How to Make Your Own Cannabis Butter
Updated: Jul 11
Infusing butter with cannabis is a very simple and easy way to create your own edibles at home. While it may seem very effortless, it can become complicated. This recipe will help guide you through the process, so you will be making cannabutter at home in no time!
Note: Any cannabis cook should be aware of proper dosing for themselves, as homemade edibles are difficult to accurately dose.
One cup of butter
One cup of ground cannabis
One mason jar or storage container
Decarboxylate the cannabis
This is the most important step and is the one that is often missed resulting in a weak or inactive cannabutter. Decarboxylating the cannabis is how the compounds are activated. One of the easiest ways to decarb cannabis is in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 245F degrees.
Place cannabis buds on a non-stick baking sheet or use parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Bake for 30-40 minutes. If the cannabis you are using is older and dryer, it may take less time than newer, fresher cannabis.
Check the cannabis every ten minutes to shake up the sheet in order to make sure the buds are exposed.
When finished decarboxylating, grind up the cannabis on the coarser side.
Add one cup of butter to a saucepan and melt on low. Mix in one cup of water to prevent burning.
As the butter melts, add in the ground cannabis and stir.
Keep on low heat and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Occasionally stir, and make sure it does not boil.
Strain the finished butter while it is still melted.
The best way to do this is to line a strainer with cheesecloth and place over a jar. This will allow you to pour the butter through slowly. Allow it to seep freely and do not squeeze the cheesecloth, as this will push bad-tasting plant fibers through.
Place the jar in the refrigerator for about an hour until chilled.
Any excess water will seep to the bottom of the jar. You can leave it in there, pour it out, or move the butter into another container.
Remember that heat, strain, and time all play a part in how your cannabutter is dosed. Try a small amount first, and wait at least an hour to test the desired effect.