How To Decarb Wax The Easy Way

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How To Decarb Wax The Easy Way

Knowing how to decarb wax is essential if you intend to create Edibles using Weed Concentrates.

There’s so much misleading and conflicting information out there. Are you having trouble getting the desired high from your oil or wax? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Decarbing cannabis concentrates increases the potency of cannabis concentrates, but it also removes harsh, unpalatable flavors. Decarbing concentrates is not tricky, but it can be time-consuming. 

What Are Cannabis Concentrates?

How To Decarb Wax The Easy Way

The term “concentrates” has become a catch-all phrase for any cannabis product that is not flowers. Concentrates can be a liquid, solid, or wax form of the plant. 



Cannabis Concentrates 101


What is Cannabis Wax?


What is Cannabis Wax?

Cannabis wax is a cannabis concentrate that is made by extracting the active constituents of cannabis, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids. You can make it by extracting these ingredients with butane gas and then purifying them.

The process of making cannabis wax includes:


  • Extract the active ingredients from the plant material with butane gas.

  • Purifying these ingredients to remove any impurities.

  • Mix these purified ingredients with other solvents, such as ethanol or propylene glycol to create a concentrated liquid or solid that can be smoked or ingested.  

How to Decarb Marijuana Wax?


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We want to make this process as easy as possible, giving you the best tips and tricks for decarbing your cannabis concentrates in various ways. We cover everything from making edibles with shatter, how to decarb wax, how to decarb oil (and make BHO or RSO), and more.

Decarboxylation is the chemical process that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2). This process converts THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid) to THC, which is psychoactive. Decarbing wax before cooking it, or adding it to any other food, will make all of its compounds more bioavailable and potent.

You can Decarb wax on a stovetop or in an oven. It is essential to follow instructions carefully and not use too much heat as it can burn your cannabis concentrate.

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How to Decarboxylate Wax

This decarb method will work for a range of concentrates, such as crumble, shatter, and budder. Harder concentrates like shatter will take longer to decarb.
See our notes below for more details
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Decarboxylate
Cuisine: International
Yield: 1 portion


  • Oven Air Fryer for an energy-efficient option
  • Parchment Paper or silicone cup or small Mason Jar
  • Oven Thermometer optional, but recommended
  • Kitchen Timer optional, your phone works perfectly fine too


  • 1 Wax, Budder, Shatter or Crumble Choose your desired concentrate and amount


Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 240°F. Insert the oven thermometer for an accurate reading during the cooking process.
  • Place the Wax or other Cannabis concentrate on the parchment paper or in the small Mason Jar.
  • Place the parchment paper on the baker tray or place the Mason Jar directly in the oven.
  • Set your timer for 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove once the concentrate has a slight color change and is fully decarbed. Shatter and other hard concentrates will take longer to decarb. See the notes below for more details.

Air Fryer Method

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 240°F
  • Put the Wax or other concentrate in the silicone cup or Mason Jar. Cover loosely with foil ensuring no particles land in the cup.
  • Place in the Air Fryer and set the timer for 20 - 30 minutes. Note that hard concentrates like Shatter will take longer to decarb. See notes below for more details.


Pro Tips
Decarboxylating at too high a temperature may destroy valuable cannabinoids and other compounds. We suggest using an oven thermometer for accuracy. 
The dominant strain will determine the required time to decarb, as different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids decarboxylate at different temperatures. Refer to our decarboxylation calculator for details. 
Decarbing Shatter 
  • Increase the decarb time up to 35/40 min.  
  • You will notice bubbles on the shatter during the decarb process (starting about 10 min in) and will dissipate when it is fully decarbed. If you still see bubbles when your timer is complete, consider decarbing for a bit longer. 
  • The shatter will become liquid when it is decarbed. 

Benefits of Decarbing Cannabis Wax & Which Methods You Should Try First


There are various ways to decarb weed, and each of them has its pros and cons. For example, using an oven will take longer than using a stovetop. But ovens provide more consistent heating, which means that you can get better results from your decarbing process if you use them.

  • Decarbing cannabis wax eliminates the need for using an additional fat source, such as butter or oils, which can be healthier than adding oils to your food.
  • Decarbing cannabis increases its potency.
  • You can use it to make edibles, like brownies or cookies.
  • The Decarb process removes chlorophyll and other plant materials from the product, making it taste better and less earthy.

What Edibles Can You Make With Shatter Infused Oil/Butter?


What Edibles Can You Make With Shatter Infused Oil/Butter?

Edibles are a great way to get a potent dose of THC or CBD. They can be made with shatter-infused oil/butter and used in various recipes.

Some popular edibles that use shatter infused oil/butter include:

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Delightful Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Weed Cookies Recipe

The Ultimate Double Chocolate Weed Brownies Recipe

The Ultimate Double Chocolate Weed Brownies Recipe

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FAQ How To Decarb Wax

Are Weed Concentrates Already Decarbed?

Some concentrates sold today are already decarbed, most commonly distillates. If you’re uncertain if the concentrate is decarbed, check the label. If THCA is present, it must be decarbed.

There are two types of concentrates, solvent-based and solventless. Solvent-based concentrates like BHO, CO2, and rosin must be decarbed before use. Solventless concentrates like hashish do not need to be decarbed as they have already been decarbed during production.

Can Decarboxylation Get You High?

The process of decarboxylation is not the same as smoking or vaping cannabis. It does not produce any psychoactive effects, and it does not get you high.

Is Decarboxylation Necessary for Edibles?

Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate THC. This process can be done in several ways, such as smoking or vaporizing.

However, decarboxylation is necessary for those who prefer edibles to ensure that the THC is activated and ready for consumption.

This reaction is often used to convert the inactive form of an acid to its active form, thereby increasing the molecule’s reactivity and making it more reactive with other substances.

What Are the Benefits of Using Decarbed Weed Concentrates in Edibles?

1) Consistency: Decarbing weed concentrates will produce a consistent dosage because it removes all of the THC-A from the plant material.
2) Flavor: Decarbing weed will allow more flavor to be absorbed by the butter or oil, and it won’t taste as strong as if you were to use raw cannabis in an edible.
3) Strength: Decarbing Weed Concentrates will create a stronger effect than raw cannabis because THC-A converts into THC.

How Do You Remove Stubborn Shatter from Glass?

There are several ways to remove stubborn shatter from glass, but the most effective is to use a lighter and lightly warm the base of the cannabis concentrate jar.

Can I freeze shatter?

Yes! You can freeze shatter. However, it would be best if you did not leave it in the freezer for too long as it will impact the structure of the shatter and be challenging to handle.

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