A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

What is Decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is a process that activates the compounds within the cannabis flower that allows us to enjoy its psychoactive effects.
This is done by slowly heating cannabis flower over a longer period of time.  This process of drying and curing cannabis bud is an essential step for making edibles, like Cannabutter.

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

As you can imagine, there is more than one way to decarb your flower. Some people will decarb the cannabis directly in the hot butter, but we prefer to decarb in the oven first as it will leave your infused butter with a better overall taste.


  • Preheat your oven to 240°F and prepare a baking dish and line it with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Break your buds into small popcorn-sized pieces and evenly spread them across the parchment paper.
  • Place the tray or dish into the oven on the middle rack for 20 minutes if using old or lower quality weed; 45 minutes for cured, high-grade weed; or 1 hour or more for anything that has recently been harvested and is still wet.
  • While it’s in the oven, check on it frequently, gently mixing it every 10 minutes or so as to not burn it.
  • The flower is decarbed when it has a light, golden brown colour, and a fragrant aroma.
    Once removed from the oven, let your decarbed weed cool completely with the lid on before using
  • Once cooled, it is ready to be used, or alternatively, it can be stored in an air-tight container (like a mason jar) in a cool, dark place.

What You’ll Need:

  • 14 grams of Cannabis Flower (THC or CBD-dominant)
  • Glass Baking dish or sheet pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cannabis Grinder

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