Preparing Cannabis for Edibles
How To Decarboxylate Cannabis
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What is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation or decarbing is a heating process used to activate cannabis. Decarbing is necessary because raw cannabis doesn’t provide much if any of a high unless it is sufficiently heated.
Instead of THC and CBD, raw cannabis mainly contains THCA and CBDA. The “A” stands for acid and it means that a carboxylic acid is attached to the compound. This carboxyl group must be removed in order to convert these compounds into their active forms.
THCA has some benefits, such as an anti-inflammatory, but it does not have psychoactive effects and does not get you "high." So, if you’re trying to make edibles that will get you high, you’ll need to decarboxylate your cannabis first.
How Does It Work?
In simple terms, decarboxylation is heating cannabis up in order to convert THCA to THC. This process happens when smoking or vaporizing cannabis because these methods expose the cannabis to heat.
Why Decarb Cannabis Prior to Cooking?
Cooking cannabis doesn’t heat the cannabis enough to decarboxylate it. Cannabis needs to reach a temperature above 220°F in order to decarboxylate, and the inside of any food you’re cooking won’t get that hot.
Decarboxylate – Step by Step Instructions
The quickest and easiest way to decarb cannabis is to spread out the cannabis evenly on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 220-250°F.
Shortening the temperature will reduce the potency slightly and so will reducing the time spent in the oven.
7g to 14g cannabis (bud, trim or sugar leaf)
Parchment Paper (optional)
Step 1: Grind cannabis thoroughly but not to a powder. If you do not have a grinder, break the cannabis up as evenly as you can.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 250°F.
Step 3: Line baking sheet with parchment paper (optional).
Step 4: Spread out cannabis in a thin, even layer on baking tray.
Step 5: Place baking sheet in oven for 20-30 minutes.
Step 6: Remove from oven and let cool.
Step 7: Store in an airtight container (glass preferred) in a cool, dry and dark place.
Your cannabis is now ready to eat. Add it to your favorite recipes or try: