What Is Cannabutter?

With Cannabutter you can make your own recipes and foods. You can enjoy the benefits of marijuana without the negatives of smoking.

Cooking with Cannabutter

Cannabutter is a dairy-based unsalted butter combined with the medical marijuana flower that is activated. When taking the terpenes, cannabinoids and the flavonoids from the cannabis plant’s and putting them into butter fats, you end up with cannabutter

The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) do not mix in water very well, but they will mix in the oils of butter. The butter fats act as a carrier for the compounds and cannabinoids and they get ingested easily into the bloodstream.

Benefits of Cannabutter

Many individuals like the fact that they can eat foods with cannabutter because they know the effects are longer lasting. Foods made with cannabutter give you a delayed reaction because they first need to be digested, and then the compounds reach the bloodstream. After an individual eats food that was made with cannabutter, they do not feel the effects for about 30 to 90 minutes afterward.

Depending on how much food the person has eaten, the concentration of THC, the person’s body weight and metabolic rate, will all affect how long the effects will last. Many people have found that the effects will last between 4 and up to 12 hours after eating foods that were made with cannabutter.

Foods made with marijuana will offer individuals better options for their lungs compared to if they were smoking marijuana. Smoking marijuana still puts byproducts, carbon monoxide, and other potential toxins into your lungs.

Recipe for Making Cannabutter

Making Cannabutter is not hard, but it will take about 3 to 4 hours. The first step is to decarboxylate the flower of your marijuana. This is done by heating up the marijuana flower so that it activates the cannabinoids. You will be able to choose the strength of your cannabutter by how much marijuana you use.


  • 1/2 to 1 once decarboxylated marijuana flower
  • 1-pound unsalted butter
  • 4 cups of water

Butter should be cut into several pieces. Using a medium saucepan, place your butter pieces, marijuana flower, and water over low heat. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. A slow cooker can also be used to make cannabutter.

Every 30 minutes, give your mixture a stir using a metal spoon. It will thicken as the water evaporates. At this point, the cannabinoids will be mixed into the butter really well. The mixture will be a bit glossy and thick.

Cool the mixture slightly. When the mixture is cooled enough to handle, pour the THC-infused cannabutter into a metal strainer or colander that is lined with cheesecloth. It is best to use a double layer of cheesecloth.

Using the back of a spatula, drain the mixture by pressing down on the butter. You will want to put this is a heatproof container that is airtight. Throw out the cannabis that is left in the cheesecloth.

Using the spatula, scrape any mixture that is left in the pan into the container. Put the lid on tightly and put it in the refrigerator. It should be ready in about two hours.

Other recipes may call for shorter cooking time, but low and slow is much better for your cannabutter.

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