Making Marijuana Butter

Marijuana Butter (Cannabutter, Pot Butter) is an important ingredient in many recipes. Basically any recipe which calls for butter can be substituted with pot butter.

Making marijuana butter is actually quite easy, simply follow our directions below.

There are 2 methods of making marijuana butter. We have a quick method which takes 30 minutes to 2 hours, and a more thorough method for better results and more potent butter which takes 22-24 hours. One thing to remember is the smell – your house will smell of marijuana for quite a while.

Quick and Easy Method

What do you need?

  • 1 Pound of Butter (real butter)
  • 2-5+ Grams of Marijuana (depends on how stoned you want to be)
  • Fine Strainer
  • Medium sized Pot
  • Spoon


  1. Melt a pound of butter in a pan bringing to a low simmer
  2. Mix 2-5 grams (or more depending on tolerance) of thoroughly ground marijuana into it.
  3. Let it simmer for at least 30 minutes, although feel free to let it simmer for 2-3 hours for extra THC extraction
  4. Then squeeze the butter through a fine strainer. Use a spoon to squeeze hard to get out as much of the butter as possible.

The butter is ready to be consumed in your favorite recipes, or any way you would like to use it. Try experimenting with different cooking times and amounts of marijuana until you find what works best for you.

Thorough Method for the Best Marijuana Butter

What do you need?

  • 1 pound of real butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 ounce of marijuana
  • A Grinder
  • Medium Sized Pot with Lid
  • Cheese Cloth for straining
  • A large bowl to store butter when finished
  • Measuring Cup
  • Whisk
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Freezable Container

Directions for Cooking the Butter

  1. First thing is to fine grind the marijuana using your grinder. Coffee grinders work best.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  3. When the water is boiling, add the butter to the water and stir until it completely melts and then reduce heat.
  4. Now add the finely ground marijuana and whisk to avoid any clumping. We want it to be nice and smooth.
  5. Cover the pot and reduce heat until its on a very low simmer, as we do not want to burn it.
  6. Now let it simmer for 22 hours for maximum THC extraction! Stirring every little while to ensure it isn’t clumping.

Now for the Extraction of the Butter

  1. Place the Cheese cloth over a bowl using an elastic or other method of holding it in place. This will be used to strain some of the little bits of marijuana.
  2. Carefully pour liquid through the cheese cloth into the large bowl.
  3. Squeeze the contents of the cheese cloth into the bowl to extract as much as possible.

Now for Cooling the Butter

  1. Place the bowl of marijuana butter in the fridge for a few hours, or even overnight works well.
  2. The butter will now separate from the water and float to the top of the bowl and harden.

Removing the Butter from the Bowl

  1. Now remove all the delicious marijuana butter from the top of the bowl, leaving all the water and gunk at the bottom.
  2. Place butter in container and refrigerate (or freeze) to keep it nice and fresh.

Now your ready to use this yummy marijuana butter in your favorite recipes! Basically any recipe which calls for butter!

Using a Double Boiler for Marijuana Butter

A friend of mine had the best luck with a double boiler, cooked it at a medium temp for about half an hour. He used about a 1 oz of dried leaves, including sun leaves, with 2 sticks of butter (must be real butter). He then strained it in a small kitchen strainer (you can use cheesecloth too) and refrigerated it until it was firm. There will be a sediment on the bottom of the jar, seems to be bits of leaf and crystals of THC. He just stirred it up before he used it to cook with. If you eat the butter on crackers, be aware that it tastes AWFUL, but if you cook with it the flavor does not come through. He cooked a batch of brownies (right off the unsweetened chocolate box) with this “cannabutter”, couldn’t taste it at all and was pretty well wasted on 2 small Pot Brownies (it made 24 of em).

To warm up the pan a little will make the butter flow easier. Also strain the butter that is gathered in the deeper parts of the pan. If you don’t want any remaining leaves in the butter, you can strain it through some muslin. A problem concerning this is that you will loose some butter in the muslin. Don’t throw the leaves, they still may* contain viable THC. The leaves can be cooked in milk or vodka and become a tasty and effective drink. Hot milk or vodka might also be poured through the muslin, thereby saving some of the hashish butter. You can fry more leaves in the same butter in you want to increase its strength.

What to do with the used bud?

General “word on the street” is that the bud left over after the extraction is worthless and should be thrown away… I left the comment in the recipe because boiling the used pot in milk really* does taste good. I have not experienced consuming the beverage at what might be called a “baseline,” so I do not know if it has psychoactive qualities.

A simpler and stronger version of the cannabis butter (or ghee)… by mixing melted butter with hashish or hashish oil instead of pot. It is not necessary to fry this as long as in the case with the pot. Just warm it up and mix it until the hashish or hashish oil is dissolved in the butter. You can put as much hashish (or hashish oil) into it as you want. Another plus is that there are no remaining leaves with THC to worry about.

I would be sure to cook the hash with the butter long enough that any alcohol or chemicals that were used in processing the hash were cooked off, especially if using hash oil. Cook it until any alcohol or chemical smell is entirely gone.

There you have it! Have fun making and eating marijuana butter!