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How to Make Cannabutter: The Full Guide

What’s the magic ingredient in cannabis edibles? Cannabutter! Read our guide on how to get the perfect cannabutter
01 October 2020
10 min read
How to Make Cannabutter: The Full Guide

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Making cannabis-infused edibles is something every marijuana consumer feels tempted to try at least once. And while you can probably purchase pre-cooked edibles at a nearby coffee shop, depending on your country of residence, making your own homemade edibles is a fun experience for sure. This is, of course, unless you end up burning your buds, or worse, feeling absolutely nothing. 

The absolute key to getting perfect weed edibles, that actually do the job of getting you high, is making the cannabutter (cannabis-butter) for your recipe correctly. It only takes 5 steps, a cup of water, a cup of butter and 7 to 10 grams of marijuana.

Although the process can be a tad tricky, you don't really need to be a master in the kitchen to get a great magic butter for your edibles. All it takes is organization and a whisk of patience. 

The most common mistake people make when cooking cannabutter for their homemade edibles is skipping the decarboxylation process. Not putting your flowers through the decarboxylation process could be the reason why your marijuana edibles fail to get you the desired effects. Make sure you follow through our guide on how to properly decarb your buds. 

First Things First: Calculating the THC dosages

Before we continue, another important aspect you should definitely consider when you decide to make your own edibles is to calculate your THC tolerance and the perfect doses for your magic baked goods. 

Not every person will get the same effects on the same amount of edibles, so if you're not sure about this point we recommend taking a look at this article on how to calculate the perfect THC dosage for your edibles.

Once you’ve successfully calculated what is the perfect amount of THC for your cannabis edibles then you're ready to head into the kitchen. 

1. Decarboxylation

As we have mentioned before, this is the most essential and yet the most overlooked part of the cannabutter making process. When omitted, this could result in weak or even inactive edibles, big bummer

By putting your marijuana through the decarboxylation, or  ‘decarb’, process you’ll ensure you get the most out of your cannabis flowers’ psychoactive effects. 

It is through the decarboxylation process that the cannabinoids present in your cannabis, such as the famous THC and CBD, are activated, which is exactly what we want if we want to get the ‘high’ feeling. 

When smoking or vaporizing marijuana, the decarboxylation process happens instantly due to the high temperatures that the buds are exposed to. For example, this is how Tetrahydrocannabinolic, THCA, the raw cannabinoid turns into THC, the active component that produces the well-known cannabis effects.

When it comes to edibles, we need these two famous cannabinoids, THC and CBD, to be still present in what we consume so that our bodies can absorb them through our digestive systems. In order to decarb the buds for making the cannabutter what you’ll need to do is take your buds and preheat them before you start mixing them with the butter. 

While some people might rather decarb the buds by soaking them directly into the hot butter, this will result in a stronger weed flavor on your edibles, which may not sound so bad right now, but when you take a bite of those tasty-looking brownies and realize it tastes as if you had just taken a bit off a raw bud you’ll understand what we meant. 

 

Decarboxylation: the first step for making cannabutter

Decarboxylation is the first and most important step to make cannabutter.
 

So, how do we decarb our buds? The process includes time first, for curing the flowers; and high temperatures. 

To decarboxylate your marijuana, take a clean oven tray, place a sheet of baking paper on it and spread your buds. Set your oven between 110-130°C and insert the tray inside for about 20-40 minutes, depending on the amount of heat you've set, we always recommend low and slow to prevent any tragedies. 

Extra Advice

Keep in mind that the older or drier the cannabis buds are, the less time it could take them to go through the decarboxylation process.  

Turn the buds every 10 minutes by shaking the tray so that they are exposed equally. Pull them out before they get burned. 

2. Making the Butter

While butter is a great option for making your cannabutter due to its versatility, there are also other alternatives to do it, hello vegans. Some ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, or other fatty ingredients will also do the job. However, try to avoid using margarine. 

Ingredients for making cannabutter

Ingredients list for making cannabutter.

Ingredients and tools

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 7-10 grams of decarboxylated marijuana
  • Saucepan or casserole
  • Cheesecloth

Step 1: Grinding the Decarbed Buds

Just like almost every weed consumption method, the first step will be grinding your decarbed weed. Pay attention that you don't over grind your marijuana, which will be extra dry, or else it will be a nightmare trying to get the small particles strained out of your butter afterward. 

Step 2: Melting the Butter

Take the cup of water and the butter one and throw them into a saucepan. Simmer on low, letting the butter melt.

Step 3: Adding the Weed

As the butter begins to melt, pour your grinded decarboxylated cannabis into the mix. Keeping the heat low, higher than 70°C, and lower than 95°C. Continue to simmer the mix for about 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and never letting it get to a boiling point. 

 

Adding the weed to your cannabutter mix

Once the water is hot enough and the butter starts to melt, add your decarboxylated marijuana.

Step 4: Draining the Cannabutter

You probably won’t want any crispy and bitter leaves on your edibles. Therefore, once you've let your butter sit and cook for the necessary amounts of time, grab a cheesecloth funnel and set it over a jar, bowl or plastic box container. Allow the mix enough time to properly strain. You can try adding pressure as long as you make sure no bad-tasting particles fall into the butter. 

Step 5: Cooling it down

Put the mixture into the fridge and let it go solid again. Once it’s become solid enough, the excess water will be separated from the butter, which you can then get rid of by carving the butter out with a knife or spoon. 

Cannabutter Machines

If you don't trust your cooking skills and you don't want to risk wasting your buds on a failed cannabutter attempt then purchasing a cannabutter machine might be the best option for you. 

These magic machines are a product of both the increasing popularity of cannabis edibles consumption and marketing masterminds who never miss the chance to make money. 

Okay, perhaps we were a bit harsh on these products given cannabutter machines are not only good for making cannabutter but for making lotions, oils, grain alcohols, and other products too. With them, you can make any kind of herbs oil you'd like to make.

 

Cannabutter Maker Machines

If you don't want to risk ruining your buds, or you frequently consume edibles then perhaps a cannabutter machine is just for you!
 

Cannabutter machines basically consist of a combination of a botanical extractor, a blender, a digital thermostat, and a heating unit. It takes it two hours to make your cannabutter, although we should point out that you will still need to decarb your marijuana before putting the cannabutter machine to use. 

Can You Store Cannabutter in the Fridge?

Once you’ve finished using your hemp-based butter you might still have some left, and throwing it away can never be an option. So if you're wondering if you can store your cannabutter inside the fridge, cheer up because the answer is yes

Unlike normal butter, which you can store in the fridge for extended periods of time, cannabutter shouldn't be stored in your refrigerator for more than one month. In order for it to last this long, it needs to be properly stored in an airtight container. 

 

Storage MethodCannabutter's Life 
Fridge 1 month
Freezer1 1/2 months

 

A trick to make your cannabutter’s life stay fresh for a longer period of time is adding a little salt to the mixture while it's cooling down. 

What about freezing your cannabutter? 

The magic butter’s properties won't be gone if you freeze it. So the answer is yes, you can freeze your green butter. By freezing your cannabutter you’ll extend it’s useful life 2 or 3 more weeks. 

 

Separate your cannabutter in molds before freezing.

Separate your cannabutter into molds before you freeze it.
 

To properly freeze the cannabutter, we recommend placing the still liquid product in silicone ice trays and letting it freeze. Once it's frozen, take the butter sticks or cubes out of the trays and wrap them tightly into a plastic wrap before you return them into the freezer.

The Bottom Line

The best way to consuming cannabis edibles the right way is by being well informed. Before even starting the cannabutter cooking process, the first thing you should always calculate is the THC dosage of your edibles to get full control of the type of high you want to get. 

Like most recipes, the best advice we can give you is to follow the instructions thoroughly and make sure you don't forget about the decarboxylation process, which if forgotten will ruin your whole experience. 

So, what are you waiting for? Turn on your oven, chuck on your cooking apron, and get those edibles going! We can’t wait to hear about your final results! Please do comment below by sending us pictures or just tell us anything about your experience! 

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