How to Decarb Weed in 3 Simple Steps

August 04, 2023

We suggest starting by decarbing 1 gram of cannabis and then following this 1 gram Cannabutter Recipe. This will help you avoid accidentally burning or ruining your material. 

Creating cannabis-infused butter is a widely used method for making medicated edibles, but it does involve several steps and can be somewhat challenging to perfect.

The entire procedure generally takes a few hours, and certain recipes may even require up to 24 hours if you're using a slow-cooker (unless you have the Magical Butter Machine). However, once you have a batch of cannabutter ready, you'll be able to whip up any THC-infused food in a matter of minutes.

what does decarb weed mean

Decarboxylation of cannabis is a technical term referring to the removal of a carbon atom from a carbon chain. This process is essential for activating the compounds present in marijuana, including Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinoids, and Cannabidiol (CBD), among others.

Related article: Marijuana Effects: THC and CBD, and the Entourage Effect)

It's worth noting that raw cannabis lacks psychoactive effects. Therefore, various processing methods are necessary to unlock the full potential of this remarkable herb for consumption.

The psychoactive properties of marijuana emerge through a combination of heat and time. The decarboxylation process involves applying heat to activate the cannabis, converting a non-psychoactive component (THCA) into a psychoactive one (THC). This transformation unleashes the complete range of psychoactive characteristics inherent in the strain.

Related article: THC and CBD, and the Entourage Effect!

In traditional smoking or vaporization methods, the decarboxylation of cannabis occurs automatically, obviating the need to decarb Already Vaped Bud.

However, when crafting edibles, the heating step is absent, necessitating an additional measure known as decarbing marijuana. This precludes diminished THC content and ensures optimal potency and psychoactive potential.

Important to note, without decarboxylating marijuana, the little moisture left in your cannabis may cause botulism bacteria to grow in your cannabutters.

How to Decarb Weed in 3 Simple Steps


Whether you're decarbing a single gram of cannabis or an eighth of an ounce, the process remains quite similar, with the variation being influenced by the size of the tray you're employing.

Decarboxylating cannabis and catalyzing the transformation of THCA to THC involves gently heating the bud at a low temperature in the oven. This process preserves the terpenes, the aromatic oils responsible for the distinct color and nuanced flavors of cannabis, such as berry, mint, citrus, and pine.

Terpenes offer a spectrum of medicinal benefits, ranging from stress relief to enhanced focus and awareness. Thus, it's crucial to execute the initial step carefully, avoiding exposure of the dry material to excessive heat.

Our cannabutter recipe tailored for 1 gram of marijuana applies equally to decarbing a full ounce. After thorough investigation, we present the most effective approach to decarb cannabis: a three-step procedure.
  1. Preheat the oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit (decarb temperature).

  2. Evenly distribute finely ground buds across a baking sheet (as shown in the image above).

  3. How long to decarb weed? Bake for 60 minutes, setting a timer! Check your weed halfway through; its color should shift from the typical fresh green to a light brown hue. The final result will be dry and brown.

Should time be limited, you can preheat to 230 - 240 Fahrenheit but bake for only 25 - 35 minutes. However, caution against lower temperatures for this short duration, as inadequate conversion of THCA to THC may occur, leading to potency loss. Conversely, higher temperatures risk scorching the flower. Therefore, vigilant monitoring is essential.

Emphasizing once more, SET A TIMER and periodically inspect for uniform toasting. Avoid fully opening the oven door to retain the aromatic richness. Consider covering the batch with a Pyrex bowl or aluminum foil to ensure the preservation of these valuable elements during decarboxylation.

With this decarboxylated cannabis at hand, you're primed to embark on crafting butter, olive, coconut oil, or other types of infusions with ease.

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