How To Make Cannabis-Infused Butter

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Cannabutter can be used to make a variety of marijuana edibles. (Photo: Prensa420/Flickr)

Cannabutter can be used to make a variety of marijuana edibles. (Photo: Prensa420/Flickr)

Get started with marijuana edibles by making cannabis-infused butter.

If you want to make marijuana edibles and don’t know where to begin, your best bet is to prepare a batch of cannabis-infused butter, or cannabutter. By infusing cannabis with butter, you can easily turn any recipe into a marijuana-infused dish.

Never made cannabutter before? Luckily, it’s incredibly simple if you follow the right recipe.

The entire process usually take a few hours, though, so be warned. But once you have a batch of cannabutter, you’ll be able to whip up any marijuana-infused food within minutes.

How It Works

Making cannabutter involves separating the active ingredients – the cannabinoids – from cannabis and infusing it with a solvent; in this case, butter.

Butter is recommended for this process because cannabinoids, such as THC, are fat-soluble and don’t mix well with water. Cannabinoids also require heat in order to be activated, which is why you can’t use raw cannabis to make edibles.


Specifically, heat transforms THCA into THC through a chemical process called decarboxylation. Without decarboxylating your cannabis first, it won’t have the same effects.

Use the recipe below and you’ll have fresh, homemade cannabutter that can be enjoyed as part of any marijuana-infused food, ranging from brownies and cookies to soup and tea.

Cannabutter Recipe

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2 ounce cannabis (ground or raw)
2 cups water
Metal strainer
Medium pan

1. Add water and butter to pan over medium heat. Make sure there is enough water to create a layer between the butter and the bottom of the pan. Use extra water if necessary.
2. Add cannabis to pan and mix thoroughly.
3. Simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. If mixture starts to boil, reduce heat.

(Photo: Debra Solomon/Flickr)

4. Allow pan to cool before straining into bowl or container.
5. Place mixture in fridge overnight. The butter will separate from the water and rise to the top.
6. Once butter has risen to top, remove from fridge. Peel off the chunks with a fork or knife and place in separate container.

(Photo: Debra Solomon/Flickr)

Congratulations, you’re now ready to make edibles! When it comes to dosing, it’s best to start with small amounts and move up gradually. Any extra cannabutter can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Remember, the effects of edibles last much longer than smoking or vaporizing. While usually delayed by 30-60 minutes, the effects can last for 8 hours or more.

Quick & Easy Edibles

If you’re not sure what to do with your very first batch of cannabutter, there’s no need to fret. Here’s a list of edible recipes that are great for beginners:

1. Cheesy Garlic Bread
2. Medicated Waffles
3. Pot Brownies
4. Cream of Cannabis Soup
5. French Toast
6. Marijuana Tea

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