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How to make the best marijuana butter in 7 steps

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How to make marijuana butter?

Do you want to learn how to make marijuana butter? If so, this is the article for you. Cannabutter is the star ingredient in cannabis cooking. It stands out for its easy preparation and its high cannabinoid content.

Butter, thanks to its high fat content, facilitates the absorption of cannabinoids. When marijuana is smoked, only 40% of the cannabinoids are absorbed, but when marijuana is consumed with food, 100% are absorbed, and its psychoactive effect is greater.

Ingredients to make marijuana butter

When we talk about the ingredients to make marijuana butter, we don’t really need much. We can use its flowers or leaves, it can be consumed on its own or in toast, biscuits, among others. One of its advantages is that it leaves aside the negative effects of smoke and takes full advantage of its therapeutic and psychoactive effects.

Marijuana butter has proven to be very effective in relieving some types of physical pain, aiding relaxation and treating insomnia.


  • 250 grams of butter.
  • Half a litre of water.
  • 15 gr of leaves with resin.
  • 20 gr of buds.
  • 50 gr of small flowers (These are the recommended doses for every 250 gr of butter).

7 steps to make the best cannabutter in the world

Cooking with cannabis

Cooking with cannabis is much healthier and less polluting than doing it the traditional way (smoking), which protects us from developing respiratory diseases or being very vulnerable to viral infections.

Consuming marijuana in any kind of food offers a different experience. Its effects begin to be felt after a few hours, they are intense and last longer. One of the properties of marijuana is that it is hydrophobic, i.e. it has no affinity for water and moves away from it, but it is attracted to fats. This lets us know that it can withstand cooking and will bind to butter without a problem.

Step 1: Cleaning and Decarboxylation

Once we select the weed, we must clean it to get rid of the chlorophyll and dirt that the plant may have. The decarboxylated marijuana butter goes through a thermal process that converts the THCa (non-psychoactive cannabinoid) into THC (active form).

When marijuana is smoked or vaporised, it goes through the decarboxylation process in this way, but when it is used in recipes it must go through the process before it is added to the preparation. We must remember that when making marijuana butter, we should not exceed 157 °C, as the THC would evaporate, it is best not to exceed 100 °C.


  • Heat water in a saucepan
  • Before it comes to the boil, add the chopped weed.
  • Lower the temperature and leave to cook.
  • Stir, if necessary, for 20 minutes.
  • Then strain the herb, some people repeat this process until the water runs clear.

Decarboxylation in the oven

  • Wrap the marijuana in aluminium foil and put it in the oven on a tray.
  • The oven temperature should be between 100 and 115 °C.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove the marijuana from the oven.

This method can cause the marijuana to give off a lot of odour in the kitchen, so it is not a discreet method.

Water bath decarboxylation

  • Place the chopped weed in a glass jar (you can also use a vacuum-sealed bag).
  • Use cling film to wrap the jar.
  • Then place in a bain-marie and put the lid on.
  • Leave for about one hour.
  • After this time, remove from the water and leave to cool.
  • Step 2: Heat the water with the marijuana
  • Heat 500 millilitres of water in a saucepan, but do not let it boil, if this happens you can lower the flame to keep it hot, but do not let it boil. Add the decarboxylated marijuana and stir for several minutes, this will allow the trichomes to dissolve later to join the butter.

This process can also be done in a water bath if preferred.

Step 3: Add the butter

Magic butter

Now proceed to pour in the 250 grams of butter, stir constantly and let it cook for 30 minutes on low heat, time necessary for the trichomes to adhere to the butter (Trichomes are the ones that contain the cannabinoids). The butter will take on a greenish colour, this is completely normal.

Step 4: Filtering

Then with the help of a strainer or a gauze, we will strain the marijuana, we can press it to extract all the liquid, which is what we need, because there is the dissolved butter. We leave the liquid in a jar and the remains of marijuana, we can discard them, as they are useless.

Step 5: Flavouring (Optional)

To add some aroma, flavour and enhance the effects of the butter, terpenes can be added during the straining process. These give rise to the entourage effect, which is a synergy between these compounds and the cannabinoids.

Step 6: Resting and solidification


Let the preparation cool down to room temperature, then we can transfer it to the refrigerator and leave it there for 24 hours. The next day the butter has already separated and solidified at the top of the container, while the water has remained at the bottom. Remove the butter and place it in the container or tub of your choice. The water is discarded.

Step 7: Preserve and serve

We can use the butter for our recipes or consume it on its own, remember not to heat it above 157 °C, because it can lose some of its properties. We can keep the marijuana butter for several months if we store it in a container or tub in the fridge.

Marijuana butter is one of the best ways to consume cannabis without introducing CO2 into your body. Although its effects take a little while to manifest themselves in the body, they tend to last longer and be more potent. Don’t forget that the decarboxylation of marijuana butter tends to give off very strong odours, so it is advisable to choose a ventilated place to prepare it or to prefer a water bath as a cooking method.

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