Cannabis Decarboxylation Explained, and Why You Need It

By Luna / February 3, 2018

Going to try and not get too scientific on you, but in order to explain decarboxylation I am going to use a few big words.  THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.  The stoned feeling that we have all come to know and love is caused by it.  But, what you probably did not know is that when the marijuana plant is harvested it does not actually contain THC.  It contains THCA and through the process of decarboxlyation it is then converted to THC.


An easy explanation for decarboxylation is just really activating your marijuana using heat. When you smoke your weed, this process happens naturally. The reason why it is happening naturally is because you are lighting it with your lighter and burning it.

When it comes to making edibles it is so vital to decarb your weed before ingesting.  You want the THC in your weed to reach its full potential, so you need to activate it with heat.

Easy Way to Decarb Your Marijuana

Tools you will need: An over, baking tray, parchment paper, and ground up weed

  1. First, preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you set it at a temperature too low, you may be unable to convert all of the THCA into THC.  If the temperature is set to high you can in turn burn your weed. Depending on how much time you have available you can also set your over to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Second, line the tray with the parchment paper and take your ground up weed and spread it evenly over the paper.
  3. Now you can place your tray in the oven and set your timer for 50 minutes.
  4. After the 50 minutes are up, take the tray out of the oven and let it cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. You will notice that your weed has turned a deeper shade of green and this is perfectly normal.
  5. Now the weed is decarbed and you can now mix it into whatever edible you are planning to make!

Decarbed my weed to make Firecrackers

About the author


Luna is an avid smoker and is always ready to see what new and exciting developments there are in the cannabis community. Please excuse her writing, she's still trying to figure her way around words. Practice makes perfect! If you wish to learn more about her please be sure to check out the "About" page!

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