Last updated: August 13, 2018

What Does Cannabutter Mean?

Cannabutter is cannabis-infused regular butter. It is often used to make cannabis edibles. Cannabutter can be homemade or purchased at medical marijuana or recreational marijuana dispensaries. Usually, the cannabutter stores well in a refrigerator for up to six months.

When using cannabutter to create baked goods, most people simply substitute the traditional butter ingredient with the cannabutter.

Note that cannabutter is different than cannabis budder, which is not butter at all, rather, cannabis budder is a cannabis concentrate whipped to the consistency and yellowish color of butter. When baking, it is important not to mix the two up, or your baking will not turn out and product will likely be wasted.


Maximum Yield Explains Cannabutter

To make your own cannabutter, gather up 24 sticks of regular butter for every two to three ounces of ground or broken-up cannabis. You'll also need a large pot, cheesecloth for straining the plant material, a large bowl, and plastic storage containers.

As a finished product, cannabutter closely resembles traditional butter in appearance, texture, and flavor. However, some cannabutters have a distinctive cannabis taste and aroma because of the plant's strong terpenes.

Cannabutter is often used to create marijuana edibles such as baked goods. It is made by mixing traditional butter ingredients with cannabis concentrated oil or marijuana plant material that is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), terpenes, and flavonoids.

However, when using dried or fresh marijuana plant material, remember that the cannabis must undergo heat to active the CBD and THC. The heating process is known as decarboxylation.

CBD and THC are not soluble in water, but when mixed with the butter oil, the oil readily soaks up the cannabis plant's CBD, THC, and terpenes.


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