How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

The first step in whipping up cannabis-infused edibles is to decarboxylate your marijuana.

There are two ways to go about this process. One that allows you to do a large amount at once and one that saves money!

Check them out and then choose the one that fits your needs.

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Method One: Oven

This method allows you to prepare large amounts of cannabis for cooking.

  • Preheat your oven to 245ºF.
  • Place cannabis buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray.
  • Cover the tray with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Place tray into the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Older, drier cannabis may require less time. (Tip: you can also set your oven to 300ºF and heat for 10 to 18 minutes, although low-and-slow is the recommended approach when decarbing to better preserve the cannabinoids.)
  • Every 10 minutes, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray to expose the surface area of the buds equally.

Pros and Cons

Pros of using this method:

  • Ability to decarb large amounts of cannabis for either larger batches of butter and oil OR a higher THC dosage.
  • Easy to create a finished product with your preferred strain or combination of.

Cons of using this method:

  • The expense! When decarbing cannabis in this manner, your only use of this product is in the finished product. Whether it be a topical oil or edible, that is the only use for those buds. If the recipe you make with your infused butter or oil fails, you lose everything you spent on weed that you never had the opportunity to enjoy.

Method Two: Dry Vaping

When you dry vape your cannabis your dry vaporizer decarboxylates it. After dry vaping, allow the bowl to cool, then store in a glass jar or container with a tight-fitting seal. Plastic containers or storage bags are not recommended. Place your decarboxylated material in a cool, dry place away from the light.

Pros and Cons

Pros of using this method:

  • The savings!! Because you are using your cannabis in order to decarb it, it saves a ton of money when producing topical oils and edibles. I recently made a batch of canna-butter-mints with cannabis that I decarbed via dry vaping. The cost of ingredients, minus the decarbed cannabis, was under $10! It yielded 3lbs of mints that were just as potent as the package of ten, 10mg mints that I had purchased for $16 from a local dispensary. Had I not dry vaped the cannabis, the cost to make three pounds of mints would have been way over $100. While still a deal compared to purchasing premade mints, it’s not enough saving for me.

Cons of using this method:

  • The time it takes to accumulate. Depending upon how much you vape on a daily basis, it could take weeks or months to accumulate the amount needed to produce just one cup of cannabutter. I suggest you do what I do, which is find a friend who also dry vapes and is interested in splitting recipes! You’ll have plenty of decarboxylated herb in no time!
  • Strain continuity. I do not vape the same strain all the time. I am always trying different strains to see how they help with different complaints, my dispensaries don’t always have the same strains, and the strain I am using isn’t always in stock. My decarbed jar is filled with various strains.

Last Minute Money Saving Ideas

  • Find other dry vaping friends willing to contribute to the stash and to split the butter or oils that are created from it.
  • Don’t purchase from the top shelf only. There are quality lower shelf strains that are just as good as top shelf. If you are willing to mix strains, create a combination of low and high shelf strains.
  • Research strains and then choose those are known to address the needs you will be creating it for. I personally prefer indica heavy strains for edibles and sativa heavy for topical oils/lotions.
  • Shop around and find a dispensary that gives the best deals.  Shopping during sales helps to keep my flower budget from growing out of control. 

It’s time to get cooking!!! Click here for an easy and affordable cannabutter recipe!

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