How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Alyssha Bal
May 1 · 4 min read
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Decarbing your cannabis allows you to convert the THCA found in your dried buds and trim to THC.

Heated cannabis does wonders in achieving the desired psychoactive effect with THC. So, if you’ve thought about making your favorite cannabis recipe, you should decarboxylate your cannabis first. Decarboxylated cannabis can enhance of delicious cannabis-infused recipes. So how is it done? This will examine everything you need to know about the decarboxylation process so that you can get the best experience out of your cannabis.

What is Decarboxylation?

Unfortunately, fresh cannabis buds cannot produce this compound, so you need to heat it to break down the components and bring out its medicinal formats and other benefits. Some people prefer their weed dried, but drying is not yet enough to break down these compounds to cause the desired psychoactive effects. Decarboxylation is the only process that will convert more THCA into the psychoactive effects or cause sedation. Of course, if you don’t want to get sedated, you can eat your cannabis fresh or dry it instead.

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How to Decarb Weed

Preheat your oven up to 250℉. The light of your oven should turn off for you to know you’ve reached the right temperature. Prepare your weed for the process by breaking it into small chunks and have a lightly ground marijuana. Don’t grind it as you’re not going to use a finely ground weed.The next step is to bake your weed at the temperature stated above (250 ℉) for about 20 to 30 minutes. The resulting product will be medium brown and very dry. If you don’t achieve the color, you can put it back for 5 minutes, but be careful not to let it dry. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Put it in your food processor and pulse for a thorough grinding. Depending on what you’re going to enjoy your weed with, you can grind finely, coarsely, or leave it as it is. Your weed will be ready, and you can use it to make different recipes.

Directions for Decarbing Cannabis Oil

Heat a large cooking oil bath to boil and place a small heat-proof container with cannabis oil inside. Heat the cooking oil slowly under the temperature of 240◦F. To know the temperature; you can use a candy thermometer.As your cannabis oil continues heating, you can stir it to break up the forming bubbles. When you notice that the bubble forming process is slowing down, your cannabis oil will be ready to be removed from the heat. You can also leave it on until the bubbles stop forming. This will help you achieve a stronger sedative effect.

As you can see, there are many processes for decarbing marijuana or cannabis. You can choose your preferred method depending on what you find easy. It is also important to try different processes until you find one that works well for you.

Recipes Using Decarboxylated Cannabis

  • Cannabutter
  • Protein shakes & smoothies
  • Kief infused with cocoa
  • Cannamilk
  • Cannabis-infused tea
  • Cannabis almond milk
  • Cannaflour

Regardless of the method you choose for your decarboxylation, everything is going to come out perfectly, and no method is hard. The most important thing to put an eye on during the process is the heat. Using the oven remains the basic and most common way, but don’t shy away from trying different methods, including a hot water bath to see how your weed comes out.

Originally published at on May 1, 2020.


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