Especially beginner canna chefs can find it challenging to make edibles without using their whole stash of marijuana. Yet making a small batch of ready-to-eat cannabutter is super easy! This recipe shares simple steps on how to make cannabutter with 2 grams of weed.
Over the ages, marijuana has been used recreationally and medicinally. Getting in your THC and other healthy cannabinoids with small-batch cannabutter is ideal, since these compounds bind to fat molecules in the body. This simply means you are making it easier for your body to absorb the stuff it loves.
As little as one or two grams of weed could effectively produce 1–4 ounces of pot-enriched butter, prime for cooking.
This recipe will turn one gram of dried flowers into approximately 1–2 ounces of finished butter. Double it so two grams of dry buds produce around 2–4 ounces of butter.
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How to Make Cannabutter with 2 Grams of Weed
- 1–2 grams of your favorite weed strain, dried and ground (one gram for 1–2 ounces of butter, two grams for 2–4). Important—decarboxylate your marijuana first! Read here for some excellent tips on this process.
- 3–6 ounces of butter that has a high concentration of lipids (3 ounces to get 2 ounces of finished product, 6 ounces to get around 4 ounces of butter). This is the one time to ditch low fat if you want good results!
- Medium saucepan
- Wooden spoon to stir the pot
- ¼ cup of filtered or distilled drinking water to add during the cooking process (if needed)
- 220-micron pollen extraction bag, or a 1’x1’ piece of cheesecloth for straining
- Medium to large bowl into which you can strain your finished mixture
- Mold or container in which the butter can solidify
Let’s get cookin’!
- Place the saucepan on the range top and set the temp to medium-low. Place the amount of butter you decided upon into the saucepan to melt. Once the butter starts to melt down, add the dried, ground, and decarboxylated marijuana flowers to the now-melting butter. Gently bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a lower setting and let it simmer.
- You may notice the butter starting to reduce at this time. Be careful not to burn the mixture. You can stir in a little bit of water at a time to help keep the temperature lower so the butter doesn’t burn but will still be hot enough to decarboxylate the weed. Allow the mixture to simmer on low while stirring frequently.
- When using one gram of weed, allow the butter to simmer for 35–45 minutes. And allow the mixture to simmer for 60–95 minutes when using two grams of ground dried buds, keeping it in mind to stir frequently.
- During this time, prepare the strainer. Do this simply by binding the straining cloth of choice relatively tightly over the bowl. (Alternatively, you can get someone to hold the cloth while you slowly pour your butter mixture into it. You don’t want the cloth to collapse into the bowl!)
- After approximately 15–20 minutes of cooking, the butter should begin to take on a greenish or brownish color. Anything darker than that most likely means you’re burning the butter or the weed. Adding a bit more water to the cooking mixture can remedy the situation. But don’t add more than 2 tablespoons in order to refrain from diluting the butter.
- Once the butter has finished cooking, slowly pour the mixture through one of the suggested strainers, using the bowl to catch the hot liquid. It’s a good idea to repeat this step. Press any remaining flowers or mixture gently through the cloth with the wooden spoon, or wring out the cloth gently, if you choose.
- After the freshly strained butter has had a chance to cool for 4–5 minutes, you can either leave it in the bowl to chill or pour it into a mold or container of your choosing. Cover the butter with the container’s lid or with plastic film wrap, then place it in the refrigerator for a minimum of 5–6 hours—ideally overnight. The longer you chill it, the better the chance it will set up properly.
See? How to make cannabutter with 2 grams of weed need not flummox you!
The solidified end product is now ready for consumption. You can either eat it as is, or you can use it in any recipe that calls for a small amount of butter (2 ounces of cannabutter will cover ¼ cup – 4 tablespoons – 12 teaspoons, or multiply accordingly). Another idea would be to spread the cannabutter on freshly toasted bread and add fruit preserves. 
Bonus: How to Calculate the THC Dosage for Your Small-Batch Cannabutter
For the uninitiated—tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one compound found in marijuana that gives you the sought-after “high.” Edibles can often be much more potent than expected, so knowing how to calculate your THC when you make cannabutter from 2 grams of weed is helpful.
Jessica Catalano, author and chef for a mountain retreat cannabis tour company, advises that you should start by knowing your strains. Some contain much higher levels of THC than others.
In an interview with The Cannabist, she explains that “every 1 gram of cannabis bud has 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has about 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. So for cooking or baking at home, it is safe to assume that a gram of cannabis contains at least 100mg THC….Take the amount of ground marijuana, convert it to milligrams and divide it by the recipe yield to determine a per-serving dose of THC. A starting dosage for beginners is 5 milligrams per serving.” 
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Small-batch cannabutter can also be an ideal gift, packaged beautifully. No matter what you use it for, this is one of the great ways to ingest marijuana.