How to Decarboxylate Cannabis in Your Instapot

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Are you interested in cooking your own cannabis edibles but intimidated by the decarboxylation process? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! With your trusty Instant Pot, you can easily and quickly decarboxylate cannabis buds at home using both THC flower and CBD flower.

Here are some of the benefits of using an Instant Pot to decarboxylate your cannabis:

  • Easily and quickly get all the medicinal effects out of your weed
  • Skip the intimidating oven-decarb process
  • Enjoy delicious homemade edibles with potent effects
  • Save money on store-bought oils and tinctures
  • And my personal favorite, you can both decarb your buds and infuse your buds in an Instant Pot at the same time.

Read on to learn more and easily decarb weed in an Instant Pot and skip the microwave weed.

Why You Should Always Decarb Edibles

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Decarbed flower is an essential step in making edibles, but it can be difficult and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are products that make decarboxylation easier and more discreet than ever before!

Welcome to the Instant Pot. Perfectly made to cook food and decarb. Who knew?

Here’s why you should always decarb weed for edibles:

  • It converts THC from its acid form (THCa) to its active form so that you get maximum potency from your cannabis.
  • You won’t have to worry about wafting smells filling up your home or lingering on clothing.
  • Decarbing has become an art form with lots of different techniques, so having a product that simplifies the process can save time and effort.

Now its time for decarbing cannabis flower.

How to Use Cannabis in Edibles

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One of the most straightforward methods of incorporating cannabis is to add ground, decarbed cannabis straight to recipes, just like saltbae.

Infusing Cannabis into Butter or Oil

For a more potent cannabis-infused dish, you can take the process one step further and infuse the cannabis into butter or oil using the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Decarb Proccess

If you’re looking to activate the THC in your cannabis flower, why not try using your Instant Pot?

Not only does this method take roughly the same amount of time as traditional decarboxylation (40 minutes at 225 degrees in the oven), but it also eliminates the strong odor typically associated with the process. This makes it an ideal option for those who want to make cannabis-based edibles, tinctures, and tonics while keeping their homes smelling fresh.

To begin, ensure that you have a high-quality mason jar with a lid that fits inside your Instant Pot. Then, invest in a steamer rack insert made for your specific Instant Pot model – you don’t want to put the jar directly on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Once you’ve ground your cannabis flower, place it into the jar and fill the Instant Pot with water. From there, it’s as simple as pressing a few buttons and letting the Instant Pot take care of the rest.

In total, you’ll need about 20 minutes of preparation time between grinding the cannabis and setting up the Instant Pot.

However, the actual decarboxylation process should take around the same amount of time as traditional methods. And best of all, you won’t have to worry about your house smelling like a college dormitory!

Equipment Needed

items needed for decarbing flower in an instant pot

Gather around friends. It’s time to learn about all the necessary items to successfully create decarbed cannabis at home using our favorite pressure cooker…The Instant Pot!

  • Instant Pot with Instant Pot Wire Rack or Similar Pressure Cooker
  • Cannabis Grinder or Scissors to Losely break apart the flower
  • Flower (of course)
  • Glass Jars, preferably Mason Jars, and Lids

That’s it, other than items that help you cook like cooking gloves, you should be ready to decarb your flower now.

Choose the Right Decarb Time

Each cannabinoid in cannabis has a different decarboxylation (decarb) temperature and time. It’s essential to select the appropriate decarb time based on the flower you have. To help you with this, use this guide to find the decarb time that’s right for you:

  • THCA to Δ9-THC: Bake at 240°F/116°C for 40 minutes
  • CBDA to CBD: Bake at 240°F/116°C for 90 minutes
  • CBGA to CBG: Bake at 220°F/105°C for 60 minutes
  • Δ9-THC to CBN: Bake at 240°F/116°C for 180 minutes

By following these simple tips and techniques, you can store and decarb your cannabis just like a pro. Don’t forget to experiment and find out what works best for you!

Let’s begin…

Step by Step

  1. Start by breaking apart your cannabis flower using a grinder, making sure that each piece is no larger than a grain of rice.
  2. Once you have done that, place the ground flower into a mason jar, and loosely secure the lid on top.
  3. Now it’s time to prepare the instant pot. First, place a wire rack into the instant pot bowl.
  4. Next, place the upright jar, containing the cannabis, inside the instant pot.
  5. Fill the instant pot bowl with water until the jar is submerged halfway, but doesn’t float.
  6. Close the instant pot lid, and program it to pressure cook on high for 40 minutes.
  7. After the cycle completes, manually release the steam as per the instructions of your particular instant pot model.
  8. Once done, remove the jar carefully using canning tongs or an oven mitt, and let it cool for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can leave the jar in the instant pot to cool, but make sure to unplug it.

The result? You now have decarboxylated cannabis, ready to be used for various purposes such as cooking or making tinctures. And, here is the best part, you can also infuse the new and fresh decarboxylated weed in the same way – Using the Instant Pot. A one-dish decarb recipe if you will.

Not sure how to infuse decarbed weed and turn it into cannabutter? We got you. You can bother decarb and infuse together.

Check out our Instapot Cannabutter recipe to learn more about this one-pot Instant Pot recipe miracle.

If you are not attempting to use the infusion process directly with decarbing your flower, storage is important.

How to Store and Decarb Cannabis: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

containers of decarbed cannabis flower

If you want to maintain the quality of your cannabis for future use, it is important to store it properly. Follow these simple storage instructions:

  • Store decarbed cannabis in a cool, dry place
  • Put it in an air-tight container to preserve freshness
  • Can last up to 6 months or even longer
  • Some people even store it for several years this way

Cannabis Decarb Recipe

instant pot cannabutter

We hope this guide on how to decarboxylate cannabis with an Instant Pot has been helpful. This easy-to-follow recipe will help you get the most out of your CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, whether that’s for cooking or making tinctures.

And if you’re looking for a one-pot recipe, our article on cannabutter made in an instant pot is perfect! So why not give it a try and see what amazing edible creations you can make?

With just a few simple steps and ingredients, you’ll be able to unlock all of the potential hidden inside your cannabis flower. This is the first step in making your own edibles. Bon Appetite!

Decarb FAQs

Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate the compounds, particularly THC and CBD, making them more bioavailable and psychoactive. This process converts THCA and CBDA into their active forms, THC and CBD, respectively.

Decarboxylation is necessary to activate the psychoactive and therapeutic compounds in cannabis, particularly for edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

The Instant Pot is a fast and convenient way to decarboxylate cannabis, especially compared to traditional methods like oven baking. It is a one-step process where you can achieve consistent results in a shorter period.

The mason jar is used to contain the cannabis during the decarboxylation process. It prevents the loss of terpenes and cannabinoids and helps capture the aroma of the flower. Additionally, it prevents the smell of cannabis from wafting out into your house.

Yes, grinding the cannabis into small pieces is recommended to ensure even heating and to aid in decarboxylation.

Absolutely. Decarboxylation is the first step in making edibles or tinctures. After decarboxylation, you can infuse the cannabis into butter or oil to use in cooking or baking.

The actual decarboxylation process takes around 40 minutes once the Instant Pot has come to pressure. However, you should factor in an additional 20 minutes for preparation, including grinding the cannabis and setting up the Instant Pot.

Yes, you can use the same process to decarboxylate kief or concentrates; however, you need to adjust the time and temperature to the form of cannabis used. For instance, kief may take less time to decarboxylate than flower.


Kharma Dee

Kharma Dee

Hi there! My name is Kharmadee and I'm an expert in harnessing the power of cannabis for holistic health benefits. In my work, I teach others how to naturally manage pain, anxiety, and stress, empowering them to lead happier, healthier lives. I believe that by incorporating cannabis into our daily routines, we can all experience greater joy, productivity, and well-being. Let me show you how!


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