Instant Pot Cannabis Decarb – For THC, CBG, and CBD
There are a lot of YouTube videos on using your Instant Pot pressure cooker to decarb cannabis. Because it uses pressure, the Instant Pot can reach temperatures of 245 degrees Fahrenheit before water boils. It maintains this temperature evenly during the period it is pressure cooking. Some bright cannabis fans discovered that you can pop your weed into a mason jar, screw the lid “finger-tight,” add 2 cups of water, and cook it for 40 minutes. This heating (or decarboxylation) converts the non-psychoactive THCA to the psychoactive delta 9 THC. While this process works for THC (and also for CBG) it does not produce enough heat to decarb CBD.
Toasted Blonde has one of the more entertaining videos showing how the Instant Pot decarb works for THC.
What about converting CBDA to CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) requires either higher temperatures or longer decarb times. The makers of the Ardent Nova decarboxylator recommend running the decarb cycle twice if you are decarbing CBD hemp flower instead of THC marijuana. The same principle works for the Instant Pot. You decarb the hemp flower for 80 minutes instead of 40 minutes. (Ardent just announced a new version with different cycles for THC and CBD – and they recommend using the THC cycle if you are decarbing CBG-dominant cannabis.)
If you are using the Instant Pot to infuse CBD oil you can decarb for 40 minutes, wait for the flower to cool, add MCT oil to the mason jar, and run the Instant Pot for an additional 40 minutes. By the end of the process you will have a home-made CBD oil that will need to be filtered through a coffee filter or a commercial filter. It will probably taste more herbal and possibly more smoky than the CBD oil/tincture you buy.
Decarbing cannabis on a baking sheet in the oven can be a smelly process no matter how many smell barriers you erect. The Instant Pot method only smells a little bit. That’s another major advantage. If you have an Instant Pot then you should really try this method.
There are a lot of YouTube videos on using your Instant Pot pressure cooker to decarb cannabis. Because it uses pressure, the Instant Pot can reach temperatures of 245 degrees F.
Instant Pot in Your Instant Pot: The No-Mess, No-Smell Method to Making Quick Cannabutter
The Instant Pot is having a moment. In addition to making fork-tender ribs in minutes, you can use the magic countertop pressure cooker to make a batch of cannabutter in five steps, without arousing any olfactory suspicions. It’s the stuff Ron Popeil would dream of—set it and forget it!—if Ron Popeil was cool. All you need for this recipe for making quick cannabutter is bud, canning jars (the type with the lid and ring), a fat of your choice, and pantyhose.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have pantyhose, you can use cheesecloth or even a lightweight clean T-shirt. Anything that will strain out fine particles will work—but pantyhose were our test kitchen star.
Step 1: Decarb in the Jar
Grind your weed. Stretch the pantyhose around the mouth of the canning jar(s), and pour the finely-ground weed into the DIY filter. Pop the lids and rings on, and gently screw closed. Set the jars in a 225-degree oven for about 30 minutes, or on the “Slow Cook” setting on your Instant Pot for 35 minutes. The weed is decarbed and fully activated once it smells piney and turns a deep green.
Step 2: Add Fat
You can use pretty much any fat you like. Butter and coconut oil are great for baking with. Olive and avocado oil make for lightly-flavored finishing oils for savory foods. Note: Don’t fill jars more than 3/4 full.
Step 3: Apply Pressure
Set the jars in your Instant Pot. Add water to the pot until it’s halfway up the side of the jars with lids on finger-tight (firmly, but not super tight). Press the “Pressure Cook” button once, lock the lid, and you’re almost done. The timer will set itself for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Cool it
Once the timer goes off, pull the pressure release valve and remove the jars from the pot using tongs. Let the jars cool before you handle them in the final step.
Step 5: Strain
Unscrew the lid, gather the filter like a tea bag, and squeeze every drop of the buttery goodness into the jar. Remove the filter with the strained weed, tighten the lid, and your cannabutter is ready to eat or refrigerate. Depending on the size of your Instant Pot and your jars, you can make several pounds of butter in one go without skunking up your kitchen.
Bonus: The butter-soaked weed leftovers make a great addition to granola. Combine with toasted nuts, dark chocolate, and dried cherries.
If you love cooking with cannabis but aren't wild about the aroma it leaves in your kitchen, cooking with an Instant Pot might be the perfect solution.