Easy cannabutter recipe using an eighth ounce of weed

There’s nothing like putting on a good movie or album and melting into the couch after eating an edible. Even if you haven’t tried homemade edibles before, cannabutter can be easily made in the kitchen and makes for a great cooking adventure. It’s also a great way to get high as you snack rather than by smoking or vaping. This cannabutter recipe is easy and works well as a base for any stoner’s treat or in a medicated meal!

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What is cannabutter?

Weed butter also known as cannabutter (cannabis butter) is a decarboxylated and cooked mixture of ground cannabis flower of your choice and butter, or alternatives like coconut oil or margarine. Weed butter is an easy and fun spread that offers endless edible recipes for any foods cooked with butter! You can keep it in the fridge or freezer and use it in treats of your choice.

For an easy ratio, use 1/8th of cannabis in flower form with every 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) melted. This weed butter recipe takes about 1 hour of prep and 2-3 more hours waiting as the mixture simmers.

Cannabutter ingredients

  • 1/8 ounce (about 3.5 g) cannabis flower of your choice
  • Grinder (cannabis grinder or mortar and pestle)
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 cup (2 x 4 ounce sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • Medium saucepan or pot
  • Spoon
  • Cheesecloth (or coffee filters)
  • String or rubber band
  • Storage container

Weed butter recipe step-by-step guide

1. Preheat oven to 245 °F
A toaster oven with a bake option will also work!

2. Grind your weed
Using a hand-held grinder, grind your weed so it is crumbly, but not too fine — this assures that the weed is cooked evenly throughout while retaining its potency. You can use a weed grinder of any shape or size – it’s one of the most useful 420 smoking accessories for any stoner. Other alternatives include coffee grinders or mortar and pestles, but using your fingers is just as easy!

weed grinder
Weed grinder (Source: Unsplash)

3. “Activating” the cannabis
If you’re trying to get baked, make sure your weed bakes first! In order to get the most out of your edibles, the weed must go through decarboxylation – a fancy word for baking cannabis in the oven. This process activates the THC in marijuana so that it can better interact with the brain and create the sensation of being high. Take the 1/8 ounce of ground weed and spread it evenly out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once the oven reaches 245 °F, place the baking sheet in for around 30-35 minutes.

4. Melt butter
Combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup butter (or coconut oil/vegan butter) in a saucepan and cook at medium-low heat for a few minutes, until the mixture begins to simmer.

5. Add herb to pan
Now that your weed has been both ground and baked, add it into the saucepan once the butter and water has melted evenly, so no weed gets stuck to the bottom. Stir with a wooden spoon on a very low heat until the butter and cannabis are evenly combined. The mixture will look greener and darker with more cannabis added, also making your cannabutter stronger in taste and potency.

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6. Sit and stir
Let your soon-to-be weed butter simmer on low for at least two hours, stirring every so often to let the THC infuse evenly into the butter. The heat should stay at around 200 °F so that the butter doesn’t burn. Once the mixture looks like a shiny gloss and is thicker rather than runny, that means the cannabis oil has finished cooking!

pot with lid simmering
Sauce pot simmering (Source: Pexels)

7. Strain
Secure a couple layers of cheesecloth on top of your bowl or container with string, tape, or a rubber band. Slowly and carefully? pour the melted cannabutter over the cloth to prevent spills. After pouring all the weed butter, gently take the cloth off from all sides and squeeze out the remainder of the liquid. This helps extract all of the butter without retaining too much pungence from the crumbled and cooked flower.

Alternative – if no cheesecloth is available, pour small portions at a time through a coffee filter and tightly squeeze the liquid butter through. Squeeze the butter through as many coffee filters as needed until the saucepan is empty.

8. Finishing up
Finally, leave the butter out until it’s room temperature. Chill the container in the fridge until the cannabutter is cold and solid. After settling for a few hours, you can now use it in any of your homemade edibles – even coat your pan with 1 teaspoon of it while cooking for a single ~10 mg dose.

Making cannabis butter
Solid cannabutter (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Cannabutter dosage calculator

1 cup of cannabis infused butter makes about 50 servings of 10 mg edibles, but varies based on the marijuana strain and consistency of your batch. I used a hybrid strain with approximately 15% THC.

For the butter to weed ratio, ½ cup of cannabutter (8 tbsp) used in a recipe would make about 8 weed edibles, with 30mg of THC each. This number is a good baseline calculator for your dose size in baked goods.

How to make cannabutter stronger

One tablespoon of cannabutter has about 30 mg THC, depending on the strength of your weed. If using the weed butter in a recipe that calls for more butter than THC servings being made, cook the rest with regular butter to enjoy less potent servings.

Alternatively, if you want your weed butter to be more potent, this recipe is easy to adjust. Simply add the percentage more of your eighth ounce of weed to the other ingredients based on how much stronger you’d like your cannabutter. For example, if you’d like a butter twice as strong, use 1/4 ounce of weed.

Sit back and enjoy!

Making cannabutter takes just a few hours of cooking but offers many more hours of trippy relaxation. You can even get a cannabutter machine or maker if you want an effortless way to have a consistent supply of weed butter on deck at all times. Personally, this is one of the best cannabutter recipes in terms of ease, potency, and flavor. Soon you’ll be well on your way to making cannabutter brownies, cannabutter cookies, and some other seriously dank dishes.


How to make Cannabutter
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