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11 EASY Ways to Use Decarbed Cannabis


Once you’ve decarbed your bud, the sky’s the limit with what you can do. If you are decarbing with a Nova, you’re getting a fully activated product – meaning  a more accurate and potent dosage.

Here’s a short list of some of our favorite post-decarb fixes. Feel free to share your own in the comments below.

1. Instant Edible Capsules

For people that use medical marijuana, capsules are a lifesaver. They’re discreet, effective, and fit into your daily routine better than smoking or vaping. You can use them to treat chronic pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, headaches, and so much more.

Pairing cannabis with other vitamins and nutraceuticals is a great way to enhance its benefits and create personal medicine tailored for optimal health and wellness.

We make it easy with preloaded nutrient capsules to match with your favorite strain to create an instant and complete therapy.

Some of our favorite formulations include:

  • Fish oil and melatonin – best paired with decarbed indica for sleep
  • Coconut oil and b-12 vitamin – best paired with a decarbed sativa for energy 

Use empty capsules, available online or in-store at vitamin shops, to create the perfect blend for your needs. To make dry herb capsules, simply put your decarbed weed right into the capsule. You can add other vitamin or supplement powders into the capsule for an extra nutritional boost. For oil-based capsules, create canna oil with any oil of your choice and use a syringe to fill the capsules. Last thing you need to do is close them up and you’re done!


2. Facial Toner

Did you know that a simple tincture of properly decarbed cannabis and rubbing alcohol is a powerful antibacterial and antiseptic?

Clinical studies cite:

“Cannabinoids are powerful antioxidants that may work by reducing inflammation and especially when combined with hydrating oils may help in maintaining the skin’s natural barrier function.”

Use it just like you would any other toner with a cotton ball or pad for a quick cleanse.

You can make an effective facial toner for acne treatment with just rubbing alcohol and decarbed bud.

  • Put 1 gram of decarbed flower into a small jar
  • Fill with rubbing alcohol
  • Shake it
  • Apply it with a cotton ball

The CBD in marijuana is a great anti-inflammatory and the rubbing alcohol makes the solution anti-bacterial and perfect for acne treatment.


3. Pain Salve

Cannabis infused topicals are known to have anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties that can be used for joint pains and minor skin issues.

Making a cannabis pain salve at home is easy and once you start using it, you will make it be a permanent part of your medicine cabinet. To prepare cannabis infused salve at home:

  • Mix your decarboxylated cannabis and coconut oil together over a low flame to cook for 5 minutes to infuse the oil
  • Strain the material with cheese cloth
  • Add 5 parts infused oil to 1 part beeswax

Once it has hardened, it’s ready to use for chronic or acute localized pain like arthritis, sore muscles, and tension. You’ll notice immediate relief after applying the cannabis infused pain salve.


4. Medicated Massage Oil

Take your massage to the next level by incorporating weed-infused coconut oil.

Here’s how to make your own:

  • 10 drops sandalwood
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 4 ylang ylang
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 4 oz. infused coconut oil

Check out our quick and easy infusion guide.


5. Protein Shake

Decarbed bud makes a great addition to smoothies and shakes! You can add your decarbed flower right into the smoothie or add a tablespoon (or less) of infused coconut oil for an extra creamy drink. Follow our cannabis shake infused recipe below for yourself:

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 oz vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1 – 2 tbsp organic peanut butter
  • .2g – 5g of decarbed flower

You can also try a little in your post-workout protein shake to reduce inflammation to aid your recovery.

Cannabis Protein Shakes

6. Kief Infused Hot Cocoa

Decarbed bud is a great addition to infused marijuana beverages. We got an even better THC infused drink to recommend but this time with kief oil.  Try our hot cocoa recipe for decarbed kief. If you are not familiar with kief, it is the sticky, pollen-like substance on your bud found before using it. Kief is a more potent concentrate than bud. You’ll only need a little bit in your hot cocoa and it’s better to start with a small dose than to overdo it and potentially end up with an unenjoyable high.

To make kief hot cocoa:

  • Use a Nova to decarb your kief
  • Once it’s done, put approximately ¾ of a teaspoon of kief into your mug
  • Prepare your hot chocolate as you normally would

Stir it thoroughly and enjoy a relaxing hot cocoa infused with kief!


7. Easily Make Tinctures

Tinctures and marijuana-infused alcohol are both a great way to discreetly consume weed. They’re administered sublingually and have a much quicker uptake than using edibles or smoking. They also usually take anywhere between 15-45 minutes to feel the effects.

In addition, tinctures are very easy to make, simple to dose, and have an extremely long shelf life. Making them popular with both recreational and medical marijuana users. Especially those that prefer not to smoke due to the health risk.

To make a tincture:

  1. Add approximately 1 ounce of decarbed cannabis into a large jar (we like 64oz Mason jars).
  2. Fill the jar with a high-proof alcohol like Everclear or vodka, shake it and then place it in a cool dark place for a few hours.
  3. Strain the bud from the liquid, pour the tincture into a dropper bottle, and enjoy.

This is a potent mixture, so we recommend starting with a 1 milliliter (ml) dose.


8. Cannamilk

Cannamilk is a great way to infuse your everyday food. It can be used for cooking, added to your morning coffee, smoothies, shakes, and any other recipe you use that adds milk.

The process of making cannamilk is similar to making cannabutter and canna oil:

  1. Decarb your herb using your NOVA decarboxylator
  2. Use 1-2 grams of flower per 1 quart of milk (you can also use half and half, heavy cream, or a mixture, depending on what you plan on using your cannamilk for). This ratio will deliver a mild high so if you’re looking for something stronger, use more bud.
  3. Heat your milk in a double boiler at a low temperature and don’t let it boil.
  4. Stir in your decarbed weed and let it simmer for at least half an hour, watching it closely and stirring often.
  5. When the milk is light green, strain the plant matter out and store your cannamilk in a jar in the fridge.

I promise, your morning coffee will never be the same!


9. Cannabutter & Cannaoil

Decarbing is a must when making cannabutter or cannaoil. There are a lot of recipes that claim you don’t need to decarb before you infuse your weed oils. Claiming, since you’ll be introducing heat to your bud when you infuse the oil there is no need to decarb twice. While that is true, decarbing dramatically reduces your infusion time, making the entire process easier and more potent.

Cannabutter and cannaoil are used to make a variety of edibles, everything from brownies to salad dressing and sauteed veggies. If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our list of cannabutter alternatives and take a peek at all the ways you can use cannaoil.


10. Cannabis Infused Tea

You can make cannabis tea a few ways:

  • Steaming the decarbed bud in hot water
  • Making regular tea and stirring in your cannamilk, cannabis coconut oil, or a tincture

If you choose to steam flower, it must be decarbed first. THC isn’t water soluble so simply putting your bud into hot water won’t provide the psychoactive effects. Decarbing and then steaming, however, will make a super relaxing, anti-inflammatory tea.


11. Eat Your Decarbed Weed

Yes! You can eat your cannabis after it’s been through the decarboxylation process. While we wouldn’t recommend it (it doesn’t taste great), it is possible. Once your weed is activated, you can literally do anything with it and you will feel the effects – including eating it as a flower.

Which is your favorite way to use decarbed weed? Are there any uses we missed? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Happy to see the various used of decarbed cannabis. I have been using the Ardent NOVA for a couple of months now with great success.
    I am a bit shocked at the amount of flower you are suggesting to add to a protein shake.
    My wife and I are weekend medicators preferring sativa and sativa dominant hybrids as we don’t like to be slowed down.
    Our average doses are .08 and .07 grams (12-15mg THC) of decarbed bud that is processed into kief like consistency added to about 1/2 tsp of warm coconut oil with a small amount of honey.
    We eat this first on an empty stomach as we sit for lunch, holding in our mouths to mix with the enzymes of saliva. By the time we finish lunch we are feeling it! Depending on the strain, the effects are still there 8 hours later.
    If we ate .1 gram of bud we would be crawling on the floor.
    You cannot be suggesting someone eat 5 grams of bud let alone .2 gr and be functional.
    Of course that exception being medical patients with serious issues.

  2. Do you do anything between mixing the coconut oil and the decarboxylated bud together? I’ve tried putting the decarboxylated bud in capsules and have not had any sucess.

    1. 3/4 tsp of decarbed kief in one serving? Are you sure about that? When I make kief oil I only use 1 tsp decarbed kief (about 1 gram) in a 1/2 cup of MCT oil and dosing is less than 1 tsp of the oil, not the kief. Just thought you may want to double check that.

  3. Hey guys so I don’t hAve the funds yet to purchase the ardent NOVA, however I have been simy using the oven process for about 35 min and then using the oil over a double boI let method to cook and infuse the oil….my question is, am I wasting time or wasting bud

    1. Hi there!

      We are a small startup and are always working towards goals like recipes and other exciting things – we have not yet done lab testing for creating vape oils. We have been forewarned that some oils used for cooking like certain coconut oils can be incredibly harmful if inhaled. Much more research is needed on this topic before we would be comfortable recommending using the device in this way!

      Hope this information helps! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

  4. I like to decarb. an ounce of bud and then make a loaf of banana bread. I put it in the freezer after it is cooled down. Then whenever I need a slice I cut off several slices and keep it in the freezer. I just help myself to a thin slice every now and then.

  5. I just bought the ARDENT NOVA and decarbed 2 batches of White widow and Gold leaf. I can’t wait to make my own edibles. (With flowers I grew myself) and try oil capsules. It was odorless and so easy. No Guesswork whatsoever. I love it. Worth every penny.

  6. If you are making the tea (coffee works great too) just add milk or cream. The fats will give it something to bind to. Especially if you are straining out vegetable matter before drinking.

  7. We got our NOVA yesterday, and I’ve been cooking ever since. Disclaimer: we bump up against our legal 5 oz (combined) limit every month, so we are heavy users.

    First, Hopes Cookies (awesome strain) unground, just measured 2 grams and dropped the flower in the inner chamber. I ate a tiny flower bud, and wow. We then put another bud in the bowl and smoked it. The effect of one bowl was the same as three bowls of “raw” flower. Three to one ratio? Yes! Oh, and no coughing.

    Next was 1 gram of SFV Dog, but I ground it and dropped it into a small glass jar (tip: those Big Box Store herb collections have stuff you’ll never use and have a screw on cap) that fits inside the inner chamber. I then dropped 2 oz unsalted butter in the jar and restarted the NOVA. I used the butter in a small-batch brownie recipe, and there’s no weed flavor, but the chips around the outside have medicine I can feel. Nothing to smoke yet, it’s after 7 am, I’d normally be a couple bowls in so I can walk today, but I’ve only had brownie pieces.

    So, 3 grams, about $20 worth of materials, and no coughing. There’s a lot of both batches left, I’d have smoked that much this morning alone.

    I have another 1 gram batch of SFV Dog running now, I’m thinking caramel sauce for my coffee.

  8. I use this machine to decarb my marijuana before vaping. I read it somewhere on the site that you can do that and I tried it. I have tested it with a few people and they agree that the decarbed version has a more potent effect. People look at me as if I have 2 heads when I say I decarb first .. but it really does make a difference… I don’t know why .. perhaps its easier to NOVA the thc off rather than convert it? I am not sure but it works and I decarb all my weed no matter the use. Of course I wouldn’t trust any other type of decarb method than this one. I am so glad I purchased this product.

  9. Brought on amazon Sunday arrived wedsday decarbed wed and love it very nice so easy to use no mess no smell really great machine Should have oreded thru ur company missed out on monies off keep pease keep info coming so helpful Congrats on a great product

  10. I’ve been using my ardent NOVA to decadent my bud, then grinding it and filling gelcaps. Each gelcap holds about 1/8 teaspoon and it’s plenty to mellow you out for around 8 hrs. It’s a much easier way to make edibles.

  11. I bought my Ardent about a year ago. I love it! Makes processing so much easier! Saving me just about 50% on my raw material cost. I make edibles, smoke the decarb and now making my own vape liquid and cbd oil as well. I also use a stove top butter maker with my decarb flower, doing 2 cycles per batch and it comes out fantastic!

  12. After decarbing flower I infuse into coconut oil in my unit, with the purple sleeve. Afterwards I use about 5 ounces of good chocolate heated in a microwave safe dish for two minutes. Next, I stir the chocolate till smooth and measure two to three tablespoons of the infused oil into the chocolate along with some red chili powder, some cinnamon powder, and some ground red pepper flakes. Once mixed I pour into chocolate candy mold (it has 5 rows with six segments per row)and place into the freezer until firm. After freezing the mold can be turned upside down and the finished product can be broken into separate pieces and stored in a zip lock bag. I typically buy flower with a thc of 21-23 mg prior to decarb.

  13. My favorite and best high comes from decarbing in the Nova and the missing with peanut butter and some avocado oil. Very good high lasting 4 to 6 hours.

  14. I have been making tincture from decarboxylated flower. I have used alcohol and oil.
    I would like to know if I can use the flower again after it has been used to make a alcohol tincture?

    1. We have not yet lab tested making infused honey inside of our device!

      I love making honey by mixing in infused coconut oil. I put my honey in a glass jar with a wide mouth and submerge it in a few inches of simmering water in a pot. Heat on low and stir so it loosens up. I then add the infused coconut oil — if it’s solidified sometimes I’ll put it in the simmering water for a minute to melt it. Then I stir the two together for a couple of minutes until they’re completely incorporated.

      MCT oil is even easier since it’s easy to incorporate and keeps the honey loose/more “pourable.” I recommend that if there’s a choice but regular coconut oil is great too. Keeps very well!

  15. I’m trying to ditch my Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser because it doesn’t make a small portion of cannabutter. Although you have a section on cannabutter, there are no instructions on how to infuse butter using my Ardent Nova. Btw, it’s a terrific little machine. I’ve been decarbing hash which I use in almost anything.

  16. Man I have to say that I am so jealous of all ya’ll on here talkin about what to do with your weed and don’t have to worry about the Gumament kicking in your door at 4 in the morning. I’m 43 and have been self medicating on grass since way before it was cool, and am probablly die with a stick of said grass in my lips. I live in the Neanderthal state and is also known as Hillbilly Kountry and us Kentuckians are going to have to wait awhile still watching ya’ll have fun where as I might find a vape pen for $100 way out in the woods. Congrats you’in’s and smoke one for me. hahahaha!

  17. I want to know, does smoking after decabing make your bud more potent, or does smoking it diminish the THC content as it does before decarbing?

    1. Hi there,

      When we smoke a joint (or whatever method you chose to smoke) whatever touches the flame burns off – this is always the case.

      The effect we feel comes from the hot smoke that pulls through the joint – creating mild decarb that is likely “underdecarbed.”

      Having the flower activated already by decarbing it ensures that it is already fully activated, and as the smoke is not hot enough to burn, it remains near perfectly activated.

      Given how sensitive we know decarbing is, you can understand where that hot smoke is unlikely to decarb all of the flower inside the joint, which is why decarbing before smoking can actually be incredibly helpful.

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