Decarboxylation/ How To

How To Decarboxylate Your Weed Before Making CannaButter (or CannaCoconut Oil)

Hey there, My Stoned Kitchen followers!

Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of decarboxylating your herb, as it is an essential step when making your own canna-butter, canna-ghee (yes, it’s a thing and it’s amazing), or canna-coconut oil (coconut oil benefits everything — didn’t you hear)?

Then, the next post we will focus on making incredibly potent canna-ghee. I’m not joking when I say the dosage is high… The last batch I made has around 15,000 mg per CUP. I did this on accident, but I’m definitely not apologizing. It’s kind of awesome, in fact, as it takes a lot to get Aaron high. He has an incredible tolerance.

Why Decarboxylation is Necessary

Anyways, it is very important to decarboxylate marijuana bud before making a cannabis creation. Why? Because decarboxylation converts THCA (THC acid) into THC. THC is the component that makes you feel “high.” The process happens naturally when you smoke or even vape cannabis bud.

If the herb hasn’t been properly decarboxylated before you make a batch of brownies or scones, you and others will barely feel an effect — if any. That’s an expensive and embarrassing mistake, one I don’t want you to make.  Another benefit to heat activating the herb is that the moisture in the flower can cause botulism bacteria to grow in your tinctures and canna-butters. No one wants that.

Follow the instructions below to decarboxylate your first batch of weed. Then, follow this recipe to make a basic canna-butter recipe so you can make all kinds of lovely treats, such as these 10-ingredient chocolate doughnuts.


> Preferred strain of marijuana (quarter-ounce or half-ounce)

> Parchment Paper

> Tin Foil

> Baking Pan


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 240 degrees F. Anything above that temperature may destroy the terpenes and create a burnt flavor, and anything below 225 degrees F may not convert all of the THCA into THC (plus, it will take a long time).
  2. Line your baking tray with parchment paper. Use your hands to break up the buds (not too fine, but don’t leave any too big) and sprinkle them across the tray. Disperse them evenly.
  3. Bake the cannabis buds for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  4. When it’s time to take the herb out of the oven, let it cool. You will notice the color has changed slightly to a darker green, more brown color (see below). Your kitchen should smell nutty and, yes, a bit like marijuana. Revel in it.
  5. You are now ready to create canna-butter or canna-ghee (coming soon)!

Following are images for a step-by-step process:

I recently decarboxylated 14.2 grams (half an ounce) for a cannabis ghee recipe.

I weighed the herb

Our rescue kitty, Ariel, supervised

then broke it up into smaller pieces

Unrelated: We used our Magic Butter machine (and omg, it’s amazing)

I set the oven to 240 degrees F, and let the herb bake for 35 minutes

stirring every 10 minutes

Then, I created cannabis-ghee! (Recipe coming soon)

It’s that simple.

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