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Decarboxylating Cannabis Concentrates 

By Cheri Sicard
March 24, 2021

Dear Cheri,

Should I decarb wax, shatter, budder, or other concentrates before using them to make edibles?  If so, how do you go about decarbing such a tiny amount?

I get questions about decarboxylating cannabis concentrates frequently.  The short answer is yes, wax and shatter will need to be decarbed as that is not part of the process of creating these concentrates.

As a general rule of thumb, one way to always tell if the product you are using needs to be decarbed before cooking, provided you are using lab tested products, is to look at the label.  If there is a lot of THC-A as opposed to THC, for maximum potency you will want  to decarboxylate in order to convert the acidic form of this cannabinoid into THC.

Decarboxylating Cannabis Concentrates: How Do You Decarb Such a Small Amount?

So how do you go about decarbing such  a small amount?  If you have enough you can place it in a small ramekin or other small oven proof dish, and placed in the oven.  Or if you have too little material for that, place in a tiny silicone dish, like I show in the video, and place that in a ramekin and put it all in the oven at 240 degree F for about an hour.

If you are using one of my favorite gadgets, the Ardent Nova or FX, to decarb, you can place your concentrate in a small silicone dish or a small glass jar, such as a baby food jar.  Place it in the machine, hit the button, and you are good to go.

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  • Can you tell if your oil has been decarbed without testing in a lab. I’m not sure if heat was used while making the oil .

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