Most recipes for Cannabis cooking call for cannabis butter. It can then be used frequently in any recipe calling for butter. Making cannabis butter is almost the same process in creating concentrates in the simplest way. 


• 1 oz cannabis flowers (or 3 oz trim) 

• 1 pound butter (normally 4 sticks of butter) 

• Cheesecloth 

Procedure on making cannabis butter

Step 1 – Decarboxylation 

1.) Preheat oven to 225° F and set a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

2.) Carefully grind your cannabis buds or trim and spread it covering the aluminum foil on the baking sheet. 

3.) Bake for 30 minutes. It will get odorous in your house, so be prepared! It’s usual to see some steam and vapor while the cannabis is cooking. This isn’t all the potency steaming away! 

4.) Transfer the dried cannabis from the oven and crumble up any more prominent remaining bits between your fingers. You don’t need to get it into a powder form, but there shouldn’t be full nugs either. 

cannabis butter used as ordinary butter for everyday cooking

Step 2 – Cook cannabis collectively with butter & water 

1.) Bring 4 cups (around one liter) of water to a boil. 

2.) Turn down heat to Medium-Low and add the butter, then wait until it melts. 

3.) Add your decarboxylated marijuana to the water and mix it in. The cannabis plant matter will float, and there should be at least an inch or two of clearance under the cannabis. If not, add more water. 

The cooking process produces a dark green, oily liquid. Pour the juice through a triple-layer of cheesecloth into a tapered bowl to leave the plant residues. Let it cool to handle and gently squeeze the cheesecloth, but not very much or it will make the cannabis butter taste bitter without increasing potency. 

Don’t worry that adding more water will reduce the potency, as you’ll be separating the water later. The “good stuff” in cannabis doesn’t stick to water, in fact, water filters out a lot of the “good stuff’ we don’t want that make cannabis butter taste bad! 

4.) Allow cooking on low to medium heat for one hour and a half, mixing occasionally. The bubbles should be gently rising to the top of the water but not actively boiling. 

Step 3 – Separate potent butter from the inert cannabis plant material and water 

1.) Fill a large bowl with two layers of cheesecloth and strain the cannabis mixture. Be careful about handing the liquid because it is still hot.

2.) Leave the bowl for several minutes to continue its cooling. Put the bowl in the fridge overnight. All the “good stuff” is contained in the butter or oil, which floats to the top. The water and any remaining plant matter will float to the bottom. 

3.) Use a knife to carve around the outer edges and it normally will “pop” off in a big piece. 

4.) Place your finished cannabis butter in its container for storage or use. If you’d like, you can turn it upside down on a plate and help dry the base with a paper towel. The less water, the longer the cannabis butter can be kept in the fridge. 

Storing The Butter

You can store the cannabis butter in the fridge for a week, but butter can mold so only move it in the fridge if you plan to use it shortly. However, your cannabis butter can go in the freezer and will be good for months without any loss of potency

The cannabis butter in produce in this process can make:

• 15 “strong” portions 

• 30 “regular” portions 

• 50 “light” portions

Side Notes

The butter needs to rest in the fridge overnight, so make your butter a day ahead of time. You can use the cannabis butter just like regular butter in any recipe, just do a one is to one ratio substitution.

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