Last Updated on 3 months by Isreal Olabanji DST RN
Have you ever thought, why don’t people just eat dried cannabis buds? What would happen if they did? Well, the answer is virtually nothing, you will have no psychoactive effects by consuming raw cannabis, though you may get some medicinal benefits.
However, if you want to get the full effects of your strains, you need to heat them first. This process of converting cannabis buds to a mind-bending substance is called decarboxylation.
What is decarboxylation?
From the point of view of chemistry, decarboxylation means removing an acid group from a fatty molecule. In the case of cannabis, decarboxylation is necessary because raw cannabis plants have THCA instead of THC. THCA is not psychoactive, and it stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid. Through decarboxylation, the acids or carboxyl groups are removed from THCA to create THC, which is the substance responsible for most of the psychoactive and medical effects of cannabis.
However, that’s enough science, let’s get to the actual process of decarboxylating your cannabis buds.
How can cannabis be decarboxylated?
If you were wondering how to Decarb weed, there are many ways to do so. Weed can be decarboxylated by using simple household appliances. However, the easiest and most straightforward way to do it is using a standard oven. Therefore, let’s get started; here are the instruments and ingredients you will need to Decarb your cannabis buds.
- A pyrex baking tray (simple trays can also work)
- Some aluminium foil or parchment paper
- Your cannabis buds
Start by setting the temperature of your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, and position the rack that you are going to use in the middle slot. You need to understand that the dial on the oven only represents that average temperature of the oven, and ovens are usually hotter at the top and colder at the bottom, therefore, placing the rack in the centre ensures that you can stay as close to the set temperature as possible and the decarboxylation can happen at the ideal temperature.
Cut a sheet of aluminium foil slightly larger than the baking tray and lightly crumple it. Place the sheet on the tray, and put your cannabis buds on top of it to prevent direct contact with the baking tray, which can get very hot and burn the cannabis before it has decarboxylated entirely. The baking tray usually conducts the heat better than aluminium, so the crumpled-up foil acts as an insulator
Lightly break up the cannabis, but make sure to not make the pieces too small otherwise, they will burn quicker. Spread the pieces of cannabis evenly over the sheet, make sure not to overcrowd them. Place another aluminium sheet on top and place the baking sheet in the oven for about 45 minutes. The kitchen is going to get quite aromatic when the cannabis is cooking, so be ready for your kitchen to smell like weed.
After the time is completed, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool down to room temperature for at least half an hour. Check your buds, and if there are lightly toasted and golden brown in colour, they are ready to be used. Once the cannabis buds have cooled off completely, put them in an airtight container, and store them for use in the future.
What can decarboxylated cannabis be used for?
That’s it! Plain and simple! By following these simple steps, you can easily Decarb your cannabis at home and use it in any form of edibles you want. You can go for the classic cannabis brownies or cannabis-infused cookies, or you can make some more fancy cuisines that involve cannabis. The decarboxylated cannabis can also be used to make concentrates and, of course, you can simply smoke the strain as well.
To sum it all up, cannabis is a prevalent and common drug, and though many people know how to use the drug for recreational or medical purposes when it is bought from the store, very few are actually aware of how to process raw cannabis that you grow at home. Therefore, we have mentioned the process of decarboxylation in this post. This process makes your cannabis buds effective and ready to smoke or use in any form of edibles. We have explained the easiest and most convenient method in this post, so I hope that you find it informative and useful.
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