How To Make Marijuana Butter

 Posted by at 1:53 PM on September 25, 2010  Marijuana Recipes
Sep 252010
 September 25, 2010

finished marijuana butterMarijuana Butter Recipe

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).

marijuana trim butter food processorI 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!

boiling marijuana butterNow 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.

marijuana mulch and strainerHowever, 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 fridge. 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!

marijuana butter with water

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  • cheryl

    I am english. What is a stick of butter? And how much is a cup? Can you tell me in ounces? Would be much appreciated!

    • celtsalt

      I’ve listed a few for butter below. Find others at the following:

      Online Conversion – Butter Conversion
      Convert between sticks of butter, and various volume and weight units. …

      1 stick of butter equals

      1/2 cup
      8 tablespoon
      113.5 grams
      1/4 pound
      4 ounces

  • celtsalt

    I forgot. I use coconut oil or olive oil for healthier “butter””. Same quantities as butter recipe listed

    • ldjfhlljkshd

      coconut oil has was more saturated fat than butter or pretty much any other oil for that matter

      • Stringman

        Fat is King, Yay fat!

        I hope you know SATURATED fat is what you want!

        Try googling benefits of lard sometime,maybe we should use lard, but coconut oil has anti-bacterial qualities too. You probably wouldn’t have to even refrigerate it!

  • Scttpnd

    make marijuana legal wtf

  • Pete

    Interesting, thanks for the info. My experience is that tinctures or butter where the solids are discarded is that it seem to “lack something” compared to recipes that use the whole plant. For a more effective method to get the last of the liquids from the pulp, place it in a large towel in a ball then twist the towel. You’ll wring out the liquids far more effectively than you can with your hands.

    • Kurt Schoner

      next time try a new nylon wastes less

  • Jimmi Johansson

    thats brilliant cookin

  • spudsleaver

    I used the old fashioned way, cooked 22 hours, it was good but soooo time consuming, am looking forward to your directions

  • Clancyclone

    use cheese cloth (or pantyhose) to strain further

  • Clancyclone

    use cheese cloth (or pantyhose) to strain further

  • Phelps

    great recipe much appreciated.

  • Chief

    What about using trimmings/leaves from schwaggy ditch weed?

  • Green Thumbsons

    Is dry or fresh leaves/trim better?

  • Jonny green

    Hey jonny wat oil do you use

  • JetCityOrange

    Here’s my method of cooking cannabis butter:

  • tiffiney

    can i use margarine instead of butter?

  • xroom

    fuck i wish i had that so much weed cryin me eyes out

  • JT

    Think he means ‘in the freezer’ at the end there, regarding avoiding mold