Decarboxylation is a crucial step when preparing cannabis for use in edibles, tinctures, or other infusions. This process activates the cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, by removing a carboxyl group from their chemical structure, making them more bioavailable and psychoactive. Here’s how to decarboxylate cannabis:


Cannabis buds or trim


Baking sheet or oven-safe dish
Parchment paper

Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C). This is the ideal temperature for decarboxylation because it activates the cannabinoids without burning or vaporizing them.

Prepare the Cannabis: Start by breaking down your cannabis into smaller pieces. If you’re using whole buds, you can break them into smaller nugs or use a grinder to achieve an even consistency. The goal is to expose as much surface area as possible to ensure even decarboxylation.

Line the Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet or oven-safe dish with parchment paper. This will prevent the cannabis from sticking to the surface and make it easier to collect afterward.

Spread the Cannabis: Spread your prepared cannabis evenly on the parchment paper in a single layer. Avoid piling it up, as this can lead to uneven decarboxylation.

Bake in the Oven: Place the baking sheet with the cannabis in the preheated oven. Set a timer for 30-40 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on factors like your oven’s accuracy and the moisture content of your cannabis. During this time, the cannabis will undergo decarboxylation, and you may notice a subtle change in color and aroma.

Check for Doneness: After about 30-40 minutes, check the cannabis. It should appear slightly browned and have a fragrant, toasted aroma. If it still looks green or has a “grassy” smell, you may need to bake it for a few more minutes.

Cool Down: Once you’ve achieved the desired decarboxylation, remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cannabis to cool completely. It’s essential to let it cool before using it in recipes or infusions.

Use or Store: You can now use the decarboxylated cannabis in your desired recipe, whether it’s for making edibles, tinctures, or other cannabis-infused products. If you’re not using it immediately, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency.

Decarboxylated cannabis can be quite potent, so be sure to use it in moderation, especially if you’re new to cannabis-infused products. Remember to adhere to local laws and regulations regarding the use of cannabis in your area.