10 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.


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
  • Shake
  • 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.

Cannabis Protein Shakes


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:

  1. Add approximately 1 ounce of decarbed, ground cannabis to a large jar (we like 64oz Mason jars)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.



8. Cannamilk

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:

  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 milder high so if you’re looking for something stronger, use more bud.
  3. Heat your milk in a double boiler, being careful not to 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 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!


  • Matt Pavini

    Reply March 16, 2017 5:35 pm

    I started making these to help my mom with her nueropothy pain and have recently been using it for back and arm pain.

    1 Cup Baking Soda
    1/2 Cup Citric Acid (found with the canning supplies)
    1/2 Cup Corn Starch
    1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel (found at the pharmacy)
    6 Tablespoons Cannabis Coconut Oil (melted) (I use 14 grams of CBD Shark and 20 grams of oil for my mix)
    20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    5-6 drops purple food coloring
    A large mixing bowl
    a sieve
    latex or other gloves
    Bathbomb molds (easily found on amazon)
    a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
    measuring cups and spoons
    In a large mixing bowl sieve together the baking soda corn starch and citric acid.
    In a separate bowl add melted coconut oil, witch hazel and lavender oil.
    Put on your gloves. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl and begin to blend together with your gloved hands. Add a little at a time to prevent the citric acid from reacting and foaming up. If it foams a little bit it will still be fine. Keep adding and kneading the wet and dry ingredients together until you have a well blended mixture. It will be a damp powder. You will know when it is fully mixed when the entire mixture has a uniform color.
    Scoop the molds into the mix and press together firmly.
    Repeat and fill parchment paper.
    Set the cookie sheet aside somewhere where these can dry. Keep it in a place with low humidity. Should set within 24 hours
    Once dry I recommend putting them in a vacuum sealed container individually.
    Drop in a warm bath and enjoy!

  • Russell James

    Reply November 29, 2017 2:24 am

    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.

  • M

    Reply July 9, 2018 11:36 pm

    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.

  • BuckarooDave

    Reply July 14, 2018 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the comments on the amount to eat. I don’t want to be crawling on the floor!

  • Chefmo

    Reply July 27, 2018 9:32 am

    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

  • Randy manzonie

    Reply September 4, 2018 11:10 pm

    When my crop is done I will buy this tool thank you . Randy

  • Margie Skare

    Reply September 10, 2018 2:31 pm

    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.

  • Linda Proulx

    Reply September 12, 2018 2:08 pm

    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.

  • Mike Kunz

    Reply November 17, 2018 9:32 am

    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.

  • Ronnie

    Reply January 3, 2019 5:15 pm

    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

  • M

    Reply January 4, 2019 11:57 am

    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.

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