How to Make Your Own Cannabis-Infused Butter

Cannabutter is a core ingredient in many edibles recipes, from traditional pot brownies to more elaborate cannabis-infused dishes. Learning how to make your own cannabutter is a great way to understand the process of how THC is extracted from cannabis and infused into butter and oils — so we're here to help, with a recipe for homemade cannabutter.

The most important factors in this recipe are time and heat. The mixture needs to be hot enough for the THC to break down and bind to the fat molecules, but not so hot that it begins to scorch the herb or fry away those precious cannabinoids. So keep an eye on the saucepan to make sure the liquid stays at a long, low simmer and doesn’t hit a full boil.

Before long, you’ll have a jar of cannabutter available to use in your favorite recipe or simply spread on some warm toast.

Homemade Cannabutter

Yield: Makes about 1 cup of butter, with 35 milligrams of THC per cup.

2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup)
3.5 grams ground cannabis
1 cup water

Medium saucepan
Fine mesh strainer

1) Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan.
2) Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover partly with a lid.
3) Simmer over low heat for 2 hours until fats have separated and risen to the top.
4) With a cheesecloth set over a fine-mesh strainer, remove the ground cannabis by straining the melted butter into a bowl.
5) Allow the butter to cool. Place in a refrigerator until the solids have separated.
6) Pour out the water. Cannabutter will keep for up to two months. 

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