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Aunt Hill,

Is there an easy-peasy way to make Cannabutter?

- Sleepless in Arthritis

Dear Sleepless,

You canna make cannabutter cheap and easy-peasy!

And because there’s little more annoying than scrolling through a life story that starts at prenatal memories, let’s start with the recipe. Pics and folly to follow.


Main Gear


  • Crockpot
  • Food thermometer
  • Sieve
  • Cheesecloth
  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 8 hours
  • Cooling time: overnight
  • Additional cooling time (optional): overnight


  1. Melt the butter in the crockpot with a cup or two of boiling hot water. 
  2. Add the roots, stems, and leaves (do not crush or pre-bake, simply put it in) and submerge all that you can of it with a spoon. 
  3. Except for the occasional stir, leave it alone on the lowest setting (you are aiming to get the closest to 100 C without going over, 200-250 F) for 8 hours.
  4. After 8 hours, pour the contents into a bowl through a sieve lined with 2 or 3 layers of cheesecloth.
  5. Allow to drip until the dripping stops, then pour some more boiling water over the pulp until it looks fairly clean of buttery residue. This step can be repeated as long as the bowl is big enough.
  6. Allow the liquid in the bowl to cool to room temperature and discard the (compostable) pulp. Do not squeeze the pulp into your liquid, as this will only add a bad taste and no extra potency.
  7. Put the bowl in the fridge overnight. 
  8. Remove the solidified layer of butter and throw the swampy remains down the drain.

At this point, the butter is ready to be spread on toast, dumped in a hot chocolate, or used to make icing, and so on. Wrap it in plastic and store in the fridge for a few months (if you see mould, it’s been there too long) or in the freezer indefinitely. 

If you would like to get a bit more fancy, you can melt the butter (microwave or double-boiler), pour it into candy or chocolate moulds (or muffin tins, ice cube trays, and so on) before popping it back into the fridge overnight. Once solidified, wrap in plastic and store in the fridge or freezer.

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Just like there’s no exact “right amount of kale,” 3-6 cups frames the parameters of what you can expect to use to get the desired results. At this point, not a lot of research has gone into cannabis. The tools to measure the amounts of CBD or THC in your butter are too expensive to own or contract for personal use; you have to experiment. Also, keep in mind that no two plants will have the same potency unless they have been cloned. Even so, you can’t expect to have the same source to make butter every time you make it forever. Use these measurements as a starting point with guidelines and feel free to experiment, as there are no known serious side effects of cannabutter (and not everybody likes the experience, either). Generally, the body evacuates it one way or another within 8 hours, and that’s it. In any case, if you’re interested in getting nerdy about it, there are peer-reviewed articles online to consult.

Aunt Hill

“Three to six cups” is pretty vague. How do I know how much to use?

Gretchen Bummer

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