There are many ways you can medicate with the help of cannabis: you can smoke it, vape it, or even eat it. In the first two cases, marijuana is decarboxylated naturally. But for those who want to enjoy the effects of marijuana-infused edibles, cannabis decarboxylation is a necessary step.
Cannabinoids are responsible for most of the medicinal and recreational effects of cannabis. But did you know that raw marijuana has no psychoactive effects until the buds are cured and heated? Cannabis decarboxylation is a chemical process that “activates” cannabinoids and allows you to experience all the effects of marijuana at full force.
The main psychoactive compound in marijuana―THC―is, in fact, converted from THC acid (THCA) and is only activated by heat. The same works for CBD and all other cannabinoids. The raw form of CBD called CBDA may be used on its own, although it is less effective than CBD. So, even if your primary goal is not to get high but to manage your disease with the help of a CBD-rich strain, you need to decarboxylate weed before adding it to your meals.
It is highly recommended to decarb marijuana before cooking with it even if you are going to heat your meal later. This way, you can make sure you will get the most out of the plant. Using raw cannabis without decarbing weed buds prior to cooking usually leads to lower potency and weaker effects of edibles.
The process of “activating” cannabinoids in cannabis is quite simple. Decarboxylating weed can be done in five easy steps:
Now you can grind decarboxylated cannabis and either put it in an airtight container or add it to oil or butter and make some cannabis-infused treat.