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How to Make CBD Butter: Recipes, Uses, Tips & More

5 min read
How to make CBD butter

How to Make CBD Butter: Recipes, Uses, Tips & More

5 min read

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CBD butter is an essential base for most CBD recipes

If you’re looking to cook or bake with CBD oil, the first thing you need to do is infuse CBD into some form of fat

Ingredients based on oil or fat are the best carriers for CBD, and this also makes it easy to add the ideal amount of CBD to almost any recipe without fundamentally changing the taste of your recipe.

CBD is best when combined with ingredients like butter or coconut oil, but you could also mix it up by adding it to nut butter for a delicious treat.

We’ll cover the following:

  • Why CBD oil has to be infused with a fat or oil before being cooked
  • How to make CBD butter and CBD nut butter
  • How to use CBD butter

Once you have a batch of CBD butter ready to go, you’ll be able to add it to endless recipes that call for butter, coconut oil or other fats. So, let’s find out how to make it!

In this guide:

What is CBD butter?

CBD butter is a blend of CBD oil with melted butter and water. The mixture is then allowed to solidify so it can be used in recipes for things like CBD cakes or brownies.

CBD butter shouldn’t be confused with cannabutter, which is a combination of cannabis and butter. Cannabutter contains cannabis, which contains high levels of THC.

CBD butter does not contain any THC, but it is filled with beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, which can offer therapeutic benefits.

Since there are a number of reported CBD benefits and its popularity is soaring, you might decide to use a method that’s different from simply dissolving drops under your tongue.

However, you need to ensure you do it in a way that ensures the best possible CBD bioavailability and effectiveness. Otherwise, you might end up wasting your CBD oil.

CBD butter
CBD butter forms the base of many CBD recipes.

Why does CBD need to be infused with fat or oil?

Heating CBD a little can increase its effectiveness, but heating it too much can destroy the cannabinoids.

As a result, you need to bind your CBD oil with fat to protect it from high temperatures during cooking and baking. Since CBD is a lipid, it binds well with fats like butter or coconut oil.

Combining CBD with fat also helps to increase the absorption rate during digestion. 

Coconut oil and butter also have low smoke points and are easy to burn, so they are ideal for combining with CBD oil.

How to make CBD butter
CBD butter is a blend of CBD oil with melted butter and water.

How to make CBD butter

Let’s start out with the most basic way to make up CBD butter for cooking quickly:

CBD butter recipe


  • 2 cups of high-quality, grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 20ml of organic CBD Oil


  1. Chop the butter into small, equal-sized cubes
  2. Add the butter cubes, water and CBD oil to a small pan
  3. Turn onto the lowest heat on your stove and leave for 2 hours to gently melt and infuse
  4. Remove from the heat and leave to cool until room temperature
  5. Refrigerate to use as and when you need!

CBD-infused nut butter recipe

CBD-infused peanut butter or almond butter is also a great treat if you’re planning on making CBD cakes, peanut butter CBD brownies or other sweet, addictive treats.


  • 450g peanut butter, almond butter, or whichever nut butter you wish to use
  • 30ml full spectrum CBD oil
  • A dash of olive oil


  1. Line your saucepan with the olive oil
  2. Pour in the peanut butter and CBD oil
  3. Put over a medium heat
  4. Stir gently for around 8-10 minutes, ensuring that the peanut butter doesn’t burn or stick to the pan
  5. Leave to cool while gently stirring
  6. Refrigerate!

It really is that easy!

You can now use your CBD nut butter in any recipe that uses nut butter, or simply add it to toast, sandwiches and more!

This provides a simple, tasty and easy way to enjoy your CBD oil on a daily basis.

Now that you know how to make CBD butter and peanut butter, what should you do with them?

CBD infused butter
CBD infused nut butter can be spread on toast or used in delicious baked goods.

How to use CBD butter

The possibilities are endless, from melting your CBD butter over cooked vegetables or corn on the cob, to baking CBD brownies or cakes, or even simply adding it to toast or sandwiches

Let’s take a look at a few of our favourite applications of CBD butter:

Making CBD cakes

CBD cakes are among the tastiest and most enjoyable ways to get your CBD intake.

From large sponge cakes and chocolate cakes to CBD cupcakes, red velvet cake and more, almost any cake recipe that includes butter, coconut oil or any other form of fat can be customised to use CBD.

Read more: CBD cake recipes

Making CBD brownies

Similarly, CBD brownies are one of the most popular ways to take cannabidiol, in part due to the historic association between cannabis and brownies, and also because they’re just so good!

We have assembled a list of CBD brownie recipes including simple ones that you can throw together with a brownie mix packet, and more advanced ones that you can impress your friends with, if you have the time.

CBD tea or coffee

Adding butter or coconut oil to tea or coffee may sound strange to some of you, but this is growing in popularity as a way to get slow-release energy from your morning coffee. 

MCT oil is also a popular addition to hot drinks and is extracted entirely from coconut oil. Why not go the whole hog and add CBD to the mix, turning your morning cup of joe into a borderline superfood?

If you’re going to use CBD butter with your hot drink, we highly recommend ensuring it is unsalted.

Cooking with CBD oil

Just like regular cooking, cooking with CBD oil is a huge world with unlimited possibilities

If you can add butter, oil, or other healthy fats to a recipe, then you can add CBD to it. 

However, make sure you read our top tips for cooking with CBD oil because small mistakes such as overheating can mean wasting your CBD.

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Final thoughts on CBD butter

CBD butter is a versatile ingredient to keep in your fridge for those spontaneous baking sessions. If you dislike the taste of CBD oil, or simply want to find more unique ways to enjoy it, then CBD butter and CBD baking are the ideal solutions.

Remember that heating your CBD can destroy the cannabinoids, so always use moderate heat and don’t leave it to cook for too long. 

Once you have combined the butter with your CBD oil, you’ll be able to whip up a wide range of CBD-based desserts to promote health and wellness.

Once you have a batch of CBD butter ready to go, you’ll be able to add it to endless recipes that call for butter, coconut oil or other fats.