Instant Pot Cannabutter (and oil) For Beginners

Making cannabutter and other cannabis-infused oil extracts doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. With the right equipment, you can get richly infused butter with minimal effort.  That’s where the Instant Pot comes in! This handy kitchen device is beloved by home cooks everywhere since it allows you to prepare meals quickly and with minimal effort. Who knew it works great for cannabutter as well?

And now, you can use it to make your own infused oils for edibles and other treats.

The Instant Pot is a great option for making cannabutter and cannabis-infused oil extracts because it effectively decarboxylates the flower as well as infuses the butter or oil with cannabinoids from the cannabis.

One-stop shop!

instant pot cannabis butter

Cannabutter is so versatile, as most recipes call for butter. An easy swap for canna-style butter and you are good to go. Any recipe really works.

The list goes on, but my favorite canna recipe is the tried and true Cannabis Rice Krispies. Or is it Canna Rice Krispie Treats? Either, way its spelled (seen it with as Crispie also), cannabutter is simply amazing and should be a part of your kitchen routine. MEAL PREP!

What is Cannabutter?

cannabutter freshly made

Cannabutter is a magical combination of cannabis and butter! It’s every stoner chef’s secret ingredient for creating delicious edibles like cookies, brownies…or anything your culinary imagination desires.

Instant Pot Cannabutter At A Glance

You Will Never Need Another Cannabutter Recipe

Get perfectly infused cannabutter with the added benefit of being able to decarb your cannabis flower for a rich, potent infusion.

No need to buy or rent extra equipment, just use your Instant Pot.

Additionally, there is significantly less odor associated with the process. You can make one batch in just minutes and get back to whatever else you were doing.

Using your Instant Pot, you can make cannabutter and cannabis-infused oil extracts in record time. This is done by performing both infusion and decarbonization at the same time. Pretty cool Mr. Instant Pot.

Plus, the aroma won’t overtake your entire house!

It’s a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get infused edibles on the table fast.

About Cannabutter Ingriedients

ingredients

Before we get started, let’s chat about the 2 main ingredients. Butter & Your Cannabis Strains.

  • Cannabis Strains (Flower) – Choose your favorite strain or pick one that has the desired effects, such as relaxation and sleep. You will also want to consider the flavor profile of the strain itself. Cannabis contains what we call Terpenes.

These Terpenes not only have specific health benefits, but they also have their own unique flavor characteristics. Some are lemony or citrusy like limonene which is aptly named and pairs well in Lemon Bar Recipes for example.

If you are unsure of which strain to pair with which food, you are in luck. Our website is dedicated to cannabis nutrition, cannabis strain pairings, and recipes that recommend which strain to use in which foods.

  • Butter or Ghee; The fat that makes it happen – You will want to choose a high-quality butter for infusion. The better the butter the better the taste. We recommend unsalted, grass-fed butter from local farms, but if you are on a budget, feel free to use store-bought butter. Just make sure it’s unsalted so you can use it in just about any recipe without it tasting like a salt farm.

Once you decarb and infuse your cannabutter you can create many different edible recipes like:

You can also swap out the butter or ghee for your favorite oil in this recipe. We suggest:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil

But most cooking-grade oils are fine, however, the ones on this list tend to work better in the process and taste pleasant even with the most skunky flavored strains of flower.

Steps To Perfect Cannabutter

how to make cannabutter for edibles
  1. Break up the buds into popcorn-like pieces – no grinding required
  2. Grab your mason jar and fill it with just the right amount of cannabis. Use our edible calculator if you are unsure of how much bud to place in your jar.
  3. Tighten the lid just enough with your fingers (not to tight or you will have a hard time opening it for the infusion phase of this recipe (Step 8)
  4. Place them on a trivet inside an Instant Pot.
  5. Fill with 4 1/2 cups of water.
  6. Seal everything in securely and set to cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
  7. When time’s up, release carefully and let cool before handling.
  8. Once cool, now it’s time to add your fat binder. Butter, oil, etc…
  9. Secure lid. Again not too tight!
  10. Return mason jars to a trivet or steam basket and place them back into the water.
  11. Select “Slow Cook” on low, and set it for 4 hours.
  12. Set up a straining station in whatever style fits you best – whether it be via a paper filter and funnel, cheesecloth, French press, or coffee filter. This is where you will whip out your inner Mcgyver. A coffee press works great or you can purchase an infusion strainer on Amazon if you want to look cool.
  13. Strain out the oil separating the oil from plant matter. Feel free to repeat if necessary.
  14. Place strained oil into a container for future use in cannabis recipes. Refrigerate and allow oil to cool completely if not used right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply combine 1oz of flower with 6 sticks (3 cups) of butter and you'll get four delicious, infused treats! For a richer flavor, some publications suggest combining an ounce for every pound but remember that means you may lose out on product during cooking.

Depending on the type of dish you're whipping up, a stick of butter contains between 7-10 grams—making this amount a smart place to start!

One such benefit is that Cannabutter is rich in vitamins A, C, and E – plus Omega vitamins - that can help keep your locks looking shiny and strong.

Chocolate Haze! With its impressive flavor and aroma, this strain is sure to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. But beware - Chocolate Haze tests high for THC potency so be sure to dose your edibles accordingly before you make them.

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Easy Instant Pot Cannabutter

Making cannabutter and other cannabis-infused oil extracts doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. With the right equipment, you can get richly infused products with minimal effort.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Course Butter Infusion
Cuisine Humbolt County
Servings 36 tspns
Calories 1620 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Instant Pot
  • 1 Strainer, filter or coffee press anything you can use to strain butter is fine
  • 1 Trivet
  • 1 Mason Jar I prefer the opaque jars to reduce light spoilage

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 oz cannabis flower can use trim, kief etc
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter or ghee
  • 4 1/2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Break up the buds into popcorn-like pieces - no grinding required
  • Grab your mason jar and fill it with just the right amount of cannabis. Use our edible calculator if you are unsure of how much bud to place in your jar.
  • Tighten the lid just enough with your fingers (not to tight or you will have a hard time opening it for the infusion phase of this recipe (Step 8)
  • Place them on a trivet inside an Instant Pot.
  • Fill with 4 1/2 cups of water.
  • Seal everything in securely and set to cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • When time's up, release carefully and let cool before handling.
  • Once cool, now it's time to add your fat binder. Butter, oil, etc...
  • Secure lid. Again not too tight!
  • Return mason jars to a trivet or steam basket and place them back into the water.
  • Select "Slow Cook" on low, and set it for 4 hours.
  • Set up a straining station in whatever style fits you best - whether it be via a paper filter and funnel, cheesecloth, French press, or coffee filter. This is where you will whip out your inner Mcgyver. A coffee press works great or you can purchase an infusion strainer on Amazon if you want to look cool.
  • Strain out the oil separating the oil from plant matter. Feel free to repeat if necessary.
  • Place strained oil into a container for future use in cannabis recipes. Refrigerate and allow oil to cool completely if not used right away.

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Notes

  • Store unused butter in the fridge or freezer
  • Now the butter or oil can be infused with other recipes
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How To Store Fresh Cannabutter

If you have made a delicious cannabutter recipe, but are not ready to use it right away, careful storage will ensure your butter remains fresh and potent.

We recommend thatif you store it in the fridge, you should go by the expiration date that was on the original butter you use.

For even longer storage, you can throw it in the freezer as well but be careful when you thaw it out.

In my strong opinion, never attempt to soften or thaw cannabutter using the microwave or other heat sources as this could ruin your cannabutter recipe by destroying cannabinoids.

Let your desired amount sit at room temp and thaw for best results in taste and potency. With proper care, your homemade cannabutter will remain delicious and potent for many months!

DIY Edible Dosing Is Easy With The Right Knowledge

Dosing seems daunting, and at first, it really is! Back in the day we just added whatever we had on hand and hoped for the best. In this day and age, cannabis can be much stronger than strains of just a decade ago.

That means if you don’t know how potent your servings or doses are, you might be too high or not feel anything at all.

To circumvent the guessing. Intapotspot.com created a handy edible dosing calculator you can use for free. There are many factors that can affect potency. If you follow along and read through the rest of this article, we will show you how you can properly dose your edibles.

No more guesswork!

Dosing - Choose The Correct Decarboxylation Time and Temp

Are you a cannabis/chef enthusiast looking to experiment with decarboxylation at home?

Decarb or else. When prepping oil and butter for cannabis edible recipes, you should ALWAYS decarb your flower. This is because the heat added to the plant changes the chemical composition of THCA, for instance, into THC. The same principle applies to CBD, CBN, and other cannabinoids within the plant’s cells.

One important thing to keep in mind is that each cannabinoid has its own ideal temperature and time for decarboxylation. Whether you’re looking to convert THCA to Δ9-THC or CBDA to CBD, selecting the right time and temperature will be key. Luckily, we have a helpful guide to help you get started.

  • For THC Strains (Psychoactive) – Bake at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes
  • For CBD Strains (pain management non-psychoactive) – Bake at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes
  • For CBG Strains (pain management – non-psychoactive) – Bake at 220 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes

Magic Cannabutter Tips

  • Butter, like burgers, shrinks when you prepare them. There is a solution. Say hello to clarified butter, or as some of us culinary enthusiasts like to call it, ghee. Ghee saves you time and effort, but it also enhances the flavor of your dishes.
  • For those of you infusing oils, don’t forget to add in some lecithin for a more potent creation.
  • And for those just looking to decarb their cannabis without infusing it, check out our handy Instant Pot guide. Don’t let the process of cooking with cannabis intimidate you.
  • Butter molds are awesome and make your butter look more appetizing.

With these tips and tricks, you’ll be whipping up infused edible recipes with ease.

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