Decarbing kief occurs naturally any time you apply a heat element, but if you want to decarb your kief for optimal results, we found the best way to do it is in the oven. If you don’t have an oven you can still decarb the kief in a microwave, though it’s proven to be slightly more challenging.
There are differing opinions among edible experts on decarboxylation methods for cannabinoids. However scientific studies consistently point to the exponential correlation between heat concentration and time.
Decarbing kief for edibles by smoking or vaporizing it is considered among the least ideal methods because the terpenes and cannabinoids will decarb as you draw in, ingesting the THC directly.
The intense, unregulated direct heat will burn the rest, leaving little left for your cooking. Despite the heat in vaporization being more regulated, it is still largely considered to be an inefficient means to decarb for edibles.
According to one study measuring the optimal method to achieve nearly 100% decarboxylation of kief, it should be “baked” in the oven at 240°F (115°C) for one hour.
Let’s break down the findings into three easy steps to decarb kief in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to a temperature of 240°F (115°C). It’s important to know the exact temperature inside your oven. If the actual temperature is 10-15 degrees more, you run the risk of destroying some of the essential compounds.
A word to the wise – double check your temperature with an oven thermometer.
- Loosen any clumps with a fork and spread your kief over parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- After 60 minutes, your kief should be fully decarboxylated. The color should look a light to medium shade of brown. The texture may vary between a dry powder to a sticky, gummy-like consistency. Remove from the oven and let it cool.