Pot Butter




  • Double boiler or 2 pots
  • 1 lb unsalted butter (4 sticks / 2 cups)
  • 1/4 oz to 1 oz marijuana buds
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Small container


  1. Using a double boiler (or two pots), melt the butter on low heat. If using two pots, fill the larger (bottom) pot with water and the smaller (top) pot with butter. (Figure 9.1 shows a small bowl inside of a pot.)Pot Butter / Cannabutter / Marijuana butter
  2. Once the butter has melted, add the weed. *See the table below for estimated weed quantity.
  3. Simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes (stirring every 5 minutes.) To extract more THC from your pot, simmer for 2-3 hours.
  4. Let the melted pot butter cool for 5-10 minutes then strain the pot butter using a strainer or cheesecloth (Figure 9.2) into a small container.Pot Butter - Cheesecloth, Cannabutter, Marijuana butter
  5. Cover and refrigerate your pot butter until semi-solid (or as required by your recipe.)


I’m sure by now you are wondering, “How much weed should I use to make pot butter?” Because weed quality varies to such a large degree, it is impossible to predict exactly how much to use in order to achieve the desired results. Therefore, it is always better to err on the “light” side until you know your tolerance to marijuana edibles. Also, because you don’t want to make pot butter everyday, it is better to make large batches. You can use the chart below for estimated butter-to-pot ratios depending on the strength of your buds. For bigger batches, simply double or triple the recipe.


Butter to Bud Ratios:
Weed Quality vs. Weed Quantity
Butter Your Bud Quality Ounces
1 lb (4 sticks) Strong/Dank/Chronic 1/4 – 1/2
1 lb (4 sticks) Medium/Mids/Regs 1/2 – 3/4
1 lb (4 sticks) Weak/Dirt/Schwag 3/4 – 1
1 lb (4 sticks) Shake/Leaves 1 – 2


Here are a few other things to consider while making pot butter.

Smell. Pot butter will make your entire house smell for at least a day. Make sure that everyone in your household is cool with your cooking endeavors because you will not be able to hide the stench.

Time. The high from marijuana edibles can easily take 40-60 minutes (or more) after consumption to take full effect. Because of this, WAIT on your decision to eat more until at least 1 hour has passed.

High. The high produced by consuming marijuana edibles cannot be precisely predicted. Therefore, don’t plan on doing anything for the rest of the day that may require fine motor skills. Also, for many people, the extreme high produced by eating these treats is followed by extreme physical and mental fatigue (mush brain) which may last well into the following day.

Friends. Before allowing your friends to consume your tasty treats, ALWAYS warn them that it was made using pot butter. While it may tempting to try to “pull one over” on your friends, I recommend that you think twice because each persons tolerance to ingesting marijuana is different. What might be the “perfect high” for you might send your friend into a “bad trip,” especially if they were not planning to get stoned.


While I have yet to try it for myself, online research has led me to believe that because of chemical and fat differences, margarine may not be an appropriate/equal substitute for butter. However, if your recipe requires pot margarine, make sure to use a margarine high in fat as THC is fat soluble (THC “attaches” itself fat.) In the near future, I will be conducting several “hands-on” studies to solve the margarine vs. butter debate once and for all. Once complete, I will devote an entire sub-page to the subject forever ending the online debate.


Good pot is, of course, a major factor in any recipe. So, why not try growing your own? Royal Queen Seeds has been developing top quality strains that are very easy to cultivate. Their pot seeds have been voted among the best in the world over the last decade and guarantee a nice harvest time after time. Growing is not that hard and there is nothing better than to see your little babies mature and flower!



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