Magical Butter Machine MB2 Product Review

What would you say to a microprocessor-controlled, high quality appliance that claimed it could make top quality cannabis-infused butter, edible oil, and tincture in a fraction of the time of normal methods? After you got finished rolling your eyes, you’d probably roll a joint, smoke it, and think about how great it would actually be if such a thing existed…but it would probably cost $1000 or so anyway.

What if I told you it was not only all true, but you could buy one for less than the cost of the weed you’d need to use it once? What if I said it could effectively double the strength of everything you make with it? Would you be interested then? You bet your bippy you would! So I think you’re going to like the Magical Butter Machine as much as I do!

The Magical Butter Machine was developed by a guy named Garyn Angel for a friend with Crohn’s Disease who didn’t want to smoke marijuana, but heard about the medical benefits for people with his condition. Garyn was quite determined to come up with an easier way to make cannabutter than the relatively complex grind-decarboxylate-cook-strain-separate routine that people have been using for decades. And after a lot of experiments, he came up with the Magical Butter Machine. He calls it a “Botanical Extractor” because this new version doesn’t just make cannabutter, but also oil and alcohol extractions, and it does most of the work, leaving you to spend more of your time figuring out what to cook with all this infused goodness 🙂

MB11Garyn Angel has not only helped his friend — and arguably hundreds or thousands of other patients — but he’s also been able to give money to some of the patients forced to flee non-MMJ states simply to stay alive. He set up a charity called Cheers To Goodness that helps these “marijuana refugees“, who are often children with diseases like Leukemia or Dravet’s Syndrome. So he’s definitely a Good Guy in my book (and the GGG meme even fits his name!).

There’s a lot going on in the Magical Butter Machine. The top portion contains the microprocessor-based temperature and time controller, motor and immersion blender, overflow sensor, and heat sensor. The bottom part holds the liquid and solids and heating element, which they call Digital Fire Technology because it rapidly brings the contents up to the proper temperature — and keeps it there. You can set the temperature to 160°F/190°F/220°F or 250°F (Celsius settings are shown as well), and the timer can be set for 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours.

This review was performed on the MB2 variant of the Magical Butter Machine, which we were sent for review purposes by The complete package consisted of the machine itself, which has a capacity of 2 to 5 cups of liquid to be processed, a silicone “Love Glove” in impossible-to-miss-on-your-counter fluorescent green, and a small 90 micron Purify filter (AKA “bubble bag”). This last was a brilliant addition to the package; although I’m quite familiar with bubble bags (which are used for extracting cold water hash), it had never occurred to me how perfect they could be in this size to filter out the plant material dregs after processing. Light years ahead of cheesecloth and coffee filters!

90 micron filter
90 micron filter
Love Glove

The Magical Butter Machine also comes with a complete owner’s manual, written in a friendly and accessible manner, and a sturdy storage box. There’s some great attention to detail here. including a handwritten correction to a minor typo in the manual, and the fact that not a single word anywhere in the material mentions cannabis. This is standard procedure for legal reasons, but the Magical Butter people are not the least bit shy about talking about “the real thing” on their website. I might add here that the whole package is shipped fairly discreetly in a mostly plain brown box. Check out my unboxing video:

As you can tell from that video, I got quite excited by the whole look and feel of the Magical Butter Machine, but as with anything that’s shipped from a warehouse for use with food, you’ll want to clean it first. I was just as excited to see that the Magical Butter Machine even had its own cleaning cycle, so the first thing I did was put it through its paces. I simply put some water and a few drops of dish detergent in it, plugged it in and hit the “Clean” button. After just a few minutes, it was done and I rinsed everything off. This only got me even more raring to go, so I decided the first thing was to try making the butter that’s the MBM’s namesake. Here’s the video showing exactly how it was done:

Test 1: Cannabutter

First let me tell you how I usually make cannabutter, which is basically one of the “old school” methods. The time-tested recipe is an ounce of cannabis leaves to a pound of butter (many commercial makers use leaves because they can get them cheaply or even freely from growers, since they have virtually no market value compared to the buds themselves). You decarboxylate the leaves in an oven for an hour, which makes your kitchen smell like Cheech and Chong came over for a pizza and pot party, and then you grind up all the leaves, throw them into a crockput with the butter, and stir every 20 minutes for 4 hours or more (some people go to 24 hours). Then you strain it out with cheesecloth or a new white T-shirt, and you’re done. In fact, you are so done after this that you swear not to do it again for another 6 months minimum, so you hope your butter will last that long! Other traditional cannabutter-making methods are even more complicated, involving double boilers or having to separate the butter from water.

The MBM changes all that. Except for butter, which I usually make a pound at a time, I’m used to making much smaller quantities of extracts, but because the Magical Butter Machine needs a minimum of 2 cups of liquid to work due to the blender design, most functions will require a decent amount of cannabis. The MBM manual generally recommends between 7 and 14 grams of what they call “botanicals” per cup of liquid, so for most people that will mean a minimum of an ounce of weed at a time. I’ve been saving a couple of ounces of buds from assorted strains for a few years left over from supervising a grow for someone, and I wanted to make sure I had enough to test all the MBM’s various functions, so I decided to use 14 grams of cannabis for each of my tests (using the 2 cup minimum).

Two cups turns out to be a pound anyway, so this would be an interesting test of using about half the usual amount of weed for a pound of butter. I’ll point out here that I generally use closer to ¾ ounce if I’m using buds rather than leaves, but these buds are also two years old, so factor that in when we get to the end!

Wait, there’s more! See Part Two for the results of all the tests
(only because this page is getting huge)!

Note: Botanical Extractor, MB2, Digital Fire Technology, Purify Filters and are trademarks of PBC.

About Old Hippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


Hi OH, the MB2 manual has instructions to do decarb in the oven, why have to do if machine does it for you…
And per instructions ..use nuggets ,,,I thought could use trim. I only 30 grams of trim and 7 grams nuggets and I want to make
E-Cigarettes oil…do I have enough ??? Thank you for all your help…love this site.

Hi OH, the MB2 manual has instructions to do decarb in the oven, why have to do if machine does it for you…

Well, you know what I always say…only decarb it if you want it to work! But that’s for edible oil and butter and tincture. Since you’re going to vape it, you don’t have to decarb it.

I only 30 grams of trim and 7 grams nuggets and I want to make E-Cigarettes oil…do I have enough ???

When you say “trim”, do you mean leaves? Or literally the stuff cut off from nugs? I don’t know how strong your stuff is, but anything coming from nugs that isn’t stems is pretty much the same quality as the nugs themselves, so if that’s the case, you should have plenty.

I’m so new to this and need some direction regarding dabs, can this machine be used in place of butane, a glass tube and a coffee filter? I m a medical pot patient also.

The third time I used my MB2 it went dead as a Door Nail, cost me 20 buck to ship it back, and I’m guessing at least two or more weeks to get it back. The two times I did get to use it, the end result was very weak! You’re better off just using a crock pot or stove top very low (save your money). Oh when it did die it had run for about 15 minutes just long enough to make a mess of what it was loaded with an OZ of High End Bud! When I called MB about the problem we told I could save the mess in a jar in the frig (boy this really make it simple). I finished it in my $9.99 crock pot that as never let my down. When I do get it back I’m thinking it’s Ebay time.

Definitely not my experience. For me it’s worked like a charm every time, except the one time I spaced out and used half the amount of weed required for cannabutter. Weak butter sucks, but lesson learned. You just had a faulty unit. Happens with every product in the world.

I was fortunate to purchase a used one before I won one! Anyway I LOVE IT!!!!! No longer have to stand and watch or worry about screwing up my very valuable meds! Made butters, tincture (I like Glyercin based), and both coconut & olive oil infused. I hear NO complaints from anyone that has tried what I’ve made! Cookies, cakes, full meals and even salves/lotions! I am a forever fan!

Hello! I bought these two things that to make glycerin tincture for myself and use a portion to make e-liquid for my sister. This is what I bought: Glycerin Vegetable Kosher USP – 1 Quart – net wt 43 oz
Now Foods Sunflower Liquid Lecithin, 16 Ounce

I used 3 cups of The glycerin (to reach the minimum line on the MBM) I used 4.5 tbs of the sunflower liquid lecithin.

This mixture is very thick and I can’t seem to separate the plant material from the glycerin. Did I buy the wrong stuff? Will I be able to add the PG to this current mixture to make the ejuice for my sister?

Both those items appear to be what we used. Yes, the result is very thick (and I bet it turned brown for you too). When I made my glycerin tincture, I had to strain it overnight using a bubble bag before the sludge would separate. You should experiment with small quantities when figuring out how much propylene glycol to add to get the right consistency, and stir like crazy (or even use your MBM to mix it with low or no heat, if you have enough total liquid for that).

Best purchase I’ve made all year,  1 oz trim to .5 cup coconut oil makes 70-90 STRONG doses! If you don’t dose it right you end up with gorilla tranquilizers ha.

Put trim/oil or butter in and push a button,  set it and forget it. Legit best results I’ve gotten and it exceeded my expectation on how many doses I got!

So Jim, you’re saying all you put in for liquid was 1/2 C coconut oil? I thought 2C was the minimum. Mine is coming on my birthday next week. I want to get my veg glc. tincture & ejuice recipes correct. Want it as potent as possible.

My first batch was weak but i got a buzz, which is kinda what i expected, i only used 12 grams of high grade bud….however i plan to take the weak batch and redo it again this time adding 1 oz of high grade bud with the hopes the it will have a better kick….is this something that is even possible with the magic butter machine.

Thank you, Old Hippie! I have been reading your blog and love all the wonderful tips. Purchased the Magic Butter machine through your pages link today and really looking forward to it’s arrival. Going to try the glycerin recipe, because I really want to make gummy “dragons” but I have found the traditional butter (stove top at that) settles out, and separates. Trying to infuse my favorite fruit snack. If I’m ever successful I will drop you some pictures. Thank you again for a WONDERFUL Site! Namaste, Phoenix

Butter and gummies don’t really mix. I suggest tincture instead, because that will work better in gummies (and it should also work better with glycerin than infusing glycerin directly). Great to hear from you and best of luck in your candy experiments! Nugs and hugs!

First I made the liquid 2C coconut oil 2 hr. recipe and after
I strained it, I set the infused oil aside and put the oily 2 oz. of cannabis back in the MBM and
did the 8 hr. tincture with 2 C Everclear.
Strained this so easy now that the oiliness was gone and got every drop.
Heated off excess alcohol or could’ve let it sit a bit but the oil that had been left in the weed from the first 2 hr. recipe was so infused now with the goodness:). Yummy. Am thinking next time I’ll combine both end products, but this time I kept them separate. Might make more potent too tho the less experienced friends of mine are thrilled with it:) The second alcohol/oil tinc was darker and denser and I preferred it but taste was great on both.

That feeling when you forget to decarb… 🙁

Does anyone have a recommendations for me?

Due to pure excitement of using my MBM2 to make a tincture (to vape after adding PG) I’ve just prepared 2.25 c of VG and 25 g of UNDECARBOLOZED fairly dry condensed, sparkly nugs. I even had the nerve to stir it, and coat every single morsel in VG.

Then…the sudden realization I had forgotten to decarb.


Sure. Run it at 220 or 200F, whichever your machine has that’s higher, for 2 or 3 hours and that should decarb the mixture…as long as you didn’t strain it!

Thank you!

Unfortunately I did strain it, but still have the soaked but squeezed herb. Can it be re-ran days later? It isn’t potent.

Is the squeezed herb useless?

Oh! Well, you should be good. Decarb in the oven, maybe 250F for 45 minutes, and run it again. Lucky you kept it, otherwise you’d have nothing to extract from.

The main point of the blender portion of the MBM is to grind/chop the bud, but the blending and heating features will still help. However, you should also understand that hash comes in many forms and it is often small and hard, so don’t count on the blades to be able to chop up the hash, which you should do by hand. You should also decarboxylate it outside the machine for best results. Finally, don’t fail to take into account that hash is 2 to 3 times stronger than bud in your recipes!

I just got my machine. Can I use leaf to make the tincture if so how much Vegetable glycerin and how much leaf
Thank you

Leaves are relatively low in THC, so you’d need quite a bit. You’d probably want to use 2 to 3 ounces of leaves minimum if you were going to try to infuse VG directly. It’s much more efficient to infuse alcohol, then heat that tincture with the VG until the alcohol boils off. Please see this article and the comments there for more hints about doing this.

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