How To Decarboxylate Weed
Do you make your own cannabis oils? How about edibles? If the answer is yes, then there is an excellent chance that you are aware of the process of decarboxylation. To truly get the most potent effects out of your favorite flower, you need to know how to decarboxylate weed.
What Is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is the process of fully activating all of the THC compounds in your cannabis to enhance its potency. When you smoke cannabis traditionally, the heat is decarboxylating the flower and releasing all of the cannabinoids into the smoke or vapor that is, in turn, inhaled and absorbed into our lungs. When cooking with cannabis, however, you must first decarboxylate it to utilize its full effects.
So Without It, I Won't Get High?
If you eat an 1/8th of raw cannabis (not advised) we’re not saying that you won't feel any effects at all, however, they will likely be underwhelming. Again, we do not recommend eating raw bud!
The marijuana plant is not nearly as psychoactive in its raw state; it doesn't yet contain THC, the psychoactive compound that gets you high. What it does contain, however, is THCA (or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). Heating THCA converts it to THC, which is where the process of decarboxylation comes in. This results in bud that contains active THC which can then be used to make edibles.
How To Decarboxylate Weed
You'll only need a few things to get started on the decarboxylation process (apart from the oven that should already exist in your kitchen):
– Baking sheet
– Parchment paper
– ¼ oz cannabis (ground)
First, start by lining your baking sheet with parchment paper to cover the entire surface area.
Once your paper is in place, take your ¼ oz of ground cannabis and spread it evenly across the parchment paper.
Preheat your oven to 240 F and when it's ready, go ahead and place your baking sheet in the center of the oven and let it bake for approximately 40 minutes.
Make sure not to leave your cannabis in for much longer than 40 minutes because while the heat is necessary for converting the THCA into THC, if left in for too long, the cannabis can begin to burn. Set a timer and keep a close eye on your bud!
Once you remove your weed from the oven, you can either cook with it straight away, or if you need to save it for another time, make sure to store it in a dark place.
And that's it! It's not a hard or laborious process at all, and now you have unlocked an entire world of things you can do with your cannabis beyond simply smoking it. Why not try this simple cannabis oil recipe or spice up your dinner with weed spaghetti or cannabis burgers! If sweets are more your speed, try weed brownies or weed gummies. The possibilities are endless, all thanks to the process of decarboxylation! Now you know how to decarboxylate weed.
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