How to make cannabutter

WRITTEN by SY

 | Last revised

Sep, 2021

If you’ve ever tried making cannabutter before, you know how messy and time-consuming the process can be.

Hour upon hour spent watching the stove and monitoring the temperature to ensure the butter doesn’t burn and the water doesn’t evaporate.

Yes, it’s a time-consuming labour of love that can be a finicky process.

Watch the entire process here, or read through the article for step-by-step instructions.

But we’d never stitch you up with a difficult to follow recipe. Instead, we’ve found your new sous-chef and right-hand machine when it comes to creating cannabis-infused edibles and oils.

The MagicalButter Machine is a one-stop shop that simplifies the process and cuts down on time and mess.

It takes the guesswork out of creating cannabis edibles and produces consistently high-quality infusions in 2 hours with just the press of a button.

Want to know how to make cannabutter fast? Join us as we guide you through the easy step-by-step process of bringing your botanical treats to life.

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If you want the easiest way to make your own cannabutter at home you need to get this machine. It’s a botanical extractor designed to turn any types of ‘herb’ into butter (and oil). The MagicalButter Machine will save you time and money.

Organic cannabis butter

Weed butter, cannabis butter, cannabutter: are they all the same thing?

Firstly, what is cannabutter, you ask? Imagine if a few cheeky cannabis flowers and a block of butter got together, had a hot time (in the MagicalButter Machine), and had a love child named cannabutter.

It’s the perfect combination of terpenes, cannabinoids, and phytonutrients infused into the fat molecules of butter and is often used to create cannabis-infused edibles such as cookies.

Secondly, what’s the difference between weed butter and cannabutter? In short, the only thing that varies is the type of cannabis used in the recipe.

You can use marijuana to make weed butter or marijuana butter (the stuff that will get you high), and you can use a high CBD hemp plant to make cannabis butter or cannabutter (the stuff that won’t get you high).

The names are all fairly interchangeable when it comes to cannabutter; it’s just the strains that matter.

If you’re interested in learning how to make cannabis butter, this article will guide you through the process using the MagicalButter Machine. We’ve also provided an alternative stove-top method.

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How to make the best cannabutter

This recipe gives a whole new meaning to herb butter.

Firstly you need some cannabis flower or trim. The strain of cannabis you use (hemp or marijuana) will determine the makeup and strength of your butter, including the proportion of CBD to THC.

Making cannabutter at home means you have more control over the quality of ingredients used to create the butter.

For example, we’ve used a high-THC flower for this recipe; while you can make cannabutter with trimmings, generally using flower creates a higher quality end product.

You can use either hemp or marijuana flower to create cannabutter, depending on your intended usage.

Process – How to make cannabutter

Creating your own cannabis edibles has never been easier, thanks to the power of the MagicalButter Machine. We’ve included two different methods in the recipe below that both achievee great results.

Decarboxylate your weed

Before you start, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis.

This process involves applying heat to activate the cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids so that your body can use them.

This recipe uses the MagicalButter DecarBox. It provides an easy, accurate and consistent method to decarboxylate cannabis and also protects it against light and heat degradation throughout the process.

While we’ve used the MagicalButter Machine for our recipe, we’ve also included an alternative method that uses everyday kitchen items.

Decarbing cannabis flower to make cannabutter

Infusing the weed into butter

The MagicalButter Machine achieves consistent results with every infusion due to the advanced technology that maintains a constant temperature throughout the process.

If you’re following the stove-top method provided in the recipe, it’s important to remember that when infusing cannabis into butter, you need to add water into the pan.

This helps to keep the temperature down and prevents the butter from burning, and it’s best to maintain a 50:50 ratio of water to butter. If you notice the water evaporating during cooking, you can add more [3].

 

Butter being poured into the MagicalButter Machine

HOW DO I USE THE CANNABUTTER I MADE?

How you use your cannabutter will partly depend on the type of cannabis that went into it. If you’ve used a high THC plant, you will need to be careful about how much you consume.

Start with a small amount, around ¼ of a teaspoon, and see how you feel. It’s always best to wait a few hours before consuming any more as the effects of edibles take longer to come on because the cannabinoids are absorbed via the digestive system and enter the bloodstream at a slower rate [4].

Now you know how to make pot butter, and we know you’re excited to get started, but a word of caution: you don’t want to add your butter to other recipes all willy nilly as it can lead to making edibles that are too strong and produce unwanted effects. As mentioned, it’s best to test the strength out by consuming small amounts of the butter to see how you feel and then use this as a guide.

HOW WILL MY CANNABIS BUTTER TASTE?

When you make cannabutter it will have a mild earthy taste due to the plant matter used in the recipe, it shouldn’t impact the overall flavour of any baked goods or other cannabis edibles you make too much.

HOW LONG WILL MY CANNABIS BUTTER LAST?

Your cannabis butter should last as long as regular butter when stored in the fridge, just be sure to note down the used by date on the packet.

You can slice your butter up and store it in a mason jar, or simply wrap it in an eco-friendly food cover and pop it in the fridge.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CANNABUTTER?

Cannabutter is really versatile because it can be used as an ingredient in so many other recipes.

Cannabutter offers many of the same benefits as other edibles like gummies.

It takes about 1-2 hours to feel the effects when taken on an empty stomach, or up to three hours with food. You should avoid eating more THC edibles for at least three hours after ingestion [5].

IS BUTTER HEALTHY?

Aside from the medicinal properties contained within the cannabis, regular butter also offers a range of important nutritional benefits, such as [6]:

• Butter contains the most easily absorbable form of vitamin A, necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
• It contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
• Vitamin D found in butter is essential to the absorption of calcium.
• Butter is an excellent source of vitamins E and K.

IS CANNABIS HEALTHY?

Cannabis offers some amazing health benefits, often reported to help people with things like chronic pain, sleep issues and anxiety and depression, just to name a few. You can check out the full list of benefits here.

Cannabis has been shunned for over one hundred years now and has only recently re-emerged as a novel therapeutic medicine. The benefits are still being studied and trialled, but the evidence so far is very promising.

WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH CANNABUTTER?

You can use this cannabutter recipe as the basis of lots of different edible recipes.

The potency of the end product will be determined by how much cannabis butter you add into the recipe, it will be difficult to determine the dosage of CBD or THC per cookie for example so it’s best to start with a smaller amount and experiment.

It’s also important to use unsalted butter so as not to impact the flavour of anything else you make, especially if it’s sweet.

Happy baking! If you have a created any cannabutter recipes, feel free to drop us a line or send some pics. We’d love to see your cannabis edibles.

Disclaimer. While we strive to relay the most factual education available, this shouldn’t replace official medical or legal consultation and recommendation. This is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Happy days.

CANNABUTTER RECIPE

Prep time: 30 mins                Cook time: 2.5 hours               Total time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • Cannabis flower or trim – 7-14 grams per cup of butter
  • Unsalted butter or clarified butter – 2 cups or 500 grams
  • Sunflower liquid lecithin – 1 teaspoon per cup of butter

Equipment

  • MagicalButter Machine (includes 190-micron filter bag and silicone glove)
  • MagicalButter DecarBox, or;
  • Baking tray either lined or unlined with foil (this is an alternative to the above)
  • Pot or double boiler
  • Measuring cup
  • Glass mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Teaspoon
  • Knife
  • Grinder or scissors

STEP 1: Decarboxylate your weed

MagicalButter Machine Decarb Method

  1. Add your whole cannabis flower to the MagicalButter DecarBox and close the lid.
  2. Insert the temperature probe in about halfway, it should not touch the bottom of the box.
  3. Using the external digital display, set the temperature to 120°C (248°F)
  4. Set the oven to 120°C (248°F) and place the DecarBox inside, keeping the display outside.
  5. When the oven reaches 120°C, the digital display will beep, set a timer for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove the DecarBox from the oven using the silicone glove and
    remove the lid. Let the cannabis cool down to room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  7. While you’re waiting for your cannabis to cool, you can slice the butter into chunks and heat over very low heat in either a pot or a double boiler. When the butter has completely melted, it’s ready to use. Note: Butter burns easily, so it’s important to do this on a low heat setting.

Alternative Decarb Method

  1. Spread the whole flower or trim on the baking tray, and place it in your oven at 120°C for 30 minutes. When you remove it, it should be dry and slightly crisp but not scorched.
  2. If you don’t have the MagicalButter Machine, you can break up your cannabis using a grinder or scissors.

Notes

You don’t need to cut your cannabis before adding it to the DecarBox; the MagicalButter machine will grind it for you during the infusion process. Keeping it as a whole flower while decarboxylating helps retain the phytonutrients, cannabinoids and terpenes.

If you’re using the alternative method, it’s best to grind the cannabis up after decarboxylation. It exposes more of the plant’s surface area, revealing more trichomes (resin glands of the cannabis plant). Most cannabinoids reside in the plant’s trichomes, and more will be absorbed into the butter during the infusion process [2].

If you plan to use marijuana to make weed butter, you’ll need to cook it at 120°C (248°F) for 30 minutes to activate the THC cannabinoid.

If you are using hemp to make cannabis butter (cannabutter), you’ll need to cook it at 135°C (275°F) for 60 minutes to activate the CBD cannabinoid.

STEP 2: Infusion

MagicalButter Machine Infusion Method

  1. Add the decarboxylated cannabis flower into the machine, 2 cups of melted butter and two teaspoons of sunflower liquid lecithin.
  2. Set the temperature to 71°C (160°F) and hit the two-hour butter option. Once the machine finishes infusing the cannabis into the butter, it will beep and be ready for filtering.
  3. Carefully remove the MagicalButter machine’s head and use the silicone glove to hold the 190-micron filter over a large glass mixing bowl or measuring cup.
  4. Carefully pour the cannabis butter into the filter. If there’s any plant matter left in the machine, you can use the spatula to scrape it out. Then give the filter a firm squeeze to remove any excess butter into the bowl.
  5. Pour the cannabutter infusion into a mould to set. We’ve used the Magical Butter Tray; if you don’t have this, we’d highly recommend using another silicone tray, so it’s easy to remove the cannabutter once solidified. You can use a metal tray, but the removal process gets a bit messy.
  6. Once the butter has been poured into the mould, close the lid and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to set.

Alternative Stove-Top Infusion Method

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add two cups or 500g of diced butter to the boiling water, and let it melt.
  3. Stir in the ground decarboxylated cannabis and mix well.
  4. Simmer very gently for 3 hours, on the lowest possible heat so that it’s just barely bubbling. Stir occasionally. (Keep an eye on the saucepan to make sure it doesn’t boil dry.) You will notice a change in consistency from watery to thick and glossy.
  5. Lay cheesecloth over the bowl and secure with a rubber band or string so it doesn’t fall into the bowl. One of our readers also recommended using a coffee plunger if you don’t have cheesecloth.
  6. Gently pour the liquid into the cheesecloth, and then pick up the edges and squeeze the liquid through (use a silicone mitt if hot). Or you can pour it into a sieve – the nylon type has smaller holes than the metal ones – and press it with a spoon to squeeze out all of the liquid.
  7. Put the glass bowl into the fridge and allow the cannabutter to solidify on top of the water.
  8. After two to three hours you will have a disc of solidified cannabutter that you can lift off and use. Run a knife around the edges of the disc in the bowl and carefully remove it. Turn it over and gently scrape off any bits of the plant on the bottom of the disc.
  9. You can store it in a container or wrapped in waxed baking paper.
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References

1. , "MagicalButter MB2e".
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3. greenhealthdocs, "The Best Cannabutter Recipe Plus, Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking with Cannabis".
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4. Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD, "How Do Edibles Affect You? Edibles High Explained".
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5. Adrian Devitt-Lee, "BEST WAY TO TAKE CBD".
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6. , " The top 20 health benefits of real butter".
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2 Comments

  1. Ian

    A coffee plunger works as well as cheesecloth and a sieve, if you don’t have either.

    Reply
    • Hinterland co.

      Ian, that’s an amazing tip. Thank you very much sir. We’ll be updating the article soon and I’ll leave a note to add this in.

      Reply

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