10 EASY Ways to Use Decarbed Cannabis
1. Instant Edible Capsules
For people that use cannabis medicinally, capsules are a lifesaver. They’re discreet, effective, and probably 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 medicine personally 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 cannaoil with the oil of your choice and use a syringe to fill the capsules. 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 a simple, effective facial toner and acne treatment with just rubbing alcohol and decarbed bud.
- Put 1 gram of decarbed flower into a small jar
- Fill with rubbing alcohol
- 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 relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties that can be used for painful joint and minor skin issues.
Making a cannabis pain salve at home is easy and once you start using it, it’ll 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 an immediate relief.
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. I
- 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
Try a little in your post-workout protein shake to reduce inflammation and aid your recovery.
6. Kief Infused Hot Cocoa
Decarbed bud is a great addition to a lot of beverages but our hot cocoa recipe uses decarbed kief. Kief is the sticky, pollen-like substance on your bud and before using it, it’s important to know that it’s very concentrated, making it much more potent than bud. You’ll only need a little bit in your hot cocoa and it’s better to start with a small dose than overdo it and 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 well and enjoy this ultra-relaxing winter drink!
7. Easily Make Tinctures
Tinctures, marijuana-infused alcohol, are a great way to discreetly consume weed. They’re administered sublingually and have a much quicker uptake than smoking or edibles, usually anywhere from 15-45 minutes.
In addition, tinctures are very easy to make, easy to dose, and have an extremely long shelf life, making them popular with both recreational and medicinal users, especially those that can’t smoke, or just prefer not to.
To make a tincture:
- Add approximately 1 ounce of decarbed, ground cannabis to a large jar (we like 64oz Mason jars)
- Fill the jar with a high-proof alcohol like Everclear or vodka, shake, and let it sit in a cool, dark place for a few weeks, or until the mixture turns green.
- Strain the bud out, pour the tincture into a dropper bottle, and enjoy.
This is a potent mixture, so we recommend starting with a 1 mL dose.
Cannamilk is a great way to infuse your everyday food. It can be used for cooking, in your morning coffee, smoothies, shakes, and anywhere else you might use milk.
The process of making cannamilk is similar to making cannabutter or cannaoil:
- Decarb your herb using your NOVA decarboxylator
- 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 milder high so if you’re looking for something stronger, use more bud.
- Heat your milk in a double boiler, being careful not to let it boil.
- Stir in your decarbed weed and let it simmer for at least half an hour, watching it closely and stirring often.
- 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 since you’ll be introducing heat to your bud when you infuse the oil. While that is true, decarbing dramatically reduces your infusion time, making the entire process easier and more pleasant.
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:
- Steeping the decarbed bud in hot water
- Making regular tea and stirring in your cannamilk, cannabis coconut oil, or a tincture
If you choose to steep flower, it must be decarbed first. THC isn’t water soluble so simply putting your bud into hot water won’t provide a lot of psychoactive effects. Decarbing and then steeping, however, will make a super relaxing, anti-inflammatory tea.
With nearly a dozen ways to use decarbed bud, there’s no reason not to be without a NOVA! You’ll never be intimidated by decarboxylation again.
Which is your favorite way to use decarbed weed? Are there any uses we missed? Let us know in the comments below!