Jun 152012
 June 15, 2012

How To Make Marijuana Butter

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Marijuana butter is the backbone of many edible marijuana endeavors. Learn how to make marijuana butter, and you will be very popular. There are SEVERAL ways to make marijuana butter, and this article is by no means the ONLY way to do it. However, this is the marijuana butter recipe that I have refined over the years, and anyone who knows me knows how strong Johnny Green’s marijuana butter is. If TWB readers have a solid marijuana butter method, feel free to post it in the comments so that others can try it out!

I personally make my marijuana butter out of clippings/trim from my friend’s harvests. You can use crushed up marijuana nugs or shake, but I have found this marijuana butter recipe to be as strong as anything out there, so I don’t see the point in using marijuana that I can smoke when I can use marijuana leaves that other people were going to throw away. I use the leaves, not the stems. Stems have far less cannabinoid oil than the water and sugar leaves. Of course, if you want to throw stems in, there’s no reason not to – it’s up to you.

I don’t know how to cook or bake, but I am definitely a science nerd. I once consulted my community college chemistry professor about this marijuana butter recipe, and he pointed out that it’s essentially a chemical reaction. He instructed that we are bonding the oil from the butter with the oil from the marijuana. The more oil you can bond, the stronger the final product. Some things to keep in mind when performing a chemical reaction are surface area, duration, intensity, and the use of a catalyst (in this case heat).
I start the process by preparing the clippings/trim. I get all the debri and stems out of the mixture to where all that is left is the sugar and water leaves. Throughout the years, I have found that running the clip/trim through a food processor is the best way to ‘mulch up’ the clip/trim. This is where surface area comes into play.

If you boil a full marijuana leaf, only the outside of the leaf is being reacted upon. But if you turn that same leaf into something as fine as sand, there is more surface area on each little piece of marijuana flake, which unlocks more oil from it. I have used a blender and other means to try to mulch up the marijuana leaves, but a food processor allows you to push the leaves through the blade more efficiently. I can mulch up a huge bag of marijuana trim in no time flat, whether the leaves are dry or fresh.

The next thing to do is fill your pots with the mulch. Whatever size pot you use, fill it about a third of the way with the mulch. That’s what I like about this recipe – it allows you to make marijuana butter out of whatever you can get your hands on. If it’s a small batch of trim, use a small pot. If it’s a good harvest and there’s lots of trim, use multiple pots. Either way, whatever you are using, fill it one third of the way with mulch. From there add sticks of butter and water at a 1/4 ratio, meaning for every stick of butter (4 oz) you add in, put in 16 oz of water. Do this until the entire mixture is filling 2/3 of the container. You don’t want to fill it up all the way, because when it starts boiling it will boil over, and the situation gets serious, trust me!

cannabutter-pot-boilNow that you have a big pot of floating marijuana flakes and sticks of butter, it’s time to introduce the heat. I like to turn the burner up all the way, and monitor things, stirring as needed. This allows the mixture to get as hot as possible, which is one of the things I talked about with my college professor. Some people will say you need to bring your mixture to a low boil, such as in a crock pot, and let it go for a long, long time (an entire day in some cases). I boil mine as hot as I can get it, then lowering the burner down to about half to 3/4 after things get going. I boil it until about half of the water evaporates from the violent boiling (about 1-1.5 hours). I then add more water until the water level is back to where it was when I started. I will repeat that once or twice. I will put my quicker method up against other people’s slow boil method any day of the week – time tested, veteran approved.

After about three to four hours, there will be a lot of oil floating on top of the mixture. That’s when you know you’re done (if time allows). From there I strain the mixture through a flat strainer that is placed on top of the container that will ultimately go into the fridge. After the water has passed through the strainer, there is a pile of mulch on the strainer. In the past, I would press the mulch up against the strainer to get the rest of the liquid out. I thought I got most, if not all of the valuable oily liquid from the mulch.
However, one day curiosity got the best of me and I decided to put on some gloves and squeeze the mulch that was left, by hand, to see how much was oily liquid was left after the initial spatula press. Wouldn’t you know it, there’s A LOT more oil left in the mulch, and angry looking oil at that. I can squeeze down a ball of drained mulch from the size of a grapefruit to the size of a plum. All of that is liquidy goodness, and some of the most potent stuff on the planet.

After all the liquid is drained into the container, you will instantly see the oil (on top) separate from the water (on the bottom). Place the container in the fridge overnight. When you wake up the next morning, the oil will have become a solid chunk of marijuana butter. Be careful when taking it out of the container. I’ve had the nasty underwater spill all over my kitchen before, which was not fun to clean up!

Store the marijuana butter in the fridge, but monitor it for mold every couple of days. It should last a couple weeks at least if it’s stored properly in the fridge and moisture is removed from the butter. If you want to avoid the mold problem altogether, put the butter in the freezer. It makes it a little harder to bake and cook with because you have to de-thaw it, but it lasts a lot longer. That’s it!

Now that you know how to make marijuana butter, use it in cookies, brownies, frosting, BBQ, or just about anything!

Check for a nice receipe here: Cooking with weed: cannabis bread

 

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  198 Responses to “Easy Marijuana Butter Recipe”

  1.  

    Using this method, how many cups of butter would an ounce produce? Thanks!

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    grind up dried trim or whatever,, vaped bud works also. put one stick butter to each 1/8th of herb. simmer in a jar that is placed in a pan of slowly boiling water. stir after 15 min.. come back in 15 min and it’s done 30 min total.. strain or use it as is…I think my recipe is way quicker.

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    grind up dried trim or whatever,, vaped bud works also. put one stick butter to each 1/8th of herb. simmer in a jar that is placed in a pot of slowly boiling water. stir after 15 min.. come back in 15 min and it’s done 30 min total.. strain or use it as is…I think my recipe is way quicker… also if you grind it up good enough you don’t need to strain it and it’s stronger if you leave in the bits. Coffee grinder works best just use dry stuff..

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    ???

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    This makes some of the most potent butter I’ve ever had. I prefer eating over smoking as I can control how much medication I intake and it’s a slower, more controllable medicate.

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    How do you seperate the oil from the water ?

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      refrigerate it all in a bowl overnight. In the morning, you will have a bowl of water with all the butter, hardened at the top. Just remove the hard layer of butter and discard the water.

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    So if the leaves are fresh off the plant you can mulch and use them like that, without drying?

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      you can, but you’ll get a grassy taste – decarb it in the oven at 240 for an hour – grind it up and follow what John C said above…it is WAY faster – CLEANER!! and just as if not more potent than any other method…

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    How strongly does this whole process smell? I’ve wanted to make butter for a while, but haven’t because I don’t know how strong it will smell or how long the scent will last.

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    I’ve used this recipe for a couple of years now with great results. I’m using 1oz to 1 stick of unsalted butter. My question is, would there be any disadvantages to using salted butter, other than taste? Thanks for the recipe, it’s 5 stars!

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    I don’t use water, I only use butter, and leave it in the crockpot overnight. I am not a smoker and neither do I eat canabis. When I give it to people, they say it is extremely potent.

  11.  

    when you repeat the process and add more water should you also add more butter?

  12.  

    Do you need to put the lid on
    When it’s in the boiling water?

  13.  

    We have always smoked it .but with health problems we was wanting to try it a different way. First times at making butter. So any suggestions on how to make it would help

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