While sounding intimidating, decarboxylation isn’t as difficult of a process as you would expect. You do it every time you spark a joint or light up a bowl! That is if smoking is your thing.
Decarboxylation is essential in making you actually feel the psychoactive effects of THC and the calming effects of CBD.
Without decarbed weed, the plurality of cannabis tinctures, oils, and edible products would be non-existent!
Stay with us as we break down the decarboxylation process, how to decarboxylate and how to use your decarbed cannabis.
What’s Decarbing and Why is it Needed?
Decarbing, short for decarboxylation, is the process of “activating” your cannabis for consumption. In its “raw” form, cannabis is filled with cannabinoid acids, inactive cannabinoids that your body has difficulty interacting with.
Through decarboxylation, the acid forms of cannabis’s most 2 primary cannabinoids, THC-A and CBD-A, transform into CBD and THC. Decarboxylation increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoids, making them more palatable for your endocannabinoid system. It’s a system that works with cannabis to get you high, but it’s also critical for ensuring your survival.
When you smoke a joint, pipe, or bong, the decarboxylation process is automatically applied through the combustion of the flower.
But activating your cannabis for edibles and concentrates is a slightly different process, but fortunately – it’s just as easy.
Depending on the potency and strength of your flower, the temperature and time required will differ.
How to Decarb Your Cannabis
Now that you have the basics and recognize the importance of decarboxylation, let’s get right to it.
- Cannabis of your choice, particularly a high CBD strain (charlotte’s web, harlequin)
- Oven pan
- Parchment paper
Step 1: Source high-quality and high THC/CBD strains
The flower you elect to use will have a direct result on both the quality and yield of your decarboxylated cannabis.
Use fresh, sticky cannabis with high CBD (or THC if that’s your thing) content to maximize potency and quality. Old or dry cannabis runs the risk of burning during the decarboxylation process.
If you’re looking to produce some CBD medicated edibles or concentrates, source high-quality hemp (less than 0.3 percent THC by weight) or high CBD flower strains to increase CBD yield.
Step 2: Preheat the oven
Set your oven to a temperature between 105ºC to 115ºC (220ºF to 235ºF) (depending on the model of your oven).
Step 3: Grind your cannabis
To decarboxylate your cannabis, simply grind your flower until it can be thinly spread over some parchment paper and place it in the oven.
Grinding your cannabis beforehand maximizes the surface area of your flower and ensures an even roast.
Aim for a coarser grind instead of a fine one — too fine and you run the risk of burning your flower in the oven. If possible, use your hands to break up your cannabis.
Step 4: Bake
Allow your cannabis to bake for anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes. Once the cannabis turns dark golden brown, you can take it out of the oven and cool it off.
Final Thoughts on How To Decarb Cannabis
Now that you know how to activate your cannabis through decarboxylation, you can use it to make cannabutter and a host of other edibles.