CannaButter 7 Easy Steps

April 20, 2012 By 61 comments
CannaButter

If you’re looking to make some special treats, Cannabutter is a vital ingredient. 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.

In this thread I will attempt to teach those who don’t know how to make Cannabutter, how to do so. The pictures may help a little but in the end it’s the text that will help you most.

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

5.) Cheesecloth, and some elastics

6.) A couple tupperware containers with lids

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.

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.

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.

And be careful, 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 wouldn’t recommend driving. Just chill out, and enjoy!

 

* If making the butter is too much work for you, you can try this amazing device from Magical Butter.

  • Curious

    I just used this technique and it worked as expected. I have a question about the waste water though – is there anything good in there? Is there anything bad in there? If I were to drink it or use it to make tea, what would happen? All of the instructions I’ve read have said to toss it, but I can’t find any more info than that.

  • mannurse801

    The water take the chlorophyll out of the material. It helps eliminate the plant taste from the butter, and moakes for a much nicer final product. much clearer, and less contaminants. The water also takes out any water soluable material left in the plant, such as any unflushed nutes and such. I find it a very important part. Also, the water willprevent vaporization as 100 celcius is below the vaporization level of any of the cannabinoids in the trichomes. Including water is vital for me. The double boiler is great, but you need to enjoy the “weed’ flavor in your mouth… Something I detest to the piint of gagging, and once ever throwing up!…

  • Cid

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  • Name

    Its totally garbage. Don’t even spill it on anything, it will make everything stink. And not good stink, its awful.

  • Scott Decker

    how many times can you use the cannabutter

  • Nanc

    I used the crockpot methipod followed to the tee and ended up with no water to take out. What did I do wrong? 2 cups of water dissated ( I guess) 1st time I tried it cooked on low 18, strained and refrigerated it for 12 hrs. NO WATER at the bottom? Why?

  • iknowmyhigh

    It’s a good suggestion, but it’s niave to say it’s only affecting flavor. You’re losing some thc (water will remove trichomes – see a bubble hash extraction). Also hot water dissolves things better than cold water, so more than just chlorophyll will come out. The high is probably more THC with a smaller profile

  • Robin van den Thillart

    This is the method I’ve been using as well and It’s definitely less work and the result is great in my opinion. I get a beautifully clear green brick of butter that way and it tastes great!

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  • James Cole

    Personally, I simmer for 22 hours in a pressure cooker so no steam escapes. Did 2 batches once. 3 hrs with half, 22 with the other and ill always do 22 now, heaps better. Also reccomend knocking up some kind of press to extract all you can from the mush. The reason people use it as a ‘flour’ isnt coz the herb has any thc. Its because it still contains maybe 10 or 15% of the butter. Maybe even 20.

  • anonymous

    I thought this machine could be used with other things than butter? Was thinking oil extractions but do you soak outside the machine first? I usually do a double soak…. Can alcohol even be put into this machine for making oils?