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How to Make Cannabis Butter: A Complete Guide for Medical Cannabis Users

Step-by-Step Guide for Cannabis Butter Chefs

Cannabis butter, often referred to as cannabutter, is a fundamental ingredient in the world of medicinal cannabis edibles. Rich in versatility, it can be used in a variety of recipes, offering a discreet and effective way to consume your medication.

This guide will walk you through the steps to make high-quality cannabis butter at home, ensuring you get the most out of your medicinal cannabis.

How to Make Cannabis Butter
How to Make Cannabis Butter: A Complete Guide for Medical Cannabis Users

Why Cannabis Butter?

  1. Discreet Consumption: Ideal for those who prefer not to smoke or vaporize.

  2. Controlled Dosage: Tailor the strength of your cannabis butter to your specific therapeutic needs.

  3. Versatility in Use: Incorporate it into any recipe that calls for butter, enhancing both flavor and medicinal benefits.

What You'll Need to Make Cannabis Butter

Cannabis Butter Ingredients

  • Cannabis (amount as per your prescription or personal preference)

  • 1 pound (4 sticks) of unsalted butter

  • 2 cups of water


  • Grinder (for breaking down the cannabis)

  • Medium saucepan

  • Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer

  • Storage container

Step-by-Step Cannabis Butter Cooking Guide


  • Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C).

  • Grind your cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder.

  • Spread the cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.

  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even decarboxylation.

  • Remove from oven and let it cool.

Melting the Butter:

  • Add water and butter to the saucepan. Simmer on low heat until the butter melts.

  • Adding water helps to prevent the butter from burning and controls the temperature.

Adding Cannabis:

  • Once the butter has melted, add your decarboxylated cannabis to the saucepan.

  • Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Do not let the mixture come to a boil to prevent loss of potency.

Straining the Mixture:

  • Line your strainer with cheesecloth and place it over your storage container.

  • Once the mixture has simmered, pour it over the cheesecloth to strain out the plant material.

  • Squeeze out as much butter as possible from the leaves. Be careful; it will be hot.

Cooling and Storing:

  • Let the cannabis butter cool at room temperature before covering it.

  • Store it in the refrigerator. The butter will separate from any water, which can be poured off, leaving you with pure

Tips for Success in Crafting Cannabis Butter

  1. Strain Selection: Choose a cannabis strain that fits your medical needs. Indica, sativa, and hybrid strains offer different effects.

  2. Dosage Control: Start with a small amount of cannabis to gauge potency. You can always make it stronger next time.

  3. Storage: Cannabutter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or frozen for extended use.

Making your cannabis butter is a simple, rewarding process that enables you to customize your medicinal intake according to your health needs. By following this guide, you'll be able to create a potent and versatile ingredient for a wide range of delicious, medicinally-infused edibles.

Medical Disclaimer

This guide is intended for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. The use of cannabis, including for medicinal purposes, is subject to legal restrictions in many areas. Consult with a healthcare provider and review your local laws before using cannabis for medical purposes. Cannabis should be used responsibly and in accordance with a doctor’s guidance based on your health conditions and needs.


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