How to Decarb Weed in 3 Simple Steps

June 30, 2021

We recommend to start off with decarb 1 gram of weed, and follow this 1 gram Cannabutter Recipe, rather accidentally burn or ruin what you have. 

Cannabis infused butter is one of the simplest and most common ways to make medicated edibles, however, making infused butter properly has a few steps and can be a little bit tricky.

The entire process usually take a few hours, some recipes require even 24 hours if you using a slow-cooker (unless you have the Magical Butter Machine), but once you have a batch of cannabutter, you’ll be able to make any THC infused food within minutes. 

what does decarb weed mean

Decarbing pot is a term technically means ‘removing a carbon atom from a carbon chain’ and is the process that activates the compound(s) in marijuana, such as Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD) etc. 

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

As you may know, raw cannabis is non-psychoactive, that's why we have to process it in different ways to be able to consume it and get the best out of this amazing herb.

Marijuana becomes psychoactive when couple of things happen to it, heat and time. The process of decarboxylation, heat activates your cannabis, will convert another non-psychoactive component in marijuana (THCA) into a psychoactive one (THC), which will ultimately release the full potential of the psychoactive traits of your strain.

When you smoke your weed the traditional ways, even when you use a vaporizer, "decarbing" pot, the process of "decarboxylation," happens automatically (it's why you don't need to decarb your Already Vaped Bud).

On the other hand, if you were trying to make edibles, you will be missing the "heating" part, therefore an extra step should take place before making your cannabutter, it's decarbing marijuana. Without this process, the herb will have less THC, and eventually less potency and psychoactive capabilities. 

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 attempting to decarb 1 gram of weed or decarb an eighth of weed, it's pretty much the same, depends on the size of the tray you're using though.

Decarb cannabis and the process of transforming THCA to THC can be achieved by heating the your bud on a low temperature in the oven without losing terpene, which are the pungent oils that affect the color of your cannabis and the instinctive flavors such as berry, mint, citrus, pine, etc.

There are many medicinal benefits to be claimed from terpenes; some will successfully relieve your stress while others will promote focus and awareness, so is very important to get the first step right, without exposing the dry material to too a high temperature.

We have a cannabutter recipe for 1 gram of marijuana, however, how to decarb a gram of weed is exactly the same as decarbing an ounce. After extensive research, here is the best way to decarb weed, a three step process!

  1. Preheat the oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit (decarb temp)
  2. Spread grounded buds evenly across baking sheet (like in the picture above)
  3. how long to decarb weed? Bake for 60 minutes, set a timer! You can check your weed half way through, its color should turn from its normal fresh weed color, green into light brown-ish. The end result will be brown and dry.

If you don't have enough time, you can preheat up to 230 - 240 Fahrenheit but bake for only 25 - 35 minutes. I won't recommend lower temperature for this short time, you may not be able to convert all the THCA in the flower to THC and eventually losing potency, on the other hand, with higher degrees however you may risk burning the flower. So make sure to keep an eye on your batch. 

Again, SET A TIMER and checking regularly for even toasting, try not to open oven door fully, keeping all the flavors inside. You can easily use Pyrex bowl or tin foil and cover it to keep all the good stuff inside, while your buds are decarboxylating.

With this decarboxilated cannabis, you can easily start making butter, olive, coconut oil or some other type of infusion. 

The Art of Cannabis Decarboxylation