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How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief

Hello I’m Chef Sky from Infuzed Cookin.   Welcome to my Colorado kitchen.

Today we are going to talk about: How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief

Decarboxylation is the first and most important step to infusing foods with cannabis. In this video you will find out why it’s important to decarboxylate cannabis kief, what you will need from your kitchen (and don’t need), and how to successfully decarboxylate cannabis kief.

Why it’s Important to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief:

Cooking with cannabis kief requires THC and CBD to be activated through decarboxylation.  Decarboxylation of cannabis kief is the same process as decarboxylating cannabis flower.

Fact: In order to get the benefits of THC or CBD in screen sifted cannabis you must activate kief through decarboxylation.

Chef’s Notes: Since Kief is resinous trichomes from cannabis the decarboxylation process must be closely monitored when using an oven.

What You Will Need to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief:

In order to decarboxylate cannabis at home, all you need is kief, an oven set to 240 degrees, some parchment paper, a baking tray and mason jar with a lid.

 Kief is the resinous trichomes from screen-sifted cannabis, kief trichomes can also be collected from the bottom of grinders.

This kief was collected using a pollen box with a 125- micron mesh screen to filter the trichomes. With enough kief, you can shape it and press it into bricks. Hashish is really a brick of heated kief.

Fact: You don’t need expensive decarboxylating machines to activate kief.

Fact: Decarboxylation can be done in your own kitchen by baking the kief in an oven at a low temperature for a certain period of time.

Fact: Trichomes are the plant’s defense mechanism keeping herbivores from destroying the plant. Cannabis trichomes emit odors that attract pollinators but discourage predators with a skunky smell.

What you will need:


Oven Thermometer (Used to verify oven temp)

Baking Tray (Rimmed)

Parchment paper

Mason jar with lid (jelly Jar)


Cannabis kief

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Kief:

To maintain the highest levels of THC potency, you should keep oven temperatures as close as possible to 240°F (160°C). Use an oven thermometer to double check the temperature within your oven.  The temperature on your dial may not represent the actual temperature within the oven.

Fact: It’s important to regulate temperature controls when decarboxylating kief. Heat is needed to decarboxylate, but extreme temperatures can destroy the THC and CBD contained in kief.

Chefs Notes:  Optional -Oven Thermometer (Used to verify oven temp)

1. Pre-heat oven to 240°F (160°C).

2. Line a flat baking sheet or rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

3. Place the Kief into the small Mason jar or jelly jar and loosely attach the lid. (Do not over tighten the lid on the jar.)

4. Place the jar in the center of the lined parchment paper baking pan.

5. Bake the kief at 240°F (160°C)-for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking  at 30 minutes. This will activate the kief and give it a roasted, decarboxylated smell. (If the kief has not changed color place back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes more)

6. Remove from oven, let cool. Your kief is ready to infuse.

7. Make sure to store the decarboxylated kief in an airtight container in a cool, dark place if you don’t use right away.

Storage tips:

Notes: Heating recommendation for THCA to THC decarboxylation is to bake the kief at 240° F for 30 to 40 minutes. Heating recommendation for CBDA to CBD decarboxylation is to bake the flower at 240°F for 40 to 50 minutes.

Chef’s Notes: Some potent cannabis strains reach 30% THC, kief can start at 50% and reach as high as 80% THC. The 99% sift contains almost 99% pure trichomes.

Final Note: Use the THC/CBD calculator and enter your numbers. Keep tract of these numbers and label your final product so you are aware of how much you are taking per dose.

Mmmm I love the smell of decarboxylated kief.

Thank You and Happy Infusing.

Total Cannabinoid Content: 2400 Mg. THC- Cannabis Kief

Prep: 10 Minutes

Cooking: 40 Minutes

Ready in: 50 Minutes

Pollen Box Used to Screen Kief

Pollen Box

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Thank You and Happy Infusing……..