Jun 21, 2017 12:05 PM

Do You Really Need to Decarb Weed?

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.

What is decarboxylation?

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.

Cooking With Cannabis: Basics
Cooking With Cannabis: Basics
Have you ever felt a craving to cook a delicious dish and share it with your friends? Do you want to make it a little bit more spicy? Add cannabis and get the tastiest high in your life.

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.

How to decarb marijuana?

The process of “activating” cannabinoids in cannabis is quite simple. Decarboxylating weed can be done in five easy steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 220–225 degrees Fahrenheit (100-105⁰ C). On the one hand, at this temperature all the acids will be effectively converted to cannabinoids; on the other hand, this temperature is not high enough for your weed to lose all its terpenes and flavor.
  2. Take cured and aged buds and break them up into smaller pieces with your hands.
  3. Evenly lay out these cannabis pieces on a baking tray. You can cover the tray with parchment paper to prevent the weed from overheating and burning.
  4. Put the tray into the oven and leave it there for 45-50 minutes. Make sure to stir the buds every 10-15 minutes, so they will toast evenly.
  5. Take the tray out of the oven and let the buds cool down. You will notice that they have changed the color to a darker green or even brown.

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.

Cooking With Cannabis: Top 5 Recipes For Your Everyday Experience
Cooking With Cannabis: Top 5 Recipes For Your Everyday Experience
Today, the Internet is full of various recipes for marijuana-infused edibles. You can easily find the recipe for your favorite weed cheesecake, brownie, or lollipops. But it is rather unlikely that you would cook such dainties every day.

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