Easy 7 Step Cannabutter Recipe

I found this older recipe on another forum, but decided it would be a great addition for newbie edible bakers like myself. It’s definitely one of the easiest recipes to follow that I have found so far. Read More for the recipe. Be sure to let us know in the comments of a recipe that you think cannabutter would go good with.

You will need,

  1. A large saucepan
  2. A stir spoon
  3. Butter (It’s about 1lb. of butter to every ounce of weed so make sure you do the math).
  4. Marijuana
  5. Cheesecloth, and some elastics
  6. A couple tupperware containers with lids

Step 1.

Bring a few cups of water, about 3 or so, to a boil on the stovetop, it doesn’t really matter how much water you use because in the end it will all be separated, Just make sure the marijuana is always floating about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the pan.

Step 2.

When the water is at a boil place the butter in the pan, again it’s about 1lb. of butter (4 sticks) to every ounce of marijuana, so if your using a half ounce of bud that’s about 2 sticks of butter. Be sure not to let the butter burn, if it appears to be burning then let melt on a medium setting.

Move the dial to low heat once butter has melted, it should look like this

Step 3.

Now that the butter has melted you can now add the marijuana, Here I used about 5 grams of fresh nug and about 7 grams of vaped bud. Again make sure the stove is now on a low setting.

Stir occasionally, I tend to stir every time the mix starts bubbling.
I usually let the bud simmer for 3 hours, But you can always tell it’s done when the top of the mix turns from a really watery consistency to glossy and thick.

Step 4.

While letting the mix simmer, You are now going to need to get the cheesecloth strainer ready, which will also be used to store the cannabutter.

Take two sheets of cheese cloth and fold each one over so they each have two layers, place these over a tupperware container (with the lid off), and secure them there with elastics.

It should look like this, I say to make two just in case one container runs out of room.

Step 5.

When the water has turned glossy and thick on top it should look like this

You are now ready to strain the marijuana out of the mix, place your tupperware containers with the cheesecloth lids in the sink and slowly pour the entire mix on top of the cheesecloth like pictured here,

When the saucepan is empty carefully undo the elastic, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides and squeeze all of the remaining butter out,

I throw away the marijuana after this, you can try and dry it out, let me know what happens.

Step 6.

Now place the lid on the tupperware and place it in the fridge to sit overnight, You need to do this so the water can seperare from the cannabutter, be patient.

Step 7.

Now that you have awakened in anticipation for your new treat, its time to seperate the waste water!

It should look like this now, The cannabutter on top, the waste water on bottom.

Take the lid off the tuperware and hold it upside down over the sink, place a dish in the sink to catch any cannabutter that may fall, squeeze two sides of the tupperware and the waste water will pour out, once all the water is gone your done! The cannabutter is ready to cook with.

If you do not wish to cook with it now, you can just place it back in the tupperware, place the lid back on and store it in the fridge.

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  • Ryan420

    This totally works with stuff you’ve already smoked through the vaporizer. You just need more of it. About 1 1/2 ounces for every pound of butter.

  • Ryan420

    This totally works with stuff you’ve already smoked through the vaporizer. You just need more of it. About 1 1/2 ounces for every pound of butter.

  • Miss A

    THC will not bind the milk fat molecules. To make a more potent form of butter, start by placing the butter in a crockpot on high for an hour or so. A white foamy residue, the milk fat, will rise to the top and you can scrape it off with a spoon and discard. You can cool the remaining butter and repeat this process if necessary. By purchasing high quality butter, you will be left with more butter and less discarded milk fat and will only need to go through the clarification process once.

    Once the butter has been clarified, you can add the weed to the crockpot. One ounce of weed to one pound of butter is sufficient if you are using good weed like Kush buds, but two ounces should be used if using trimmings. If using schwag, the ratio should probably be doubled: two ounces of schwag for every one pound of butter. Let the weed sit on Low for up to 8 hours in the crockpot with an occasion stir then refrigerate for 8 hours. Complete this heating and cooling cycle 1-3 times.

    Once the heating and cooling cycles are done, it is time to strain the weed from the clarified butter. A cheesecloth works just fine and you get the most butter out of the sloggy mixture this way, but the timing is tricky since the butter must be warm enough to be a fluid liquid but cool enough not peel the skin off your hands. Since this is always a hit and miss game, using a coffee french press is just as easy and cleaner. So pour the mixture into the french press, press, and the store the butter in containers that can be frozen in case it isn’t used within the next few weeks.

    Not only is the weed butter much more potent because the THC is binding to all the clarified butter molecules, but the milk fat isn’t taking up unnecessary volume or adding dead calories. Also, by clarifying the butter the treats will have a much longer shelf life and not need refrigeration due the lack of a dairy product ingredient (assuming the treat doesn’t contain other dairy items).

    It takes some planning (need about 2-3 days to make a good batch), and a few kitchen utensils (crockpot, french coffee press, storage containers), but the results are EXCELLENT.

    Hope this helps!

    • Great response. I should look into this and revise the post where necessary. Thanks!

    • steev

      Wouldn’t “GHEE”(it’s an asian clarified butter)work just as well.

  • Miss A

    THC will not bind the milk fat molecules. To make a more potent form of butter, start by placing the butter in a crockpot on high for an hour or so. A white foamy residue, the milk fat, will rise to the top and you can scrape it off with a spoon and discard. You can cool the remaining butter and repeat this process if necessary. By purchasing high quality butter, you will be left with more butter and less discarded milk fat and will only need to go through the clarification process once.

    Once the butter has been clarified, you can add the weed to the crockpot. One ounce of weed to one pound of butter is sufficient if you are using good weed like Kush buds, but two ounces should be used if using trimmings. If using schwag, the ratio should probably be doubled: two ounces of schwag for every one pound of butter. Let the weed sit on Low for up to 8 hours in the crockpot with an occasion stir then refrigerate for 8 hours. Complete this heating and cooling cycle 1-3 times.

    Once the heating and cooling cycles are done, it is time to strain the weed from the clarified butter. A cheesecloth works just fine and you get the most butter out of the sloggy mixture this way, but the timing is tricky since the butter must be warm enough to be a fluid liquid but cool enough not peel the skin off your hands. Since this is always a hit and miss game, using a coffee french press is just as easy and cleaner. So pour the mixture into the french press, press, and the store the butter in containers that can be frozen in case it isn’t used within the next few weeks.

    Not only is the weed butter much more potent because the THC is binding to all the clarified butter molecules, but the milk fat isn’t taking up unnecessary volume or adding dead calories. Also, by clarifying the butter the treats will have a much longer shelf life and not need refrigeration due the lack of a dairy product ingredient (assuming the treat doesn’t contain other dairy items).

    It takes some planning (need about 2-3 days to make a good batch), and a few kitchen utensils (crockpot, french coffee press, storage containers), but the results are EXCELLENT.

    Hope this helps!

    • Great response. I should look into this and revise the post where necessary. Thanks!

  • you dont have to toss the old “teabag” left over cheesecloth bundle
    guys,
    i have been doing this for quite awhile and you dont have to throw out the old MJ you can take it and put the big cheesecloth wrapped package of MJ and put it into the pan you just took the butter out and add milk and a little half/half and re-heat for about an hour more on very low and wring out the big teabag now you have the last of the resin in the warm milk,i have used this milk for coffee and hot coco.it will keep in the fridge for a week or so

  • you dont have to toss the old “teabag” left over cheesecloth bundle
    guys,
    i have been doing this for quite awhile and you dont have to throw out the old MJ you can take it and put the big cheesecloth wrapped package of MJ and put it into the pan you just took the butter out and add milk and a little half/half and re-heat for about an hour more on very low and wring out the big teabag now you have the last of the resin in the warm milk,i have used this milk for coffee and hot coco.it will keep in the fridge for a week or so

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  • stephanie

    What do you think is better the butter or the oil?

  • Jackie

    Thanks , you answered all my questions with this gonna try it next week …. 😉

  • deaton

    im sorry if this is a dumb question but when you make this and use a pound of butter do you get a whole pound of cannabutter or do you loose alot

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