Crock Pot Cannabutter for Dummies

Discussion in 'Cooking With Cannabis' started by ero, Jan 22, 2011.


    ero Well-Known Member

    A couple of my patients have asked me how to make cannabutter. One patient has mobility issues and they can stand only for short periods. While this method takes longer than some, it is absolutely reliable and very easy for most people to master. So... here we go!

    We need a Crock Pot, butter (real butter is best), trim or bud, and water. Later you will also need a large pot, strainer, cheese cloth, and storage container.

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    I usually cook with trim and use the ratio of 1oz of trim to 1lb butter. When using bud, I use 1/4oz bud to 1lb butter. For this batch I'm using 2oz of trim and 2lb butter. Your results will vary depending on how strong your trim or bud is, and you can only dial it in through experimentation. Final product too strong? Dilute by melting in a pot with more butter. To weak? Run it again with more trim / bud. You can't really screw it up.

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    This photo is very important. Notice how fine the trim is ground up. The first part of the chemistry is releasing the trichomes from the trim / bud. You will release more of the active ingredients in the marijuana if the bud is finely ground and all of the trichomes are exposed. You can dry out your trim / bud until it's crispy, then put it in a ziploc bag and crunch it up. If it's not crispy dry, you can freeze it in a ziploc bag and then crunch it up. Just crunch it up, that's the message.

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    So here is our starting mash. I put all eight sticks of butter in the bottom of the pot, add the 2oz of trim, then add 2.5 quarts of water. The amount of water isn't really important, but you want enough to top off your Crock Pot and wet all of your trim / bud. Mix it a bit to make sure everything is wet, then put on the cover and turn your crock pot on low.

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    Here is our mash after an hour or so. Notice that the butter has melted and is blending with the water and trim / bud. Stir once in a while, but don't go crazy. The crock pot does its best work with time, the lid on, and the power on low. I probably only stir the mash three or four times over the whole process. Not quite "set it and forget it", but close.

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    Here is our mash the next day. Yeah, the next DAY. I usually cook for 24 hours. The simplified chemistry is as follows: The active ingredients in marijuana are fat soluable, not water soluable. The butter will absorb the active ingredients released from the marijuana, which is broken down by the water mash mix. So now we have our potent butter, how do we seperate it from the water and mash?

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    Position a large pot and strainer over each other.

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    Drape cheese cloth (available at your grocery store with baking or canning supplies) across the strainer. This is optional, but if you don't strain really well you may have a bitter, weedy taste to your butter.

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    Strain. I start by using a ladel to get most of the mash out of the crock pot. Once you have all of the mash in the strainer and all of the liquid out of the crock pot, just let it sit for 15 - 30 minutes. Every drop that drains out is precious! USE CAUTION, the mash will be VERY HOT!! After you have waited to let the strainer drain, gather the edges of the cheese cloth and squeeze out any remaining liquid. It will be mostly butter as the trim / bud and butter LOVE each other. Trash or compost your trim / bud mash. It is completely spent at this point.

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    Here is the pot with our water / butter mix. Notice the bubbles seem to be looking at me...

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    Put the mix in your refrigerator overnight. The butter is lighter than the water and will float to the top and solidify. I didn't show the lid to the pot. If you don't cover the pot, your whole fridge will smell like bong water. At least that's what my wife told me, lol.

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    So here we are the next morning. The butter is on top and solid, the water is on the bottom. Cut the butter up with a sharp knife and remove it.

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    This is optional, but I usually melt the chunks of butter and pour them into a smaller container. Notice the butter is starting to melt. It looks brown when melted but will return to the familiar green color when solid.

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    I poured the melted butter into a tupperware style container and will put it back in the refridgerator or freezer. It will stay good for a couple of months in the refridgerator (like regular butter). It will stay good and just as potent nearly forever if left in the freezer. I just defrosted some from two years ago and baked with it, no potency loss.

    Using this method, the butter comes out very smooth tasting. Here are some sugar cookies made with this butter. They look, smell, and taste like any other sugar cookie and the marijuana is completely imperceptable... until an hour or so after eating!


    GreatwhiteNorth Global Moderator Staff Member

    Very nice tutorial ero - hopefully this will attain "Sticky" status.
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    ero Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I'm new to this forum, but I've... uhh... "been around", lol. I hope this helps people looking to try something new.
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    Secret Jardin Well-Known Member

    Sticky please. Great job doing this tomorrow!

    dirtsurfr Well-Known Member

    This is almost like I used to make mine but I didn't see where you clean the scum off the bottom of the budder.
    But I do agree that the butter if properly done will have vary little cannabis taste and depending on how much product you put in and it's quality will fit your needs,
    I make mine very strong for relief from PTSD.
    The best I ever made was from trimmings and Poopcorn Buds from 5-6 different strains!
    I can't share it with others as they tend to feel like they ate Mushrooms.
    I use 2ozs. Bud to 1 Lb. Butter now.

    ero Well-Known Member

    I find that when I melt the butter to pour it into a long term container, most of the watery "scum" evaporates or is reabsorbed. It's full of the good stuff, so I would hate to throw it away!

    BTW, 2oz of bud per pound of butter? No wonder your friends feel like they ate mushrooms! haha All joking aside, I'm glad you've found a natural substance to relieve your PTSD. Ever forward!
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    dirtsurfr Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the board.
    Theres alot of info here and some good advise.
    I'm too lazy to remelt for storage. I divide mine to 4 equal batches, store in ziploc bags and store in the freezer.
    When I need a 1/2 cup of oil/butter I just melt in a double boiler.
    (right about then I'm taking raisn bread and dipping it into the melted budder :-P)
    I always have a great time when I make budder or Brownies lol!!
    God I love California! :weed:
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    poplars Well-Known Member

    shit so 2 oz to a lb huh... I've been overconcentrating my butter then... I'll try cooking with smaller amounts heh.

    I was doing as much as 1 oz per stick.... but I don't think the butter was absorbing it all.

    ero Well-Known Member

    Hey everyone, thanks for the kind words.

    poplars, was that 2oz of bud per lb of butter??? The butter will take it, I've made it that strong before. That being said, if you made a batch of brownies (16 brownies from an 8" pan) using about 1/2 cup of butter, you would travel through space and time after eating one! ahhh... no pain!
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    dirtsurfr Well-Known Member

    I'd love to try some of that! I thought there sould be enough fat to absorb all that THC??
    Next year I'm going to maybe try using a presure cooker I have some research to do first.

    poplars Well-Known Member

    actually since 1 stick is 1/4th a pound I said as much as 1 oz per stick so that'd be 4 oz to a pound.

    dirtsurfr Well-Known Member

    Yea 2xs more better than mine :P

    ero Well-Known Member

    OMG... you win. Geez, that sounds like coma butter to me, and not really in a good way.

    poplars Well-Known Member

    it wasn't like super strong though.maybe itsjust my tolerance.. I'm gonna expirement I guess.

    megsey Member

    I just got a crockpot for my birthday and I will be making my first batch of butter tomorrow! So excited! Thank you for the awesome advice/ tutorial. Hopefully some yummy lavender cupcakes will come out of this. <3

    HarryCarey Well-Known Member

    Ya I kinda had the same prob as poplars I did 1.5ish oz of bud ground up to 1lb butter crocked on low for 20 hours and I really had to eat a lot to feel much, and even at that I just felt a little giddy not real high always wondered what i did wrong because my buddy gave me some butter once and I put just enough on toast to cover it and I was fuckin stupid high for 6-7 hours and that shits nice, whered I go wrong
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    skunkfish1 Active Member

    Are you guys that are using trim to make butter using wet or dry trim....2 oz of dry drim is allot more than 2 oz wet trim ??
    just getting ready to try and make my first batch of butter and i dont want to screw it up.

    poplars Well-Known Member

    your crock pot on low probably over-cooked it and degraded the THC into CBN...which wont get you nearly as high...

    my suggestion: get a crock pot with a 'warm' option.

    I"m usingn dry trim but this makes me wonder about recipes if they're calling for wet trim or not...

    2 oz of dry trim is probably around 2-3x more than wet trim.
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    HarryCarey Well-Known Member

    Kinda what I thought too thanks for the suggestion bro

    dirtsurfr Well-Known Member

    I only keep the crock pot on hi for 2 hrs and low between 3-6hrs.
    I did 12hrs on low once but I think it's a waste of time,energy and maybe even some THC.

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