Guide on How to Decarb Weed

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
August 4, 2022
Decarb Weed Guide
Decarb Weed Guide

You’re no doubt wondering how to decarb weed. And with good reason! Decarbing weed is a great way to preserve the beneficial properties of your green friends. So how do you decarb weed? And more importantly, is it worth it? Keep reading to find out.

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is a process through which cannabinoids get activated and make their way into the user’s bloodstream. The goal of decarbing weed is to remove the acidic protective layer that’s naturally present on cannabis flowers. This layer is what gives us the “high” feeling when we consume cannabis. By removing this layer, we’re essentially making the plant more psychoactive. It’s worth noting that not all cannabinoid-rich plants are suitable for decarbing. When we consume cannabis, the body breaks down the plant’s cannabinoids and resynthesizes them. However, when we decarb the plant, we resynthesize all cannabinoids, which means they’re more psychoactive. It’s important to note that not all cannabinoids are created equal and decarboxylated cannabis will still have some trace of the original, non-decarbed cannabinoids.

Decarbing: How It Works

For this process, you’ll need some cannabis. You can decarb weed that is already dry, but it’s best to start with fresh, damp weed. The moister the weed is, the more effective it is when it comes to decarboxylation. You’ll need to prepare the container you’ll be decarboxylating your weed in. Make sure to sterilize the container by washing it well and letting it dry. Also, ensure the container is airtight and clean before you start. Once you’ve prepared the container, you’ll want to remove the unwanted plant material from your weed. Start by removing the stem from the weed. This will make your herb easier to decarb. 


Next, wash your cannabis thoroughly to get rid of any pesticides or other unwanted plant matter. This will ensure your weed is completely safe to consume. Then, place the weed in an air-tight container, preferably one that can hold a certain amount of weed. The container should be dark, air-tight, and opaque so no light can get inside. You can also put something like a towel over the container. Decarbing weed in a dark container is important for a couple of reasons. First, it helps protect the cannabinoid compounds present in the weed from being destroyed by light. Second, it allows you to better control the temperature of the container. 


There are two main methods for decarboxylation weed: using a microwave or using a stovetop. If you choose to decarb your weed in a microwave, you’ll need to follow a few precautions to ensure your marijuana doesn’t explode. If you’re planning to use a stovetop, you’ll also need a large pot, a skillet, a wooden spoon, and a thermometer. If you’re not sure whether or not the weed you have is suitable for decarbing, check out our list of suitable strains.

Why Do You Need To Decarb

There are two main reasons why you need to decarb your weed. First, you’ll be exposing the cannabinoids in your cannabis to air, which is what activates the cannabinoids and makes them more psychoactive. The second reason is that some cannabinoids are only present in certain parts of the plant, such as the flowers. 


When you consume the flowers, you’re exposing those cannabinoids to air, which means they’ll be present in your bloodstream. When you consume the rest of the plant, you’re exposing the rest of the cannabinoids to air, which means they’ll be present in your bloodstream too. When you decarb your weed, you make all cannabinoids present in the plant available to your body through the lungs. This means that when you consume the rest of the plant, you’ll have all the cannabinoids, but only from the plant material. It’s worth noting that not all cannabinoids are suitable for decarboxylation.

When Do You Need To Decarb

The time to decarboxylate your weed shouldn’t necessarily be during a single smoke session, but you should make it a point to do it before the end of each session. Preserving the medicinal properties by making them acidic will help to preserve the potency of your bud for longer. 


You don’t need to decarboxylate your bud before you smoke it, but you may want to consider it if you plan on storing it in jars. You can also preserve the medicinal properties of your smoke by decarbing it after you’ve smoked it, but before you store it in jars. If you’re worried about preserving the medicinal properties of your bud, you might want to consider decarbing it before each smoke session.

How Long Does Weed Decarbing Take?

The process of decarbing weed can take anywhere from 5 to 14 days, depending on the strain you’re using and how much of it you have. The best way to know how long to decarb weed will depend on how much weed you have, how fresh it is, and how much contamination there is. Other factors that will determine the speed at which you decarb the weed include your drying method, the amount of weed you have, and your drying method. 


The faster the weed is decarbed, the less time it will take. A fast-drying strain, for example, will take less time to decarb than a slow-drying strain, which means a slow-drying strain will take the longest. The best way is to start decarbing once you’re done harvesting your weed. This way, you’ll know how much weed you have and how much you need to decarb.

How To Decarb Weed In Oven

If you’re looking for a quick way to decarb weed, you can try the oven method. First, preheat your oven to 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, place the dry weed in a bowl and place the bowl inside the oven. Let the oven bake the weed for 10-15 minutes until all of the moisture is gone. After 10-15 minutes, remove the bowl from the oven and let your weed cool for a few minutes. Then, place the weed in an air-tight container and store it in a dark, air-tight container. Make sure to only use an oven-safe container that is airtight, clean, and sterilized while decarbing your weed.

How To Decarb Weed To Make Oil

While decarbing weed effectuates delicious edibles, you might be more interested in tinctures or extracts. This is considered the best way to go about decarbing your weed. So, how do you decarb weed to make oil? If you want to make oil with your decarbed bud, you need to heat it to about 300°C, or 572°F. Once you’ve heated your bud, let it cool down before you attempt to extract oil from it. This will help to slow down the decarboxylation process, which will preserve the potency of your bud. Once you’ve let your bud cool down, you should mix it with an oil solvent like coconut or mustard oil. Keep mixing the two oils until the solvent has been completely extracted from the bud, and you’ve got yourself a quality batch of oil. After that, let the oil cool down before filtering it. This will help to reduce the amount of plant material in your oil. Filter your oil to remove any plant material or excess moisture through a cloth, paper towel, or a fine-mesh strainer.

Tips for Making Delicious Decarbed Cannabis Edibles

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of work involved in making delicious edibles. You need to choose the right strain of marijuana, find recipes that work, and bake or cook them just right. If you want to prepare enjoyable edibles, it’s a good idea to follow a few steps. For example, you should make sure to only use decarbed weed (if possible) and only use full-spectrum dabs. You should also make sure to follow the dosing instructions on the dabs you use and ensure to store your cannabis in an airtight, clean container. Not only will this protect your marijuana from contamination, but it will make it easier to decarb. Lastly, remember to keep your cannabis away from kids and pets. 


Cannabis can be decarbed in several ways; on the stovetop, in the oven, or you can even decarb it in a dishwasher. As long as the container you use is airtight, clean, and not charred, you’ll be fine. The type of container you use will also depend on how much cannabis you have as well as how fresh it is. Decarbing weed allows you to reap all of the benefits of THC without some of the harsh effects of smoking it. This process is not complicated, and it is one of the best ways to get the full effect of your cannabis without having to smoke it and risk lung damage. Once you know how to decarb weed, you’ll never look at the herb the same way again! does not make any medical claims regarding the efficacy of cannabis or cannabinoids