How to Decarb Stems and Shake

Updated: Sep 2

Stoner Strategies How to Decarb Stems and Shake Decarboxylate Stems and Shake

The decarboxylation aka (decarb) of cannabis stems and shake is the same process of decarbing cannabis buds. Decarboxylation is the process of activating the cannabinoids that include THC and other cannabis byproducts through the process of removing the carbon atoms from the cannabis. In laments terms, you need to heat the cannabis to active the maximum potential potency.  Once the cannabis stems and shake have been decarbed it is then ready to be extracting into butter, oil, or alcohol. It is important to note that you do not want to let cannabis bake over 230F.  If it goes over the suggested temperature you run the risk of denaturing the THC to CBN, therefore, making it less potent and to cause drowsiness.

Kitchen Tools:

  • Oven

  • Sharp Grinder

  • An Oven Safe Dish

  • Aluminum Foil


  • cannabis stems and/or shake


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 220F. Due to variances that occur overtime to even the nicest of ovens please make sure to use a new or newer oven thermometer to ensure you are not exceeding 220F.

  2. Next, grind the cannabis to the consistency of how you would grind your weed for a blunt or joint. You do not want the cannabis to be too fine or too coarse. 

  3. Spread the cannabis evenly onto an oven-safe dish. Seal tightly with the aluminum foil.

  4. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 220F.

  5. Once the cannabis is done baking, allow it to completely cool BEFORE removing from the oven and removing the aluminum foil. 

  6. The cannabis is now completely decarboxylated, fully active, and ready to use in any type of recipe. Enjoy!

If you are using CBD hemp flower click here to learn how to decarboxylate CBD!

Cannabis Decarboxylation Equation 40 Minutes x Ounces of Cannabis Stems and Shake = Bake Time

*Please Note: the 40 minute bake time is based on using 1 single ounce of cannabis, if you are using 2 ounces of cannabis you will need to bake it for approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

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