Today we’re going to talk about an extremely simple recipe that will be essential for cooking many other cannabis meals; Cannabutter, or cannabis butter, is the perfect alternative for those that wish to consume cannabis without having to smoke or vape it. This can be used for both medicinal and recreational purposes; whether you’re medicating or simply want to give your meals that extra kick, cannabutter is the perfect thing to add.

Cannabutter Recipe – Responsible Consumption

As we always stress in these recipes, you need to consume cannabis edibles responsibly; when you ingest cannabis you’re truly ingesting all of it, whereas when you smoke it you’re only absorbing a fraction of the full amount of cannabinoids available. This means that the effect is much stronger when ingested, and because you’re ingesting it, it will take a while to actually reach your bloodstream; many people make the horrible mistake of losing patience and taking another dose before they’ve given the first one enough time to settle. This can cause much too intense of an effect, and unfortunately the only way to get rid of it is to let it pass, which can take a while.

This recipe is actually incredibly simple, and requires very few ingredients.


  • 250gr of butter.
  • 10-15g cured, dry cannabis flowers (or 30-50g of trim).

Decarbing Cannabis for Cannabutter

Cannabutter RecipeThe first process you’ll need to put your cannabis through is decarboxylation. You may be thinking “What is decarboxylation? Do I have to?” The short answer to that question is yes.

Decarbing your cannabis means activating the THCA and converting it to THC, which is the psychoactive component in cannabis. Although it’s essentially a chemical reaction, it’s actually super easy to do; all you have to do is apply a controlled amount of heat for a specific amount of time. This is the same premise as actually burning cannabis; when smoked or inhaled, the heat of the combustion turns the THCA into THC, which is why you don’t need to decarb weed before smoking it.

Cannabis can also naturally decarb over time, although it’s an incredibly long process that nobody really has the time for unless you want to start prepping your edibles a year in advance.

How to Decarb Cannabis

This is a super-easy process. The easiest method involves using some baking paper and an oven. If at all possible we highly recommend using an oven thermometer. This guarantees the best results, as temperatures in ovens can fluctuate around 20°C or so.

Grab your cannabis and break it up – some growers suggest grinding it up completely, whereas others prefer to leave it as a whole flower. Out of personal experience, I prefer to break the larger buds into smaller pieces without fully grinding it up. Make sure they’re evenly broken up for the most balanced and even decarbing process possible.

Pre-heat your oven to a maximum of 110 degrees Celsius, using your thermometer to ensure it never goes over that. If you don’t have a thermometer, set your oven to 100 degrees maximum. Next, place your buds on some cooking paper on your oven tray, and place the tray at mid-height in your oven for an even bake.

Leave it in there for about 45 minutes – check periodically. If it starts to smell burnt or looks like it’s cooking, take it out. After about 45 minutes it should be a golden-brown color, which indicates that the decarbing process has worked.

CAUTION: This method will leave your kitchen/house smelling of cannabis for quite a bit. If this is something you can’t afford to happen, you can also use oven bags such as those used for cooking turkey, which can help to reduce the odor by quite a bit. You can also use ONA blocks to try and keep it under control.

Once finished, let your cannabis cool down at room temperature for about a half an hour and it’s officially ready to be used to make cannabutter!


Cannabutter preparation:

You don’t specifically need buds to make cannabutter; you can use resinous leaves or even a mix of both if you don’t want to use all of your bud up in one go, just make sure that if you’re mixing you get the quantity right as putting too much in could ruin the recipe.

Once you’ve gone through the decarboxylation process and your weed has been activated, you’ll need to proceed to melt your butter in water at the lowest heat possible. Once the butter is completely melted, toss in your weed. It needs to be on low heat and you’re going to need to mix it constantly for at least 30 minutes; you should notice the butter going a slightly green color. Once the butter mix seems nice and balanced then it should be ready. This process can be done for as long as you wish; half an hour should be enough to release cannabinoids, although an hour and a half or two hours produce more potent results.

Cannabutter Recipe

Once you’re sure that the butter has absorbed all of the cannabinoids from the weed, it’s time to sieve the butter to make sure that there are no hard bits of cannabis in it.

You’ll need to let it cool down at room temperature for a couple of hours and then stick it in the fridge for 24h. The next day you should have a nice layer of butter floating on top of the water. It should have the same texture as normal butter but with a slightly greener color.

Now you can move on to other cannabis edibles using your newly made cannabutter! There’s an incredibly wide array of recipes that you can add cannabutter to for an amazing experience.

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