How to Make Cannabutter in a Double Boiler


Cannabis sativa contains essential fatty acids that moisturize your hair and skin. Making your own cannabutter from scratch allows you the opportunity to make your own skincare for home use. Using a double boiler to make cannabutter in your kitchen makes use a variety of ingredients from scratch that lend to healthier skin with natural materials. A homemade cannabutter recipe can be added to other ingredients to make lotions, creams and hair treatments.

Things You'll Need

  • Double boiler
  • 2 cups hemp seed oil
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 tbsp. vitamin E oil
  • 4 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
  • Hand mixer
  • Fill the bottom reservoir of the double boiler with water. Insert the top boiler making sure the water level is just beneath the bottom surface of the top chamber.

  • Add the hemp seed oil to the boiler. Hemp seed oil is a distilled oil of cannabis sativa that is low in THC content. It can be obtained in grocery stores, craft stores and online. It is formulated for cosmetic and therapeutic uses such as massage, soaps, candles and other uses.

  • Add the shea butter, vitamin E oil and beeswax to the hemp seed oil in the boiler. Cover the pan and turn the stove onto a low simmering heat. Let the contents of the pot simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. This blends into a thin, light-green liquid oil.

  • Turn off the stove and remove the lid from the pot. Put the beaters of the hand mixer into the melted solution and turn it on a low setting. Beat the melted solution for five minutes, continuously. As it cools, it will begin to thicken and change to a pale, pastel green tone.

  • Increase the speed on the hand mixer to high and beat the cooling cannabutter for an additional two minutes. Remove the beaters and let it sit, uncovered until it is room temperature. The end result is a creamy and luxurious-feeling butter that can be used as is to soften cracked heels and elbows. It also can be added to lotion and hair conditioning formulas at home.

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