420 Kitchen: How To Make CannaButter – 7 Easy Steps


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.


  1. 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?

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Using the MagicalButter Machine kicks ass! Would highly recommend it, no burning, does a decarboxylation, makes those edibles strong! Great from pain relief.

  6. The longer you simmer the better the taste, in my experience. I’ve always used this exact link as my method, only I double it to 2 oz/lb and I use a crock pot on low for like, 10 or more hours. Until it’s thick and dark and glossy, as instructed.

    My butter is then potent enough for my preference, the preference of other patients I share with (I’m carded and so are my patient friends, in Oregon, 2015) and I can also then make medibles and nobody gags them down, but instead are shocked that they are medicated and then I have to deny seconds – for their own good. Lmao.

    I’ll be testing for compliance in Oregon for dispensary sale this month…I will update what butter using the original article’s method with my afore-mentioned tweaks comes out to, officially. I know I REALLY wanna know already. I estimate 1 Tbs butter = 1 gram flower minimum, which supports the strength of my 2/3 to 1 cup butter pan of brownies or krispie treats. Ha ha.

    But as with most aspects of the cultivation and medicinal healing of marijuana…the best results come from the greatest exercises in patience. ;-)

  7. Hi, after refrigerating I kept the mixture outside without seperating resulting in water and butter again got mixed. Can it be separated ?

  8. So here’s my process so far. I’ve rinsed my 5g of shake twice, to remove some of the chlorophyll (and the Green taste that goes with it). To dry it to grind it up I put it on simmer to slowly remove the moisture from the plant. This also may decarb the weed a little I’m sure.

    My next step I plan to grind it up and place in a Mason jar with butter, maybe some water, and then place in a pot to boil and infuse. I’m not completely aware of what the difference the water makes other than making it easier to solidify and separate. Are there any other reasons?

    This is kind of a mash up of all the techniques I have read about. I hope someone might find this useful. =)
    (pharmacy student)

  9. thanks for sharing this recipe i plan on making some butter out of trimmings would an ounce be recommended if I dont have that much bud?

  10. I do this as well with the large volume of sugar leaf that I sometimes end up with after trimming. I usually do two rounds of simmer and drain and then add the butter with the third flush of clean water.

    I only do one round if I’m using bud though as it has a much lower chlorophyl to trichomes ratio.

    I’m also fairly sure this assists in partially decarboxylating the THC content as well.

  11. Using cannabutter is also a great way to customize your medicinal usage. If you have a strain with high THC but low CBD and another strain with the reverse you can combine the two in a single batch to maximize your CBD content with the already high THC content.

    After a few rounds of experimentation you can really dial in a perfect balance to suit your personal needs.

  12. i find that hard to believe (the part that thc sticks to the fat cells) considering that where i am from everyone uses butter to get tree gum off their hands and it works better than anything on planet earth. and the same goes for marijuana. when im done harvesting a ton of succulent maryjerrywanda my hands are a mess the few times i didnt use rubber gloves. and you go and take 2-3 spoon fulls of butter and rub your hands around for about a minute and voilà sticky gone and hands like new.