Cannabutter Recipe

Every cannabis cook should start with Cannabutter. Besides, you can use it with everything! Cannabutter and jelly sandwiches anyone?


  • 450 grams (about 1 pound) butter
  • 25 grams (about 1 ounce) quality buds or hash OR 50 grams (about 2 ounces) ground leaves


Slowly melt the butter in a pan. Grind your bud into a fine powder, being careful to sift out any stems. Gently stir the powdered cannabis into the melted butter. The mixture should become a remarkably dark emerald green. If using hash, warm it in a small pan or spoon over low heat (microwaving for 5-10 seconds on half-power also works) until it can be gently crumbled into the melted butter.

Without allowing it to burn (this means no smoke breaks), leave the Cannabutter on low heat for up to a half-our, stirring diligently. Once done, pour the Cannabutter through a fine strainer and into a large jug. Keep in mind, the strained bits can be saved and used to make a drink or other edibles.

The best method for storing the Cannabutter is to place it in several glass jars and to then refrigerate. Once the Cannabutter has hardened, add a touch of water to the jars. This will help it to keep a bit longer.

Additional Ingredients:

You can spice up your Cannabutter in any number of ways, depending on what you’ll be cooking with it primarily. Here are some combinations we’ve enjoyed:

  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pesto sauce
  • thyme, rosemary, oregano and/or chives
  • 1/2 – tablespoon finely grated orange and lemon peel with 1/2 tablespoon of juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of strong black coffee (coffee butter)

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14 Responses to Cannabutter Recipe

  1. debbie November 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    I’m curious about the weights you have listed in this recipe – an ounce is 28 grams, if you’ve been buying 25 gram ounces you’ve been missing out! When I make butter I use the ratios of 1 ounce to a pound which works out as 28 grams to 454 grams. Admittedly the extra 4 grams of butter probably doesn’t matter 🙂

    • admin November 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks Debbie. We were simply rounding up for the benefit of our readers. I doubt most of them would mind an extra three grams in their cannabutter. 🙂 Sorry for the confusion.

      • christobass November 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

        i made brownies once, and i used about a 1/4 for the batch. they were grrrrrrrrrreat. you can use a dime for two people if you make firecrackers, or so i’ve heard.

  2. Sam September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Um one oz is = to 28.3495231 grams DUAH!

    • admin September 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      We’re talking about cannabutter, not a drug deal. However, I’m sure you’ll agree, 25 grams is roughly an ounce and we suggest you use anywhere between 25 and 30 grams, depending on how potent you want your cannabutter. Our readers aren’t going to weigh out 28.3 grams or .882 ounces (25 grams) for their cannabutter.

  3. Greg April 18, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    i have alittle over 50 grams of canabutter plan to make cookies or brownies tomorrow my question is.. how much flour etc.. do i need to this ratio

  4. Greg April 18, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    nevermind i figured it out 4/10.. alittle lesss than half

  5. agunti May 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    does it matter if you use salted or unsalted butter? the last time i made it, i used unsalted, but was wondering if it mattered.

  6. Kristina Herrera August 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    Would using coconut butter work also? I’m dairy free so….

  7. Coward joe September 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Coconut butter will work just fine, should taste great also!

  8. Peter November 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Do you guys know how one can measure the amount of THC per batch? How is this comprised? If im making some candies for my friends for XMAS, id love to put the THC content on it for those that have low tolerance. Any thoughts on how to get the mg measuring of THC out of this? Thanks ya’ll

  9. Cannadabber March 23, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

    Just use concentrates you use less and they are 100x stronger

  10. Paul Howard May 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    Can anyone help me get my wife painfree.I am told cannabis buns would help she doesn’t,t smoke I do all the cooking and she would not know. Her medication does nothing for her.We are both 82 years old and I can’t bear to see her in pain I live where weed is easily got but I don’t know how to use it

  11. Lucy August 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Dear Paul, I hope things are going okay for you and your wife – perhaps you can try some of the recipes on this site – it’s terrific. And I recommend you always discussing your plans/actions with your wife for her own benefit – I would imagine she would not be averse to any relief to her pain.

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