- 4 ounces butter
- ¼ ounce finely ground cannabis buds
- 8 ounces water- More water may be added, as needed to prevent the mixture from drying out.
- grinder (a clean coffee bean grinder will work best)
- medium saucepan or double boiler
- airtight storage container
- metal spoon
- thongs (optional)
- Melt the butter in a double boiler. Be sure that the top of the double boiler does not touch the boiling water. If using a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
- Once the butter is melted, add the ground flowers, water and stir frequently with metal spoon to make sure all the cannabis is coated with butter. The water will prevent the mixture from drying out and burning, and will be removed from the cannabis-butter at the end.
- Simmer on low heat for at least 45-60 minutes. Stir slowly and frequently. It is important not to burn the butter.
- Put cheesecloth into the storage container, and dump the cannabis butter into the cheesecloth. A metal mesh strainer will also work for this step if you do not mind a small amount of plant matter in the butter.
- Squeeze the cheesecloth to strain out as much of the butter as possible. Use thongs to squeeze out as much of the butter as possible to separate from the plant matter. You can also use a big spoon to achieve similar results.
- Once you have squeezed out all of the liquid cannabis butter possible, place the storage container into the freezer for 35-45 minutes.
- Remove solidified cannabis butter container from freezer. The butter will be solidified, and the water will still be liquid.
- Dump the water, so that all you are left with is the cannabis butter.
*If the water freezes, you may either allow it to melt off, or scrape the ice layer away from the butter layer.
The cannabis butter is ready for immediate use, or you can store it in the refrigerator or freezer for 3-4 weeks.
Cannabis butter may be used in any recipe that calls for butter. Remember to start low and go slow, especially if you are new to cooking with cannabis because it will take longer to feel effects of edible marijuana than with smoking. Get creative, and ENJOY!
This post was originally published on August 19, 2014, it was updated on October 3, 2017.