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This is by far the most comprehensive and accurate guide to making Cannabutter, the most vital ingredient in making cannabis snacks. (We’ve recently updated this guide to include a decarbing and blanching method, find the advanced version of this Cannabutter Recipe here)

The process of making cannabutter is basically just melting butter with marijuana, Straining the marijuana And then re-solidifying the butter. This works because THC (the chemical in marijuana that gets you “high”) sticks to the fat cells in butter. Cannabutter can be used in any recipe that calls for butter or oil.

You will need,

1.) A large saucepan

2.) A stir spoon

3.) Sticks Of Butter (Its about 1lb. of butter to every ounce of weed so make sure you do the math).

4.20) Marijuana – It’s best to start small and use more as your knowledge for cooking with cannabis expands. First time bakers be warned! The high from eating marijuana can last 2-8 hours and can range from a small buzz to a holding onto the floor trying not to fall.. I recommend using no more than an ounce when making a single sheet of cookies or brownies. Marijuana with higher potency can be used in less quantity. Marijuana with low potency can be used in greater quantity. Get the picture?

5.) Cheesecloth, and some elastics

6.) A couple tupperware containers with lids

Picture of necessities for cooking listed above (besides steps 5 & 6)

Step 1.

Bring a few cups of water to a boil on the stovetop, it doesn’t really matter how much water you use because in the end it will all be seperated, 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 thats 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.

Pour it in

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 shoud look like this, I say to make two just incase one container runs out of room.

Cheesecloth prep step 4

Step 5.

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

Step 5

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,
Pour onto cheesecloth

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..

Step 6.

The inside of the tupperware should look like this,
Butter sideview

That means you have done it right, congrats! 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.

Refrigerated Cannabutter
Refrigerated Cannabutter

REMEMBER :: The high from eating “special edibles” is often considered much more intense then inhaling, lasting anywhere from 2-8 hours. Do not attempt to eat too many at first. And I driving is completely out of the question. Just chill out, and enjoy!


  1. Pics are beautiful, and text is very informative. I have the perfect shirt to wear while making cannabutter, or other goodies; or, for ‘hittin’ it, you could call it your ‘smokin’ shirt’. Soooo sympatico. ..Peace

  2. Great pics. Directions are clear. Ive been searching for a good Cannabutter recipe.

  3. the best in the west!!!!heheheh

  4. Man my first experience with this was awful, i eat about 4 brownies (we made butter with aurora indica), then like 1 hour ago still nothing…so me and my buddy thought that we did it wrong, i drove him to the bus station when suddenly it hits!, i couldn’t feel my arms and i was completely confuses (i didn’t even understood the guys speakin in the radio!) i don’t know how i made it back home, but it was quite of a ride…i love this shit!

  5. I was wondering do you put a top on the pot during the 3 hour simmering or not? Will that make a difference? Thanks

  6. Thank you for this posting. I found similar information on other sites but, ultimately, ended up bookmarking this one because of how organized it is! Made my butter with an oz of Jilly Bean and it was very potent (and tasty) Thank you for the pix and step-by-step instructions. 🙂

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