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Tips On How To Decarb Cartridge Oil


Tips On How To Decarb Cartridge Oil

Decarboxylation is a process vape cartridge users looking to get the best out of the product cannot ignore. 

This process occurs organically in smokable products. They decarb when heated via combustion or vaporization (for concentrates and vape pens). 

So, heat starts the decarb process in smokable products. You don’t need to do anything other than light your joint. 

It’s a different ball game for consumables, tinctures, and salves. You have to decarb the compound earlier in the production process before using them to make consumables and the rest.  

Furthermore, decarboxylation helps activate the psychoactive compound in hemp and cannabis plants. It boasts your chances of getting high after consuming hemp or cannabis products. 

In this post, we’ll share tips on how to decarb oil in vape cartridges. Keep reading to learn more!

How To Decarb Cartridge Oil

If you luckily purchased an already decarboxylated vape cartridge, you’re a freeman. Not free, as in the law. You’re free in the sense that you won’t be spending time to decarb the cartridge oil anymore. 

Just ingest the quantity of THC or CBD you desire and enjoy massive cerebral effects.  

On the flip side, not every cartridge out there has been decarboxylated. You have to get it done yourself.  

Decarboxylation offers you a chance to get the “high” feeling you aim to achieve from the consumption of the cartridge oil. 

Alright, let’s learn something. How can you decarb your cartridge oil? 

Follow the steps below. 

Step#1: Gather the materials you need: 

You need a few materials to decarb your cartridge oil. Check out the list below. 

  • Ziploc bag
  • Microwavable cup
  • Microwave oven

Once you have the materials ready, move to the next step.

Step#2: Put the Ziploc bag to use:

This is a straightforward process. Gently get your cartridge into the Ziploc bag. 

Step#3: Use the microwaveable cup:

Being microwave-safe makes this cup an ideal option. The heat won’t destroy it. 

Now, fill the mug with water and put it in the microwave. And please, ensure you don’t overfill the cup. Hot water on your skin won’t be pleasurable. 

Now heat the water for only a minute. And ensure you don’t exceed the time limit.  

After heating, take the mug off the microwave and set it on a flat surface. 

Step#4: Put the cartridge in the mug: 

To decarb the cartridge oil, place it in the mug containing hot water. And ensure the mouthpiece is upward. 

What’s next? Hold the cartridge in the mug for approximately 5 minutes. 

A Handy Tip: It is vital to purchase oil cartridges from a reputable source. Ensure you know the dealer, and you’re sure that the cartridge is high-quality. 

Why is this important? Decarboxylating a sub-par cartridge isn’t ideal. 

It doesn’t matter if you get the procedures right. Decarboxylating a poor-quality cartridge will increase your risk of experiencing lung damage.   

So, buy your cartridge from a trusted brand. Please, don’t ignore this. 

What Decarboxylation Means

As a cannabis or hemp plant user, you must have heard the term “decarb” or “decarboxylation” once or multiple times. 

Now, the question is, what does decarb mean?

When you decarb cartridge oil, what you’re doing is to heat the product. The heat helps to activate the cannabis or hemp plant’s natural compounds (THCA and CBDA). 

The reason people choose to decarb cartridge oil is simple. It increases the substance’s potency. You’ll likely get high from decarboxylated cartridge oil than one not yet decarboxylated. 

Does Decarboxylation Convert THCA Into THC?

Yes, it does. When you decarb, you’re converting the non-psychoactive acid-based compound called THCA into THC. 

Because of this conversion, you’ll enjoy the massive cerebral and euphoria effects THC offers. THCA cannot get you high. But it offers other benefits you might not want to forgo.  

Is Decarboxylation For Edibles Necessary?

People decarb THCA, a non-psychoactive compound, for one reason. And that reason is to get high.  

Nonetheless, being non-psychoactive doesn’t make THCA worthless. As earlier said, it boasts several benefits. 

Before we go further, let’s discuss what those benefits THCA offers. 

  • Anti-nausea
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Bronchodilator 
  • Stress-reducing
  • Neuroprotective
  • Metabolic regulator
  • Anti-convulsant 

You can see the benefits THCA offers. These are what many people need and would not trade for a mere “high-feeling.” 

However, people have varied needs. Why some might be hoping to suppress pain, others may be looking to get high.  

So, if you’re only interested in the cerebral effects or euphoria THC offers, it’s your choice. And in your case, decarboxylation is reasonably necessary.  

You cannot leave the decarboxylation process for your body to handle. You have to heat the hemp or cannabis product to make it happen. For the record, our body can’t convert THCA into THC. 

So, it is best you decarb before using your cannabis or hemp product to make edibles. 

How Long The Oil In Your Cartridge Will Last

People using cartridge oil always want to know how long it will serve them. They might not even show much concern about the cartridge oil’s shelf life. 

Two things determine how long your cartridge oil will last. These include the amount of THC or CDB the oil has, including the frequency of use.

And remember, cartridges vary in the amount of THC or CBD they contain. They come in 250mg, 500mg, and 1g sizes. 

Now, let’s calculate how long your vape cartridge will last. We’ll be using a 500mg cartridge because it’s the most common. 

Each 500mg cartridge has an inhalation time of approximately150 seconds. But what determines how long it would last is the duration of your pulls. 

Let’s assume you puff for just a second. In total, you’ll get 150 puffs. Yes, that’s it. 

If you’re the type that puffs three times a day (one second per pull), your cartridge will last for 50 days. 

If you take a three-second drag and do so once daily, the cartridge will serve you for 50 days. But if you take three seconds drag, three times daily, your cartridge will last a couple of weeks. 

So, it all depends on how frequently you use the cartridge. And don’t forget that you may not be the only one using it. If your partner uses it, it might finish faster. They may use it more frequently than you do. 

That is why the above estimate isn’t always possible. In the same vein, if you ask most people to share their idea of how long they think vape cartridges last, their responses might not be the same. 

On the other hand, if you utilize your cartridge for recreational purposes, say once or twice weekly, it might serve you for months. 


Now, you have read how to decarb cartridge oil. It’s time to take action. Decarboxylation helps to convert THCA or CBDA to THC and CBD, respectively. It will enable you to get the cerebral and euphoria effects from the compounds. 

The steps on how to decarb oil in a vape cartridge is simple. But mind you, decarboxylation isn’t for every cartridge. Some cartridges are below par. 

Decarboxylation of a poor-quality cartridge can have detrimental effects on the user. It could increase the risk of lung damage. It doesn’t matter whether you decarbed the cartridge the right way. Once it’s a poor quality product, avoid it. 

On that note, people using vape cartridges are advised to purchase the product from reputable sources. Don’t settle for less or just any cartridge you come across. 


Jacob Lindsey

Jacob is a home remodeling guru having worked over 15 years in construction in Reno, NV, mainly focused on home renovations. He likes taking ideas from his clients and making them a reality.

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