In this guide, you will learn how to use plain, ground decarbed cannabis in your edibles – without the need for lengthy infusions or extractions – to make quick and easy edibles at home.
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- No infusing required! Just decarb, incorporate, and enjoy
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Why You Will Love This This Method
I was recently asked this question by a member of my Well With Cannabis Community. She says:
Ok, so is it really true? Can I decarb about 3 grams of flower and just eat it??? I don’t have to infuse oil or butter? I’m all ears!!Audrey from the Well With Cannabis Community
My answer was:
“YES! If you like the taste and texture, you can absolutely eat decarbed cannabis. Just remember to eat it with a meal or another fat source of maximum bioavailability. And watch your portion size, 3 grams is a lot for one sitting!”
But there are a few things to know before getting started!
This guide will cover everything you need to know about how to make edibles with decarbed cannabis, including how to do the decarb process, the importance of pairing this with fat, and important dosing warnings, followed up with some tasty recipes to try.
Step-By-Step Process With Photos
- Step 1 – Decarboxylate your cannabis according to the time and temperature requirements for your cannabinoid of choice. Find recommendations below. You can do this in an oven or an Instant Pot.
- Step 2 – Place the decarbed flower into a grinder.
- Step 3 – Grind until a fine, powdery consistency is achieved.
- Step 4 – Use a digital scale to measure an appropriate dose. Then add this fine cannabis powder to your favorite edible or store it in an airtight container for future use.
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Taste and Texture
Before adding decarbed cannabis to your edibles, it’s important to note that you will be dealing with the taste and texture of cannabis.
I know that seems like an obvious no-brainer, but many people do not like the taste of cannabis.
If that is you, you will be better off skipping this method and looking for an infusion or extraction option.
If you don’t mind the taste of cannabis and are looking for a quicker and easier way to make edibles, adding decarbed flowers to your edibles may be the perfect solution.
This essentially creates a fine cannabis powder that can be added to just about any recipe, similar to how we use onion powder or ground oregano when cooking.
Just remember not to confuse this cannabis powder with cannabis oil powder.
If you are unfamiliar with decarboxylation, you should read my beginner’s guide to cannabis decarboxylation first.
This simple process of baking cannabis flowers in the oven helps convert cannabinoid acids to their active forms.
In simple terms, if you want the ‘high’ of THC, you will want to decarb your cannabis flower first.
If you need a quick and easy reference for times and temperatures, here is my simple decarb chart here for you, depending on which cannabinoid you’re working with:
- THCA → Δ9-THC – bake at 240°F/116°C for 40 minutes
- CBDA → CBD – bake at 240°F/116°C for 90 minutes
- CBGA → CBG – bake at 220°F/105°C for 60 minutes
- Δ9-THC → CBN – bake at 240°F/116°C for 180 minutes
Pair With A Fat
To get the best results possible from adding decarbed flowers to your edibles, I recommend pairing eating it with some form of fat.
According to a scientific study published in the American Journal of Translational Research, when paired with a fat source, the absorption of cannabinoids is enhanced: THC and CBD by 2.5-fold and 3-fold, respectively, compared to fat-free formulations.
This means that adding a fat source to your cannabis edibles may make them up to 2.5-3 times more potent than choosing to skip a fat source.
Now the fat source doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it can be as simple as consuming your decarbed flower with a meal. If that meal contains fat in it, you’re good to go.
Or you can add the decarbed flower to a recipe with fat, like these simple cannabis chocolates. You can get as simple or as fancy as you want with your fat source.
Just be sure to avoid eating decarbed cannabis alone on an empty stomach; some people have reported mild stomach discomfort when doing so.
Important Dosing Note
If you have never eaten just decarbed cannabis before, I want to let you know ahead of time that this can be a very potent method of consumption.
Even just a little bit of ground flower can go a long way, and I do not want you to accidentally consume too much THC and feel unwell.
Let’s look at an example for dosing purposes. Say you are working with a cannabis flower that contains 19% THC.
This means that just 1 gram of this flower contains 190mg of THC. For most people, 190mg of THC is way too much to consume in one sitting.
To put this into perspective even more, a typical teaspoon can hold over 5 grams. This means a single teaspoon of ground cannabis flower, in this example, could contain over 950mg of THC.
The best way to start is to microdose; start with a dose that is 0.1 grams and work your way up as needed.
Determine The Dose
Recipes To Try
From sweet to savory, there are many ways to use decarbed flowers in your favorite cannabis edible recipes. One of the most popular ways is simply adding the decarbed flower to a batch of brownies or making a simple firecracker.
And if you want to skip the recipe altogether, check out my guide on filling cannabis capsules with flowers to make medicating easy.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Using just decarbed weed in edibles is new for many consumers, so here are my most commonly asked questions about this method from members of my Well With Cannabis Community.
Yes, this process is similar to using already vaped bud (AVB) in edibles, but this method is more potent.
Yes, of course! Just keep in mind that trim and fan leaves tend to be less potent and contain more plant material, so you may need to use more for a higher dosage. You will also need to decarb the trim, leaves and shake as normal.
Yes, of course! Just keep in mind that kief tends to be more potent and contains less plant material, so you may need to use less for a higher dosage. This is ideal for taste and texture. You will need to decarb kief according to these directions.
It’s hard to say how eating decarbed cannabis will make you feel, as cannabis affects us all differently. However, this is some potency loss associated with infusions and extractions. Knowing this, it is safe to assume that eating straight decarbed cannabis may be a more intoxicating experience for some.
Determining the dosage should be fairly simple if you know the % levels of THC or other cannabinoids you are using. You can use my edibles dosage calculator to do the math and select ‘No Solvent Used’ when asked about the oil or alcohol used.
How To Prepare Decarbed Cannabis For Edibles
- 7 grams cannabis flower
- Decarb your cannabis flower according to the time and temperature recommendations for your specific cannabinoid. Find recommendations in the notes section below.
- After the decarb process is complete, add the decarbed flower to a grinder. It can be a traditional cannabis grinder, or what I recommend, a coffee grinder, for a super fine consistency.
- You are now left with a fine cannabis powder. Either add this powder directly to your edible recipe of choice, or store it for future use.
- To store for future use, add the ground, decarbed flower to an airtight container, like a mason jar, with a tight-fitting lid.
- This can be stored for several weeks or even months. For long-term storage and to preserve the potency of the flower, store it in the freezer.
- The most common recommendation for decarboxylating THCA to THC is to bake the flower at 240° F for 40 minutes.
- The most common recommendation for decarboxylating CBDA to CBD is to bake the flower at 240°F for 90 minutes.
- The most common recommendation for decarboxylating CBGA to CBG is to bake the flower at 220°F for 60 minutes.
- The most common recommendation for degrading THC to CBN is to bake the flower at 240°F for 180 minutes.
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