You're ready to get cooking in the kitchen and wow your friends and family (or maybe just yourself) with your mad cannabis cooking skills. You're ready to get high during breakfast, lunch and dinner - with some snacks in between.
There's just one problem.
You need to decarb your weed before you do anything else, and you're just not sure how to get started.
Luckily you're in the right place. With this simple recipe, you'll be able to have your marijuana decarbed in no time. And I'm even answering all of your most-asked questions about the decarboxylation process.
Why you Need to Decarb Your Weed for Cooking
I get asked this question all the time, so let's go ahead and answer it first thing. In order for your edibles to get you high, you need to put your cannabis through a decarboxylation or decarbing process.
By slowly cooking your dried buds, you'll release the THC from the cannabis.
Believe it or not, your raw cannabis contains zero THC. Seriously.
You can google this for days and read about all of the fun science-y reasons behind this process. Or you can just understand that in order for the food you make with marijuana to get you high, you need to decarb your weed first.
Good, let's move on.
The Easy Way to Decarb Your Weed
The decarboxylation can sound intimidating (probably because it's such a big word), but it's actually super easy. With just a little big of prep and an oven, you'll be whipping up edibles in no time.
First, Prep Your Marijuana
To prep your weed for baking, use a handheld grinder (or your fingers) and lightly grind your cannabis. You do NOT want it to be finely ground - just lightly ground - as if you were going to roll it into a joint.
Next, Bake Your Weed
It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply spread your ground buds onto a cookie sheet and bake at 250° F for 20 minutes.
You can cover it if you want to, but it's not necessary.
Finally, Eat Your Weed
Okay - don't really eat it. But you're now ready to cook with it.
All of the recipes here at Cannabis Spatula start with a base of Canna Butter, Canna Oil or Canna Honey. You can click on the links below to get started!
Answering your Biggest Decarbing Questions
I need to decarb my weed, but I'm afraid of the smell. How bad is this going to smell?
This was one of my biggest fears when I first started cooking with cannabis. There's too much to cover in a quick answer, so click here to read an entire post on the smell of decarboxylation.
What types of marijuana need to be decarboxylated?
Pretty much all marijuana will benefit from being decarbed or "activated."
This means that not just flowers/buds and trim but kief, hash and hash oils as well.
I'm going to use this cannabis to make cannabutter and other edibles that I'm going to be baking/heating. Do I still need to decarb first?
Great question - and YES! For maximum potency of your edibles, you want to activate (or decarb) your cannabis first.
This is the case even when you're making slow-cooking infusions like canna butter and canna oil.
What happens if I don’t decarboxylate my cannabis?
Well, you'll still get some medicinal benefits from the cannabis, but you won't get as high.
Can I decarb my weed in a toaster oven?
Sure thing! In fact, some people that are nervous about the smell decarb their cannabis in a toaster oven in their garage, basement or even outside. Just be sure that your toaster oven is at an even temperature for 30 minutes before starting the baking process.
Can I decarb my weed using a food dehydrator?
Opinions are mixed on this decarbing process, and it's not one that we've attempted ourselves. Our preference is for higher heat for a shorter amount of time.
If you're dead set on using a food dehydrator, be sure to further research the process. From what we've heard, you need to plan on anywhere from 8 - 12 hours for your cannabis to be fully activated.
Decarboxylation: The Simple Way to Decarb your Weed
For those of you who prefer a printable recipe card, here you go. Bonus - there's even a video for you!Print
Decarboxylation: The Simple Way to Decarb your Weed
Your first step in making delicious edibles that will get you high is to decarb your weed. This simple recipe will walk you through the decarboxylation process, and you'll quickly see just how easy activating your cannabis can be!
- Total Time: 22 min
- Yield: Varies
Raw marijuana (or whatever you prefer to call it - weed, pot, buds, cannabis, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F
- Use your hands or a handheld grinder to grind your cannabis. Do not over-grind it.
- Spread your marijuana onto a cookie sheet and cover with tin foil (cover is optional)
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Use your decarbed cannabis to make the base for your edibles.
If using a toaster oven, make sure toaster oven has been at even temperature for at least 30 minutes before baking.
Oven temperatures may vary. We advise using an oven thermometer for accurate oven temps and for achieving the highest-possible potency for your pot.
- Prep Time: 2 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: Cannabis
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Marijana
Keywords: decarb, activate, weed, marijuana, pot, cannabis, decarboxylation
I don’t trust the temp setting on my crockpot...even on the warm setting my food bubbles. Thinking about a MBM machine is this a good investment?
It would probably be a great investment, but if you're looking for something less expensive, it would cost less to just purchase a new crockpot with settings you can trust.
MBM will not decarb. Get an Ardent. Worth every penny
Yes - and you can use this code to save $30.
How many ounces of weed do you need to make 1 cup of cannabutter?
You can see our full recipe here: https://cannabisspatula.com/how-to-make-cannabis-butter-cannabutter-recipe-and-video/
You can use 1/2 ounce of weed to make 1 cup of CannaButter.
Was wondering Couldnt you mix it with browines and then bake 20 min would it be the same
No because you need to decarb it in order to make CannaButter or CannaOil. If you don't decarb first, you aren't going to get the maximum THC from your weed.
So with all this interest in decarbing weed to get the benefits have you wondered if MANY other plants we use could also gain potency from this? Raw peppercorns and other herb, spice and plant foods in general?
Interesting! Keep us posted if you experiment!
We tried to decarb our first batch today to make a recipe of chocolate. What I didn't realize until it was too late my oven turned off after about 20 minutes. now I have a large chocolate bar, (made with crushed cannabis), that has virtually no med. Is there anything I can do with it now? HELP this is an expensive mistake.
Oh gosh - that is such a bummer. What did you end up doing?
I would try melt it back in a "bain marie" and cook it for a about an hr.
Your oven setting of 250 is this in Fahrenheit.
Fahrenheit. Sorry about that. The recipe has been updated.
250 celsius? Or do you guys use fahrenheit?
Fahrenheit. Sorry about that.
I never decarb my buds before mAking canna oil and I always get high...no clue why you think u need to decarb it..as long as you hear up cannabis it releases THC.
You are definitely losing some of the THC by not decarbing it first. But if it's working for you, go for it. You may find, that by decarbing first, you use less of it in your actual recipe and it lasts longer.
I've tried decarboxylating my cannabis 2 times and I really didn't feel n e thing. But I think I no what I done wrong. After baking it for 45 min at 220 to 230. Then letting it cool and putting my butter n a pan dump the cannabis in with it then I was heating out for another 30 to 45 min. Am I cooking all the good stuff out?
Are you making your CannaButter in a slow cooker? Ideally you'd add your decarbed weed to the butter in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours. We don't recommend making it in the oven. Here's our full recipe: https://cannabisspatula.com/how-to-make-cannabis-butter-cannabutter-recipe-and-video/
way too long and to hot. average is 25-30 min at 220 but open in in between a couple times like every 10 min to move it around in case the oven heats uneven.. in any case y you see it gets brown and starts smoking youre done ...
Once you decarb will you need to do it again? Say if you decided not to use it for a couple of weeks?
Nope - you should only need to do it once. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container.
Hi, can i use aluminum foil instead of cookie sheet?? Thanks!!
You sure can!
Do you have to wait for it to cool down before putting lid on and refrigerate? Sorry first to e and just not sure.
Wait for it to cool and then store in an airtight container. Your decarbed weed does NOT need to be refrigerated. If you turn it into CannaButter, then you would want to refrigerate the butter.
Why do I need to decarb it to cook with it but I don’t if I decide to smoke it?
When you smoke it, you're adding heat. Decarbing does the same thing. It's required to pull out the THC.
Do I need to decarb it, if I'm using the stems only?
Yes - you definitely want to decarb your stems.
Richard L Koontz
How many MLS. Of thc per teaspoon of canahoney
Assuming your marijuana contains 10% THC, and that you follow the instructions exactly, this recipe should contain approximately 85 mg of THC per ounce – or 14 mg per teaspoon.
Does decarbing not reduce potency of weed?
No - it actually increases the potency of the weed.
PAUL T VALENTINE
All i can say is DO WHAT THEY TELL YOU: decarb and make the oil. It is foolproof. I followed the instructions to the letter and made some brownies that would take GODZILLA down. Seriously. Follow their instructions. THEY WORK.
So glad this worked for you!!
I followed the recipe to a tea.. my cannabutter didnt come out very strong at all.. im definatly expecting some kind of crazy dazy not get off the couch feeling... what should i be expecting with this recipe?
If you assume a 10% THC in your cannabis, then our CannaButter recipe would be 85 mg of THC per ounce of butter. If you want it to be stronger, you'd need to either use a more potent strain of cannabis or use MORE cannabis in your infusion. Hope that's helpful.
At what point does the thc convert to cbn though I would assume the decarbing in the oven then the slow cooking or baking is going to possibly ‘over decarb’ some of the cannabis…. Right ? There are many people with different decarbing times and temps . I’m surprised I haven’t seen one remark about cbn in this thread
You won't "over decarb" your weed - you're simply making sure you maximize the THC!
I have very finely ground cannabis to use, how can I safely decarb?
That should be no problem. Just follow the instructions in this post, and you should be all set!
Can I still used my decarbed keif without an oil butter or honey?
You can.... but the max benefit is using it to create an infusion which you would then use in a recipe!
How much weed do I need to make weed brownies?
We recommend making your infusion with 1/2 to 1 ounce of weed.
If I defuse weed can I make brownies using only the mix & weed?
Unfortunately, no. You really need to use your defused weed to make an infusion of oil or butter.
I have a load of canabutter in my freezer..you say to use it within 6 months. Will it loose it potency after that?
Nah - you should be all good. 🙂
After decarbing (cooking my weed for 40 minutes) I immediately mixed it in my brownie mix and got some heavy duty brownies.
I decarb the cannabis, do I need to use it right away or can I keep in an airtight container to use at a later date? If I can save it to be used later, how long will it be good for before I need to use it?
Definitely store it in an airtight container. You should be good for at least a year. 😉
If I put raw cannabis into a cake mixture, say a banana bread, then wouldn't the cooking (heat) of the bread decarb the cannabis and activate the THC? Secondly, if I do decarb the cannabis first, and do not make a canna oil but put the decarbed cannabis into the bread recipe then bake it, would this be an adequate way of getting the THC activated?
Hi! You always want to decarb first to get the maximum benefits of your weed. And you definitely want to use the decarbed weed to create an infusion that you can then add to any of your recipes. This will help your edible taste good (and not like you're just eating plants):) If you're not interested in creating an oil or cannabutter, be sure to look at our full list of infusion recipes - you may want to make MCT powder, MCT oil or a green dragon tincture instead. Good luck!