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A Flawless Cannabutter Recipe

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

Cannabutter (cannabis butter) is the original and the most versatile cannabis recipe. If you use it as a foundation for your baked goods and other recipes, there’s no limit to the kinds of dishes you can whip up.

This is the only foolproof cannabis recipe you’ll need, with instructions that account for the most common cooking mistakes. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have the perfect infusion in just a few hours.


  • 500g of unsalted butter

  • 10 grams of cannabis flowers (15% THC +)

Cannabutter Recipe

  1. Grind the cannabis flowers with a hand grinder. Don’t grind them into a powder; the ground cannabis should be slightly leafy.

  2. (Decarboxylate) Place the flowers on a baking sheet and bake at a temperature of 110 degrees celcius for 1 hour.

  3. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and mix. Let the butter simmer over medium heat.

  4. Add the cannabis as soon as the butter starts to melt. Reduce to low heat and mix the ingredients well.

  5. Let the ingredients cook for 2 to 3 hours. Stir occasionally, and maintain a temperature of 200 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. If the butter nears the maximum temperature, add a bit more water to prevent the butter from scorching. When the butter appears thick and glossy, you can stop cooking.

  6. Place a sieve lined with cheesecloth over a large glass bowl. Pour the butter over the sieve and wait for it to filter into the bowl. This should take 5 to 10 minute

  7. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

  8. Drain any remaining liquid and pat the hardened butter with paper towels to absorb any remaining moisture.

  9. Refrigerate your butter in an airtight container.

Mixing Your Cannabutter Into Other Recipes

Now that you have your cannabutter ready to go, the trick is figuring out the right dosage. This harkens back to one of the biggest marijuana cooking mistakes: adding your butter to common recipes without testing the dosage. To find the optimal amount of cannabutter to use in your other recipes, start with a taste test.

  1. Taste one teaspoon of your batch and gauge the effect it has on you. Wait 45 minutes, as edible marijuana enters the bloodstream slowly. You’re not going to feel anything immediately.

  2. If the infusion isn’t potent enough for your liking, wait a few hours and raise the dosage to one-and-a-half teaspoons. Then two. When you find the ratio that provides the desired effect, consider that to be one serving.

  3. Add the butter to your recipes according to that desired ratio. So if you decide that one teaspoon is the perfect ratio and you want to make a batch of brownies with 12 servings, just use 12 teaspoons of the infusion in your brownie batter.

The Key to Perfect Cannabis Recipes

If you’re still new to cooking with marijuana, the key is consistency. With practice, you’ll perfect your ratios and discover the best uses for your butter. Don’t be discouraged if your first few batches end up being too potent, not potent enough, or oddly flavored. As with any recipe, perfection comes with time.

When you’re first starting out, try making a new batch at least once a month, especially if previous batches don’t live up to your expectations. Within three or four months, you should feel confident in your ability to create a premium product. Just be sure to note the specific cannabis strains, cooking times, and cooking temperatures, as even subtle variables can impact the flavor and potency.

The good news about cooking with cannabis is that you really only need to perfect one recipe. Once you have it down to a science, the fun part is incorporating it into different delicacies.

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