How to Make The Most Potent Cannabutter (Classic Recipe)

Cannabutter is the first and the most important step in making your own edibles.

So pull up a chair, grab some snacks and get ready to learn:

  • How to make super-strong cannabutter, step by step
  • Cannabutter dosing guidelines
  • How to decarb weed

We have a lot to cover so let’s get started.

Step-by-step cannabutter recipe


  • 4 sticks of butter (1 pound)
  • 7-10 grams of weed (preferably with 15% THC)


  1. Decarb your cannabis. Bake your lightly ground cannabis flowers for 30 minutes at 250°F (120°C). Read our full decarbing tutorial here.
  2. Boil water. Pour 4 cups of water into a semi-deep cooking pot and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add butter to the boiling water. Wait for the butter to melt, all the while stirring and mixing the pot.
  4. Add decarbed cannabis into the pot. Lower the temperature and simmer the mixture for 20-30 minutes, without boiling.
  5. Strain out the mixture through cheesecloth into a glass bowl (or a jar). Leave it on top of the cheesecloth to strain fully. The bulk of the plant material should be in the cheesecloth.
  6. Store in the fridge for 5-6 hours. The butter will form a crust on top and separate from the water.
  7. Cut the butter out. Use a knife to cut it out and then you can re-melt it in your microwave or just use it in an edible recipe.

Owning an extractor machine could hugely help out with some of this process.

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How much weed do you need for weed butter?

Generally speaking, if you are making a pound of butter you’ll need between 7 and 10 grams of weed—that is if you’re using weed with an average potency of around 15% THC.

So, for math’s sake, let’s say your weed has 15% of THC.

One gram of cannabis has 1000mg (one thousand milligrams), which means that, in our case, it contains 150mg of THC.

When smoking a joint, you usually roll up anywhere between a half and a whole gram, and you share that joint with 3-4 people, which would indicate that 150mg is enough to satisfy 4-5 people easily, or 30-50 milligrams of THC per person.

How to dose cannabutter?

Keep in mind that edibles are always more potent than other methods of consuming cannabis. Here’s the recommended dosage for edibles:

  • First timers: 5-10mg of THC
  • Light users: 20-30mg of THC
  • Casual users: 50-70mg of THC
  • Heavy users: +100mg of THC

When making cannabutter, you’ll want to get a pound (4 sticks) of butter and 7-10 grams of weed which contains around 15%THC, or 150mg of THC per gram.

This means that you’d have 7*150mg = ~1000mg or 10*150mg = ~1500mg.

Once you mix it with the butter you could make 20-30 portions for casual users, or 30-50 light portions for novice users.

This is especially important because later on when you make edibles you will have to carefully measure how much you put in your food.

A pound of cannabutter is enough to keep you busy for at least for two weeks, and in that time you should be able to bake at least two or three types of brownies, cookies or whatever you like.

Don’t forget to decarboxylate cannabis before using it in edibles

Decarbing is a process of heating up weed so that it activates THC. This is an essential process for making weed edibles.

Decarb chart

The process of decarbing happens at 200-250℉ or 90-120°C.

That temperature is a lot lower than the temperature at which cannabis burns when smoked, which is between 400°C and 900°C.

As you can see in the chart above, the best way to reach the desired amount of THC is by following the curve.

Baking the buds on a high temperature for a shorter period of time has proven to be more effective than baking them for a bit longer on a lower temperature.

For an optimal THC content of 15-20%, you should bake your buds for 7-25 min on 300 or 250℉ (150-120°C) respectively.

You can also use the chart below to plan your decarbing process.

Decarboxylation temperatures times

Butter, water or coconut oil? Which one should you use for cannabutter?

All are a good choice if you have something that stops you from taking the other. For example, you might be lactose intolerant so you decide to go with coconut oil.

Coconut oil tends to cover up the taste and smell of weed, so also take that into account when deciding on which one to use.

While coconut oil and plain butter are favorites for the best base for cannabutter, most recipes rely on water as one of the main ingredients.

In the end, it’s all up to your personal preferences.

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36 thoughts on “How to Make The Most Potent Cannabutter (Classic Recipe)”

  1. I made the butter without water and stored it in my fridge. I took a little of it and made simple household chocolate cookies.
    I got to say to consistency and especially the taste of the particular strain to chose is just unbeatable. On top of that the high is strong and barely to withstand 😀 ! Anyway, thanks for the helpful tutorial!

  2. I made something similar before reading this, using coconut oil,
    Very finely ground flowers ground in a coffee grinder, cooked a much shorter time at low heat, and mixed with manuka honey, baking soda, sativa hemp oil, CBD oil, and NO water, never strained. Refrigerated it right away, about a week and a half ago. How long do you think it will last?
    Should I freeze some of it?
    It’s fine now, and I couldn’t possibly use it fast!

      • If you’re making sweets don’t add the salt that’s in the recipe. All sweet recipes have salt in them. It actually enhances the sweetness.

  3. I’ve been making canna butter and oil for 6+ years and basically follow the same recipe. I do not do the decarbing, never tried doing it. I use the butter to make jolly rancher type candy. I also make oil using either vegetable or cannola oil and follow the same recipe except no water and I simmer for 3 hours and make changes to weed amounts according to the ounces of oil. I usually make 64 ounces of oil at a time. I make cookies with the oil. I also add a little hash during cooking.

  4. Thanks, it all sounds good, but I wish that you stated how much cannabis and butter you used and general proportions. Just 4 cups of water doesn’t tell me much.

    • Hey Lela,
      thanks for noticing that. I’ve heard conflicting opinions in regards to how much cannabis should be used and what is the right proportion for the butter. I’ve added my opinion to the article now, so I hope that works for you!

  5. My bf and I are making edibles and we started with decarboxylation and moved on to our infusion process. We are using a crockpot with about 3/4 cups of water and a mason jar filled with a stick of butter and our decarbed marijuana. During this process, the jar’s lid popped off and filled with water. My bf thinks the weed is completely ruined, while I think we can save it by boiling the butter, weed, and water together. Is is ruined?

    • Hello. The butter is certainly not ruined. Before I refined my butter-making technique, I put the butter, weed, and water in a Crock-Pot together.

      After you filter with a cheesecloth or fine seiv, all you need to do is refrigerate your oil/water blend for a couple of ours. The butter will separate beautifully from the water. All you do is pour off the water and you have perfect cannibutter.


  6. I am brand new to all this, having been introduced to weed in the seventies without much fondness for it. Now I used it several times with a fancy vape burner and was delighted to see it control my post surgical pain and give me a great high. But- my recent surgery was on my throat and my surgeon said it was clear some swelling happened, to stick with either an oil or edibles. So, my questions are: When the cannabutter recipe calls for 7 to 10 g of weed, my assumption is this is weight is after the decarbing process and I am wondering how much weed I need to heat to get the proper amount for making the 7 to 10 g. In other words, do you need to heat double the amount of raw weed, 10% more? My other question is how one would go about determining the THC content of the weed they purchased if through a freind, etc. My state (Michigan) has just legalized marijuana therefore I’m not sure which path I should choose in the future – medical card, homegrown, friends. Thanks for any guidance!

    • Hey Amy,
      the recipe calls for 7 to 10 grams of dried marijuana, meaning what you’d buy from a dispensary. You weight it before decarbing it.
      To answer your other question, there is no way you can find that out reliably unless you take it to a testing facility. As far as choices go, it’s best you start with medical and then move onto growing your own. Hope that helps!

    • Invest in a magical butter machine! Has decarb box, strainer, love glove and instructions! Just play with your oven and EMPTY decarb box to find out what oven temp works for right temp. Takes some time, but well worth it! Write it down for next time you do it. Half and half sativa/indica works nicely,😁

  7. Please send me the cookbook, if it’s still available and free.
    I thank you very much, for your info on decarbing and dosing!

  8. So I only have the whole mixture mixture simmering for 30 min? I see other receptors call for 3 hrs… will the time simmered together affect the potency of the batch?

    • It could affect it so I suggest you separate 2 batches from the initial mixture and cook for 30 min one and 3h other batch. See which fits you better, this is cooking after all, there’s no rules to it…

  9. I have straight oil from THC and want to make brownies how do I do mix with the buttrr ( organic boxed brownie mix) any info greatly appreciated

    • I’m not sure what you’re asking me? You want to turn the oil into butter first and then mix it with the cookie mix? Why don’t you just mix the brownie mix with oil?

  10. I’m new to this. I have a box mix of brownie’s call for 1/4 cup water 2/3 cup oil and 2 eggs. How would I make this into weed brownies? I have PPMS and the weed helps with the pain.

  11. So here is a rookie question from a state not yet legalized, what do you do with the plant material after you stain it out? I feel like it should be active right? Can I save it and mix it into some hot cocoa or smoothie.

  12. %or Amount of thc10gs in one pound of butter. For sake of argument and easier math let’s say 3 grams of raw matter, beautiful I might add,per stick of butter. How many mg per 24 cookies? Doses in ?(?mg’s1-2 hour effect) & how many mg’s for 3+ hour effect)
    Example If one cookie was
    Givens:x=1/6g =y=1cookie
    Xy=g/mg’s ??? Would a half a cookie make a drastic difference? Amatuer?/or OG. Lol

  13. 100 mg per gram, so in 10g of weed = 1000mg / 24 cookies = 42mg per cookie (1-2h effect). For 3+ hour effect do 10g of weed = 1000mg / 10 cookies = 100mg per cookie. And if 100mg isn’t enough do 10g of weed = 1000mg / 7 cookies = 143mg per cookie, then you’ll definitely be high for 3+ hours.

  14. I was going to grind up a gram and just mix it in a bit of the brownie mix?

    I had made some weed burgers before with some shitty home grown -and that was quite a body high!

  15. Hey im only making enough for one batch of brownies.. So instead of 4 cups of boiling water… I only use one right? And instead.of that much flower, I decarb’d 5 gs. Does this sound right? Yo Anyone? Im cooking now… Lol

  16. this is such great info and just what I was looking for, so thank you for this. I have heard about oil/water method before. can you explain this? why oil/butter, water and the flowers? it seems counterintuitive too boil water and oil/butter, but there must be something to it.

  17. Lori, when you strain the flower/butter/water through the cheesecloth, you get *most* of the flowers/bulk product out. So, now your strained butter mixture is in your bowl, now you put it in the fridge to cool/harden.
    Oil and water don’t mix— so the butter will float to the top and harden. Now, the water underneath will contain the small stuff, (the dust that isn’t filtered by the cheesecloth), it’s still heavier than the butter and will sink to the bottom in the water. This process gives you a cleaner butter since the green is basically filtered out twice. Once in the cheesecloth, once in the water.
    When you pour off the water, you’ll see it has residue in it (that without mixing first with water, would be IN the butter). You get a cleaner taste/texture; All the punch without the gunk. I hope that helps 🙂

  18. I love the advice you give on here
    But could someone help
    Me with how do I get a more “cannabis flavour” to my cookies n cakes ? The thc and high is coming through in my baking I get compliments on calming effects however one thing people say is they can’t taste the flavour but can feel it
    I use 14grams of good flower (og kush or stardog ) and make into 250mls of organic coconut oil or butter but I prefer coconut . I make approx 35 portions with this – the high works but can’t teally smell or taste it how can I increase the smell ?

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