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How to make your own cannabis butter


How to make your own cannabis butter

Butter is a versatile base ingredient, and can be used for most of your cooking, pan-frying, baking, and sauce-making needs. Cannabis butter can be incorporated into countless recipes, and also goes well on its own as a spread. 

This butter-based infusion can be added to virtually any recipe that you love, making your consumption experience creative and enjoyable. Whether you want to add it to popcorn, use it as a spread for garlic bread or on a sandwich, or add it to your favourite recipe, it’s the perfect base for your next creation. With less cooking time required than cannabis oil, cannabis butter is a low-maintenance option that takes 2 - 3 hours to make. 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 - 3 hours
Total time: 2 - 3.5 hours


  • 1 cup of decarbed, ground cannabis flower. Add less than a cup of flower if you’d like a lower potency. 
  • 1 cup of butter* 
  • 1 cup of water

*Vegan/dairy-free? Use a simple 1:1 ratio substitute with your favourite coconut oil. 


  • Medium-sized pot or saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Thermometer
  • Bowl
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth or nut milk bag


  1. Decarb your cannabis by following these steps.
  2. Melt the butter in your saucepan or pot and add water. Simmer on low heat until it begins to melt.
  3. Mix in your decarbed cannabis. 
  4. Simmer on low heat for 2 - 3 hours. Use your thermometer to ensure the temperature doesn’t exceed 200° F and ensure it doesn’t boil. 160° F is ideal; you want to leave it low because the cannabis is already decarbed. 
  5. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place it over a large, heat-safe bowl. Carefully pour the butter through the cheesecloth, allowing any excess oil to strain through.
  6. Once the mixture has completely strained, use a funnel to carefully transfer your butter to a container.  Remove the cheesecloth from the strainer, using gloves if the butter is still warm (it shouldn’t be hot). If you squeeze out any remaining butter into the bowl, you may also filter unnecessary plant materials through the cheesecloth.
  7. Once completely cooled, put the lid on and store it in the fridge. Once cooled, excess water may form and settle beneath the butter. You can drain out the water by removing the solid butter and draining out the water. You're now ready to incorporate your homemade cannabutter into your favorite recipes!

Make sure you check the temperature and stir the butter regularly when cooking, as butter burns more easily than oil does. Remember to start low and go slow to enjoy responsibly*!

*While homemade cannabis edibles work well for some patients, they may not be for everyone depending on an individual's endocannabinoid system. To determine your specific needs, feel free to reach out to your Namaste MD nurse practitioner and learn more about your different options.

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