Cannabutter is the main ingredient of many cannabis infused recipes and forms the basis of popular recipes such as cannabutter mugcakes, spacecake, weed-brownies or space muffins. 

Cannabutter Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Cannabis (finely ground)
  • Coffee Filter
  • Big pan
  • Small pan

The ratio between two ingredients depends on the quality of your weed. For a regular mid-range potent strain such as Northern Lights or AK-47 with a THC percentage of around 15-17% it’s best to use a ratio of 5:1, so for example 50 grams of butter and 10 grams of finely ground bud will do the trick. But you can make it with trim too, in which case you will need about twice as much.

Cannabutter Directions

  1. Cannabutter
    Au Bain-Marie

    Before mixing your cannabis (and/or trim) with the butter, bake it in the oven at 115 degrees Celcius (240 degrees F) for about 45-60 minutes of decarboxylation. This converts THCA in edible THC. You can also use leftovers from your vaporizer (Already Vaped Bud, or AVB), which often still contains already activated THC. Use an oven thermometer as the temperature you set it to, is not always the temperature you get.

  2. Put the butter in a pan and make sure it’s fully melted on low heat. Now place the little pan in the big pan, so it floats. This way you can leave the pans at the stove for an hour, without any mixture going to waste (this method is called au bain-marie).
  3. Add the cannabis and let it simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it simmer, the more THC that gets extracted, but after 30 minutes most of the THC is in the butter.
  4. Push the butter through a coffee filter, t-shirt or something else that’s able to separate the liquid and solid parts.
  5. Wait until it’s solid.
  6. You can now use it in any recipe that would need butter, or put it in the freezer for later use.
Frozen cannabutter. © The Stoned Society.

Note: never let the temperature go above 120 degrees celcius or 250 degrees fahrenheit, also in future applications. THC will start to decrease above these temperatures.

Cannabutter Effects

When cannabis is eaten instead of smoked or vaped, it takes a longer amount of time to work. This can be tricky for both experienced and inexperienced cannabis consumers. That’s why we will always recommend to smoke or vape cannabis first to people who aren’t regular users. Although it isn’t possible to overdose, the effects of consuming more cannabis than you’re capable of handling, aren’t very pleasant. To read up on some of the effects, check out some of our edible reviews. Or click here to learn how to make 5 minute cannabutter mugcakes!