I hope I’m not the only one out there that enjoys a good edible. From the seasoned smoker to the curious first-timer, a good “loaded” treat really can bring a great high without the inconvenience of actually smoking. It’s good for a variety of reasons: the lack of smoke makes your “session” undetectable, it is probably a nice break for your lungs, and a cookie or brownie can be much tastier then even the best bud around (unless you suck at baking). The good news for fans of edibles is that it is very easy to make your own cannabutter.
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a state with medical marijuana, then you probably already know that many dispensaries carry a wide variety of great edibles. Much like the comparison between eating out every night and cooking for yourself, however, it can really start to add up if you rely only on dispensaries for your loaded treats. That’s why I usually make my own cannabutter at home.
There are many different ways to make your own cannabutter, and everyone has their favorite. My method is extremely simple, and I’d like to share it with the readers of Weedist today.
Here’s what you will need:
1. A crock pot (any size and kind will do.)
2. A single stick of butter
3. Some bud, perferably shake if you can get your hands on it. Many dispensaries (at least in Colorado) will sell shake, or you can just grind up whatever you have. Make sure to grind up any large flowers. It doesn’t have to be perfect since you won’t be smoking this, but there shouldn’t be any large nugs going into the pot. A grinder is most definitely recommened, but anything will do just as long as it is decently ground up.
The actually amount you should use depends on how strong you want your treats to be. I usually like to use one 1/8 ounce of weed to one stick of butter. Using this ratio will ensure that you have a good amount in the final product — using too little will make an entire batch weak.
The easy steps:
1. Put the stick of butter into the pot with your ground bud.
2. Set on LOW for 10-12 hours
(Those in a hurry can use the high setting for less time. It’s worth experimenting with this if you’re impatient, but keep in mind that you don’t want to get it too hot and scorch the THC out of the leaves.)
3. Stir every few hours to make sure that nothing burns.
You want your bud to turn dark brown, but not 100% black. The butter in the pot should resemble something close to light fryer oil: a dark brown/ dark green color. A totally black final product probably means the THC was too hot and may have evaporated in the crock pot, so make sure to watch it and stir every few hours or so.
Once completed, just strain the leaves out and you’re ready to start baking whatever it is you feel like. The butter can be stored in a refrigerator, and as long as you keep it covered and the temperature in your fridge doesn’t get too extreme, the butter won’t lose any potency.
Yes, it really can be that easy.
There are obviously many different methods for making your own cannabutter. This crock pot method’s big draw is that it is extremely simple: very few steps, not much preparation, and all you really have to do once the butter is cooking is check on it and stir. Slow cooking on a low setting will ensure that all of the THC gets absorbed into the fat in butter, without the risk of burning it off at a higher temperature. If you’ve ever cooked anything, you can imagine how hot a pot can get when put on a high setting, and this is why I prefer the slow cooking method. It’s easier to monitor the progress of butter, and although it does take a longer amount of time then some other methods, it’s much easier to ensure that you’ll get the end result you need.
What’s you’re favorite method for making cannabutter? Does anybody out there have any other tips to share?
I'm doing this now. First time ever. I'm using vaped weed in a crockpot that has 3 settings. I've been doing it on warm right now but I'm not sure if it's hot enough. Right now it's at 150c. I'm planning to cook it for 24 hours. I've got 6 and half hours to go. I put a little over an ounce of vaped weed with 4oz of butter (one stick). I got the 24 hours from a recipe for vaped weed. My questions are.
Is 150c for 24 hours enough to extract the THC from the weed?
Can you use the same cooking method as fresh herb for vaped herb?
i do this with the sugar leaf from my brothers grows and i do 2-4lbs of butter at a time depending on how much leaf i get from him and after i strain it trough a fine mesh sieve i squeeze it (wearing gloves) because i found out you can get more out of it doing that then trying to mush it with a spoon against the side of the sieve. i found that if do make your butter in larger batches you loose less butter to evaporation and moisture retention in the mulch and if you don't use the water method you won't have the problem of you butter growing mold.
@leighb49 it'll work just don't use older "woody" leaves. Try to only use new growth and buds when possible. Keep in mind that using what you're want to use will yield a far less potent end result.
i would like to add that i put my cut up weed in an empty tea bag and close it with a knot, stir it around in the butter from time to time and press the tea bag with a spoon smoothly at the crock pot to release the funny oils. so no straining after that is needed and the colour, taste and smell is not really weed-like. but the potential is freaking high.
by the way, i only use buds, no leftovers, and also at LOW in my crocky. and after that, i dont bake my edibles over 150°C to keep all the different cannabinoids from burning or getting out somehow. works perfectly. all the time. always. cheers!
I love this recipe! I usually just spread a bunch of butter on a piece of cinnamon raisin bread. Yum. Taking it at night helps me sleep and relaxes me and my muscles the next day, awesome!
So I tried this but the smell, my dad got a Magical butter 2 infuse machine for me. Just tried it last night, its fast easy to clean and very very minimal smell. it chops everything up and comes with a back for straining...
@JesseG604 A stick of butter is a stick of butter - it's a consistent size when you buy it at the store. Buy the butter in a box that has sticks of butter in it. I crockpot mine and it's powerful stuff!
I can buy 1/4 and 1/2 lb sticks of butter at Costco . This is my first time making butter which is why I asked for clarification.
@JesseG604 Oh, I see. I'm not familiar with the Costco sticks. Well, you'd better go to a regular grocery store to get regular sticks of butter. Like Land of Lakes.
@JesseG604 I have fibro too. I just don't know what to say. Plz just get a regular box of butter from a regular grocery store. Or get advice from someone else, cuz that's all I know. it turns out great. Even if you use too much butter, it is delicious and very effective. Marijuana changed my whole life with fibro. I have some every night before bed and the effects last all day the next day. I feel fantastic. Good luck! Let me know how you feel!
@JesseG604 A stick of butter, a normal one that comes four in a box, is 1/2 cup. Do you do any baking at all? lol go to the butter section of your grocery store and get a 1 of butter.
@JesseG604 There's 4 sticks to a pound, therefore, it's 1/4 pound of butter. Most cannabutter recipes say 1/2oz of bud per pound of butter, therefore, his 1/8oz of bud per stick becomes 1/2oz of bud per 4 sticks.
@JesseG604 I understand brain fog. A stick of butter is 4oz. Have you tried it yet?
i just use 1/4 pound good trim sugar leafs bottom buds etc! take 2 pounds unsalted butter and add a little country crock margarine or you can use veg oil allso put crockpot on low go back and fourth low and warm ! if you know what your temp is on low say 160 perfect 12-14hrs perfect let crock pot cool off get a strainer cover with cheesecloth and strain away i like the 12 ounce deli cups to use with nice tight lid. should get 4 -5 cups make sure you press all butter out of cheese cloth. pour in containers put in fridge come back in abought 3 to 4hrs and look at your beautuful butter.. allso good for waterproofing leather this stuff actually has lot of uses! i allways make cookies brownies people lovem i am not into eddibles really but had munchies i tried a brownie was very good very tasty...double fudge.
2 oz of whole buds, shake, to 5 lbs of unsalted butter in a crock pot set to low for 72 hours is how I make mine. I don't strain out the plant material either. I freeze the whole block of butter/plant mash together for 12 hours, and grind up the frozen butter/plant material in a parmessan cheese grater into 4 oz sticks of butter. I yeild about 3 1/2 lbs of butter or 14 sticks. I use 1 stick per recipie and the body buzz is very nice, melts away the pain. :-) Add in dry ice keif to increase strength. 1 gram of dry ice keif can make a bag of cheetos super dank and get you hella ripped.
I just want to add one step to this fabulous recipe. Here's what I do. I cook it all day, carefully watching to make sure it doesn't get too hot… on my crockpot, that means i have to alternate between LOW and WARM. Overnight I let it sit in the crockpot with it TURNED OFF. Then the next day I cook it a few more hours - wow! Powerful!
I have a huge crock pot but I imagine it would be better to use a smaller one. Can I use a big one though?
@brizzlebyrd get a little meat thermometer that measures up to 300 degrees... and just dont let it go past like 280-290 and you will be fine.. I use a big crock pot on the high setting (and alternate to off a couple of times to regulate the temperature) for 2.5-3 hours.. I use 1.5 grams of pot to about 3 tablespoons of butter...and I put the whole thing straight into a bowl of pancake mix when its done and mix it in with the pancake mix... I can tell you as a seasoned pot smoker that I will not (ever again) eat the entire pancake. Half does me plenty of justice and puts me on my ass.
@brizzlebyrd I also have a large heavy crock pot, what I do till I can get a smaller one is, Instead of putting the coconut oil, or butter directly into the crock I use a it like a double broiler, putting the oil/butter, and buds or whatever into a mason jar, and put hot water into the crock pot, this works out great for me.
Hi. I'm a new medical marijuana user, fibromyalgia. I made this cannabutter and it is really powerful and delicious. I did not strain it to remove the ground up leaves, etc. I've noticed that if I eat it every day I start to smell like weed. Is that because I didn't strain it? Or is that just typical of eating weed?
It's a typical weed thing I think. Sort of. Like I smell it when I go to the bathroom, sorry tmi. But other than that I dont think it affects me in any other way. I have just had gummy edibles and a cannabon. From dispensaries. I will be trying this soon tho.
I beg they don't unless you smoke too. I'm always paranoid about that as I am pretty involved in my faith. I do smoke once a night and that's not every night. I'm hoping once I make my butter I will be able to cut back on smoking and use that only for pain flare ups in my back. Anyways good soap and deodorant along with lotion should make you smell nice. I've gotten compliments on my smell when I wear my burberry's perfume.
@DaliaMarie Hi! I made another batch which I strained really well - no leaves or crumbs remaining. I'm much less stinky now! Or else I'm getting used to it and everybody else can smell me!!!