This is the easiest cannabutter recipe you’re going to find, I promise! I’ve added quite a few notes that are helpful to read through – or at least skim through. Taking the time to prepare what you need to make this cannabutter will save you a headache down the road. The worst thing to do is rush through it and ruin $60 worth of cannabutter. So slow down, sip some cannatea, and get ready to make cannabis butter in the crock pot with me.
Before we get started, I’m disclosing 10000x … I’m not an expert! This is my journey with cannabis and I learn as I go. I have been making cannabutter and other edibles for several months now and am confident that the potency and taste are up to the standards I’d like them to be so I’m sharing my experiences.
Easiest Cannabutter Recipe – in a Crock Pot!
You will need: 7-10 grams of cannabis, 1 cup butter, a crock pot, flour sacks, a strainer, and a container for your finished product. Please read all of my notes before making your own if this is your first time.
Actual costs will vary. I used about $20 worth of pre-rolls (4) to make a batch of butter. If you’re using top shelf flower you could spend upwards of $60.
Turn your crock pot on low heat (low! not medium, not high, don’t rush it!). Add 2 sticks of butter (yes, vegan butter works) and 7-10 grams of cannabis. You can use a kitchen scale to weigh it out, or use pre-rolls for even measuring (our pre-rolls say if they’re 3/4 gram or 1 gram on the package), but I don’t recommend eyeballing it. Some people do, but it’s easy to add too much so I say let’s not… 🙂
Allow butter and cannabis to cook on low for about 2 hours, stirring each hour.
Don’t freak out if it looks a little brown during the straining process. Though I did burn a batch once, it was after following the bad advice and letting it cook for like 4 hours.
You may want to open a window during the pouring and straining process but it usually doesn’t smell too strong in the cooking process because it’s trapped in the slow cooker.
Your butter may look like a golden yellow or even a light brown at first. Don’t freak out! Here is an example of a batch that was cooked for 1.5 hours vs 2.5 hours. Both taste delicious and are potent.
Allow cannabutter to cool at room temperature, or if you’re super impatient you can stick it in the fridge. I was impatient and moved mine before it was completely cool, as you can see in the photo. There will be sediment on the bottom but if you used the flour sacks or double-strained with cheesecloth, it should be very minimal.
Cannabis: If you’re buying from your local dispensary, check their pre-roll sales. I’ve found that pre-rolls, when on sale, are generally cheaper than flower. With that being said, pre-rolls are finely ground so I prefer to use half flower half pre-rolls to get the best results. Without getting into a lengthy discussion about it, the good stuff is actually on the outside of the plant… not on the inside. So finely grinding your cannabis isn’t the best option in my opinion. I’m not an expert, but this is just what I’ve found in my experience. Flower is more expensive, which is why I do half and half. If you’ve got an unlimited money supply, use top shelf flower and I’m sure you’ll love it. 🙂
Decarboxylating: You’re going to get mixed opinions on this one when it comes to decarboxylating your flower before making butter with it. I always decarb my cannabis before just throwing it into most recipes. However, since I’m heating the cannabis with a crock pot to make butter, I don’t decarb mine first. Some say you won’t activate the cannabinoids if you don’t decarb, but the crock pot is going to heat it up. Anyway, if you want to decarboxylate yours first, you can, by baking in the oven at 240*F for about 30 minutes (mixing buds every ten minutes). You can read more about decarboxylation on Leafly.
Crock Pot: You’re going to want a separate crock pot for your cannabutter (I recommend this one). This isn’t a recipe where you “set it and forget it”, because depending on your ingredients, amounts, and even the temperature of your slow cooker, your timing will vary. That is why I’ve included lots of pictures to show you what it should look like in the process, and after. The first recipe I found for cannabis butter said to heat on high for 4 hours. DO NOT DO THAT. My house smelled like burnt weed for a damn week. I found the best results by cooking on low for 2-3 hours, stirring every hour.
Straining: I like these because you don’t have to double them up like with cheesecloth, and they’re more durable. You’ll get less sediment and have to strain only once. With cheesecloth you’ll need to double up or strain two times and you lose a little butter each time. This stuff is like liquid gold so I’m picky about what I use. As far as actual strainers, this mesh strainer works well but I still recommend using the flour sacks (then the type of strainer you use won’t matter). I do squeeze mine or push down with a wooden spoon to get all of the butter out, but this can also push sediment into your finished product so don’t overdo it.
Storing: Store your cannabutter in a glass container in the fridge. I used a plastic tupperware container simply because I was making several batches of brownies and cookies so I knew I wouldn’t be storing it for long. You want to make sure these containers are marked for cannabis only.
Color: The best batch of cannabutter I’ve made, I was afraid I burnt it because it looked brown while straining. But after I poured it and let it cool, it was the perfect shade of LIGHT green. You don’t want it to be too dark, or too light, or brown. A yellowish-green color is what you’re going for. To achieve the perfect color (and flavor!), you’ll want to coarsely grind your cannabis flower. Cannabinoids bind to the fat in the butter, so a coarse grind allows it to be absorbed.
If you’re using the flour sacks I talked about above, you’ll probably only have to strain once. I compost my leftovers but you can use the leftover pulp for many things, such as garnishing dishes, adding to smoothies, or even making into pesto. You can even use it to make breading.
Note: If you’re new to making edibles with cannabis, I recommend reading this article from Leafly: Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes While Cooking Cannabis Edibles – though take it with a grain of salt because I sometimes “break” those rules and my edibles are bomb! 😉