How to decarboxylate cannabis in a simple way

Written by on 4 November, 2021

If you are beginner in the cannabic world perhaps, you do not know that the crude marijuana contains very little psychoactive components reason why it is due to decarboxylate (to apply heat) to be able to enjoy them, because, through this process the THCA becomes THC.

When you smoke or vape, the decarboxylation takes place of automatic form when exposing the vegetal matter to high temperatures. However, if what you want is to cook with cannabis or to make some type of extract like oils or tinctures it will be necessary to decarboxylate the cannabis to have the psychoactive effects.

Keep in mind that marijuana can begin to decarboxylate on its own during drying and as it heals, mainly due to contact with air. However, it is a very long process, because you will need heat for the decarboxylation takes place.

There are several methods to decarboxylate cannabis but this time we present one of the simplest with which you can do this process easily, it is the decarboxylation using an oven.


This is one of the most practical ways of decarboxylation of cannabis, because many people have an oven in their homes.  For it, what you must do is the following:

1) Preheat the oven

First you must preheat the oven, (the temperature must be between 100-115 degrees centigrade or 120°C maximum). If you use much higher temperatures, you risk losing many valuable cannabis components such as cannabinoids and terpenes.

2) Shred cannabis

Take the tray out of the oven and put baking paper on top of it. Then shred or crush the cannabis and place it on the baking sheet in an orderly fashion with the cannabis spread out.

3) Bake

Leave the cannabis in the oven for about 30-45 minutes.  In addition, stir it regularly to make sure it cooks evenly.

You can also choose to bake the cannabis at a lower temperature, for a longer period.

The exact temperature will depend on your oven. Please note that many of the domestic ovens do not reach the exact temperature of what we mark on their indicator. For this reason, some people recommend the use of a heat-resistant oven thermometer to measure the real temperature inside the oven, and to avoid losing cannabinoids, when working with an incorrect temperature.


Once you take the cannabis out of the oven, you will notice that it will have a brown color and a brittle touch.



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