THC-infused cookies placed on a white plate. Cannabis leaves are placed around it.

How to Weed Butter

Weed butter, or cannabutter, is one of the most popular ingredients of marijuana-infused food. Making marijuana butter is all about extracting the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids, and infusing these into the butter fats. When using butter in any recipe, you can substitute it with some amount of weed butter to get psychoactive effects. Simply dose the desired amount of weed butter in order to achieve the best results.

You can make weed butter from decarboxylated or dried buds, solvent-less hash, or trim. One of the most popular recipes with cannabutter is a brownie, but you can make anything you want for a fun edible session. If you’re a medical marijuana patient looking for relief, you can include edibles in your medication, minding your dietary needs and preferences. 

How to Make Weed Butter 

For making weed butter, you should remember two things: long cooking time and low temperature. If you don’t want to waste your buds, you should infuse your butter for several hours over low heat, which will allow the THC to become fully active. You should know that CBD and THC are soaked up by the butter along with terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, while all the impurities are left in the water. To get the most out of the psychoactive effects that come with cannabis, it’s important to completely decarboxylate your buds before making edibles with it. It will allow you to get activated cannabinoids, perfect for cooking! 

hardened canna butter in a white bowl. Butter is light green in colour.
Herb Butter” by Cayobo / CC BY 2.0

What you will need 

½ ounce decarboxylated weed 

1 pound unsalted butter 

4 cups of water 

2 pieces of cheesecloth 

metal strainer 

medium saucepan 


food handling gloves 


airtight container 


How to Make Weed Butter Step by Step 

Step 1 

Start by cutting your butter into several pieces, then combine it with water and weed in a pan. Cook the mixture over low heat until it simmers, keeping in mind not to boil it. Continue simmering your mixture for the next 3 to 4 hours. Don’t forget to stir the mixture every half an hour until it thickens. However, the weed and butter mixture shouldn’t be too thick. Your weed shouldn’t touch the bottom of the pan, but it should float about 2 inches above it. You can add more water if needed. 

Herb butter” by Cayobo / CC BY 2.0

Step 2 

After 3 to 4 hours most of the water should be evaporated and the mixture should look glossy and be more compact and dense. After turning off the heat, it’s time to allow your weed and butter mixture to cool. While cooking your mixture, take a strainer and line it with two layers of cheesecloth, allowing it to overhang a few inches. 

Step 3 

When your mixture goes down to room temperature, pour it into the strainer and allow your butter to drain into the bowl by pressing it down with the back of your spatula. Now, wear your gloves and squeeze out the corners of your cheesecloth in order to get out all of the weed butter. You can scrape out any leftovers from your pan into the bowl and place them in your fridge until the weed butter has solidified. It should take about 2 hours before you can take the final product out of the water. 

Step 4 

Once your butter has solidified, you can run a knife around the edges of the bowl in order to separate the weed butter from it. Then, cut a small piece of butter from the edge and lift the whole layer with a spatula. Prepare a cutting board or wax paper before you place the layer of butter on it, keeping the wet side up. Now, take a dry clean cloth and get rid of any excess water until you get a beautifully green weed butter. All you need to do is place your weed butter into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for the next few weeks. However, it’s best to use it immediately for the best results.

Tips on how to make and store weed butter 

You can use any kind of butter you want, but it’s best to choose high-quality organic butter – it has the best taste and provides users with better effects. Never use margarine, as the presence of water and other substitutes – some of which can be harmful to your health – will undoubtedly ruin your cooking experience. 

Keep in mind that marijuana edibles must go through the digestion process before you feel the effects, and it may take up to three hours until you feel high. The effects of edibles may last longer than after smoking weed. However, if you feel like you’ve eaten too much weed brownies or other goodies, you’re safe – this feeling will last for some time but will pass with no side effects whatsoever.

For more experienced stoners, it’s recommended to increase the amount of weed after becoming used to the effects of edibles. You should also keep a journal for each batch of weed butter. Note what kind of strain you use and the amount of weed added in the process. It’s good to include the temperature and cook time, as well as other parameters in order to estimate the right amount of the final product. It will allow you to get insight into the whole infusion process and the results that come with it as you test different combinations and methods. 

You can keep your butter for several weeks in the fridge, as long as you keep it in a storage bag or airtight container. If you want to store your cannabutter in the freezer, make smaller batches. You can store the weed butter for up to six months in your freezer. 

Now that you know how to make weed butter, all you need to do is follow our directions to squeeze the most of it. Keep in mind that the quality of weed and butter determines the whole cooking experience, so don’t be a penny-pincher when choosing the ingredients! 



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