1 Gram Cannabutter Recipe - How to Make Quality Marijuana Butter?

July 10, 2019 25 Comments

How to Make Quality Marijuana Butter?

1 Gram Cannabutter Recipe

Contrary to what some say, the 1 gram cannabutter recipe is real and it works!

A few weeks back I got my hands on some pretty potent Lemon OG Kush (read our Complete Guide to Choose The Perfect Marijuana Strain for Your Lifestyle) - 2 grams of flower to be exact. Rolling one gram up into a nice joint, I sat leisurely and well-medicated in my kitchen thinking, 'Maybe I can make cannabutter with this other gram.'

Related article: Susan's Marijuana Baklava Recipe, With Love!


Me being the need-to-know-it-all that I am, made sure to do some research before whipping up this marvelous 1 gram into a cannabutter recipe. Anybody who has ever researched the small batch recipe knows that most people out there believe it’s simply not possible to turn 1 gram of cannabis into cannabutter. Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret, all of those people are simply wrong, it IS possible, it IS easy, and it IS fantastic! Below is the recipe that I used.

*Check this Cannabis Cooking Calculator for the perfect dose. 

3 tips to guarantee potent cannabutter

  1. Decarboxylate first
  2. Use high quality bud, preferably from a legal dispensary, if possible.
  3. Consider mixing in some CBD: High-THC brownies can be fun, however adding in a little CBD will make the experience more subtle and enjoyable. 

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How to Dose Homemade Cannabis Edibles

You start with checking the THC percentage on the package. It will be impossible to determine when you got your bud from a dealer, because the "packaging" will be simply a bag of weed.

Low-quality bud (or trim) can contain as little as 3% THC. On the other hand, top-shelf marijuana strains can average 28%. 

Total THC refers to the maximum decarboxylated THC that is presented in a product; it's why it's very important to decarb your bud before cooking it to get the best results out the process. Read our blog post "How To Decarb Weed in 3 Simple Step? And Why You Should?"

Total THC can be calculated using the following formula: 

Total THC = THC + (THCa x 0.877)

Let's do a quick calculation, for 1 gram that contains 20% THC and 15% THCa.

  • 1g = 1000mg

  • 20% THC of 1000mg of bud, that means you will have 200mg THC for every 1g of flower.

  • 15% THCa of 1000mg, that means you will have 150mg THCa for every 1g of flower.

  • Using the formula above: Total THC = 200mg + (150mg x 0.877) = 331.55mg

  • Under ideal conditions, you get a 60% efficiency of extraction in dairy butter, so 331.5mg x 0.6 = 198.93mg maximum THC likely to be extracted.

Eventually, if you made a small batch of brownies using this one gram marijuana cannabutteer, the whole batch will have around 198.93mg THC.

To put this number in prospective, please check out our blog piece Marijuana Edibles for the First Time, Dosage and What to Expect.



Before I get started, keep in mind that any good recipe requires diligence, patience, and awareness of ingredient ratios. These three principles are not to be taken lightly! Nobody wants to waist their medicine and end up with burned flowers and a stinky kitchen, not to mention the frustration of not being medicated.

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Here’s what you’re going to need:

    • 1-2 grams grounded of mid to top shelf flower. (FIRST and foremost, make sure to decarboxylation your Marijuana. Again, ALWAYS DECARB. Read our blog post "How To Decarb Weed in 3 Simple Step? And Why You Should?"

    • 3-6 ounces of butter - Butter has a high concentration of lipids which allows THC compounds to bind easily to the fats. Make sure to use real butter and not a low fat version, in this case fats are your friends (I would suggest Land O'Lakes butter). This explains why people prefer butter over most oils. If you'd rather use oil, your best bet is either Grapeseed or coconut oil; they have a higher cooking temperature than most oil. 1 cup of either grapeseed or coconut oil is enough for the recipe.

    • A saucepan

    • A spoon for stirring

    • 1 cheese cloth or a relatively dense paper towel, although the cheese cloth is the ideal choice. You can also use a tight wire pasta strainer but you may get plant particles in your oil. If you use a strainer, be sure that it’s metal and not plastic; learned that one the hard way.

    • A bowl for pouring your strained THC infused butter

    • 1/4 cup of water



    • Place your butter in the saucepan at medium-low heat. As the butter begins to melt, mix in your ground decarbed flowers/leaves.

    • At this point, the butter may begin to reduce at an exceptionally fast rate. This is when you slowly pour in the 1/4 cup of water so that your butter doesn't burn on you.

    • Now that you have your butter, flower, and water coming to a boil, lower the heat to allow for a gentle simmer. Do not let the butter continue to boil, remove from heat and let cool for a few seconds if necessary.

    • Keep in mind that our proportions are small, so to have the best marijuana butter results, timing is everything. If you are using one gram of flower, let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes with frequent stirring. If you are using 2 grams of flower, let your mixture simmer for an 1 hour-1 1/2 hours. Although I don't know the exact science behind these ratios, I found that in my controlled environment they worked best. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comment section below.

    • After the first 15 minutes, you should begin to see the hue of the butter turn from gold to a murky brown. Avoid a black or very dark brown color, this may mean that you are burning your flower and the butter itself. If this starts to happen, either reduce the heat or add no more than 2 tablespoons of water.

    Post-cooking Preparation


    Now that your cannabutter mixture is ready for straining, put your cheese cloth (recommended) or dense paper towel over a bowl. Here I would suggest either having someone hold the cloth or rubber banding the cloth to the bowl with relatively tightness so that the weight of the butter doesn't force the cloth to cave in on the bowl.

    Slowly pour your cannabutter mixture into the bowl covered by the cloth. It warrants repeating, slowly pour your weed butter mixture into the bowl covered by the cloth! If you simply dump your mixture into the covered bowl, you may run the risk of collapsing the cloth into the bowl.


    If some of the reduced flower gets onto the cloth that's fine, just be super delicate when wringing the cloth out so that the you don't tear it and your flowers end up in your marijuana butter. Using a spoon or other utensil, press any leftover butter out of the plant remains to ensure that all butter gets into the bowl.

    Tip for frugal stoners

    Instead of throwing out the strained bud after straining it, keep it in a ziploc bag and put in the fridge or freezer for safe keeping. the bud may still have a little bit of THC left in it, you can still eat it and it will make you high since it's already decarbed. It won't take very good, again, it's for frugal stoners, as I am.

    You can also mix it into half of a stick of butter, but this time instead of straining the bud, leave it in. It won't be strong at all, but it works very well to make, for instance, a frosting or icing or some kind of topper on the more potent that you made with the strained bud. 

    Related article: Marco's Gluten Free Almond Butter Weed Brownies Recipe



      Here’s what you should have at this point:

      • An empty saucepan
      • A cheese cloth or paper towel that is drenched in butter, unless you chose to ring it out into the bowl
      • A bowl with the flowerless liquid butter mixture. Keep in mind if you used 3 ounces of butter, your reduction should measure out to 1-2 ounces of cannabutter. If you have 3-6 ounces of butter than your reduction should measure out to 2-4 ounces of cannabutter.

      Related article: Smoking Marijuana & Being Productive - 5 Top Tips

      The Final Touches


      Place your liquid butter in the fridge (or freezer) and let it solidify; anywhere from 4 hours to overnight (for optimal results).

      Now you should have what looks, tastes, and smells like an almost greenish-brown marijuana butter that can be used on just about anything! I prefer a nice tablespoon in my eggs and toast or even spread some on a piece of toast with cinnamon to make cinnamon toast. Whatever you decide though, the butter is yours for the cookin' and can go into any recipe! More importantly, this isn't a big batch recipe, leaving large bowls of cannabutter in the fridge for others to find. In fact, I would say it's being able to make cannabutter a condiment rather than the main ingredient!

      Hopefully this 1 gram cannabutter recipe works just as well for you as it did for me! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask and I will be sure to address them ASAP.


      Related article: Magical Butter Machine Review - It Actually Makes The Best Cannabutter

      Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

      All GIF photos credited to giphy.com


      25 Responses


      July 02, 2020

      hello :) i came across your recipe for canabutter and your decarb instructions and i was so happy. Easy to follow. I used a cleaned jam jar to decarb my greens in n put the lid on n into the oven for 40 minutes at 110 degrees Celsius with a meat thermometer in the oven to control the heat. Anyway, i took the lid off the jar and holymoly!!! I swear just smelling got to my head haha. I also used a tea towel instead of cheese cloth as paper towel absobed to much of my butter. Im very happy with my results. Thank you:)

      saila fuze
      saila fuze

      October 08, 2019



      August 12, 2019

      How large ( box of brownie, cake mix, etc) of a batch will the end product make? Looking for a nice heavy stone but also not trying to Over do it ( rather not waste it ). Also how do you guys eat it? I expect anywhere from 1/3 or 3/4 cup with the finished product. And if it does take it all to get the result wanted that’s fine also.


      July 04, 2019


      I followed your recipe for ~ 1 gram,. After an hour in a 120C oven for decarboxylation (not inside thermometer, only what i set it to), I melted the butter, added the stuff, and then added a third of a cup of water. After 30 minutes of continous pan-stirring on the lowest heat on my stove, I got some medium brown butter. The difference from the above is that the butter hue started browning very quickly at about 20 minute mark. The bud is pretty potent and tastes nice when smoked, but unfortunately I had no idea how much thc is really there (in my country this is a lottery). My cannabutter does not smell like marijuana at all, it just smells like browned butter, with a nutty aroma. Is it possible that my strain affected this, or does my desription point to my error somewhere during the process?


      July 01, 2019

      Thank you thank you! Everything I was finishing was for an ounce or more and with the first time… who wants to gamble with that. I used three grams. Decarbed 35 mins on 245. Boiled 3/4th water and added stick of unsalted butter and then when it was melted added my flower. Stirred and reduced to a lower heat, checking every 15/20mins before putting it on low with the top on for the remaining hour and half. Strained. Very much recommend rubber band or help with cheese cloth. It will fall in. Luckily mine just kinda collapsed in and I was able
      To pick up and put between two spoon and squeeze like a tea bag!
      I was making brownies so I immediately used it instead of storing. It made a cup.
      Batter strong taste but brownies lighter.
      I used two boxes, only added enough water for one box, two eggs and then the cup of cannabutter.
      Cooked at 350 for 40 minutes but checked at the 20 mark.
      Waiting for the kick in ;)

      Lindsey Pearson
      Lindsey Pearson

      February 12, 2019

      How do you no how much thca is in the weed you have??


      January 14, 2019

      How many brownies will this make?


      December 03, 2018

      Perfect recipe for me – thanks so much from over in Scotland!

      The Real Mrs. Baker
      The Real Mrs. Baker

      October 30, 2018

      Thanks for the small batch recipe! All I could find before were to large as I don’t want to share with others in my home, they would use it all. This will do great on my morning toast or muffin, yum!!


      August 03, 2018

      This does work!! I made brownies with indica and made the mistake of eating a large portion(about 1/8 of the pan) and was overly high, but someone who is actually a stoner would love this. I’m not a stoner, but I will use this again, but eat less of it. 1 gram with about 6 tbsp of earth balance butter and 1tsp of coconut oil created 100ml(.423c/little less than half of a cup) of oil for me once strained. I used my fingers to “grind” it, then decarbed it. For 40 minutes at 225 degrees F.
      P.S. this was my first time trying this and had great success.


      July 09, 2018

      Lots of people, especially those who don’t have legal access buy their weed by the gram.
      Every recipe I’ve found so far calls for an ounce with a pound of butter. For me, depending on the day, converting it might be impossible.
      AND: who wants to play with an ounce the first few times you do it?.
      Thank you for the small recipe.

      Ayad Maher
      Ayad Maher

      August 20, 2017

      Hello Amber, it took me some time, more than a year, to get back to you on this one, and I truly apologize for my late response. Thank you for the headsup. I didn’t mention specifically if the weed will be decarbed or not. I just added this piece of information to the post. You will need to decarb your weed. Here is our post of “How to Decarb Your Weed in 3 Simple Steps” https://www.monroeblvd.com/blogs/cafe-bakery/how-to-decarb-marijuana

      Please reach out to me if you have any other questions. I’d love to help.


      July 20, 2017

      Very Easy.

      Daniel S Lennox
      Daniel S Lennox

      July 05, 2017

      Does anyone ever tried infusing cannabis on their food? I have read many articles suggesting that cannabis has a very potent effect when it comes with pain and inflamation like this strain http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/raspberry-kush/. The reason for this is that I dont smoke so mixing it with food seems a good idea. Any personal experience or testimonial is highly appreciated. TIA

      Ayad Maher
      Ayad Maher

      June 26, 2017

      Tonya, you should be good to go. just make sure to follow the rest of the recipe “Post-cooking Preparation”, filter it and what not.


      June 26, 2017

      So im trying to make brownies for he first time for an uncle who has terminal cancer and is trying to get an appetite. I have 2 grams.. so i simmer for 1hour to 1 1/2 hours in the butter / water combo? At that point am i ok to finish the recipe of the brownie mix to complete?? Please advise. Thank you for your post.


      May 16, 2017

      This is great! You don’t decarboxylate beforehand? Do you think it decarbs by itself or will when you use it cook with?
      Good job!


      March 09, 2017

      so i got the flu and a really bad cough from inhaling campfire smoke, long story. kinda. anyways, i cant smoke cause ill literally cough so hard it hurts. im bout to reup on some dank and my moms bringing me chicken soup tomorrow. im thinkin cannibutter goes in the soup. thanks a lot man


      December 19, 2016

      Hey – I made my first attempt at this recipe and I’m not sure I did it correctly (though I followed to the best of my abilities). My result is not reduced as much as the recipe says it should have been and it’s not green like the image at the top. Did I fudge up my cooking?


      October 25, 2016

      Could you modify this recipe with 2.5 grams of stems do you think? Or do you have another recipe for stems? I have almost 3 grams and the smallest recipe i can find is 4 grams of stems.

      Mentush Bulbashnikov
      Mentush Bulbashnikov

      July 02, 2016

      How many milligrams are there in all the butter, or in other words, how many times can you get high from one batch like this.

      Chris Hixson
      Chris Hixson

      June 23, 2016

      That’s a tricky one Marla. Just do it and hope for the best haha


      June 22, 2016

      How was the smell in your house? I live in an apartment in an illegal state still. Lol

      Chris Hixson
      Chris Hixson

      June 13, 2016

      Based on my experience, you don’t need to. I might be wrong though.

      Amber Marie
      Amber Marie

      June 10, 2016

      Do you decarb your flower first?

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