How to prepare Cannabutter

Have you ever heard of cannabutter? Then it means that you are passionate about cannabis and have eaten space cake at least once in your life.

If you have never done it then you are in the right place to discover all the secrets of cannabis-based "edibles". In fact we will address these topics:

  • What is cannabutter
  • How to prepare cannabis butter
  • How to prepare cannabutter
  • Other methods for preparing cannabutter
  • Cannabis butter in a bain-marie
  • Quick recipe cannabis butter

What is cannabutter

Cannabis butter is a concentrate of cannabinoids , which is obtained by chemically binding the oily fats of the butter with the same cannabinoids.

It is a compound that can be made at home or purchased in specialized stores, in countries where cannabis is legal . It can also be stored, so it is very convenient to use when needed, like normal butter.

In fact, cannabutter can be used in any recipe that involves the use of butter. It is also suitable for use as a cooking fat and is often found in brownies, space cakes , muffins and biscuits.

For those who suffer from chronic pain or other conditions , cannabis can help alleviate many of the symptoms . Using cannabutter is a safe and easy way to incorporate cannabis into your daily diet, to enjoy the benefits of the herb without exposing yourself to the risks of smoking.

How is cannabis butter prepared?

Cannabis butter can be made from buds, but there are many other parts of the cannabis plant that can be used in its preparation.

The leaves, in particular, have a high cannabinoid content, higher than that present in stems or branches, because the trichomes are more concentrated there.

Using a mix of leaves, stems and branches will make cannabutter as potent as that made with buds.

Homemade cannabutter The preparation of cannabutter can be done at home, without the need for special equipment.

The process takes a little time, but it's really easy. You will need a stove, a wooden spoon, two sieves, a mixer and some plastic containers .

The first step is to grind the herb with a mixer to make it as fine as possible. This will increase the contact surface and improve the extraction of the active ingredients when melting the butter.

The process of making cannabis butter is based on the principle of fusing the oils of the plant with the oils derived from the butter, through heat. The two parts merge effectively, becoming a unicum.

Once made, marijuana butter should be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks . If you want it to last longer it is better to store it in the freezer, cutting it into smaller blocks which will need to be defrosted before use.

There are many ways to prepare cannabutter, the recipe we propose is one of many. Cannabis butter can be made from buds , but other parts of the plant can also be used.

How is cannabutter prepared?

The first step in preparing this gold bar is to grind the herb as finely as possible.

To increase the contact surface and improve the extraction of the active ingredients during the melting of the butter. To do this, it can be convenient to use a blender. The process of making cannabis butter is based on the principle of fusing cannabis oils with oils derived from butter , through heat.

The two separate parts merge effectively to become a unicum.

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The chopped marijuana should be placed in a pot large enough to remain ⅔ empty. In the pan you will need to add butter and water in a ratio of 1:4, so for every 250 g of butter, you will need to add one liter of water (1000ml).

You need to bring the mixture to the boil slowly, to avoid losing part of the active ingredient.

It is important to stick to these proportions when evaluating the capacity of the pans to use (1/3 and 2/3 respectively) because you will have to bring the mixture to the boil as soon as possible.

When everything is boiling, mix regularly and add water when the original volume has halved.

Your cannabutter is ready when you see a layer of fat separating from the liquid part and tending to rise to the surface.

After that, filter the liquid into a container, separating it from the marijuana mixture, which will have to be squeezed, in order to recover all the remaining oil.

Place the container in the refrigerator overnight to allow the oils to solidify.

Marijuana butter should be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks . If you want it to last longer, it is better to store it in the freezer, cutting it into smaller blocks which will need to be defrosted before use.

Other methods for preparing cannabutter

Cannabis butter can also be prepared following simpler, and often faster, procedures than the one just explained.

Not everyone has the time to slowly prepare cannabis butter, so we thought we'd offer you quicker but equally satisfying solutions.

For example, cannabutter can be prepared in a double boiler or by infusing the cannabis directly in the butter.

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The bain-marie is an ancient technique, dear to all mothers and all scientists on the planet.

Not all raw materials can be exposed directly to heat, and - for this purpose - the bain-marie uses hot water to "cook" ingredients placed in another container.

  • Fill the pan about a quarter full with water and bring it to the boil. When the water starts to boil, immerse a bowl with the butter, once melted add the cannabis.
  • Heat the butter over medium heat for about 45 minutes or an hour maximum, mixing the ingredients well. Now all the useful principles of the plant will have joined the butter.
  • When the butter is still in a liquid state, filter it, separate the herb from the butter with the strainer or coffee filter. Place it in a container that can be hermetically sealed and stored in the refrigerator. Once the mixture has solidified again, the butter will be ready to be used in your favorite recipes!


There's also a super quick method for making cannabutter, which is useful if you suddenly decide to make muffins for friends. Or if you use marijuana butter for therapeutic reasons and have run out of supplies.


7 grams of decarboxylated and chopped cannabis buds;

A stick of unsalted butter.


Medium-sized saucepan;

Wooden ladle;

Table spoon;

Fine metal strainer;

Heat-tight container.


Below is a much faster version of the classic recipe for preparing cannabutter, which will be ready in just 60 minutes.

Start by melting the butter over low heat in a medium-sized saucepan.

Add the chopped cannabis to the melted butter and mix gently from time to time. Cook over a low heat for 45 minutes , stirring frequently.

At this point it is very important not to let the mixture boil.

To check that the temperature is correct, keep an eye on the surface of your mixture. Do you see that some bubbles are forming on the surface?

If the answer is yes, then you have reached an adequate temperature range . These are small bubbles of a few millimeters in diameter, very different from the bubbles generated in a boiling process at high temperatures.

Once it reaches the doneness point, strain the butter into the container of your choice, using a metal strainer to remove any traces of chopped peaks. Use a spoon to press the remaining buds into the strainer to release all the cannabinoids .

The result of this process will be a Cannabutter with a pale green color , but once cooled it will be like classic butter. Ready to be used for cooking or stored in the freezer.

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