Have you finally made cannabutter for your homemade edibles, only to find water and white particles in the final product? Have no fear; this is normal and totally OK. Learn more about what to do about it, how to prevent it in the first place, and get some delicious cannabutter recipes to try afterward.

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Features

  • Why separation occurs
  • Ways to prevent separation in the first place
  • How to skip the hassle, buy Bliss Cannabutter, and have it shipped directly to your door!
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Why You Will Love This Guide

One of my Well With Cannabis Community members reached out recently, worried because she thought she had messed up her marijuana butter.

“Help! I’ve just made my weed butter and left it in the fridge. When I got back, it was solid with dirty water at the bottom”.

– Anita

Member of the Well With Cannabis Community

I told her to rest assured this was OK and normal, and no, she did not mess anything up!

In this guide, I will walk you through cannabutter separation, what is normal, and how to fix it, and how to avoid it in the first place.

Why Separation Occurs

Cannabutter separation. What is it? And why does it happen?

If you’ve made cannabutter with regular butter, such as salted or unsalted butter, you may notice a liquid that forms at the bottom of the mason jar after cooling.

As the prepared cannabutter cools, the infused butter will rise to the top, leaving a bit of liquid behind.

This small amount of water may be accompanied by a white substance known as milk solids.

The infusion process separates these milk solids and liquids from the butter, leaving behind an unpleasant water mixture.

A picture of cannabutter with water separation.

How to Fix It

Have no fear; it is easy to fix separated cannabutter.

First, know it is not worth saving the excess water or milk solids.

The trichomes containing cannabinoids like THC and CBD are lipophilic, meaning they love fat.

This means they are connected to the infused butter you made, not in the excess water; therefore, you are not discarding anything important.

Simply drain the extra water and blot the butter with a paper towel, if needed.

How to Prevent Separation

The good news is that there are many ways to prevent cannabutter separation in the first place.

The best way to prevent separation is to avoid using regular butter.

Use Ghee or Clarified Butter

For best results, use clarified butter or ghee.

Ghee is butter that has already been clarified or has had the milk solids removed.

If you want to clarify your butter ahead of time, gently boil the butter in a saucepan on the stove over low heat and skim all the foam, or milk solids, from the top. 

The melted butter mixture should appear clear with no white spots visible,

You could also strain the milk solids using a coffee filter or fine-mesh strainer.

How to Make Cannabutter

If you haven’t yet made cannabutter, there are many different ways to do so!

Most options involve creating a water bath to facilitate the infusion process.

This hot water gently heats the ingredients but prevents you from reaching high temperatures that could destroy any cannabinoids.

Check out the following methods:

Butter Molds

If you’re using butter molds, the first step is to place the molds on a baking sheet to prevent them from spilling.

The next step is to use a spoon to get the hot butter into the first two sticks of the mold.

The third stick will contain the remaining infused butter and milk solids. You will only need to remove a few milk solids from one stick.

The fourth stick will remain empty due to the loss of water volume during the cooking process.

The first two sticks of butter will be left with the pure, infused cannabutter.

A picture of cannabutter with water separation.

Switch to Oil

A great way to avoid this problem is to infuse an option that does not have milk solids in the first place.

This includes all oils such as:

Just know that all cannabis oil, aside from coconut, remains liquid at room temperature, unlike cannabutter.

This may affect the outcome of some baked goods recipes, like brownies.

A picture of cannabutter with water separation.

Buy Cannabutter

Want to skip all of the hard work and just enjoy great-tasting cannabutter?

Look no further than my Bliss cannabutter, the best cannabutter in the cannabis industry.

Made in a small batch with high-quality ghee and lab-tested cannabis, this cannabis butter will help you make the best-tasting cannabis-infused recipes.

Made with 12.5mg of THC and 12.5mg of CBD per teaspoon, you can rest easy knowing you are getting the exact milligrams of THC you want.

From there, you can add it to your favorite recipe. Simply divide the total mg of THC you added by the number of servings to get your final dose.

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Notes & Expert Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store cannabis-infused butter?

Do not store it at room temperature unless you will use it within three days or less. Store your finished product in an airtight container in the refrigerator according to the expiration date or shelf life of the butter you used. You can store it for a long time in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, wrap the cannabutter in individually sized portions to ensure easy and convenient dosing. A silicone ice cube tray works great here. Learn more about how to store edibles here.

How much butter should I use?

From a cup of butter, a stick of butter, or just a few grams of butter, how much butter and how much cannabis flower you use will affect the potency of your cannabutter. Check out this flower-to-oil ratio guide to decide.

Can I make a cannabutter with leaves?

Yes, you can use fan leaves or sugar leaves to make cannabutter. Just know that these tend to have a lower cannabis potency, so you may need to add more if you have a high tolerance or are just looking for mg THC per serving. Also, remember that leaves contain more chlorophyll, leaving you with more green-looking and tasting end products. The flower is the best choice for a less green final result.

Can I bake with cannabutter?

Yes, you can bake with cannabutter, even with temperatures upward of 350°F and more. Learn more about safe temperatures to bake with.

Recipes To Try

Alright, you’ve done it! Your cannabutter is now ready to go; what will you make first? Pick from our most popular options below.

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About Emily

Hi, I’m Emily Kyle and I teach people just like you how to use cannabis to find joy, enhance productivity, improve relationships, and naturally support your overall health and wellness.

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8 Comments

  1. So I did the instant pot cannabutter and didn’t add water into the butter like you do on the stove…I went to check on my cannabutter after letting it sit in the fridge overnight and there is no liquid on the bottom of the butter I used regular unsalted butter. The butter is completely solid did I do something wrong??? Sorry this is my first time making cannabutter.

  2. Hi Maritza. There could be a few reasons for not having any liquid on the bottom of your butter, but you didn’t do anything wrong. You should try a sample of the butter and that should reassure you all is good. I hope this helps!

  3. I made infused butter gummies, the butter settled on the bottom of the them, ?? can I save them??? ? ?

  4. Hi Teresa. This is a bummer, but can be fixed! The reason for the separation could be that of not mixing well or long enough, not using lecithin or just too much humidity. You can remelt the separated gummies, mix again, add a bit of lecithin, and try to see if that helps. ☺️

  5. Hello my name is Steven,
    I have a question. So I’m made my cannibutter with (Margin) County Crock. I did all the steps and infused it, strained well and put it in the refrigerator. I know it’s not going to solidify. I came to check on it and there’s separation. Q: Do I mix it or use either top half or bottom half?

  6. Hi Stephen. When margarine is heated, the fat melts and the water becomes more dense, causing it to sink below the fat which creates two layers. You can mix the layers together or separate out the two, discarding the water portion since THC only binds to fat, not water. I hope this helps!

  7. Looking for info on putting my strained canabutter in cheese cloth into water to extract more of the butter? Thaanks

  8. Hi Tammy. This isn’t something we have experimented with, but you can try a small sample to see how it works. If you use lecithin though, I wouldn’t recommend straining in water. The lecithin will bind with the water and create a soupy mess of your butter.