How To Make The Best Cannabutter

March 31, 2021

Cannabutter is the key ingredient in many marijuana edibles. As such, we use it to replace butter in many recipes ranging from pastries to pasta. Aside from the added nutty flavor, many people like to use marijuana this way since it gives a long-lasting “high”. For marijuana patients, making the best cannabutter at home is easy but for many its an uphill task. Read our full guide you can consume your medications easily.

In making cannabutter, we extract the psychoactive THC in marijuana and mix it with butter. It’s important to think “low and slow” which means heating the butter slowly over low heat. Doing this allows the full activation of the THC without burning other cannabinoids. As a result, we get a nice and smooth texture that is easy to infuse with various snacks and meals. So, how do we make this delicious and healthy ingredient?

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In this article, we will go through the easy steps on how to make the best cannabutter at home. But first, it’s important to note that aside from the buds, we can also use leaves in making this special butter. But remember to use only the ones closest to the flowers to ensure high THC content.

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100 grams Unsalted Butter 

When it comes to butter, the fancier brand is always better. While it’s okay to use ordinary brands, we find that high-quality butter gives a smoother taste. This is because it holds less water, and thus more butterfat content for the cannabis to infuse with.

100 ml Water 

The purpose of water is to regulate the temperature in the pot or cooker so that we don’t scorch the butter. More importantly, it prevents the cannabis from evaporating during the cooking process. Since its amount reduces as we cook, it is okay to add more water as needed.

5 grams Ground Cannabis Flower or 100 grams ground leaves

Basically, the more marijuana we use, the stronger the effects. Inversely, lessening the leaves and buds will give a lighter dose.


For a smoother cooking process, it is best to make sure that we have all the necessary equipment. This includes the following items.

Medium saucepan or pot
Whisk or wooden ladle
Large glass bowl
Strainer/Sieve to fit over glass bowl
Plastic wrap or airtight container

Prepare the Weed for Cooking

Prepare the Weed for Cooking
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Before diving into the cooking process, we highly recommend decarboxylating the marijuana first. This process changes the cannabis from its acid form to its psychoactive structure. To achieve this, the marijuana must be heated much like what we do when smoking a joint.

In making edibles, we can easily do this by grinding the marijuana then bake it at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. When done properly, this activates the cannabis and gives it a roasted nutty flavor.

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The concept of decarboxylation explains why we can use the remnants of vaporized marijuana in cooking. Since it’s possible some of it did not get properly burned during vaping, it follows that it still has usable THC.

5 Easy Steps to Making Cannabutter

Now that the marijuana is ready for cooking, let’s get right into the action.

Step 1: Melt it

Melt it
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In a medium pot or saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the water to regulate the temperature and to prevent the butter from scorching. Simmer on low until it starts to melt.

Step 2: Add Marijuana

Add Weed
Add Weed

Once the butter melts, add the decarboxylated marijuana a little at a time. Make sure to stir it well into the product.

Step 3: Simmer it

Simmer it
Simmer it

The length of time to let the product simmer ranges from 45 minutes to 8 hours. Some people like to slow cook their cannabutter for several hours more, but it can be ready in a shorter time.

The rule of thumb, though, is that the longer we let the cannabis simmer, the more cannabinoids are infused with the butter. In the end, it’s up to preference and convenience how long to continue simmering. But remember to stir it every now and then. At this point, we can see small bubbles starting to form at the surface.

Step 4: Strain it

Strain it
Strain it

After simmering, use the strainer with the cheesecloth above it to filter the marijuana from the final product. Then with the spatula, squeeze the remainder to make sure we get all the liquid from the cheesecloth. Be careful in handling it since it’s very hot. Finally, discard the leftover and don’t use it for anything else as it is now useless.

Step 5: Refrigerate it

Refrigerate it
Refrigerate it

Let the fluid cool for about an hour. At this point, we will see that the product has a vibrant green-tinged. Cover it and refrigerate overnight for best results. As it hardens, the butter separates from the water and is now easy to lift with a spatula. Discard the water and slice the cannabutter into pieces of preference. Finally, we now have a cannabis-infused butter that is ready to use.

Storing cannabutter in jars

Using Cannabutter


To avoid damaging the quality of cannabinoids, don’t use the microwave to soften the cannabutter. Simply let it sit at room temperature until it’s ready to use.

Other Extraction Options

Other Extraction Options
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Aside from butter, we can also use coconut oil, milk or cream, and tinctures to infuse food with cannabis. In all options, remember the importance of decarboxylating the marijuana first to get a THC-rich infusion.

Cannabutter Increases Food Enjoyment

As mentioned, cannabutter makes it possible for people to enjoy marijuana with their favorite recipes. Essentially, it improves the health benefits of food while giving the consumers a latent “high”. As it increases in popularity, more people want to make it and experience the benefits themselves.

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While making it can be tricky, understanding the process makes it a whole lot easier. If we do the important steps, such as decarboxylating the marijuana first, then we can get a potent product that can last for weeks. With practice, we can develop the skill and improve the quality of our cannabutter over time.


FAQ about Cannabutter?

What are the main Cannabutter Ingredients?

There are three main ingredients: 100 grams unsalted butter, 100 ml water, and 5 grams ground cannabis flower or 100 grams ground leaves

What equipment’s are needed to make Cannabutter?

In order to make the best Cannabutter you need: Stove, Medium saucepan or pot, Whisk or wooden ladle, Spatula, Large glass bowl, Strainer, Cheesecloth, Plastic wrap or airtight container and knife

How long can home made Cannabutter last in a jar?

If you keep it tightly wrapped in a covered container, then it can last in the fridge for 6 weeks.


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]


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  1. By Dave ,25 Jun 2014
    Just reading on how to make "cannabutter". When it is giving ingredients, it says "100 grams of leaves OR 5 grams of bud". How does that equal out? How are you going to put 100grams of leaves into a pot […]Read More
  2. By Fred ,28 Jun 2014
    I think the main takeaway about the differing amounts of bud and leaf is that you need to use a LOT more leaf than bud. I can say that the higher the ratio of plant matter to butter (or, better, […]Read More
  3. By Marijuana Recipe – Banana Bread ,04 Aug 2015
    […] by many. It is delicious, not overly rich and sweet. The best way to make banana bread is to use cannabutter, however it can also be made using extremely finely ground Cannabis.  This recipe for the moistest […]
  4. By Cannabis Dispensaries And Patient Cooperatives – Medical Marijuana – ,01 Dec 2015
    […] also find a dazzling array of edibles including cannabis-tainted cookies, brownies, cakes, candies, butter, cooking oil, ice cream, soda, and even peanut butter and jelly. As always, it is difficult to […]
  5. By How To Make Pot Brownies – Best Marijuana Recipes ,09 Feb 2016
    […] includes the substance of your choice: either oil or butter. Keep in mind that recipes that involve cannabutter, require more marijuana, and also require more time to prepare the mixture. Oil, on the other hand, […]
  6. By How To Grow Huge Marijuana Buds – 7 Tips ,11 Jan 2017
    […] leaves, keep them and cure them properly. They have a high enough THC content that you can make cannabutter or weed brownies in case you run out of weed or while you are waiting for the big […]
  7. By maineguy ,22 Jan 2018
    I made a batch last night using 5 grams of white widow buds from last years grow. This time I coarsely broke up the buds,placed them on a sheet of foil,covered them with another sheet,and then baked them for about […]Read More
  8. By Allig8r ,28 Aug 2018
    Don’t throw away your used leaf. I put the whole amount into a smoothie and got quite the buzz. And less waste!
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,28 Aug 2018
      We agree with you, not to mention it's healthy too! A great addition to your smoothie indeed.
    1. By Darren ,18 Feb 2021
      My crockpot on low runs around 220°, my infuser machine, levo, runs at 175. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not
  9. By Robin ,31 Jan 2020
    I’m goi to try this banana bread
  10. By Audrey ,20 Jun 2020
    Have been making canna butter for years, and this article gave me some more great techniques to improve what I have done in the past. I have also done a couple of hot water washes after the initial strain to […]Read More
  11. By Darren ,18 Feb 2021
    After infusing a batch of butter , can you repeat the process again by adding more flower to the same butter already infused once. I’m a cancer survivor and have suffered from loss of appetite. I need a very potent […]Read More
  12. By Donnie ,14 Jun 2021
    Can I use Moonshine in place of everclear?

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