Microwave Weed; The Dos and Don’ts You Should Know

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Microwaving weed has become popular with the likes of Snoop Dogg recently. Dropping it in the old microwave for about half a minute, lighting it up, and sucking it down.

A method for also making edibles is microwave weed, as some say it can quickly and easily decarboxylate cannabis. This allows you to create cannabis-infused oils or butter for incorporation into all sorts of edibles at a record pace.

Know this: I really feel that weed in the microwave or microwave cannabis infusions is a bad choice. But, we will talk about this later, so we can get right to the point.

Does Microwaving Weed Have Any Validity In It?

The answer is yes, to an extent. Microwaving weed will decarboxylate it and make the cannabinoids available for consumption in a shorter amount of time than traditional methods. I know it does work, as I have certainly attempted it, but some websites suggest it is not worth the effort.

More likely, this method can easily damage your weed if done incorrectly. And, keep in mind, it is very easy to mess things up.

Think about all those times you burnt butter or something seemingly so simple in the microwave oven.

The heat produced in short amounts of time is caused by excited particles that heat up as they become electrified. Horrifying to living cells if heated too quickly.

If you must, absolutely must microwave weed, then here are some guidelines.

The do's and don'ts when microwaving cannabis:

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The Do’s:

Here are some best practices to follow when microwaving weed:

1. Use a Microwave-Safe Container

It’s important to use a container that won’t melt or release harmful chemicals when heated in the microwave, as this can damage your cannabis and make your edibles unsafe to consume. A glass or ceramic dish is often your best bet. This goes for both decarbing flower and edible recipes alike.

2. Start with a Small Amount of Cannabis and Work Your Way Up

It’s always best to start with a small amount of cannabis when making edibles, as it can be easy to overdo it and end up with unpleasant side effects. Start with a small amount, then add more if you find that you need it.

3. Adjust Cooking Time Based on the Potency of the Strain

Different cannabis strains have different levels of potency, meaning that they will require different amounts of time in the same microwave oven to fully decarboxylate. Be sure to do some research on your particular strain before microwaving.

4. Stir Frequently to Ensure Even Heating

It’s important to stir your cannabis every 30 seconds or so while microwaving to ensure that it is evenly heated throughout and doesn’t burn.

5. Wait at Least 5 Minutes to Allow the Cannabis to Fully Activate Before Consuming

It takes time for your body to process cannabis, so be sure to wait at least 5 minutes after consuming your edibles before deciding to have more. This will help you avoid overdoing it and having a bad experience.

The Don’ts:

Now, here are some common mistakes to avoid when microwaving weed:

1. Use a Container That Isn’t Microwave Safe

This can cause your container to melt or release toxic chemicals into your cannabis, making your edibles dangerous to consume.

2. Use Too Much Cannabis and Risk Unpleasant Side Effects

It’s important to start with a small amount and work your way up to avoid overdoing it.

3. Not Stirring Frequently, Leading to Uneven Heating and Potentially Wasted Product

Be sure to stir your cannabis regularly while microwaving to ensure that it cooks evenly.

4. Overheating the Cannabis, Which Can Destroy Its Potency

Too much heat can damage your cannabis and make it less potent, so be sure to monitor your microwave carefully to avoid overheating.

Cooking with Cannabis

Cooking with cannabis can be a fun and unique way to experience its effects. For those looking to get creative in the kitchen, there are many different dishes and methods to explore.

One popular method is decarboxylation, which activates the THC in cannabis buds, allowing it to be used in cooking and baking.

Decarboxylation Process

Decarboxylation is a process that involves heating cannabis at a specific temperature for a specific amount of time.

This process activates the THC and turns it into a form that can be used in cooking and baking. This can be done in an oven, but microwaving is a quick and easy alternative.

Heating Weed

Heating weed is an important part of the decarboxylation process. Without it, the THC will not activate and the weed will not be effective in edibles. Microwaving weed in the microwave is an effective and quick way to heat it for decarboxylation.

Cannabis-Infused Oils

Cannabis-infused oils are a popular ingredient in many different dishes. They can be used to give flavor and make everything from salad dressings to pasta sauces and everything in between.

Using cannabis-infused oils is an effective way to incorporate cannabis into your diet without having to smoke it.

High Temperatures and Boiling Points

Cannabis has a boiling point of around 392°F (200°C). This means that cooking cannabis at high temperatures can damage the potency of the THC.

It is important to monitor the temperature of your cannabis while cooking with it to avoid damaging its effects.

Marijuana Edibles

Edibles are a popular and discreet way to consume cannabis. They can be made with a variety of different ingredients and can be customized to fit your desired potency.

However, it is important to be cautious when consuming edibles, as their effects can take longer to kick in and can be more intense than smoking.

Oven vs. Microwaving

While microwaving is a quick and easy alternative to using the oven for decarboxylation, oven cooking can be more consistent and reliable for achieving the desired effects in your edibles.

However, it’s important to monitor the temperature of your oven and to take precautions to ensure that your cannabis doesn’t burn.

Smoking vs. Edibles

While smoking is a common way to consume cannabis, edibles offer a more discreet and longer-lasting way to experience its effects. Smoking can also be harmful to your lungs while consuming edibles is a more gentle way to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Microwave Cannabis Infusions and Potency

Microwave weed can be an effective way to quickly decarboxylate your cannabis, but it’s important to monitor the potency of your edibles to ensure that you get the desired effects.

If you find that your edibles aren’t strong enough, you may need to increase the amount of cannabis or adjust the cooking time to achieve the desired potency.


Cannabutter is an easy and versatile way to incorporate cannabis into your diet. By infusing butter with cannabis, you can create a variety of different edibles, from light baked goods to savory dishes. Just be sure to follow the proper decarboxylation process to ensure that your edibles are effective.


Heating is an essential part of the decarboxylation process when making edibles. Microwaving is a quick and easy way to heat your cannabis, but it’s important to monitor the temperature to avoid damaging the plant material potency. Be sure to stir your cannabis regularly to ensure that it cooks evenly.


Microwaving weed can be a fast and convenient way to create cannabis-infused oils and butter for use in all sorts of edibles. Nothing better than gooey weed brownies, but just be sure to follow these dos and don’ts to ensure that your edibles are safe, effective, and enjoyable. Don’t overdo it.

And remember to experiment with different recipes and methods to find the perfect cannabis oil-infused dish for you. Your dank self thanks you. Decarb weed with care, because as cannabis users, we care.


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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