how to make edibles


How To Make Edibles: CannaButter and CannaOil Recipes

Ever wondered about edibles, those cannabis-infused foods packed with psychoactive compounds? Edibles are regularly chosen because of their distinct experience and health benefits over traditional means.

But we get it, making edibles at home might seem like an overwhelming task. Especially with all the different recipes and dosing concerns. But we assure you that with a few foundational steps in place, these concerns will be a thing of the past.

And trust us, it’s worth the effort because they are proven to hold dynamite therapeutic value while being a healthier alternative to vaping and smoking.

Ready to take the leap in how to make weed edibles? You better be.


How Are Edibles Made?

Edibles refer to one type of consumption method, that being ingesting through the stomach.  There are 2 foundational steps to making weed edibles: cannabutter and cannaoil. Just like your delish and not so nutrish desserts, you need butter. And just like your mom’s favourite stir-fry, you need oil.

Cannabis foods are no different. Butter and oil are the basis of pretty much any dish you want to make, from desserts through to dinners.

Through a series of cooking steps, cannabis is decarboxylated to be made ingestion-friendly, then infused with certain cooking ingredients. Decarboxylation is the process of “activating” cannabis to make it more bioavailable for our bodies to receive and feel its effects.

Translation? You want to heat up cannabis flower in the oven, no fancy lab equipment needed.

So – here’s how you can add a little weed twist to your butter and oil, so you can officially call them cannabutter and cannaoil.

How to Make Edibles

Making Cannaoil

Weed-infused cooking oil will be your creme-de-la-creme for making edibles. There are 3 ways to have cannaoil at your disposal – using a double boiler, a slow cooker or a saucepan. Whatever avenue you tread, you first need to decarboxylate your cannabis.

Saucepan Method

Cooking time: 3 hours

What you’ll need

  • Decarboxylated cannabis
  • Double boiler
  • 1 cup ground cannabis flower
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil
  • 1 strainer

Slow Cooker Method

Cooking time: 5 hours

What you’ll need

  • Decarboxylated cannabis
  • Double boiler
  • 1 cup ground cannabis flower
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil
  • 1 strainer

Double Boiler Method

Cooking time: 8 hours

What you’ll need

  • Decarboxylated cannabis
  • Double boiler
  • 1 cup ground cannabis flower
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil
  • 1 strainer

Taking the saucepan route is the fastest way, leaving you with the oil in about 3 hours. Using a slow cooker is next fastest, clocking in at around 5 hours. A double boiler is the turtle of them all, taking about 8 hours. Irrespective of which method you take, you’ll need 1 cup of grounded cannabis flower, cooking oil or coconut oil and a strainer to begin.

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How To Make Cannabutter

Cannabutter is cannabis-infused butter, and it’s a staple for the plethora of marijuana recipes.

Lucky for us, we can whip it up in 5 steps with this cannabutter recipe. The first step is to set aside 3.5 hours of crazy, intense activity. Okay, we kid. Don’t sweat, as 90 percent of this time is spent drooling and watching your butter simmer on the stove.

Cooking Time: 3 hours 35 Minutes

What You’ll Need

  • 1 oz cannabis trim or buds
  • 4 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • Coffee filter
  • Cheesecloth
  • Mixing spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Airtight container
  • Bowl

How much Cannabutter does 1 ounce make?

Before we answer this, it’s important to talk about ratios when making cannabutter. Typically, for those who have high tolerances and are seeking out more THC concentrated edibles, a 1:1 ratio of cannabis ounces to pounds of butter are used.

Looking for less concentration? Doing a 0.5: 1 ratio is your solution. And yes, do keep in mind the THC profile of your dried flowers, as they can vastly differ from strain to strain.

So, saying you do a 0.5: 1 ratio, meaning you use 28 grams (an ounce) of cannabis infused into 2 cups of butter, you’ll have 3360 total milligrams of THC in your finished butter.

Cut that in half and you have 1680 milligrams per cup of butter. If you’re recipe for 20 weed brownies require 1 cup of cannabutter, then each brownie will have 84 milligrams of THC.


Step 1: Boil water and add the butter

Bring 1 cup of water to boil in the saucepan. Once boiling, add the butter and watch until it melts.

Step 2: Add the weed

Assuming you have already decarbed the weed, grab your 1 Oz. of grade A cannabis trim or buds and let it simmer for 3 hours until it’s fully infused. Stir throughout. Prepare for a lovely smell in your house (and warn the neighbours!)

Step 3: Let the mixture cool

Your mixture should now look glossy on the top, as a green mixture, with brown weed. Allow it cool off for a few minutes.

Step 4: Strain the mixture

Choose a bowl to cover with a cheesecloth and a strainer underneath the cheesecloth. Your the weed mixture through the strainer and cheesecloth to strain out the debris bits. You’re done!

Step 5: Store in a container

Follow these 5 steps to the tee and there you have it! It’ll last for a year when stored in an airtight container and placed in your freezer.

How To Make Edibles: Final Thoughts

With the recipes of cannabutter and canna oil in-hand, you can now turn your kitchen into a space for practicing the edibles making arts! But before you take the plunge and serve up your best weed edibles recipes, be sure to follow safety and responsible consumption guidelines.

Happy edibles cooking!