You can decarboxylate (decarb) marijuana in an air fryer, but you must be careful and follow certain instructions. Cannabis is heated during the decarboxylation process to activate the chemicals and make it appropriate for usage in edibles and other goods. Here is how to go about it:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Cannabis flower or trim
- Air fryer
- Oven-safe dish or aluminum foil
- Oven mitts or tongs
Steps to Decarb Weed in an Air Fryer:
- Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 240°F (115°C). This temperature is ideal for decarbing cannabis without risking the loss of its active compounds.
- Prepare the Cannabis: Break up your cannabis buds into smaller pieces, but avoid grinding them into a fine powder. You want them to be evenly exposed to heat.
- Use an Oven-Safe Dish or Aluminum Foil: Place the prepared cannabis in an oven-safe dish or on a piece of aluminum foil. If using foil, fold up the edges to create a shallow tray, so the heat can circulate evenly.
- Air Fry for 30-40 Minutes: Put the dish with the cannabis in the preheated air fryer. Set the timer for 30-40 minutes. It’s essential to check on it periodically to ensure it doesn’t get too hot or burn. Shake or stir the cannabis gently every 10 minutes to promote even heating.
- Check for Doneness: After the allotted time, your cannabis should have changed color from green to a light brown or golden hue. It may also become slightly more brittle. This indicates that the decarboxylation process is complete.
Cool and Store: Allow the decarbed cannabis to cool to room temperature before using it. Store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use it in your recipes or other applications.
- Always be cautious when decarbing cannabis in an air fryer or any appliance. Do not leave it unattended, as it can burn if exposed to too much heat for too long.
- The time and temperature mentioned above are general guidelines. Some variations may be needed depending on your specific air fryer model, so it’s a good idea to monitor the process closely, especially the first time you try it.