Are you looking for a one-pot, set-it-and-forget-it option for making cannabutter and other oil infusions? This easy, quick, and efficient method using the Instant Pot or pressure cooker will significantly decrease the smell while leaving you with a fully decarbed and infused final product. Learn how to simplify the process with this helpful guide today.

Features

  • The best method to decarb and infuse weed butter oil
  • How this significantly decreases the order associated with the process
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Why You Will Love This Recipe

It’s no secret that I love using the crockpot for making cannabutter and other infusions, but it can be a lengthy process.

I’m constantly trying to make life easier for the cannabis enthusiasts inside my Well With Cannabis Community.

So, when I learned you could kill two birds with one stone by using the Instant Pot to decarb and infuse, I created this easy recipe to help you get started.

Not only is this process so simple, but as an added benefit, it also significantly decreases the odor associated with the decarboxylation process.

Just place all ingredients in the Instant Pot, and you can clean the house or make dinner while the cannabis is decarbing. 

Then, add your oil of choice, set the slow cooker option, and get back to work or relaxing, without worrying about smelling up the entire house. 

Here you will find everything you need to know for how to make your own cannabis infusions the easy way with step-by-step instructions, delicious edible recipes to try, and fully-answered FAQs for best results.

What You’ll Need

A white counter top with a bowl of cannabis and a plate of butter describing the ingredients used to make cannabutter

Cannabis of Choice

  • Dried cannabis buds, trim, sugar leaves or kief: Use your desired amount of cannabis, ranging from 3.5 grams to 1 ounce. Check out the flower-to-oil ratio guide if you need help deciding how much to use. Next, select your preference for THCCBD, or CBG dominant flowers. You can purchase from my online shop.

Depending on the flower you use, with this method, you can create:

  1. CBD cannabutter
  2. Kief cannabutter
  3. CBD oil
  4. CBG energy and focus oil
  5. CBN sleep oil
  6. AVB (already been vaped) oil

Butter or Oil

  • Butter or ghee: Unsalted butter, clarified butter, and ghee all work great in this recipe. However, clarified butter and ghee are preferred by many because it eliminates a final step at the end. Regular butter will cause separation. Not sure how many sticks of butter to use? Start with this flower-to-oil ratio guide to help you predict the dose of your own cannabutter.
  • Oil of choice: Coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and more

Depending on the oil you use, with this method, you can create:

Equipment

Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.

The Step-by-Step Process

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  • Step 1 – Place your desired amount of cannabis in a mason jar and add a lid to fingertip tightness (not too tight). You do not need to grind the cannabis; break it into small, popcorn-sized pieces.
  • Step 2 – Place the jar on the trivet or in the steamer basket.
  • Step 3 – Place the trivet or basket in the Instant Pot.
  • Step 4 – Add 4 cups of water to the Instant Pot. The size of your Instant Pot matters here. If you have a larger model, you will need to add more water. Add enough water to cover the outside of the mason jars at least halfway. 
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  • Step 5 – Secure the lid.
  • Step 6 – Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 40 minutes for THC-dominant flower, 60 minutes for CBG-dominant flower, 90 minutes for CBD-dominant flower, and 180 minutes for THC flower you want to degrade into CBN.
  • Step 7 – After the desired time in minutes has passed, carefully release the pressure using the quick release function or natural release.
  • Step 8 – Remove the jars from the pot with oven mitts or other protection and set them aside to cool. You now have decarboxylated cannabis.
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  • Step 9: Once cool enough to handle, take off the lid and add your desired amount of butter or oil to the jar.
  • Step 10: Add a lid and twist to fingertip tightness (not too tight).
  • Step 11: Place the jars back in the trivet or steamer basket and return them to the water bath.
  • Step 12: Select Slow Cook – LOW mode and set it for 4 hours.
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  • Step 13: While the butter is infusing, prepare your straining area. Whether it be a paper filter and funnelcheesecloth, French press, or a simple coffee filter, you will want to set up a straining station to separate the plant matter.
  • Step 14: After 4 hours, remove the jars from the Instant Pot. Once cool enough to handle, strain the butter with your method of choice. You can save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes.
  • Step 15: Add the strained butter or oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in. If making butter, place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely. You will need to drain off the milk solids at the end of the process.
  • Step 16: Enjoy your cannabis-infused butter!

Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Storage Instructions

Store the butter in an airtight container like a sealed mason jar in the refrigerator according to the expiration date on the butter you used.

It can be stored for a long time if you store it in the freezer

Depending on how it was prepared, infused oil can be stored at room temperature for several months, but it should be kept in a cool, dark place. 

If you are storing the butter in the fridge or freezer, never use the microwave to soften or thaw the butter, as it could destroy the cannabinoids and ruin the final product.

Learn how to store edibles here. 

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Determine The Dose

Want to get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions? Try my popular edibles dosage calculator. Not sure what your perfect dose is? Learn more here.

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Choose The Right Decarb Time

Each cannabinoid decarboxylates at a different temperature, so it’s essential to select the appropriate time based on the flower you have.

Use this guide to select the decarb time that is right for you.

Decarb Times

  1. THCA Δ9-THC – bake at 240°F/116°C for 40 minutes
  2. CBDA CBD – bake at 240°F/116°C for 90 minutes
  3. CBGA CBG – bake at 220°F/105°C for 60 minutes
  4. Δ9-THC CBN – bake at 240°F/116°C for 180 minutes
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Notes and Expert Tips

  • When making your own batch of Instant Pot Cannabutter, know that you will end up with less butter than you started with. This is normal because you will remove the milk solids and evaporate the excess water during the process.
  • While the most common method is to use unsalted butter, using clarified butter or ghee eliminates the need to clarify your butter and strain milk solids.
  • If you are doing an oil infusion, you can optionally add in lecithin. Do NOT add this if infusing butter.
  • Know that using different strains can result in different experiences from each batch of cannabis infused-butter. 
  • One of the best ways to make a more potent cannabutter or oil by adding decarbed kief or cannabis concentrates like distillate or FECO.
  • Just want to decarb but NOT infuse? Check out this simple guide for how to decarboxylate cannabis in an Instant Pot.
  • One of the most beautiful things about this recipe is saving the leftover plant matter to make other cannabis edibles. One of the easiest ways is to throw it in your favorite sauce or salad dressings. 
  • If you use butter molds, I recommend using a spoon to get the pure, infused melted butter into the first full stick of the mold. You will only need to remove the milk solids from one stick.
  • Ready to bake your favorite weed brownies and cookies? Have no fear; it is OK to bake your homemade cannabutter at higher temperatures
  • Looking for more recipes? Check out this cannabutter board, these 25 cannabutter recipes, or these tasty no-bake cannabutter recipes.
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Instant Pot Cannabutter or Oil Infusions

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Using an Instant Pot is an easy, quick, and efficient, set-it-and forget-it, one pot method for making cannabutter and other oil infusions. Get the complete guide for decarbing and infusing all at once.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 40 minutes
Total: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 tablespoons

Ingredients  

  • ½ ounces dried cannabis flower, buds, trim, or kief
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter

Instructions 

  • Place your desired amount of cannabis in a mason jar and add a lid to fingertip tightness (not too tight). You do not need to grind the cannabis, just break it up into small, popcorn-sized pieces.
  • Place the jar on the trivet or in the steamer basket and place the trivet or basket in the Instant Pot.
  • Add 4 cups of water to the Instant Pot. If you have a larger IP, you may need to add more water. Add enough water to cover the outside of the mason jars at least halfway. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 40 minutes for THC-dominant flower, 60 minutes for CBG-dominant flower, 90 minutes for CBD-dominant flower, and 180 minutes for THC flower you want to degrade into CBN.
  • After your selected time, carefully release the pressure. Remove the jars from the pot and set them aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, add your desired amount of butter or oil to the jar.
  • Add a lid and twist to fingertip tightness (not too tight). Place the jars back in the trivet or steamer basket and return them to the water bath. Select Slow Cook mode on LOW and set it for 4 hours.
  • While the butter is infusing, prepare your straining area. Whether it be a paper filter and funnel, cheesecloth, French press, or a simple coffee filter, you will want to set up a straining station to separate the plant matter from the butter or oil.
  • After 4 hours, remove the jars from the Instant Pot. Once cool enough to handle, strain the butter with your method of choice. You can save the leftover cannabis pulp for use in future recipes.
  • Add the strained butter or oil to whatever jar you would like to store it in. If making infused oil, the process is over.
  • If making butter, you will need to drain off the milk solids at the end of the process. Place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely. During refrigeration, the infused butter will harden and solidify. Remove the solid block of butter and drain the remaining liquid which is the unwanted, leftover water and milk solids.
  • Store this in the refrigerator according to the expiration date on the butter you used, or store for even longer in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 5mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 471IU, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Infusion
Cuisine: Cannabis Infused
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t own an Instant Pot?

No worries, there’s nothing wrong with the old-fashioned way! A great alternative could include a crock pot, a stove top, or an infusion machine.

Do I need to decarboxylate?

Yes, a true cannabis lover knows that if you want the activated benefits of cannabinoids like THC or CBD, you need to decarb first. This is because raw cannabis or fresh, raw weed contains cannabinoid acids like THCA or CBDA. The process ensures your end result, decarbed weed, contains the “good stuff” or THC and CBD you want. If you accidentally forget to decarb before adding in your cup of butter or oil, don’t worry, you didn’t just ruin those precious marijuana flower buds. Instead, you will just need a longer cooking time of 6-8 hours.

How much butter or oil-to-flower do you recommend using?

It depends on how potent you want your end product to be and how much cannabutter you want to add to a specific recipe. For a less potent product, add more butter. For a more potent product, add less. Remember, how much weed you use will have a big impact, too. Follow my cannabis flower-to-oil ratio chart to make a batch size perfect for you. If you’re using trim or kief, adjust accordingly. If you want a very potent product, make kief butter instead.

What recipes do you recommend using this cannabutter in?

Using up your cannabutter is certainly the most exciting part of this recipe! From sweet to savory, check them out here or simply swap your cannabutter for regular butter in your favorite recipes. 

What if I made a weak cannabutter?

No worries, if you’re unhappy with how your cannabutter turned out the first time, you can follow my guide to fix weak cannabutter. Keep in mind the color does not indicate potency.

What Support do you recommend for a beginner?

Check out my beginner’s blog posts and join the Well With Cannabis Community. for additional support and resources.

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108 Comments

  1. Hi guys
    Great recipes.
    I’m a “flower” virgin and started making some oil this morning.
    Having misread the recipe I’ve put the flowers and oil in the crockpot from the start – I thought the “set-and-forget” recipe was going to be just that. I missed that the decarboxilation was supposed to be dry.
    To combat my mistake my plan is to bring the pot, jars and oil / flower mix to 170F then heat for 60 mins. After this, turn down to 150F for 5 hrs.
    What effect is this likely to have on the oil?
    Thanks very much

  2. Hi Howard. This is actually a common mistake, but no worries! When infusing, we recommend a temperature of around 180º for infusion at 4 hours. Decarboxylation requires a higher temperature of 240º. What we recommend is running your infusion on low (roughly 180º) for eight hours rather than four. This is double the infusion time and will allow for a decent conversion of THC. I hope this helps!

  3. Hello from Australia!
    thank you for all your help. It’s so detailed and we are all so grateful.

    Mu question is
    My brownie recipe needs 110 g of butter.
    I want to use 3.5 g of dry bud for potency. You have recommended to use 57g of butter for infusion.

    Would you recommend that I use 57 g to infuse and add the remaining infused butter to the recipe? Would this affect the potency of the overall product?
    I was also thinking to only use half the brownie dry contents to keep the ratio as your recommendation
    Thanks in advance!

  4. Hi Steve. You want to make sure that you use the exact amount of ingredients that the recipe calls for. Adding more butter will throw the recipe off, but if you wanted more potent brownies, you can make your cannabutter stronger. You don’t need to follow the 3.5g:57g ratio. You can use any amount of flower for infusion, depending on how strong or not so strong you want your final product. Does this make sense?

  5. 5 stars
    Hi there Emily, so one noob question, if I set the temp at 240, for 90 minutes I get the THC and CBD ?

  6. Hi Chappie. That is correct, but the flower has to have both THC and CBD. Not all cannabis contains both.

  7. I was hoping to get some clarification on step 6 on the instant pot recipe.

    It says after adding the butter to return the jar to the “water bath”, but 4 cups of water does not create a water bath in an instant pot. Am I supposed to add more water like I would of using the crock pot as my slow cooker? As I understand the term “water bath” means the water should be over the top of the mason jar. If I was reading the crock pot recipe/method correctly, it seems like that called for the mason jar to be fully submerged for the infusion step.

    Just wanted to clarify if more water needed to be added to the instant pot for the slow cooker use step?

  8. Hi D. Is there room for your jars to stand on a trivet? If yes, you are going to want to add more water to create a water bath, but just enough to cover the contents of the jars, not the entire jar. If you have to lay the jar down, I would recommend covering the entire jar. I hope this helps!

  9. Hi 👋 and Help! For some dumb reason, I thought that when it said you could decarb and infuse in the Instant pot, at the same time, I poured about half a cup of oil in the weed (1.8 oz) before decarbing it. Am I screwed? I am going to decarb to a CBN anyway. And there’s not that much oil in there, but what should I do?

  10. Hi Jill. This is a bummer, but you are not screwed. ☺️ You can run the infusion for twice the amount of time to achieve similar results as if you were to decarb first. There may be more green, plantlike flavor, but potency should be close! The longer you run the infusion, the more CBN you’ll convert. I hope this helps!