Decarboxylation and extraction using an Instant pot

Published Jun 7, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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The Instant pot has become one of the hottest kitchen appliances out there because it seems like there is nothing that it can’t do, and the same is true when it comes to using it for cannabis. It might seem a bit tricky at first, especially to someone who is used to doing things the old-fashioned way, but it offers a host of benefits that have consumers everywhere raving about how simple it is to use.

So, what is an Instant pot?

An Instant pot is a cooking appliance that utilized the intense power of pressure to cook anything you can imagine in approximately ¼ the amount of time it would take using other more traditional methods like the oven or stovetop. They are electric, heavy-duty, and typically sell for between $50-$300 depending on the make, model, and type you choose, and they look a whole lot different than a traditional cooking pot that you’d use on the stove.

The benefits of an Instant pot

Instant pots are serious investments for some people, so it makes sense that you’d want to know why it’s worthwhile, and we wanted to highlight a few of the biggest benefits that you can get including:

1. Timesaving

The Instant pot is so powerful that it can turn your weed into potent cannabutter in less than half the time that it would take using other, more traditional methods.

2. No burning

The Instant pot provides a precision heat application that is accurate within a few degrees, and no single element means an even heat distribution that avoids burning. That is a large part of what makes it perfect for decarboxylation, as burnt bud grind ultimately means wasted cannabinoids.

3. Perfect results

Aside from the precision heat that the Instant pot offers, it also takes the guesswork out of timing, as everything is perfectly tracked, set, and carried out with no more than a single push of a button. This takes the human aspect out of the equation, which tends to give you next to perfect results every single time.

Decarboxylation with an Instant pot

Decarboxylation is a necessary step in the creation of many different cannabis-infused goods because the introduction of heat is required to activate the cannabinoids that lie within the fresh green cannabis plant materials. Decarbing with this fantastic tool isn’t any faster, but it will never burn your herb, so it's well worth the extra 5 minutes wait. Here, we will show you exactly how it’s done with an Instant pot, and it’s a whole lot easier than you might think.

You will need:

  • Instant pot
  • Mason jar with lid
  • ½ oz cannabis (or less)
  • Grinder
  • Water
  • Heatproof gloves


  1. Grind all of your weed and then dump it into the mason jar.

  2. Screw the lid onto the mason jar and then place it inside of the Instant Pot.

  3. Add enough water to the Instant pot to cover approximately ½ of the mason jar.

  4. Close the lid of the Instant pot and set it to cook on high for 40 minutes.

  5. Once the buds have been decarboxylated, you can release the steam from the device and open it.

  6. It’s time to get your oven gloves on so that you can safely retrieve the glass jar from the Instant pot.

  7. Gently set the hot jar on a clean surface so that it can cool to a safe, handling temperature.

Instant pot cannabutter

Cannabutter is a fantastic cannabis product that is made using pure salt-free butter and the best quality buds. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, adding to other recipes for a potent cannabinoid kick, and for melting into rich drinks for a creamy hint of green that you can’t miss. Now, most cannabutter recipes require both the oven and the stovetop, but here we will show you how you can do it at home with only one tool, the Instant pot, and just in case butter isn’t really your thing, this recipe works for both cannabutter and cannabis cooking oils.

You will need:

  • 1 cup salt-free butter or oil (at room temperature)
  • ½ ounce decarboxylated cannabis (or less)
  • 1 mason jars with lids
  • 1 teaspoon lecithin
  • Oven gloves
  • Mesh strainer


  1. If it isn’t there already, pour the decarboxylated bud grind into the glass mason jar.

  2. Now dump the butter into the jar so that it coats the cannabis pieces.

  3. Pour in the lecithin and then close the lid of the jar and give it a really good shake to mix the ingredients together.

  4. Place the sealed jar into the Instant pot and then fill it with water up to the halfway point on the mason jar.

  5. Close the lid tight and then set it on the pressure cook setting for 20 minutes.

  6. Once the cooking is complete, you will need to switch the heat setting to warming and then let the device cool down naturally, which can take anywhere between 20-40 minutes.

  7. Now glove up and pull out the jar, leaving it to rest on a heat resistant surface until you feel comfortable enough with a temperature to work with.

  8. Open the lid of the mason jar and pour its contents into a mesh strainer to remove the green cannabis bits that no longer contain any of the cannabinoids.

  9. Dispose of the excess plant matter, and then store your freshly made cannabutter in a cool dark place for safekeeping, and it will last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks.

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