How to Make Cannabutter – Recipes + Photos

Are you ready to make cannabis butter but are paralyzed by all the different recipes and techniques? Discover what you need to know before feeling confident and ready to easily make your Cannabutter at home.

What is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter is a cannabis-infused butter for making your favorite edible products like cookies, brownies, and cakes.

You can easily make Cannabutter at home by mixing decarbed cannabis with butter to extract the plant’s powerful properties.

During the infusion process, the plant’s cannabinoids are released into the high-fat content of the butter.

When cannabinoids are extracted with fat, they are more easily absorbed and thus more bioavailable in our bodies.

While it takes some time and effort to create Cannabutter, the result is worth it if you want to save money and have control over your cannabis-infused edibles.

Switching from smoking to edibles is another positive benefit for those looking to improve their overall health and wellness.

How to Make Cannabutter

When making marijuana edibles, members of my Well With Cannabis Community know that Cannabutter is one of the most popular options.

Once your cannabutter mixture is made, you can make homemade edibles and baked goods that provide a therapeutic effect.

In this guide, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how to make Cannabutter at home.

I will also share four ways to make Cannabutter at home, including my popular crockpot weed butter recipe.

Equipment Options

With so many cannabutter recipes, I know picking the right infusion process can feel overwhelming.

I want you to rest easy knowing they all follow the same basic process.

First, it’s time for decarbing, which you can do in an oven or Instant Pot.

This step activates the CBD and THC, and once this is complete, you can start the water bath process.

My favorite way to make the water bath? The crockpot because it is an easy set-it-and-forget-it option! Find the printable recipe below.

Don’t have a crockpot? No worries, you can always use:

Remember, there is no best way, just one that works for you!

Helpful Equipment

You do not need anything fancy to make Cannabutter at home, but having some of these items before starting will be helpful.

  • Dishtowels
  • Mason Jars
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Digital Scale
  • Strainer or coffee filter
  • Silicone Butter Mold
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Ingredient Options 

Two ingredients are necessary to make Cannabutter: cannabis and butter.

However, you have many different options when picking which type of butter and what kind of cannabis you want to use.

Here we will explore all the options you can choose from and the next steps.

Types of Butter

When making DIY cannabutter, you will quickly realize that the type of butter you use will impact your final product.

You will encounter some water and milk solid separation at the end if you use regular butter, like salted or unsalted butter.

While nothing is wrong with it, regular butter requires an extra step of letting the mixture cool and draining off the liquid.

To save time and energy and to get better quality cannabis butter, I recommend using ghee or clarified butter instead.

You can also follow this method to infuse any cannabis oil you desire, such as:

  • Coconut oil
  • MCT oil
  • CBD oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Any other cooking oil

Types of Cannabis

The great thing about making your weed butter is that there are so many different forms of cannabis you can use, from flowers to concentrates.

The type of product you choose will most impact the potency and taste of your final recipe.

In a general sense, below are the common cannabis infusion options, ranging from most potent to least potent:

  • Concentrates
  • Kief
  • Flower
  • Trim
  • Fan leaves
  • Stems or stalks or roots

How Much To Use

One of the most important questions is: How much cannabis should I use?

How much cannabis and how much butter you use will have the most significant impact on the final potency.

For example, if you infused seven grams of decarbed cannabis into two sticks of butter, your final product will be twice as potent as if you infused the same amount into four sticks (or a pound) of butter.

Thankfully, I have created a printable flower-to-oil ratio guide to help you decide how much to use.

In this chart, you will find various options, from a â…›th to a full ounce of cannabis.

There is also a doubled-up option for those who have a high tolerance.

The first step is to select how much cannabis and how many sticks of butter you want to use.

Record the amount of cannabis you use to calculate the final dose.

From there, you can use my edible dosage calculator to input the values and get a rough guesstimate of the potency and how much THC is in your Cannabutter.

How To Make More Potent Cannabutter

  1. Choose a higher-quality flower that contains more % THC, CBD, etc
  2. Add decarbed kief or cannabis concentrates like distillate or FECO
  3. Make kief cannabutter
  4. Use more flowers (increase from 1 ounce to 2 ounces or more).
  5. Use less butter (decrease from 1 pound of butter to ½ pound)
  6. Have you already made your Cannabutter? Learn how to fix weak Cannabutter here

Storage Instructions

After making Cannabutter, you will want to store your finished product in an airtight container in the refrigerator according to the expiration date on the butter you used.

You can store it for a long time in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, wrap the Cannabutter in individually sized portions to ensure easy and convenient dosing.

Learn more about how to store edibles here.

If you store the butter in the fridge or freezer, never use the microwave to soften or thaw it, as the unpredictable high heat could ruin the potency of the final product.

Use my guide to get your Cannabutter to room temperature safely.

How To Make Cannabutter Taste Better

Some people find themselves overwhelmed by the taste of the cannabis in the butter.

If you want to reduce the taste of cannabis, you must work to reduce the amount of chlorophyll in the end product.

Here are a few different options to try:

  • Opt for dried cannabis when possible. Fresh or raw cannabis contains much more chlorophyll than dried.
  • Select cannabis buds or cannabis flowers over other parts of the plant. Fan leaves, trim leaves, sugar leaves, or shake will all contain more chlorophyll.
  • Do not grind the cannabis before adding it to a recipe. Ground cannabis, especially in a fine powder, will release more chlorophyll.
  • Decide how much weed you need to add more product = more taste.
  • Try a different extraction process. The QWET method is excellent when making tinctures.
  • Opt for other cannabis products like concentrates, which have little to no taste.
  • Be careful when straining, as crushing the plant matter may release more chlorophyll into the finished product. If you’re using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, be sure not to squeeze or crush the plant material during the process.
  • Watch your infusion times. Super-long infusions, over 8-24 hours long, will result in more green infusions. Four hours is enough time for infusion.
  • Try “washing” your Cannabutter. This method combines the weed butter and a few cups of water or more over the stove. Bring to a full boil, reduce the heat to low, and keep a low simmer at a low temperature for 2-3 hours. This method is an excellent way to remove more chlorophyll and green taste.
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Notes & Expert Tips

  • You don’t need perfection in a home kitchen. Many variables can affect your outcome; finding the best method is a learning process.
  • If you’re nervous about making a cannabutter recipe for the first time, know that you can always make a small amount to test your process before committing to an entire batch.
  • If you’ve never cooked with cannabis, consider starting with CBD flower to make CBD butter. Experimenting with a more affordable option means less heartache if an accidental mistake is made.
  • Be mindful of how much cannabis you add. Before starting, use my edibles dosage calculator and dosing guide to determine how much you should use.
  • If this process is overwhelming and too much for you, you can purchase my Cannabutter and deliver it directly to your door (no medical marijuana card required!)

How to Make Crockpot Cannabutter

Crockpot cannabis butter, called Cannabutter, is one of the most tried and true cannabis-infused recipes. It’s the perfect recipe to follow if it’s your first time making edibles.

As you go through this guide, remember there is no right way to make Cannabutter and that working in a home kitchen is not an exact science.

While you should generally stick with some guidelines, many people follow different methods, and that’s OK.

Below are my step-by-step instructions to make cannabis butter at home with a crockpot or slow cooker, storage instructions, notes, expert tips, and thoroughly answered FAQs.

How To Make Cannabutter In Crockpot Ingredients

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  • Cannabis: The first step is to select your preferred THC, CBD, or CBG dominant flower, trim, shake, etc. You can purchase flowers from my online shop here. Then, choose your desired amount to use. Small batches can be made with as little as 3.5 grams; large batches can be made with up to 1 ounce of cannabis or more. Use the flower-to-oil ratio guide if you need help deciding how much to use. You do not need to grind the cannabis; break the buds into small pieces.
  • Butter: The next step is to choose a type of butter: unsalted butter, clarified butter, or ghee. You can also use this infusion process to make cannabis oil with olive, coconut, MCT, vegetable, etc.

Can I Use Cannabutter from the How-to Guide to Make the No-Bake Cannabis Edibles?

Yes, the How-to Guide on making cannabutter can be used to make delicious no-bake cannabis edibles. By following the guide and using the cannabis edibles recipes made with cannabutter, you can create tasty treats without the need for baking. Enjoy the benefits of cannabis-infused edibles with this simple technique.

The Step-By-Step Process

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Step 1: Lay a clean dish towel down on the bottom of your crockpot. This will help to prevent the mason jars from moving or cracking during the process.

Step 2: Fill your crockpot at least halfway with hot water. You want enough water to cover the sides of the jars you plan on using. However, be careful not to add too much water, as it may overflow when you add the jars.

Step 3: Place a thermometer in the water and set the crockpot to high heat. When around 180°F is reached, turn it down to low heat. Note: Any low temperature between around 160-200°F will work. You may need to adjust to medium heat, depending on your crockpot.

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Step 4: While the water bath is heating up, measure your desired amount of cannabis flower. Use the flower-to-oil ratio guide if you need help deciding how much to use.

Record how much flower you used in grams so that you can calculate your final potency with the edible dosage calculator.

Step 5: Gently break apart the cannabis buds by hand into popcorn-sized pieces and place them into a mason jar. Do not grind.

Put the lid on the mason jar and place the jar in the oven for decarboxylation. The decarboxylation process is simple and can easily be done in an oven or Instant Pot.

Bake at the time and temperature needed for each cannabinoid; see below.

THCA to Δ9-THC → bake at 240°F/116°C for 40 minutes
CBDA to CBD → bake at 240°F/116°C for 90 minutes
CBGA to CBG → bake at 220°F/105°C for 60 minutes
Δ9-THC to CBN → bake at 240°F/116°C for 180 minutes

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Step 6: After decarboxylation, place your butter of choice into a mason jar or another jar with a tight sealing lid.

You may need more than one jar to make a big batch.

Step 7: Add your decarbed cannabis to the jar.

If using more than one jar, evenly divide the ingredients between the jars for more consistent dosing.

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Step 8: Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean towel and add the lid.

Tighten the metal ring to finger-tip tightness. It should be tight, but not too tight.

Step 9: Carefully place the jars into the water bath, put the crockpot lid on, and leave it alone to cook for 4 hours.

If you don’t have a lid, aluminum foil will work.

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Step 9: After the 4-hour cooking time, carefully remove the jars from the water bath and allow them to cool enough to handle.

You are done with the crockpot step and can discard the water bath.

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Step 10: While the butter is cooking, prepare a straining area.

You can use a coffee filter with a funnel, a fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a French press. I do not recommend using anything not food-safe, like pantyhose.

Pour the melted Cannabutter through the strainer to separate the plant matter from the infused butter.

Don’t forget to save the leftover plant material, also called the pulp, to use in other recipes.

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Step 11: Add the strained butter to a container you want to cool in. A flexible container works well. You can also use butter molds.

Place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely; overnight is ideal.

Pro Tip: If you’re using butter molds, place them on a baking sheet to prevent them from spilling.

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Step 12: While cooling, the infused butter will harden and solidify, leaving a bit of liquid underneath.

When completely cool, remove the solid block of butter and drain the liquid; it doesn’t contain anything worth saving.

Your cannabis butter is now ready to enjoy. Below are a few cannabis butter recipes. If you are looking for a cannabutter recipe no crock pot, stay tuned…

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Easy Crockpot Cannabutter

Are you ready to make some cannabutter? This step-by-step beginner’s guide will teach you how to make weed butter at home in a crockpot or slow cooker. You can then use your cannabutter to create all of your favorite edible recipes!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Additional 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Course Cannabis Condiments
Cuisine Cannabis Recipe
Servings 18 teaspoons
Calories 45 kcal

Equipment

  • Dishtowel
  • Mason Jars
  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Digital Scale
  • Flower to Oil Ratio Guide
  • Strainer or coffee filter
  • Silicone Butter Mold optional
  • Edible Dosage Calculator

Ingredients
  

  • 7 grams cannabis flower
  • 1 stick butter or ghee

Instructions
 

  • Lay a clean dish towel down on the bottom of your crockpot to create a buffer between your mason jars and the crockpot. This will help to prevent the jars from moving or cracking during the cooking process.
  • Fill your crockpot at least halfway with hot water. You want enough water to cover the sides of the mason jars you will be using. However, be careful not to add too much water, as it may overflow when you add the jars.
  • Place a thermometer in the water and set the crockpot to high heat. When a temperature of around 180°F is reached, turn it down to low heat. Note: any temperature range of 160-200°F will work. You may need to adjust to medium heat, depending on your crockpot.
  • While the water bath is heating up, measure your desired amount of cannabis flower. Use the flower-to-oil ratio guide if you need help deciding how much to use. Record how much flower you used, in grams, so you can calculate your final potency at the end.
  • Gently break apart the cannabis buds by hand into popcorn-sized pieces and place them into a mason jar. Do not grind. Gently put the lid on the mason jar and place the jar in the oven for decarboxylation.
  • After decarboxylation, remove the jar from the oven. When it is cool enough to handle, open the lid and place your butter or oil of choice inside. You may need more than one jar if you are making a big batch. If you are using more than one jar, evenly divide the ingredients between the jars for more consistent dosing.
  • Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean towel, and add the lid. Tighten the metal ring to finger-tip tightness. It should be tight, but not too tight.
  • Carefully place the jar into the water bath, put the crockpot lid on, and leave it alone to cook for 4 hours. You want to maintain a temperature of around 160-200°F the entire time. If you don’t have a lid, aluminum foil will work.
  • After the 4-hour cooking time, carefully remove the jars from the water bath and allow them to cool enough to handle. You are now done with the crockpot step and can discard the water bath.
  • Prepare a straining area with new, clean mason jars and a strainer, paper filter, cheesecloth or French Press. Pour the contents of the mason jar through the strainer to separate the plant-matter from the infused butter.
  • Add the strained butter to a container you want to cool it in. A flexible container works well. You can also use butter molds. Place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely, it may take several hours.
  • While cooling, the infused butter will harden and solidify, leaving a bit of liquid underneath. When completely cool, remove the solid block of butter and drain the liquid, it doesn’t contain anything worth saving. Your cannabis butter is now ready to enjoy!
  • Store your finished product in an airtight container in the refrigerator according to the expiration date on the butter you used. You can store it for a long time in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, wrap the cannabutter in individually sized portions to ensure easy and convenient dosing.

Notes

Calculating The Dose
One stick of butter contains 24 teaspoons. However, we lose approximately 20% of our volume during the cooking process, leaving us with approximately 18 teaspoons. Keep this in mind when inputting these values into the calculator.
Notes & Expert Tips
Don’t forget to save the leftover plant material, also called the pulp, to use in other recipes.
Pro Tip: If you’re using butter molds, place the molds on a baking sheet to prevent them from spilling. Then use a spoon to get the pure, infused butter into the first two sticks of the mold. The third stick will contain the remaining infused butter and milk solids. You will then only need to remove the milk solids from one stick. The fourth stick will remain empty due to the loss of water volume during the cooking process.
If you store the butter in the fridge or freezer, never use the microwave to soften or thaw the butter, as it could ruin the final product with too much heat. Use my guide to get your cannabutter to room temperature safely.
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