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Decarb CBD vs Raw CBD – What’s the difference?

Decarb CBD vs RAW CBD? If you’re new to CBD this might be one of your top questions. The difference between raw CBD products and decarb (also referred to as decarboxylated CBD) is a bit of a science. It can be tricky to know what the benefits are of each, so here we break down how to tell the difference between the two, hopefully making it much easier for you to know which product option is the right for you.

Before picking out a favorite CBD oil, it’s rather important to have basic knowledge of the different compounds found in cannabis sativa. As their functions have a lot to do with the difference between decarb CBD vs raw CBD.

Cannabis Sativa, Compounds, Cannabinoids Explained

Cannabis sativa is a member of the botanical Cannabaceae plant family. There are many different strains of cannabis found in this species, including the hemp variety. There is often confusion as to whether hemp and cannabis are the same plants with the same properties.

Although they both come from the same plant family, they are differentiated by their amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol THC (which is a psychoactive compound). To clarify the difference, hemp describes a plant that contains 0.3-0.2 % THC, and cannabis (marijuana) is a word often used to describe plants that contain high amounts of THC, which is what gives it its psychoactive effect and causes the ‘high’.

Hemp just like everything else in our world is made up of compounds. Simply put, compounds are the building blocks of life, just like atoms and molecules. The compounds found in cannabis, in particular, are called cannabinoids which form the plant’s chemical structure.

When it comes to hemp there are over 80 cannabinoids, all with their own distinctive benefits and qualities. There are varying amounts of these cannabinoids found in each strain of cannabis, with some having more cannabidiol (CBD) and others having more THC.

Due to hemp’s dominant CBD content and low THC. It is widely used to create CBD products.

So, now we have the science bit out of the way, we can get down to what that means for you and your CBD products.

The Difference between Raw CBD or Decarb CBD

What is Decarboxylation?

The decarboxylation process changes the chemical structure of compounds. Which is usually done via heating or drying raw hemp plant material or extract. The heating process of decarboxylation transforms acids into hydrocarbons – for example, CBDa into CBD. CBDa which is found in raw hemp extracts is converted to CBD when heat is applied, making CBD the more dominant cannabinoid.

Hemp extracts in their raw state contain a range of acidic cannabinoids and minor cannabinoids that each have benefits of their own. If decarboxylation is not done correctly some of these beneficial cannabinoids can be lost. Decarbing raw hemp at lower temperatures can help preserve some of the trace compounds.

Did you know?

THC only becomes psychoactive when heate. THCa, THC’s acid precursor, is non-psychoactive. Only when heated it converts to THC. This often happens naturally with the sun when hemp plants are grown in the fields.

What Are the Benefits of Decarboxylation?

So, you may be wondering, why we decarboxylate in the lab? well, this comes down to changing the remaining acidic compounds, like CBDa into just CBD. Why? I might hear you ask, well that’s due to the popularity of CBD dominant products.

CBD dominant products have become popular in recent years due to anecdotal evidence that has popularised cannabidiol for therapeutic use. Hemp in its raw state has a broad profile of cannabinoids – acidic compounds, such as CBDa and minor cannabinoids including CBN and CBG, however, some users prefer the effects of more CBD.

As far as scientific evidence goes there is very little that documents the effects of acidic and minor cannabinoids. Of all the non-psychoactive cannabinoids, CBD has the most scientific evidence to date, therefore it is the most widely used.

While decarboxylation’s main purpose is to convert acidic compounds into non-acidic compounds – it is also thought that this process makes cannabinoids more accessible to the body, making them easier to absorb.

What is Raw CBD?

Raw indicates that there are still acidic compounds left intact in the hemp extract. Raw CBD products remain close to the original plant and haven’t been changed through the curing and heating process of decarboxylation. That means that cannabinoid acids, minor cannabinoids, and other plant properties are still present.

Using methods such as CO2 extraction; raw extract is created using natural hemp plant material. This method extracts an entourage of compounds from raw plant material without the use of chemicals. Leaving you with CBDa and CBD intact.

Not only does this preserve CBDa, but it also preserves a wide array of cannabinoids, terpenes and trace compounds that are all known to have potential health benefits. In other words, raw CBD products have a larger spectrum of cannabinoids than the decarb product.

Raw CBD vs Decarb CBD – Which is better?

The time has come for the big finale, but unlike most other finales, we are in the fortunate situation of having two winners. As it turns out, it all comes down to your personal preference.


Raw CBD allows you to access a wider variety of compounds and cofactors. These include terpenes, minor cannabinoids and acidic cannabinoids including – CBDa; elements that are otherwise broken down during the heating process.

Decarb (heated) CBD

Decarb is specifically high in CBD, this is due to a heating process called decarboxylation, which makes CBD the more dominant compound. It is thought that the decarboxylation process makes CBD more bioavailable to your body making it easier to absorb.

The final choice

Some users choose raw CBD for its mild stimulating effects, while others use decarb CBD for its relaxing properties. The effects of raw CBD vs decarb CBD, described by users are extremely varied. So when it comes to defining the effects of either it all comes down to how your body reacts. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different, so using decarb or raw formulas is not always the same for everyone.

Beginners should start out with a low dose and slowly increase until they find an amount that gives them their desired results. This should always be based on how you feel after taking a CBD product and should be monitored to see if doses can be increased or decreased.

If you need further help choosing raw CBD vs decarb CBD products, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care team in the chat box in the right hand corner.

Raw CBD vs decarb CBD which is better? It can be tricky to know the benefits of each, here we break down how to tell the difference between the two.

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What Can You Do With Activated Cannabis?



Instant edibles allow you to eat your cannabis as-is, and they’re also your best bet if you want to retain as much potency as possible. Many expect a strong “weedy” taste and are pleasantly surprised that with the precision of the Nova and the tiny amount they need to reach their dose, they taste only the delicious food they (or their local pizza place) created. Decarb your cannabis in the Nova and simply sprinkle it on your foods. This is an amazing option for the delicate dosers, the non-cookers, or really anyone looking to skip a step and still create a strong, potent product.



After activation, it’s easy to extract into butter, oils and alcohols to make your favorite products. From culinary delights and topicals to beauty treatments and suppositories, the possibilities are endless. When you can make potent blends at the press of a button with less than one gram of decarbed flower, what’s not to love?



Most are floored to find out that smoking only gives you about 10% – 20% of the available cannabinoids. Smoking certainly achieves some decarb – but very little survives the combustion. Decarbing first gives you a more potent smoke and is especially popular with those looking for a heavy, sedative feeling that can help with sleep and those pesky nerves.

The First Ever Home Decarboxylation Machine

We set out to create a device that could decarb cannabis in just one click, and we did just that. The Nova Lift is the simplest and most reliable way to activate THC or CBD guaranteed.

Insert Cannabis

Works with flower, kief, and concentrates

Turn it On

Plug it in and click a button to start

Wait for Activation

It will take about an 1.5 hours to fully activate

Consume or Infuse

Remove your cannabis and enjoy responsibly

Fast, Odorless, and Efficient

I tried about every method to decarboxylate and everyone had serious disadvantages like odor, mess, inefficient results. Then I decided to try the Nova. It is “THE” way to go. Granted, it will cost a bit, but your results will very quickly recover the investment. I would never go back to the old methods.

Awesome device… would decarb any other way.

I use the decarb unit in place of putting the flower into the oven as part of my QWISO recipe. The quality of the product after using the Ardent decarb unit is much better than I could have ever achieved by using conventional methods, and WAY easier. Kudos on such a great product!

A labor saver that is efficient & consistent.

I purchased the Nova unit from Ardent about a year ago & have been extremely satisfied from day one. This unit does in a little over an hour what had been taking me several hours with inconsistent results previously. Plug the unit in, fill the retort with your product & push the button. It is that simple. What a joy. The resulting “decarbed” end product is decarbed to as close to perfection as possible. I have found that this not only activates the THCs but also seems to bring out the CBDs as well. I have decarbed not only cannabis but also hemp with noticeable results. I can not say enough about not only the Nova Unit but also the Ardent team. They have been very responsive to my questions and are also very courteous & knowledgable. To me the purchase of the Nova unit was money well spent.

This machine, combined with my MB machine, make my life relatively simple when it comes to my edibles. To decarb my herb, I simply place the desired amount in the Decarboxylator, (which is so beautiful, I leave it on my counter), and turn it on; that’s it! Thanks for making such an amazing product!

Works great. No smell while working. So easy to use!

A must for every home canna chef

The Decarboxylator is a must for any home cannabis chef who is looking to get the most from their plant medicine. I have been using this device for months and will never look back. Simply put this is the best device on the market for those looking for easy at home counter top decarboxylation.

Best Cannabis I’ve ever had

I live in Canada, I have sold units up here to people. They were bringing me their medical Cannabis to decarb in my ardent. The oils I make r out of this world. Thanks for a great unit that takes the guesswork out of decarbing cannabis. Ardent knows the secret to green medicine. Loyal customer for life and life changing.

A very unique and exclusive botanical appliance

My choice of obtaining the Lift was due to the number of informative articles and video demos available. Not to mention desiring your botanicals being all they were meant to be. Of course, I did my own sample testing of material used with the help of a couple associates whom tested and stated the differences between the two samples done on two different days. The two samples used was the non-decarboxylated material consumed on one day, in its natural state and a second sample that was “Lifted”. After the 1 1/2 hour decarb process, the Lifted sample was then heated and consumed and was discernibly fast acting! Hence being much more active than the non-carb’d sample. Another note is the immediate and helpful support I received from Jae for personally handling my expressed concern of their product. The customer service was excellent. I don’t believe there is another tool or appliance for accurate decarb of healthful botanicals. Everyone wanting their botanicals to be at its inherent potential should get this. I am glad I purchased one. Smiles all the way around. Thank you.

The Ardent Nova Decarboxylator is a discreet smell free solution to in-home decarb & infusion. Save money and accurately dose cannabis.