter or coconut oil

          • Ed Reusser

            Keep in mind that every single oil we are talking about is an incredibly complex mixture of completely different chemical compounds, most of which are fats. Each variety of fat is metabolised by each person differently.

            But yes, lard, butter, and coconut oil are all pretty unhealthy overall.

          • Randy Farren

            Yup. It was a fad for a while and now doctors in NA are advising that using it for everything isn’t as healthy as many have thought.

        • Nickcole Johnson

          Do you add water to the coconut oil same as butter? Also, if you leave the material in the “butter” does it make it more potent. I have never done this before but am going to start treating myself with MJ soon since I have tried pharmaceuticals for the past 2 years and am far worse off due to the side effects.

          • Tink

            I hear you with script drugs. I need to get off mine cuz they make my IBS bad. I’m so tired of pills.
            Make th3 pills go away. Lol

          • Ed Reusser

            You need to move someplace where pot is legal or you can get it medically. Seriously. I was using vast amounts of opiates for pain until I discovered how effective cannabis was. The cannabis even treated most of the nasty opiate withdrawal (not all… my doctor helped).

            I have been opiate free for a few years now.

        • Deadrody

          Healthier! LOL!!! Butter, least of all in the quantities used here, is not remotely “unhealthy”.

          • Ed Reusser

            Butter and Coconut oil are complex mixtures of hundreds of different fats. The different oils have completely different compositions. Some fats have been shown to be beneficial, others detrimental. The question of which is healthier is usually about a particular individuals metabolism related to each fat. You just can’t say generically which is which.

            Having said all that, both contain some unpleasant fats with known deleterious effects. It is pretty safe to say that using either in excess is not a good idea, but moderation should make them safer.

          • ann

            actually good quality butter is very healthy. Old dietary science told us to eat margarine instead. But now we are much more aware of how bad that manufactured fat is and how healthy real butter is

          • Ikiniki

            If the butter is from grass fed cattle, it’s actually good for one as it’s full of omega 3’s

          • morgenstar

            ikr, that is just a lie to get you on the unhealthy margarine. fats are even needed for the brain, with out them the thinking processes are debilitate.

          • Sarah Holding

            Right on

        • شين كنتون

          i know this is a pretty old comment but i just wanted to mention that if your butter is pungent and skunky after you make it you should “wash” the butter afterwards by remelting in clean water after its been solidified. this will cause a lot of left over impurities to fall out and you will notice the water at first be very dirty after you melt the butter and after a few washes will notice that it gets clear again. this is what youre after and the clearer it is the less you will taste it. its practically flavorless.

        • Rob Slack

          Hey can I leave my crockpot on warm while I’m sleeping??? If so should I add a cup of water to make sure of no burn??

    • ChileDoug Kizerian

      don’t see a problem with it.

    • jennyjones

      Coconut oil is easy to burn

  • Blackest Noobs

    don’t discard the material. you can make weed tea.
    just nuke some whole milk…170f a good temp..wrap stuff in new cheese cloth and tea bag it, friends.

    • Janice Patrice Hart

      You can also tincture it. There is a LOT of good resin left in that.

      • Sheldon Funk

        I’ll keep that in mind.

      • Tink

        How do you make tincture with the discarded weed from the dry vape?
        Recipe? Please?
        Happy New Year to everyone. May you have health & happiness in 2018

        • Gwen

          The exact same way you make every other tincture.

          • Linda Adams

            Not meaning to sound stupid (although that is totally true with this topic, since I have always bought the product), but how do you make tinture?

          • Tom

            Google “Marijuana Tincture”, there’s lots of detailed instructions out there.

          • Gwen

            You don’t have google where you live?

          • ThenamesKalloneword

            Ur a bitchy one aren’t cha

          • Gwen

            If people are allowed to be stupid, I’m allowed to be bitchy.

          • Randy Farren

            Damn bitches.

          • Żabka

            RANDOM HUMAN: Excuse me, ma’am, do you happen to know what the time is?
            DAMN BITCH: Exactly what it says on my watch.
            RANDOM HUMAN: And what, pray tell, does your watch say?
            DAMN BITCH: Have you no watch, you wretched wretch?
            RANDOM HUMAN: No, ma’am, that’s why I’m asking.
            DAMN BITCH: If you’re allowed to walk about watchless, I’m allowed to to act the right cunt. Now fuck off.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Stupid people can’t help being stupid, and being stupid is not their fault. OTOH, being a bitch is usually a conscious choice. So we all know where you’re coming from.

          • Phillip

            Clearly your supply has run out. Chill.

          • @disqus_Vqs02SmbHS:disqus I would start by reading Leafly’s “Cannabis Tinctures 101: What Are They, How to Make Them, and How to Use Them” Not sure if I can post the direct link: Cheers.

          • megapixelz

            Great articles!

        • Bubba

          To make the tincture:Add the well-ground, decarboxylated cannabis into a jar
          Add your alcohol until the cannabis is covered
          Store it in a cool, dark corner somewhere for a few weeks, shaking the jar once each day to help the cannabinoids absorb
          Once the tincture starts to turn dark green, the cannabinoids have
          been absorbed and all plant matter can be strained from the alcohol
          After straining, simply add to an opaque dropper bottle and use as needed.

          • Tink

            That simple eh? Mostly for pain, correct?

          • Bill Smyth

            pain,anxiety,depression-many uses of CBD & THC

    • Nickcole Johnson

      THank you! I was about to ask this question before I read the comments, do you have to use milk or can you just use water like regular tea? I don’t put milk in my tea. Since it was already made with butter would you need to add more butter?

      • Blackest Noobs

        water does nothing really because you need fat…that’s why you use whole milk…highest fat content…the potent part is the thc…and thc loves to stick on fat ( also why weed stays around in your body for a while)

        hot water to material does nothing, it does not adhere to the water. fat is the necessary component in this equation. can you use something other than whole milk? sure but it still needs fat in it to work.

        • CDH

          Recall you have had that herb soaking in fatty butter for hours, wouldn’t there be plenty of fat soaked into the remaining product? I would think using water would be OK, or water then add some cream or half and half….thoughts?

          • Blackest Noobs

            couple of things
            1) No.
            2) the butter is the more potent of the two.
            3) the tea is a one-off, kinda of nice treat-yo-self, but do not need to kill yourself trying to make it.
            4) if you do make it, it goes bad rather quickly, i.e. spoiled.

          • Ikiniki

            The goody in pot is oil soluble not water soluble. So it is released into the fat and there is nothing much left in the vegetable matter after so long. I cook it for 24 hours and have tried making brownies with the leftover solids and they weren’t stony at all.

          • Jeannine Alley

            Do you still need to bake the flower first if doing this crockpot method?

          • Robert Western

            Yes always decarb the weed first.

          • Dawn Ward

            No because the fat doesn’t adhere to the thc, the thc adheres to the fat

          • Mitt Zombie

            T HC is not water soluble, you need some fat or alcohol..

        • kevin chau

          It would decarb the plant material tho, i believe mark just ate the stems after they were activated by boiling water.

      • Mark

        I’ve used just the leftover stems from plants months later and got a terrific buzz off them by simmering them in hot water for a while, you decide when its enuff time to cook them, it’s adhoc yes but it works! Just go for it buddy!

    • ChickyBabe

      Chai is the best! I often add a teaspoon on butter to hot chai and then top it with whipped cream and cinnamon.. SUPURB!

      • David Cadogan

        I often make a cup of lemon ginger tea and add a teaspoon of cannabutter and an extra shot of lemon juice.

    • cartr

      If I just want a “snack” size and not a “party” size, wouldn’t this work; I think 1 gram is about 2 teaspoons, which is about 100mg THC or about 10 servings.
      Then I decarb (about 35 minutes at 240 degrees.
      Aren’t I really done? The THC is activated so do I really need to take all day and make the butter? If this formula gives 10 servings, can’t I just eat 1 serving, which is about 1/10 of the 2 teaspoon. I don’t really care if that tiny amount tastes bad.

      • Blackest Noobs

        sorry it’s not that exact of a recipe….it’s more like a cooking recipe…you have to play around with it…and it doesn’t always produce the same results…i mean if you’re in a legal weed state, really why bother, but regardless any results in those states, even you big time fucked it up, it will turn out pretty decent.

        you just have to make it and see how it affects you. you might have a tolerance that needs half the stick to have an all day buzz. btw don’t try half a stick 1st….you will pass the fuck out.

        i will say this…it’s a mellow sensation that last for hours and only needs a tweak here and there….like smoke one spliff or drink a beer or two. BUT WARNING it can put you on the nod if you take too much…like any other edible it can have knock you the fuck out.

        • Randy Farren

          If you are say using an ounce of flower and turning it into cannabutter why the f would you consider eating half a lb of that butter in a sitting? You only will get so body high and you are going to end up just wasting so much for no reason at all. With an lb of cannabutter you can literally make 64 cookies at two tablespoons a cookie and have yourself a five to six hour high.

          So lets do some science. Two highs eating half a lb of butter lasting about 5-10 hours total or 60-64 cookie doses, each lasting about 4-5 hours? (240-300 hours) Well that is a no brainer!

          As for the tea after. If you wait over ten hours at least for the butter to set you shouldn’t be able to make anything giving you any sort of buzz what so ever. If you do get a buzz you either broke a chunk of your butter into the old plant material water or you f’d up during the strain / grinded your shit too fine. This is the only reason you could make any tea.

          • Blackest Noobs

            it’s a recipe to make one stick of butter. NOT a pound…dunno where you got that idea. but you’re wrong.

          • Jagen

            The recipe is to make a cup of butter, which is half a pound.

          • Bill Smyth

            I use 1lb butter to 1-2 oz – depending on quality

          • Bill Smyth

            hahahaha – believe you are the one mistaken

    • John Duval

      good tip mate!

  • Terry Carlino

    How much coconut oil in place of butter?

  • Ron Elisberg

    if i put 5and half grams of medicnal cannabis insted of 14 grams becuse in israel its alot pricier hahahaha
    will it still be good?

    • Jesse Whiteman

      Cut the amount of butter you use in half and you should be fine.

  • furrburger

    how long does the butter last? say I use it on toast and want to keep it around for my morning toast?

    • Gwen

      Both weed and butter have a good shelf life if you treat it right. Just keep it refrigerated in something air-tight.

  • Jgal

    I’ve personally never tried to make this, however if you don’t want to water down the butter as much try using a double boiler and maintain the water at a gentle simmer (so there is steam produced but won’t burn off all the water). This way you could either add no water directly to the butter or add only a couple table spoons just as a precaution.

  • Ananoumous

    I tried making the recipe, slow cooker. I put an ounce of weed, 4 sticks of salted butter and two cups of water. I kept it in my crockpot for 18 hours (I had to stop because the smell was awful). I strained it using a cheese cloth, and put it in the fridge. I am not sure if my refrigerator is too cold or what, but nothing is separating!! I’ve reheated and adjusted my refrigerator temp and it turns out the same every time! It looks like green mush. What do I do?!

  • Marie Rubin Yelkin

    has anyone made cannabis infused coconut butter?

    • ChileDoug Kizerian

      I don’t know why you couldn’t

    • Marlene Ranalli

      yes really great as a topical, helped with my muscle pains when rubbed on

  • Sierra Borden

    I’m looking to make Hash Butter, can i make it in a crock pot the same way you do with trim? or do i have to do it on the stove top. Also, if i use hash, can i use coconut oil instead of butter in the slow cooker?

  • Eddy Sunderland

    If you want to cook with cannabis or marijuana, and you want to know how much butter you should use for a certain amount of cannabis, then you can use this calculator. Or if you want to know how strong the cannabutter will be or if you want to know how much flower or cannabis you should use, then you can use this calculator.

  • hairbrainman

    Some great comments! Nice review. The double boiler is good to keep it all under control. I use what comes out of my vaporizer and like to infuse olive oil….About 5 years ago, I made up several liters and gave it as Christmas presents. Yummm!

  • Pandorica

    Has anyone tried using Ghee?

    • OldFartMarine

      I use ghee, it’s a lot more expensive than making your own ghee (search google for that) but it is more expedient and is produced to meet federal health standards for dairy products add that to the fact that I’m lazy. I also use coconut oil, both make excellent edibles (oil for cookies and brownies and butter for toast, bread, potato.. you get the idea.

      • Danny Carbona

        “I use ghee, it’s a lot more expensive than making your own ghee ”


        • mik mar

          Pretty simple. They buy Ghee instead of making it. It’s more expensive to buy an end-product than produce it yourself. Thus the higher cost of them buying it.

        • OldFartMarine

          Ghee is clarified butter, you can make it from unsalted butter but it takes a lot of time (think half an hour of constant stirring over low heat) then skimming the separated fat which is ghee.. You can buy ghee at most any health food store or an Indian market and most supermarkets as I do, but it’s expensive. $9.49 for 19 oz. and it requires a minimum of two if you are using the Magic Butter Machine.

    • Tate Harrison
  • Pandorica

    I would think Ghee would be a great choice.

    • spot on..

    • Tom

      Plus, it’s fun to say.

      • Raashi Shah


        • Ryan

          Ghee or clarified butter is the best option for making cannabutter as it increases the shelf life and tastes better.

          • Randy Farren

            Who needs to increase shelf life? Be honest bud the spud.

          • Heather Higgins

            If one makes 5-6 cups of butter they need need shelf life ,so I just freeze my butter

          • Heather Higgins

            Ghee is a toasted clarified butter . All Ghee is clarified butter but not all clarified butter is Ghee

  • Lisa Avale Ferrari

    If salted butter is used does it affect the outcome?

    • Ikiniki

      Yes, it’ll taste salty.

  • Bella

    how about using RSO instead of flower? How much to 1 cup or even 1 lbs
    of butter? and then there is the ever so tricky part of figuring out the
    dose since its obviously going to be stronger.

    • Gwen

      It depends how strong you want it. Best way is decide how many servings you want, then multiple that by your usual dose Mix it with the oil or butter before adding to the recipe.

  • zzzdreamerzzz

    Don’t throw out the remains from your butter. I put it in my home made granola bars it still has some punch left in it. I’m sure it could be used in bran muffins and other things.

  • Sammm I ammm

    Guys, I am a newb. I am undergoing cancer treatments and need this in my mouth like yesterday. Anyone want to slow this all down and tell me how much to buy, how to grind it, how much to put into a batch of brownies.. All of the things. THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    • Ikiniki

      How much to buy – how many brownies are you going to make? How strong do you want them to be? An once of bud, maybe? Grind it a food processor or a hand pot grinder. If you’re making pot butter, just substitute that for the plain butter. Otherwise, add the ground up bud directly to the batter. Don’t eat a whole one at once till you know how strong they are.

  • Louise Thomas

    Do I need to dry the weed for this recipe or use fresh?

    • Ikiniki

      I’ve always used dried. You don’t want the extra moisture.

  • michael

    Can this butter be used in a “butter” vaporizer?

  • Linda Lee Moss

    I use the crock pot method and am always 1/2 to 3/4 cup shy for the amount of butter I use. Am I doing something wrong? I squeeze the cheesecloth out even press it out with a rolling pin…

    • Janice Patrice Hart

      Since butter is not pure milk fat and has some milk in it I would imagine some of is part of the water. Take the leftover material and make a tincture. That really cleans it up.

    • Gwen

      Butter is about 19% water, so you’re going to lose some of that in cooking. You can use 4/5 of the amount of cannabutter for a recipe and add 1/5 water, or use the same amount of cannabutter if you prefer but be aware in your baking of the difference (it won’t matter for most recipes like brownies and cookies.)

  • Oliver Allen

    Im planning on only using quarter ounce of weed and cooking in a slow cooker on low. Does that mean I should quarter the amount of butter and water? What about the cooking time? Should I quarter that as well? Is it possible to over cook cannabutter?

    • chippy12

      Yes. You’ve got to hang around, for hours, and keep an eye on it and top up water when there is slightest sign of sticking. I find. It is a long labour intensive process and you need to clear 3-5 hours.

  • Vicki Sala Carter

    I left my butter overnight, but not for the 24 hours suggested. I did it in a crockpot on low. I doubled all the ingredients. Now it seems to be burnt and is dark brown. I’m at the stage now where it goes in the fridge. Any suggestions for next time?

    • ChileDoug Kizerian

      the problem with Crock Pots is the high end heat is the same weather you use low or high…just takes longer to get there…so you can burn things

      • Vicki Sala Carter

        I used the low setting. Darn.

      • Gwen

        If your Crock Pot increases the temp instead of holding steady, it’s not an actual Crock Pot and and/or it’s broken. A real name-brand slow-cooker holds temp steady.

  • Andrew J Schultz

    I’m a new-comer to the world of edibles, all of these infusion recipes call for Oz’s of stash. An oz of green goes for like $350 to $400 in my area how can people afford this method. Typically my consumption is only a couple grams a week tops.

    • chippy12

      you need to garden. you don’t need your high quality $3-400/oz bud for this anti inflammatory or pain alleviation business. Leaf is fine, some say and I agree, its better in the alcohol. the whole plant is usable, believe me or not male plants are usable. but use more. Its a most benevolent and generous plant treated nicely.

    • Shannon Beasley

      We use shake. The stuff that falls off the nug and is loose. Most dispensaries sell shake cheap. I pick up an ounce for 40 bucks.

  • Nike

    I am a total newbie at this, and would appreciate some help. Is it possible to mix butter with concentrated pure cannabis oil? And would it too be psyhoactive? could it be used to treat pain? Thank you very much in advance!

    • Gwen

      You can, but it would be *less* pyschoactive to mix cannabis oil with regular butter.

  • Jean-Philippe Boyer

    hi, got a quastion about butter as solvent if someone can help !!

    Ok.. at first lets assume we all know that butter isnt the best solvent for thc and cbd extraction ( at best 60% ).
    94% ethanol is kinda really good but extract a lot of chlorophyll ( wich i dont care for now ). So i got 2 question first if i use 94%ethanol to extract compound from decarboxylated cannabis and then let the alcohol evaporated to only be left with water+compound , can i then add this to butter??
    And second , is there a saturation point at which alcohol wont be able to extract (like how much g/100ml ) or so ??

    thank you

    • Gwen


  • Birbie

    If it gets up to 260 is it ruined?

    • Gwen

      THC starts throwing off at 250, so mostly it’ll just be less potent.

  • Sheldon Funk

    This opens up a whole new world for me that I have only briefly thought about but not vigorously pursue … but now that I know …

  • Patrick Mitchell

    How do i seperate the butter from the product with a cheese cloth ?

    • Gwen

      Use the cheese cloth to line a metal strainer. Pour butter through, going slowly as it may take time to drain.

      • Ikiniki

        I found a very fine metal strainer on Amazon for making cold coffee. No need for cheese cloth; the strainer is so fine it gets all the vegetable matter out of the fat. BTW, eating pot is the best and healthiest way of ingesting cannabis, not smoking or vaping.

        • Gwen

          For most people, they’re going to notice the grit from even a fine strainer. Be glad you’re too gauche to notice the difference.

          • Ikiniki

            Any tiny amounts of solids separate and go to the bottom of the container. Just pour off the oil from the top if one is that fussy. I’ve also used said strainer for making tincture and RSO. These strainers are exceptionally fine. One has a screen that is 100 micron mesh. Not much but the oil gets through.

  • Lajuan Wilson

    all these sights mention “QUALITY” weed, what exactly dose that mean, if it’s not miss is that quality enough or is it sapose to come straight from Cali

    • Gwen

      Don’t use skunk or ditch weed, in other words. If you got nice buds with a nice odor, you’re good.

      • Gwen

        And that’s just for flavor’s sake. If you don’t care about flavor, use whatever, but you’ll need more if it’s less potent.

  • Claire

    When the canna butter is baked over 240* does it lose the thc?

    • Gwen

      In a baked goods, no, because the temperature of the bake good never gets that hot except maybe at the edges. If used for roasting veggies at higher temp, a good portion of THC may be lost.

  • Sandy

    why would you discard the materials??????? No No No. You save it. In the freezer. Next batch starts with frozen left overs, HELLO??? You aint No Fucking expert if you are tossing. Also, don’t add water to this at all. I have no idea how this fool is talking about adding water. NO. You do not need water, its Weed & Butter, WeedButter. Quit trying to make shit something it’s not.

    • Shannon Beasley

      The water is to prevent scorching. The water does nothing since the THC is fat soluble. So do you even understand science?

  • Frank Farkle

    I was thinking of making a weed pesto with the left overs. Wastenot

  • Virginia-Ginny Page-Roberson

    Can you freeze cannabutter?

    • Ikiniki


  • Richard Caffrey

    any one get green stenky butter , it did not say bake the weed first , is it ok to use cost a lot to make

  • jennyjones

    The butter should be green not yellow as shown on the picture. If it isn’t dark green you messed up.

    • Shigura


      • jennyjones

        I have been Making potent butter for thirty years it is always green or brown never yellow

  • jennyjones

    Actually I use peanut oil unless Im going to bake sith it.

  • Steve Zenz

    I live in an enclosed condo and am concerned about the smell of making canibutter. My medicine has a strong oder. Any thought or suggestions?

    • Gwen

      AIr fresheners, windows, enclosed area for the butter, start in the evening so the worst of the smell is in the middle of the night.

  • I made my first batch of cannabutter. & it really smelled like cooked ‘Greens’/ ‘spinichy’ smell. Is that normal ? I have it in the fridg. & have not tried it yet. comment please !

    • Shannon Beasley

      yes that is normal.

      • Shannon it tasted real bad ‘grassy’ taste ( low grade product, earliest leaves & trim ) my guess? Very bad taste with no benefit with use, even doubled, nothing, Oh well try try again

  • billericamom3

    I am surprised that there is no recommendation for decarboxylation before making the butter. Every time I have decarbbed my weed beforehand I get a much more potent batch.

  • decarbing is as easy as pushing an on button- I use the Ardent “Nova”… 100% bioavailability. no waste.. no burned batches. plug and play. The Magical Butter Machine is my go/to as well… great product. well made.

    • Heather Higgins

      The Butter Brewer beats them all hands down and you can do big batches .

  • Slade

    Does the longer cooking time take care of the decarboxlation or do you have to do that first

  • Barbara

    Hi, I am new to cannabis. I have suffered all my life with celiac, gluten intolerance, fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, narcotics seem to be my only hope of feeling mildly better, . I don’t want to feel stoned as I want to go about daily life. I have been very tentative about cannabis. I have tried a vape, I have bought jelly candies and peanut butter . I think my fear is keeping me from jumping in with both feet. Can you tell me how and what to use to stop this sore skin, bone aching, Headachy feeling?

    • Gwen

      You probably want something that also has a good amount of CBD in it, maybe even a higher ratio of CBD to THC or maybe something very low in THC. CBD doesn’t make you high, and it’s good for pain.
      Also, if you really want to make sure you jump in, buy a Volcano balloon vaporizer. They’re several hundred dollars, but they last for years, and it’s one of the healthiest ways to imbibe.

  • Jeannine Alley

    I’m wondering if you still need to bake the flower if you are using this crock method

    • Markea Qualls Joe

      Someone above also stated you do not need to. I think it depends on temp and time at that temp.

  • mrc21357

    Anybody ever try making butter in a sous vide?

    • Gwen

      Yes. Do a web search. :oP

  • Missy Cross

    My college partner and I did this in the 80’s. We’d take equal parts one pound of very good buds (of what was good at that time) and one pound of butter in a crock pot overnight. We’d then use the butter for two specific things. The first was chocolate chip cookies that we would take to Disneyland, as no one suspected cookies in a snack bag at the happiest place on earth. THEY WERE VERY POTENT! The second recipe is still amazing. We’d use them to make hot buttered rum drinks for Christmas. Quite the hit and holiday parties in the 80’s. Back then no one we knew was doing it this way.

  • Dhon Joe

    I followed these directions exactly, and I mean exactly, and got… butter. Just butter.

    This article should be removed.

    • Jean-Philippe Boyer

      Well if it didnt work. U did a mistake somewhere. Did this recipe lot of time and it always work. But sometime the potency of the final product may vary a lot

    • Gwen

      You forgot the water.

    • Ikiniki

      No need to add water, just let it soak in the oil for longer. I do it for 24 hours. Or your flowers are bunk.

  • Natacha Lalande

    6 to 8 hours is well enough, no need to do 12 hrs

  • disqus_GiFna966DC

    Please note . . . . I added a bunch of peppermint oil to the tray when it was roasting & it helped mask the smell pretty well. if you have oil infusers in your home, load them up with peppermint as well as closing your windows.

  • J Kabuki

    Under Stove Top #3 you suggest “maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF” . Where do these #’s come from? Estimate?

  • Lola Doucette

    Can I use my leaves if they have a bit of mold

  • headachessuckass

    I’m trying my first batch of butter to use in cookies. I’m a migraine sufferer and only want it when i get the headaches. If i froze the cookies (dough) and baked them as needed, would the freezing process affect the potency? Asking for a friend.

  • Grigorio Fabrosi

    This is a totally different article, recipe and instructions for butter than I read on leafly last year. The old one worked fine for me.

  • Bill Stallmann

    If using shake do you still need to decarb??

  • David Ross

    I keep reading about making cannabutter using the MBM2 and other devices that use no water. I will NEVER do it that way. I(f you could see what the water looks and smells like after separating from the butter, you wouldnt either. All of the water soluable (never was much of a speller) chemicals, fertilizer, fungi, bug droppings and most of the chlorophyl will stay in the water, leaving the finished butter devoid of such nastiness. Without water, all of that ncrap remains in the finished product …… EEEEwwwwww!

  • Mimi

    please recommend a hand grinder, not fancy or pricey.

    • kmb1223

      you can get them on amazon, they’re called spice grinders. don’t bother getting one that’s plastic, it will break and you can end up with little plastic bits in your flowers. the aluminum ones cost about $9 or $10

  • My plants are in the second week of flower, and I just trimmed about 8 oz. of leaves and small buds. Mostly True OG, and some Girl Scout Cookie. Would this be strong enough? If not, any suggestions on what to do with it?

  • sarah nixon

    How do you make butter using hash rather than bud?

  • Bri

    A friend of mine said that when making canna butter, I should do more than one ‘extraction’ where i want to make 2 sticks of butter, he said use just one stick with all my flower and cook that, then after that use a half a stick, and then another half of a stick, all with the same bud

  • Ancyker

    Most slow cookers there’s no difference between low and high. The “low/high” setting is misleading. It’s how long it takes to get the max temperature (and thus how long it spends at that temperature). i.e. the Crock Pot brand is fixed at 209F. I believe Rival does the same.

  • Mark

    Howdy….. Im trying all this for the 1st time ever ….for me.
    I have decarbed my weed…..about an ounce of my homegrown bud. 250f for 35 mins.
    I melted a 1/2 lb of unsalted butter in a pot on stove.
    Ground up my weed course and poured it in the melted butter.
    Its on the stove….low heat for the next 2-3 hours.
    Q. Lid on or Off ?
    Q What will it look like when its done and ready to strain ??

  • Jason York

    The recipe in Part 1 (How to Make Cannabis Infused Butter) says to add 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of bud (decarbed). Strain through cheesecloth into a jar. When and how do I separate the water from the butter? Should I strain into a bowl or tupperware and put in the fridge so the butter solidifies and separates at that point? Wouldn’t the more potent part of the mixture be at the bottom of the mixture (where the water is)?

  • Jeremy K Jones

    A couple questions. Do I still need to decarb the flower if I’m using a slow cooker to make the butter? They kinda separated decarbing from the slow cooking method and I’d like to be sure I’m not adding any unnecessary steps to this. Also for grinding the herb can I use a nice metal grinder you buy from dispensaries or do I need to buy 1 specifically for grinding cooking herbs?

  • Jacobo Santiago

    Oven decarb just needlessly pre-vapes your weed. Decarboxylation happens within the medium of the oil or butter while cooking, and the vapours get trapped in the medium. Without a matrix to contain the vapours, they are lost to the air. There was a study done that showed THC concentrations drop by 1/3 after an oven decarb (I don’t have the link, sorry). I don’t know what genius decided to spread this oven decarb myth, nor why people keep doing it when simple chemistry shows it to be wasteful. Surely some troll somewhere is laughing.

  • Caroline Lucas

    how much does this recipe yield

  • Joshua Jason Molloy

    So I noticed a lot of debate over what fat products (butter, lard,coconut oil,ect.) is best as far as being good for you. I’m sure everybody meant well but cannabutter is just one ingredient in a hole recipe. What type of food do most people make with cannabutter? Junk Foods like; brownies, cookies, cakes, sweet type breads/rolls (banana bread, cinnamon rolls) ect. So with that said I really don’t think it matters what fat product you use unless someone is allergy prone.

  • CforG Reeves

    If you add water to the pan of butter you don’t have to worry about it burning or over cooking. Just let it cool and pluck the canibutter off the water.

  • Joshua Nix

    On the slow cooker recipe it does not say to decarboxylate the Cannabis first. Do we need to Decarboxylate it first or not?

    • muleskinner

      Yes, in making any edible you must decarboxylate first.

  • Some folks like to get their knowledge from the horse’s mouth. Linda is simply asking for a recipe in this comment section because it provides a level of comfort as opposed to Google search results. As for “the world’s knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips” so is a world of misinformation and bad advice and some folks may have a harder time than others distinguishing the difference. Cheers.

    • Gwen

      That’s not “the horse’s mouth.” That’s a game of telephone.

      You have access to facts. Learn how to use them. You are where you can learn to do that, as well. So AGAIN, no excuse.

    • 021-_4567

      Learn to use google. Probably how you got here in the first place.

      • Stephen Dickson

        I bet you’re really fun at parties.

  • I wash my butter when Im finished making my canna butter , so I let it harden in the fridge and then I add the water to wash it , let it harden in fridge again and separate…..does anyone know if you wash butter made with kief? or do you need to wash it where its mostly all crystal and no chlorophyll from the buds..I dont want to taste the green taste…Thanks for any ones help..and yes its been decarbolated


    So I started to follow the instructions above for cannabutter. I put the bud in the toasteroven and it started to smoke after only 2-3 minutes so I took it out. It was very sticky when i put it in but pretty dry after that 2-3 minutes. My question: did I over cook it already? should I stick it back in the conventional oven (as opposed to the toaster oven, which may have been too hot, or buds too close to the heat source)? help!

    • Markea Qualls Joe

      Do not use a toaster oven. Only use a real oven.

  • Jason Mcfarland

    You do not need to decarb your bud for butter before hand, IF your using a slow cooker. I have done it both ways. Prove me wrong!

  • John Ammons

    This should yield me a cup of butter right? Like if I use a cup of butter should I expect to get a cup of “Budder” when all the process is done?

  • Christian

    Can I use the butter without putting it in the fridge to cool.?

  • Barry Gorstein

    What if the bud are ground before decarb. I’m guessing lower temp and less time?

  • Hey, I just wanted to comment that I’ve used this recipe a couple times, and it works great, but I have a tip. Use ghee instead of butter. Ghee, also known as clarified butter, doesn’t scorch at a low heat like regular butter does. It is available from any ethnic Indian grocery store.

  • Phillip

    There always could be some “older” person (I’m 68) that struggles with iNet. I started using the “Internet” when it was as US Goverment Project in the late 1960’s. Kindly Google ARAPNET if interested for more info. So I have to remind myeself I might have an advantage, and to be kind to everyone that might to me ask an obvious (to me) question.. Could be they may not have to use accessory access (using larger fonts to see, VTT for typing etc. , personal assistance (but afraid to show them their item of interest),… but they still have the need to relieve pain or depression that comes often with the elderly (may you live so long), and are reaching out for the 1st time. Afraid, Embarrissed….. you pick a difficult emotion. They just my be working through it. And your their 1st contact.

    I would like to suggest YouTube for such individuals as watching a demo can be easier than reading a document.

    S. Africa just made growing your own, using your own totally legal, no limit, no taxation. It is treated like any other veggie growing in your personal garden – but you can’t sell it. Smoking is allowed in “your own space” and that has a broad understnading.

    It is better than any Law in America (my original home).

    We can think what we what, but understand we may be the 1st person who contacts us for help and is honestly confused, even about Google. If you don’t have the patience, at least move on without comment. If the other person is older than you, may you live so long. And run into kind people the rest of your days.

    • Kenneth Ridgeway

      Well said. Wait until you are 75 and the joints ache for no apparent reason. Haha. Or your reason for being is not as active as it used to be.

    • Bill Smyth

      At 60, been making butter for 25 yrs 🙂

      • Rick Dunn

        Hey guys I have a quick question… I have some bubble hash I want to use for butter. Its from the 160 bubble bag. What is the proper way to decarb and add to my butter? I see some that say 220° for 30 mins. Some say higher temp. Im tryin to make some F’n cosmo cakes here so I am going for potency

      • Daniel Fishel

        At 62, just started and it’s wonderful!

  • Homer10

    I use the direct butter boil method, and get real good butter. I usually do old weed that has gone stale. The high can be intense. For some people far more intense than they care to have. You have to watch it with cannabutter. You can make yourself real stupid for a long time. I’m talking 3 days, and longer. The high is more of a drunken high (body high). I once had 6 spoon fulls, and was real high for 3 days. A spoonful can put on a real good buzz all day. A small tea spoon puts on a light mellow buzz. I didn’t think about pre-heating in a oven to decarb. I was getting the butter up to 280-300 degrees. I would slowly boil until it stopped, and I was down to the anamal fat, and the ground bud (keef). Once the boiling settled down, the temp would go on up. I would adjust things to keep the temp under 300 degrees. Then poor through the filter. Avoid licking the spoon, or you may wake up tomorrow morning with a surprise buzz. When consuming this mixture, it is best to mix in some regular butter. It totally sells it to your taste buds. The boiled butter can taste fairly ickey. A little if the real thing helps a lot. I usually microwave a potato, and put the cannabutter, butter, and sour cream, and chives. You can replace anywhere it call for butter, with cannabutter, and butter. However remember with any edibles, you can really over-do it very easy. Go slow. After ingesting cannabutter, I have noticed a interesting little high that comes on 5-15 minutes after eating. If this little pre high comes on fast, stop. If this pre-high comes on about 15-20 minutes, then when the full high kicks in, it won’t be too intense. It takes 45-60 minutes for the high to kick into full gear. This is where people mess up. They take some, get impatient, and think, well maybe I need to take more. After 3-4 bits of the butter, when the high kicks in, it can hit hard. It’s best to take some, and wait at least 60 minutes before taking any more. See how you feel after 60 minutes. Generally the time you stay high is much longer. Where you can smoke a joint of some monster bud, get real high, and within 4 hours, your coming back down. Edibles last 10 to 12 hours. The come down can be very slow. You can wake up the next morning totally blitzed. If you really over-do it, your intestines get saturated, and you don’t come down until you poop it all out. This is when you can get high for 3 days.
    Items for further research.
    1. What happens to the high when the decarb temp is varied? I see a doctoral Theseus here.

  • Blonda Lee

    help??? I turned off the crockpot (after 3 hours) then I strained it through the cheese cloth without letting it cool first. oops. did I ruin it? also …. lets say I followed the directions exactly, do I store the finished product in the fridge?

  • Blonda Lee

    once the butter has been refrigerated, it separated nicely. butter on top, water on bottom. so I scooped out the butter for a separate resealable container. any uses for the water? it even has some tiny chunks of better in it. should I just dump it?

  • Darlene Scott

    What can you do with the water left under the butter

    • James Feeney

      I don’t use any water. I just bake in the oven, and then add to the melted butter. The results are awesome. About 1oz/Lb of butter. I used salted butter. Could the salt do something? The results were very good.

  • James Rodgers

    I was planning on making fudge. In the interest of speed i was thinking cut the skinninming of ecceds (not to fussed about texture) and the recipe for the fudge stars with melted the butter. So i was thinking do all the steps with the butter and after 3 hours add the sugar ect any thoughts advice. Planning on useing 1/8 of weed i estimate from smoking some its around 14-16% thc in 50g of butter and end up with about 250g of fudge.

  • burnt0ut

    I tried this recipe and followed it to the tee I used 10 grams of decarbed premium White Widow the Butter is weak it was a waste of 10 grams the temp was a contestant 180F for 3 hours, What a waste of good bud most other recipes I googled said 24hrs in a slow cooker next time ill try that

  • Michelle Elliott

    Can I keep the butter overnight in the crock pot if it’s done? Just incase I cook to late?

  • Michelle Elliott

    1cup of cannabis to 1 cup of butter…is that a decent amount?

    • James Feeney

      Yikes! 1-2 oz/pound of butter. Really good bud, you may go on <1oz of bud. If you use too much bud, you can saturate the butter, and you are wasting good bud. But you will have killer canabutter.

  • Michelle Elliott

    If my butter is not cool yet, can I leave it in the crock pot till morning?

  • Janice Patrice Hart

    I would LOVE to know how that turned out.

  • James Feeney

    I tried the pre-bakes method, and it works very well. The total cook time was cut in half. The resulting canabutter tasted much better. You can use it in anything, and you don’t have that icky taste. It’s safer too. You don’t have to watch for the butter to boil over, and manage that. BRAVO! Now let’s see, where did I put that jar of keef? Uh, what time is it?

  • Maria Kladovasilakis

    I was wondering if you could make cannabutter with tincture?? Anyone with any suggestions? Or how to best dose edibles with tincture?

  • Gabe Davis

    with the slowcooker recipe is the weed suppose to be already decarboxylated before you grind it?.

  • Maku

    do i have to decarboxylate for the slow cooker recipe as well? It only states under the basic cannabutter recipe. ust want to be sure, thank you!

  • Lovro Luketić

    How the fuck am I dupposed to know how much a cup of butter is?

  • David Cadogan

    I always had a very hard time to hold the water, butter, weed mixture to below 200 degrees f. On my gas stove top. It occurred to me that I could set a temperature 180 f on my oven and forget about it except to stir.

  • Considering how aggressive hogs are, it might just mellow them out a little.

  • Nicholas Price

    I don’t want to use 7 grams when making the canna butter, I’d prefer to use 2-3 grams, can I just reduce the amount of butter used, i.e. roughly half?

    Thanks nick

  • gone fishing

    Every time I make canabutter with water and butter, on the bottom of the butter, after it has hardened in the fridge, there is a white-ish layer about 1/8 – 1/16 of an inch thick stuck on the bottom,I can rinse it off with warm water. What is it? Is it supposed to be rinsed off or is it part of the butter that is supposed to be eaten? I don’t want to waste good butter but at the same time I don’t want to be eating something that is left over from the cooking process. Can someone out there help me? Thanks. from the hammock

  • Nikki Hill

    If I double the batch does the simmer time change at all?

  • ChalyaD

    So my big question is how much of an odor will this create

  • Lauren Sutherland

    does it have to be parchment or can it be aluminium?