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Well, hey there! We’ve officially started our 7th week with the stay at home quarantine order. DAMN YOU COVID-19!

We started these recipes exploring different ways to extract cannabinoids a little fearful of what our neighbors may think. That was week 1.

At this point, F it, right?

Let’s make cannabis weed butter. Teach those neighbors a thing or two about a thing or two.

Why a Crock Pot for Making CBD Butter?

So glad you didn’t ask!

First things first. Is it CrockPot or Crock Pot… or Crockpot?

I’ll call it a slow cooker since google trends show’s slow cooker as trending.

Infused Cannabis Butter in a Slow Cooker is Dead Simple

Slow cookers make busy lives seem simple. Nothing like coming home to a hot bowl of chili that sat in the cooker all day.

Well, even better coming home to some cannabis butter. You’ll know it’s ready when your nose is near the front door – we promise.

Speaking of, if you want to limit the decarb smell because you live near neighbors, check out our mason jar tips.

Ardent Nova Decarboxylator

Better than I imagined.Very slight smell but hardly noticeable.Fast and gets the job done with minimal cleanup.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ardent decarb and infuser
Levo Oil Infuser

This machine can make infused oils dressings coconut,olive,vegetable oil infused in hr or so no smell no waist.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Levo Herbal Infuser

Slow Cooker CBD Butter Limits Burn Risk

We also love the slow cooker because as long as you keep it on your lowest setting, there is very little room for error.

Nothing feels worse than having to throw out a batch because you scorched off the cannabinoids.

So just like our motto when experimenting with edibles, slow and low is how we like our slow cooker CBD butter.

How to Make Cannabis Infused Butter (or ‘canna butter’)

Cannabis infused (CBD, THC, CBN…) butter is a staple in the edible cannabis connoisseurs pantry.

Butter is delicious and CBD butter is delicious-er. At least to us.

Infused butter is a versatile carrier for THC and other cannabinoids.

We abide by a few truths for making this butter.

  1. Don’t burn your product, and
  2. Always decarboxylate your flower, and
  3. Use our dosage calculator to know your limits

You don’t need very many items for this recipe — just time really. It’s a set it and forget it type process.

Just remember to stir from time to time to really help the extraction process.

Tools for Making CBD Butter in a Slow Cooker

  • Slow cooker (aka. Crockpot)
  • Strainer (cheese cloth or metal strainer)
  • Container (you can use a jar or molds to make a butter shape)
  • Spatula (good to the last drop)

Slow Cooker Infused Butter Tips

First, we suggest adding a little water to help reduce the risk of burning if you don’t trust your slow cooker. It will most likely evaporate away while cooking but, if not, you can remove it after the butter hardens and separates from the water.

Second, keep the temperature on low – about 160 degrees. Under 200 degrees is our target. Anymore and you risk burning off the terpenes and wasting the cannabinoids.

Also, you really only need to let it go for about 3 hours and then you can begin cooling. Some say longer is better, but if you are in a rush it’s better to limit the time than to crank the heat (see above).


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Simple Crock Pot Infused Cannabis Butter in a Slow Cooker

A simple and safe way to extract cannabinoids for infused butter. 3 ingredients and a crock pot is all you need to have some long lasting and effective infused THC or CBD weed butter.
Keyword: Cannabis Dinner, Cooking with Cannabis, Infused Cannabis, Infused Dinner

Equipment

  • Slow cooker (crock pot)

Ingredients

  • 2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 2 cup Ground and decarboxylated cannabis around 8 grams

Instructions

  • Set your slow cooker to low, or around 160ºF. (Stay under 200 degrees to prevent degrading the cannabinoids)
  • Add butter and stir until melted
  • Stir in the ground, decarboxylated cannabis
  • Cook for at least 3 hours and then let cool when ready
  • Place cheesecloth (or strainer) in glass jar and slowly pour the cooled butter
  • Use the spatula to squeeze all the butter through the strainer
  • Stay groovy my friends

Disclaimer: this information is not medical advice and is purely for entertainment and education purposes. In no way do we condone the use of cannabis or it’s bi-products without the consent of your medical professional as well as abiding by your state and country laws.

This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. D'arcy

    Do you have a lid on the slow cooker

    1. bethehippy

      Yup. Lid on.

  2. Hannah

    5 stars
    Do you add any water ?

    1. bethehippy

      Hey Hannah,

      I used to when I didn’t have have a digital crockpot with temperature control. If you don’t trust the low setting, I recommend throwing in a cup of water (or more, it really won’t impact anything) to keep things from burning. After you strain it, you’ll need to let it sit in the fridge and allow the butter to harden and separate from the water.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Melissa

    5 stars
    something I did that made this even easier was to make a tea bag with cheesecloth and knot it tightly. Once its fullysteeped (I also went over 3 hours) I used a metal hand lime squeezer that I bought at a local Fiesta Foods and squeezed everything I could out of it… all without getting any on my hands. Waste not want not… ammirite? Excellent method Thank You!!!!

    1. bethehippy

      Wow, nifty! Does any of the plant material end up in the final product when you do the lemon squeeze? Sometimes when I squeeze too much it can taste a little extra “weedy” but I think I’ll try your tea bag and squeezer method.
      Appreciate you and stay groovy!

  4. Limondtiss

    Can I use unsalted Irish cream butter

    1. bethehippy

      Absolutely. (and that’s my favorite type of butter.)

    2. Ashleigh

      Yes its The best butter to use, kellyegold unsalted

  5. Natalie

    How long do I put it in the oven before I grind and put it in the crockpot?

    1. bethehippy

      Hey there Natalie,

      It depends on what method you are decarboxylating with – take a look at our 3 mason jar decarb methods to get an idea. Primarily, no less than 45min. An hour seems to be ideal. We plan on getting ourselves a potency test kit soon and run a bunch of experiments on the best ways to decarb. Let me know if anyone finds interesting in such experiments, and we can expedite it.

      Stay groovy out there,
      BTH

  6. Tammy

    Ok dumb question… I put the butter and the decarboxylated weed in the crockpot together to cook then strain it into the mason jars??? I need specific instructions please. First time maker thank you…

    1. bethehippy

      Yup, that’s pretty much the steps. How’d it turn out?

  7. Angelina

    Can I use coconut oil instead of butter?

    1. bethehippy

      Absolutely, and it’s the exact same steps.

  8. Mark

    Must you HAVE to decarboxylate the weed before you put in crock pot if you plan to cook for 8 hours on slow cook?

    1. bethehippy

      You don’t have to… but we highly suggest it. People do swear by the results of not decarbing with the long cook time and heat in the crockpot should technically do it. But take a look at these results over at and Ardent test showing the results of a decarbed vs non-decarbed infusion. Might change your mind.

      Stay groovy!

  9. Daryl

    5 stars
    I’m doing it inside of a Mason jar, Inside of a crockpot at 160 with water Should I put water in the jars?

    1. bethehippy

      Nope, no need! The water around the jar is all you need.

    2. Damitric

      Are you referring to making the butter like that? Or, are you talking about decarbing?

      1. bethehippy

        This post is just about making the butter utilizing pre-decarbed cannabis.

  10. James kessler

    Can I reuse the weed “sludge”with more fresh weed next batch?

    1. bethehippy

      Hey there James!

      You know, we’ve heard of people using the “cannabis pulp” (we like to call cannapulp) for steeping tea, spreading on toast and even for a pesto or salsa. Never heard of it for a second go at a canna-infusion. Most of the time, your first infusion doesn’t extract 100% of the cannabinoids and terpenes, so no reason you couldn’t give it a go. The only worry would be dosing. No idea what percentage of the cannabinoids remain and adding in new decarbed flower will become difficult to measure. Otherwise, be sure to store it correctly and make sure it’s not spoiled on your next attempt.

      Let us know how it goes and stay groovy!

  11. Krissy

    Do I need to use no salt butter and why?

    1. bethehippy

      Salted or unsalted butter are both acceptable, Krissy. Ole folklore used to believe that if you used salted butter, you’d have less “room” to absorb all the cannabinoids into the butter since salt is already in there. That doesn’t seem to hold much weight, so salted or unsalted is just fine. We only prefer unsalted because some recipes call for unsalted and it’s pretty damn hard hard to take salt out of butter — much easier to add it into the recipe 🙂

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  12. mr.mightbewrong

    5 stars
    can u decarb weed at 180° F?????

  13. mr.mightbewrong

    or did i F××× up

    1. bethehippy

      Hey there mr.mighbewrong (clever, but not to worry)

      I’ll answer your 3 questions here.

      You didn’t funk it up. We prefer slow and low here, but others live by 220 to 300° F (high and fast). The only way to funk it up would have been going into the 315-325° F — that’s when the THC activates (same as lighting a bowl). You would have burnt it off.

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

    2. Candy Kane

      Do I have to infuse the decarbed weed right away? Or can I store it a day or 2 before making my cannabutter?

      1. bethehippy

        Hey there Candy Kane. No need to use right away. We store our decarbed cannabis in a cool, dry place within a glass mason jar. Haven’t looked too deeply into exactly how long it will keep, but it should be quite a while. Only worry would be degrading potency of the cannabinoids and terpenes. As long as it’s dry, nothing dangerous should inflict it.
        Light up, breath in, and stay groovy!

  14. mr.mightbewrong

    can u decarb weed at 180°F

  15. Cookie Monster

    When baking cookies most recipes call for baking at 375. Does that cause anything to burn off or should I bake at a lower temp for longer.

  16. Kithri

    I used water because I don’t trust my crock pot but now the water doesn’t seem to be separating out and my butter won’t solidify! Any idea why???

    1. bethehippy

      hmm.. the only time that’s happened to us we were testing not straining the herb from the butter and just placing it straight in the fridge. Did you strain out the leafy greens first? Have heard of people pressing cold butter/mixture to get out water too, but we haven’t tested this ourselves.

  17. Loura

    First timer here… How do you suggest the detox when using pure shake? Thanks much in advance🤗

  18. Ashley

    Do I have to check on it often or stir it after adding it into the crockpot or can I leave it?

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