Why Decarboxylating Your Cannabis Is So Important

The term ‘decarboxylation‘ may appear complicated, but you might have experienced it while making something out of your cannabis. In general, it is a means to heat cannabis to make sure it is well used in the edibles.

What is Decarboxylation?

Technically speaking, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) is the acidic precursor to THC. It refers that without having THCA, there would be no existence of THC. As for this is not used for any psychological effects.  To convert it into THC, the process of decarboxylation takes place, that is, the application of heat to remove the carboxyl group (the ‘A’). In other words, we can describe the process as turning the raw THCA into a usable THC.

How is Cannabis Decarboxylated?

Generally, for vapers and smokers, decarboxylation takes place naturally after the toking process. However, the results are not as refined as you can do it at home. You can quickly decarb the terpenes and cannabinoids in your weed by igniting a little flame. It will let you suck in and utilize the advantage of its instant effects. Some of the methods are given below:

Decarboxylation in Oven

Undoubtedly, the simplest and uncomplicated method for decarboxylating cannabis is baking them in the oven, especially at the time of making edibles. Some basic steps include:

  • Fine grinding
  • Baking tray should have a parchment
  • Spread your weed evenly
  • Preheat the oven at 115℃ to place your tray for around 45 minutes (keep a check and stir if required).

Note: High temperature may not lead to required results and may burn your weed too.

Decarboxylation in Microwave

Want to save your 45 minutes of guarding your weed inside the oven? Then go ahead and use your reliable microwave for decarbing your cannabis in minimum minutes. The steps you need to follow include almost the same process that is;

  • Grinding the weed (medium consistency).
  • Place your weed in a safe bowl
  • Microwave it for around 90 seconds on HIGH
  • After taking out, smell your weed. The smell should be pungent – not burnt.
  • If you think your weed is not ready, place it again for 60-90 seconds.

Note: Microwaving cannabis is a little delicate because it does vary from one another because of no control on temperature. Therefore, keep a constant eye while using moderate temperature, and use your nose to identify if it has been described perfectly.

Decarboxylation by Sous-vide Method

It is a decent method to decarb the weed. The process consists of the following steps:

  • Grind your weed (medium consistency) and keep it in a sous-vide bag to vacuum-seal it.
  • If a sous-vide precision cooker is available, use it by setting it up at 95℃, place the bag in the Cooker for almost an hour. If you do not have it, keep a saucepan filled with water on the stove for boiling (high heat).
  • When the water is already boiled, cool it down to the temperature between 95-100℃
  • Keep your weed bag (vacuum-sealed) in the water and let it cook for 60 minutes.

Note: All those using this method should know patience is mandatory because it will need more time than other methods mentioned above. However, the results are extremely consistent.

Natural Decarboxylation

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It is very useful and can always be decarboxylated naturally in a few days if left separately and untouched. The exposure to different elements is adequately good for turning THCA into THC and can be further turned into cannabinoid CBN, but this process takes time. Otherwise, a lot of heat will be required to push it for quick results.

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