How to Decarb Weed: A Step-by-Step Comprehensive Guide 2021

Good Job searching “How to Decarb Weed.” Today I am going to show you an easy way to decarb your weed. Plus, I will also explain you the whole process in detail along with illustration to make it easy for you.

This is not going to be difficult if you read the entire article below. So, let’s dive right in!

First things first…

What is Decarboxylation?

By default, the THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is present in all raw weed buds. This THCA is not psychoactive at all. To get you high, this THCA needs to convert into THC.

The process of converting the THCA to THC is called decarboxylation.

In simple terms, the conversion can only take place if there is heat present. When you burn cannabis, this THCA is converted into THC, and you get high because of the decarboxylate cannabis. Now you know why you need to burn the weed to get high.

The decarbing process is entirely the same for both THC and CBD compounds. Take a look at the photo below. Do you see a single hydrogen bond there? That is the place where the extra carboxyl group (COOH) was attached before performing the decarboxylation process. This is the chemical reaction that will get you high!

How to Decarb Weed At Home

But wait…

What if you are making edibles? You can just burn the weed and mix it in your recipe, right? Adding raw cannabis to your recipe will not give you the psychoactive effects or therapeutic effects.

Well, enter decarboxylate process!

Other benefits of Marijuana Decarboxylate

  • This process can help minimise the risk of botulism.
  • Making cannabutter or canna oil after performing decarboxylation will prevent botulim bacteria from growing.
  • Decarboxylation minimises moisture content in weed, and hence, reducing the risk of other microbiological contaminants.

When should you Decarb your weed?

You should always decarb your weed before making things like:

  • Infused cannabis oil
  • Cannabis Edibles
  • Cannabis Infused Drinks
  • Tinctures
  • Cannabis butter

General Temperature Guide to Decarb Weed at home

  • THCA to THC
  • Time: 40 Minutes
  • Temperature: 240 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • CBDA to CBD
  • Time: 85 Minutes
  • Temperature: 240 Degrees Fahrenheit

Note: The type of raw cannabis flower you are using can change the time and the temperature you heat your weed. You must use the trial and error method a few times to get the perfect operating variables for your home-grown strains.

The Decarboxylation process will differ for everyone depending on what equipment they use (most ovens vary 5 to 10 degrees) and how perfectly they maintain the given temperature.

If you heat the cannabis above 300 Degrees Fahrenheit, you will run a risk of destroying most of your compounds like terpenes.

Take a look at how your marijuana is going to look before and after your decarb it.

Ways to perform Decarboxylation process

There are many different ways with which people decarb their weed on their own. I am going to show and explain some of them down below.

Temperature chart for Decarboxylation of different cannabis compounds:

Cannabichromene CBC428 Degrees Fahrenheit
Tetrahydrocannabinol THC314 Degrees Fahrenheit
Cannabidiol CBD365 Degrees Fahrenheit
Tetrahydrocannabivarin THCV428 Degrees Fahrenheit
Beta-Sitosterol273 Degrees Fahrenheit
Cannflavin A359 Degrees Fahrenheit
Apigenin352 Degrees Fahrenheit
Quercetin482 Degrees Fahrenheit
Myrcene330 Degrees Fahrenheit
Limonene150 Degrees Fahrenheit
Linalool388 Degrees Fahrenheit
Alpha-Pinene312 Degrees Fahrenheit

How to make Decarboxylated Cannabis at Home using ARDENT NOVA

Imagine a machine solely made for the decarboxylation of marijuana? Sounds nice, eh?

Well, Ardent Nova is made to make our lives easier.

This is a fully automatic botanical activator. It will activate the THC and CBD inside your weed automatically once you press the start button.

It comes with a sleeve for solid weed buds. However, if you would like to use liquids in this device, then you might want to buy another sleeve for liquids.

There is also a bigger model of this device that can accommodate a bigger amount of weed for the cannabis Decarboxylation process.

You can place 1 ounce of raw cannabis inside this machine and press a simple switch. It will complete the decarboxylation process independently and stop giving heat to the weed after the work is done.

Ardent FX can process up to 4 oz of weed at a time. It also comes with 4 different settings: Melt, Bake, Infuse and Decarboxylate cannabis.

The best part about Ardent Nova is that it does not leak any kind of weed smell. If you live in a sharing house and want to hide the smell, this is an ideal option!

The only downside to this machine is that it takes up to 2 hours to complete the decarboxylation of weed. but you don’t have to worry about the potency of weed as it will keep all the terpenes inside the container intact.

How to Decarb Cannabis at Home using LEVO II

Even a complete beginner can use Levo to decarb weed at home. It is ergonomically and efficient.

There are 3 different functions to choose from: Dry activation, warm-up, and Infuse. The machine can connect with your smartphone through WI-FI.

You just have to fill the herb pod that comes with the machine with weed. Once the weed is placed inside the container, lock the pod in the machine, and you are ready to go.

Just use your smartphone to turn it on and set the variables.

The advantage of using this machine is that it can efficiently decarb the weed without burning it. The conventional heating methods cannot maintain a fixed temperature. However, LEVO II can perfectly decarb your weed at the same precise temperature that you set it.

How to make Decarboxylated Cannabis at Home using Mason Jar

How to Decarb Weed At Home

Using a mason jar has many benefits over using a baking sheet. The terpenes in the weed will stay inside the jar during the process, and then you can use the same jar to make recipes. This way, the terpenes will be preserved completely.

Using a baking sheet inside the oven will get your weed in a direct compact with the oven’s hot air, which can increase the risk of weed burning.

If you already have an oven at home, then this process is just a piece of cake.

  • First of all, you will need to preheat your oven at 220-degree Fahrenheit.
  • If you have not already ground your raw cannabis flower, break your cannabis buds inside small parts and place them inside a mason jar.
  • You are going to place the mason jar inside the oven tray on its side. To prevent the rolling of the jar inside the tray, you can use a towel.
  • Once the heating up has started, you need to shake the jar properly after every 15 minutes.
  • Keep up this process for about an hour. After that, take the mason jar out of the oven and let it cool off for half an hour.
  • That’s it! Your decarbed cannabis is ready.

Note: if you are just baking your weed on a baking sheet, you don’t need to open the oven at all. Just let it bake for 60 minutes straight, given you have spread the weed uniformly on the baking sheet.

  • If you are decarboxylating kief (powdered weed), then you need to bake it for only 10 minutes at 300 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Decarboxylation of high CBD strain will need 20 minutes time at about 300 Degrees Fahrenheit

How to Decarb Weed at Home using Sous-vide Method

The sous-vide method is one of the best ways to decarb weed at home. It has been used by the majority of people all around the globe. The best part about this is that this method will not release any kind of weed smell in your room.

This method uses an immersive circulator. The advantage of using this device is that it can precisely maintain the temperature that you set. Doing so will help protect all the terpenes and flavour.

We recommend you the Inkbird WIFI Sous Vide Precision Immersion Calculator. This device is perfect to decarb the weed. It has inbuilt Wi-Fi remote function along with a wide range of hi-tech features.

Step to decarb weed at home using the sous-vide method:

  • Take a water container and fill it up with hot water from your tap. Next, place the immersion circulator inside the container and set the temperature to 203 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • This method will need you to grind the cannabis very finely beforehand.
  • Take the ground weed and place it inside a sealed bag evenly. A vacuum-sealed bag is highly recommended.
  • Make sure there are no air pockets inside the sealed bag. We need the maximum surface area of weed.
  • Place the sealed weed bag inside the container and let it sit there for 90 minutes.
  • After completing the 90-minute bath, take the bag out and let it cool off for about 20 minutes on a dry table.
  • Empty the bag inside an air-tight container and store your decarbed cannabis for later use.

Note: When placing the bag inside the water, keep the mouth open a little bit and slowly lower it inside the water. Doing this will force the air out of the bag. Once the bag is almost inside, zip the lock.

If you don’t have this immersion circulator, you can even use a slow cooker or simple crockpot. But be careful about the temperatures when using a slow cooker. In this case, you should probably heat the water on low flame for 2-3 hours.

Conclusion:

There are numerous ways to decarb your cannabis at home. You can choose any of them depending upon the things and budget you have.

If it were upon me to choose, I would always choose the Ardent Nova machine to decarb my weed. Your weed is going to be decarbed at a perfect temperature so it will not lose any of its psychoactive potency.

Plus, the process is odour-free!

However, if you do not have a big budget and want to try out the decarb process before investing in Ardent Nova, you can use the mason jar process. It is cost-effective and very precise as well.

You are going to get an excellent result from the mason jar method.

If you need to ask something, please use the comment box at the end of the page. I will try my best to solve your queries.

How to Decarb Weed: FAQ

Why do some people eat weed raw without carrying out the Decarboxylation process?


Although not a lot of research has been done on the benefits of CBDA, it is still believed that it has a lot of healing properties. The Cannabinoid acid CBDA can be helpful in treating nausea and inflammation if eaten raw.

A lot of medical marijuana users make fresh juices out of raw weed to take the full benefits of THCA and CBDA.

What is the best temperature to decarb your weed?


Well, different methods need a different kinds of temperatures. But, according to the research done by a group of scientists, the optimal yielding of THC happens you heat your marijuana for 110 minutes at 110 Degree Celsius.

Should I grind my weed before Decarboxylation?


There are two ways about this.

Some people like to grind their buds a little bit before they carry on the decarb process to make sure that the surface area is even before heating it. Grinding also exposes a lot of chlorophyll (green parts of the buds) to the heat. This will reduce the amount of chlorophyll in the final product, and you will not get that earthy and bitter taste.

Although I think if you use the grinder before the decarboxylation process, then you risk trichomes sticking inside your grinder. We need trichomes on the buds to get those awesome effects of weed. But on the other hand, say if you are making brownies, in this case, you would want the weed to be in powder form to mix well. Right?

I personally prefer to chop the buds into small pieces with your hands before placing them on the baking sheet to maintain the psychoactive potency, but you can use either of the mentioned ways.

How do I keep the smell down?


Decarboxylation of your cannabis is going to stink! The weed smell will flow everywhere inside your house. So, if you are doing this and want to keep the smell in control, we recommend you use some kind of sealed container to decarb your weed. A mason jar would be an ideal choice for me.

How do I test the potency of my final product?


Well, you are in luck!

We have already posted a whole article on weed THC and CBD testing. You can check it out here.

Do I need to decarb weed if I am making baked recipes?


Decarbing the weed will bring out the psychoactive potency of weed, so you need to perform the decarboxylation all the time.

However, if you are making a baked dish, you might think that you are already heating up the weed. right? Well, no.

According to some research, even when you bake cookies or brownies, a lot of the THC is not decarboxylated. Yes, some of the weed will decarb sure, but not 100%.

Therefore, just to be safe, we would advise you to use decarbed weed in your recipes.

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