7 Ways to Decarboxylate Cannabis (And How to Do It)

I wrote recently about making easy firecracker cannabis edibles, including how I decarboxylate the cannabis first, as well as why it's needed. Here are some other methods you can use.

Cannabis is a versatile plant and has been used for centuries in various forms. But to get the most out of your cannabis, you need to decarboxylate it first.

Decarboxylation activates the cannabinoids in cannabis, unlocking their medicinal properties and making them more potent.

Here's everything you need to know about decarboxylating cannabis and how to do it effectively.

What Is the Decarboxylate Process

Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group from the organic compound.

It’s an important step when it comes to cannabis since it activates the cannabinoids found in the plant material, allowing them to be properly used for medical and recreational effects.

Without decarboxylation, your cannabis won’t have the desired effects. Below are just a few methods to accomplish this goal.

1. Oven Method

The oven method is one of the most popular ways to decarboxylate cannabis and requires minimal effort.

Preheat your oven to 245°F and spread the cannabis evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, stirring the cannabis every 10 minutes.

2. Slow Cooker Method

The slow cooker method is a great way to decarboxylate cannabis without having to watch it throughout the process. Though this method does require butter or another additional substance.

Set your slow cooker to low heat and add in your ground-up cannabis. Allow your cannabis to simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.

3. Double Boiler Method

The double boiler method is an effective way to decarboxylate your cannabis quickly and efficiently.

Place your ground up cannabis into a double boiler or two pots nested together over boiling water, then reduce the heat until it’s at a gentle simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Using a Sous Vide Machine

Using a sous vide machine is one of the most precise ways to decarboxylate cannabis. Simply add the ground-up cannabis into a container and seal it, then place the container in a preheated water bath set at 250°F for an hour.

5. Decarboxylating with Alcohol or Oil

If you’re looking for an easy and quick way to decarboxylate cannabis, you can use either alcohol or oil as a solvent.

Place the ground-up cannabis in a glass jar and add enough alcohol to cover it fully, then let it sit for up to 48 hours. The same goes for using oil; mix the ground cannabis with the oil of your choice and simmer over low heat for up to an hour.

6. Using a Microwave to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Using a microwave to decarboxylate cannabis is one of the quickest ways to do it.

Place the ground-up cannabis in an oven-safe container and cover it with a damp paper towel, then microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Be sure to check on it every 30 seconds as microwaves can vary in strength and you don’t want to overdo it.

7. Make a Butter

Making a butter or oil infusion is an easy and effective way to decarboxylate cannabis.

Simply add ground-up cannabis to melted butter or oil in a saucepan on low heat and let it simmer for up to an hour while stirring occasionally.

Once the mixture has cooled, strain the plant material out of the liquid and you’re ready to use your decarboxylated cannabis.

Tips for Decarboxylating Cannabis Effectively

Decarboxylation is an important step in unlocking the medicinal properties of cannabis, and there are a few tips you can follow to ensure that it’s done effectively:

  • Grind your cannabis finely before decarboxylation - A fine grind is necessary as the better the surface area is exposed to heat, which will lead to a more effective decarboxylation reaction. But, avoid using a grinder to do this as this makes the grind too fine.

  • Don’t overheat your cannabis - Overheating your cannabis can lead to burning and reduce its potency.

  • Store your decarboxylated cannabis in an airtight container - This will help to maintain its potency and freshness.

  • Line your sheet with parchment - Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will help to prevent sticking and make cleanup a breeze.

  • Go low and slow - Decarboxylating your cannabis at a low heat for an extended amount of time will ensure that all the cannabinoids are activated properly. This isn't a race!
For a more in-depth guide to the decarboxylation process, visit here.


Decarboxylation is a necessary step if you want to get the maximum potential out of your cannabis and unlock its medicinal properties.

With the methods above, you can easily decarboxylate your cannabis quickly, efficiently, and safely. Just remember to be mindful of the temperature and time needed for each method.

Happy decarboxylating!

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