Making Marijuana Butter At Home

For people who can’t– or won’t– smoke cannabis, cooking it into food is a feasible option. Offering most of the benefits of smoking without the harsh effects on the lungs, eating cannabis is a great way to get your medicine without having to light up.

There’s various ways to mix cannabis into food for ingestion; buds or leaf matter can be crumbled or ground up and mixed into food. There are options for before or after cooking (although it’s more effective to cook marijuana into food). But perhaps the most efficient way to ingest cannabis is by making cannabis butter and using it to make something else.

What is cannabis butter?

You may know it by other names: canabutter, marijuana butter, bud butter, etc. Regardless, the process to make weed butter is pretty much the same. Marijuana or hash is first heated in butter in order to extract the primary active ingredient, THC. The liquefied butter is then filtered or strained through a coffee filter, leaving only THC-laden butter with no plant matter. The butter can then be used as an ingredient for baking, or it can be used to sauté or pandemic fry other foods.

The reason why cannabis butter works so well is because THC is a fat-soluble substance. This means that it can readily be extracted within a fatty solution, such as butter or oil. Very little THC will be leached into the water when it is brewed into a tea, which is also the reason why eating raw marijuana isn’t quite as effective as cooking it beforehand.

Here is a fairly simple recipe for cannabis butter:


-1 pound butter

-1/2 ounces of marijuana (ground finely)



-First melt the butter in a saucepan until it simmers

-Add the marijuana into the pan and simmer for another 30 minutes or until the butter takes on a green hue

-Pour the butter through a strainer or a coffee filter in order to filter out all the plant material


The butter can now be cooled and even refrigerated for easy handling.

Eating marijuana vs. smoking

If you aren’t accustomed to ingesting your marijuana by eating it, your first time might be a bit of a surprise. When marijuana is eaten the effects tend to come on a lot more slowly, but it is undeniable when it reaches its peak. When eating marijuana or cannabis butter, it is therefore better to err on the side of caution and eat only a small amount at first. Most people who aren’t accustomed to eating marijuana become impatient and want to eat some more. This can prove disastrous as the effects of the first dose combine with the subsequent dose.

If all goes well, you should be able to feel the effects of the ingested marijuana within 20 minutes to an hour. In general, the effects of eating marijuana will be more pronounced, and last longer as well.


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