How To Make Cannabutter

Cannabutter is a vital ingredient in most cannabis recipes. If you want to make top quality cannabutter the key is ‘low and slow”.

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- 448g / 1 pound (lb) unsalted butter
- 500ml / 2 cups water
- Either: 1 Ounce (Oz) / 28g decarboxylated ground premium cannabis / 2 Oz decarboxylated leaf, stem or trim / 4 Oz already vaped cannabis
- Large saucepan/pot
- Whisk
- Large glass bowl
- Strainer or sieve that fits in the glass bowl
- Cheesecloth
- Spatula
- Plastic wrap
- Butter knife
- Lidded glass jar (to store the finished Cannabutter)
Cannabutter is one of the most important ingredients in cannabis edibles. While making cannabutter is not hard, it does take time, dedication, and a bit of knowledge. Those hoping to simplify the process may want to consider the Ardent FX machine: the true all-in-one cannabis kitchen where you can make perfect edibles in a few steps. Still want to go the long way? Here's what you have to do: 
  1. In a large saucepan, bring the butter and water to a rapid simmer (just below a boil—the liquid will be active, with small bubbles consistently rising to the surface) over medium heat until the butter melts.
  2. Whisk in the cannabis/AVBs with the strain you like (gorilla cookies, sour diesel, etc).
  3. Reduce the heat to low and bring the mixture to a slow simmer (there will be very little movement in the liquid, with small bubbles occasionally rising to the surface). Do not let the mixture boil.
  4. Cook for 5 hours, stirring every 90 minutes or so. Add additional warm water if needed (you don't want all the water to boil off).
  5. While the butter cooks, line a strainer or sieve with cheesecloth and place it over a large glass bowl.
  6. After 5 hours, pour the butter slowly through the cheesecloth into the bowl. Press down on the cannabis with a spatula to extract all the butter.
  7. Fold the cheesecloth, and use the spatula to push any remaining Cannabutter into the bowl. Discard the cheesecloth.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours (overnight is better). The mixture will separate into solid butter and liquid water.
  9. Remove the butter from the fridge, discard the water, and slide a butter knife around the edges to remove the Cannabutter from the bowl.
  10. Transfer the butter to a glass jar with a lid and store it in the fridge or freezer.
There's only one way to make this process easier, ensuring perfect edibles every time. How? Investing in the Ardent FX. A machine that can save you time, hassle, and always makes a perfectly baked and dosed batch. If you plan on making cannabutter frequently, we highly recommend it!
July 31, 2013 — Last Updated January 19, 2021
Written by HERB

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