Decarba What…Decarboxylation

By: Debi Facey

Decarboxylation is the process of removing the molecule group called carboxyl from the cannabinoids present in the trichomes of raw cannabis flower. By doing so you transform THCA and CBDA into the active THC, and CBD. This can be done with heat or time.

Temperature setting is one of the most important steps to ensure your all of cannabis is not being overheated and burned. If you do not have one already, having an oven safe thermometer comes in handy when its required to have a set temperature needed and as an indicator if the buds are burning due the oven setting.

Preheat your oven to the desired decarb temperature of 120 degrees Celsius. Finely grind your cannabis and spread it evenly on any oven safe baking sheet covered with parchment paper (Pyrex and silicone work well).

Heat for 25-40 minutes in the oven, remember to check occasionally. Once buds become a toasty light brown color, it is time to turn off the oven, take out your decarboxyilation tray and let cool.

Once cooled, check your decarbed cannabis’s (color, smell, and dryness). Let cool. Pat yourself on the back and medicate on a job well done.

Decarboxylation can also take place in a slow cooker by using a solvent such as MCT oil, vegetable glycerin, olive oil, chocolate or a grain alcohol solution.

Here are some amazing recipes from some token canna chefs that are buderfect for the holidays:

Infused Bacon and Mango Pizza.


Pre-made pizza dough
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
Mixed spices of choice
28 oz tomato sauce
1 mango, sliced
4 slices of bacon, diced
1 cup cheese, grated

*1/2 gram decarbed cannabis flower

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees (or 500, depending on crispiness preference). To create sauce, add olive oil to a medium sauté pan and add in garlic, onion, and spices. Add in tomato sauce and combine all ingredients.
Spread sauce onto dough, pile on the toppings, and sprinkle decarbed flower all over the top. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (checking every five).