Cannabutter, short for cannabis butter, is a staple for marijuana edibles. Learning how to make cannabis butter at home is easy if you know a few simple tricks.

Learn the step-by-step process to make cannabutter, how to use and dose it, and where to store this popular edible.

So, how do you use cannabutter? Are there cannabis strains that work best for cannabutter? Here’s the scoop on creating the best cannabutter at home.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rimmed baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Saucepan, slow cooker, or crockpot
  • Cheesecloth or strainer
  • Funnel


  • 5-10 grams of flower (decarbed first)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of butter or coconut oil


Step 1

Break up any cannabis flower or “buds” into smaller pieces using your hands or a hand grinder. Not too small, though – you do not want to break up the trichomes (the tiny plant hairs) too much. Why? The trichomes contain ultra-high levels of cannabinoids.

Step 2

Layer the pieces onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place the baking tray into the center of a preheated oven set to 240°F-248°F (115°C-120°C) for 30-40 minutes.

Stir every 10 minutes.

Step 3

Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter (or coconut oil) to a medium saucepan, slow cooker, or crockpot, and simmer on low heat until the butter melts. For 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of water, we recommend starting with 5-10g of cannabis, depending on how strong you want the butter to be. Some people go with the 1 cup of fat (in this case, butter) to 1 cup of cannabis. However, this would be 250 grams of butter to 250 grams of cannabis, which would be extremely strong, expensive, and possibly wasteful.

Moreover, butter is a solid fat comprised of saturated fat, water, and milk and is thus different from oils like olive oil or coconut oil. You will likely need to use less cannabis in butter compared to oil, as there is a lower amount of total fat (lipid) molecules cannabinoids can bind to. An ounce (approx 28.35 grams) of decarboxylated cannabis infused into 250 grams of butter is likely to be quite potent.

Step 4

Add your ground cannabis to the melted butter-water mixture in the saucepan. The more cannabis you use and the longer you infuse it, the stronger the cannabutter will be.

Step 5

Simmer for 2-3 hours, ensuring the butter doesn’t boil. The ideal temperature is between 158°F-199°F (70°C-93°C).

Step 6

Allow the cannabutter to cool, but not to a solid. Line a funnel with cheesecloth and pour the cannabis-infused butter mixture through to strain it into a jar.

This will stop plant matter from getting into your butter, which can help the cannabutter last longer. Use any airtight container, like a mason jar, as they can help extend the life of your cannabutter.

Step 7

Put the jar of cannabutter in the fridge for about an hour to cool and solidify into butter.

If there is excess water in the jar, remove the solid butter with a knife or a spatula, and drain the water.

Make sure to cook low & Slow!

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