How to decarboxylate your cannabis properly

Author: Morfaya | Date: 25 April 2023 | Comments:


Well, well, well...looks like someone wants to get baked! Are you looking to elevate your edibles game? Want to whip up some delicious pot brownies, tantalizing THC gummies, or want to make sure your cannabis is as baked as you are? Fear not, my friend, for we, Morfaya, will today teach you how to properly decarboxylate your herb!

Don't be fooled though by the fancy term, decarboxylation is just a fancy way of saying "activate those cannabinoids so you can get high AF."

Cannabis molecules

So, grab your oven mitts and get ready to turn up the heat, because we're about to teach you how to decarboxylate like a pro!

But first, what is decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate its THC and CBD compounds, making them more bioavailable. Without decarboxylation, consuming raw cannabis flower or trim will not produce the psychoactive effects that many people associate with using cannabis.

How do we decarboxylate our cannabis?

1. Preheat your oven to 115°C (240°F).

Make sure you don't accidentally preheat your microwave oven or your toaster oven! Otherwise, your decarboxylation may turn into a decapitation, and that's not what we're going for here.

2. Spread the ground cannabis flower or trim evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Don't be tempted to sprinkle the cannabis in the shape of a peace sign or a smiley face. It may look cool, but you want to ensure that it's spread evenly for optimal decarboxylation. Save the arts and crafts for your edibles!

There is a point where grinding the cannabis too finely can actually hinder the decarboxylation process. When cannabis is ground too finely, it can become compacted and prevent heat from reaching all parts of the material, resulting in uneven decarboxylation.

So, breaking your cannabis into small pieces is recommended, but be careful not to overdo it. A medium-fine grind should be sufficient for most decarboxylation needs.

Cannabis in a tray

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.

Now, don't confuse this with your typical baking session, where you might pop some cookies or a cake in the oven and then forget about them for an hour. This requires some attention and timing, so set a timer and stick to it.

Covering your cannabis with tin foil during the decarboxylation process is not necessary and can actually hinder the process by trapping moisture inside. Moisture can interfere with the decarboxylation process and reduce the potency of your cannabis.

Additionally, tin foil can reflect heat away from the cannabis and create hot spots, which can lead to uneven decarboxylation. It's better to let the heat circulate around the cannabis freely by leaving it uncovered on the baking sheet.

4. Check the cannabis frequently during baking to ensure that it does not burn.

If you hear any smoke detectors going off, it's probably too late. Keep an eye on your cannabis and avoid any unnecessary trips to the fire department.

During the decarboxylation process, it's important to keep a close eye on your cannabis to make sure it doesn't burn. Nobody wants to accidentally turn their stash into a pile of ash - unless you're going for a campfire vibe, but that's a different story. Burnt cannabis not only tastes terrible but can also lose its potency, leaving you with a disappointing and lackluster high. So, if you hear any unexpected sizzling, or see any sudden smoke coming out of your oven, it's time to abort mission and pull your herb out. Remember, you're not trying to create the world's smallest smoke machine - you're just trying to activate those sweet, sweet cannabinoids.

5. Once the cannabis is decarboxylated, remove it from the oven and let it cool.

As tempting as it may be to eat the cannabis right out of the oven, let it cool down first. You don't want to burn your tongue or your taste buds, especially if you're planning on making some tasty edibles with it later.

What can decarboxylate cannabis be used for?

Cannabis brownies

Decarboxylated cannabis can be used for a variety of purposes, but it's most commonly used in edibles, tinctures, and topicals. When cannabis is properly decarboxylated, the cannabinoids are activated, which means that they are now in a form that can easily be absorbed by the body. This makes decarboxylated cannabis a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of different recipes and products.

For example, you can infuse decarboxylated cannabis into butter or oil to create potent edibles like brownies, cookies, and gummies. You can also use decarboxylated cannabis to make tinctures, which are liquid extracts that can be added to food or beverages. Additionally, decarboxylated cannabis can be used to create topical products like salves, creams, and lotions, which can be applied directly to the skin for localized relief.

Overall, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using decarboxylated cannabis. Whether you're looking to bake some delicious edibles or create a soothing topical, decarboxylated cannabis is a key ingredient that can help you achieve your desired results.

So go forth, fellow cannabis enthusiasts, and decarboxylate with confidence - your tastebuds (and your high) will thank you!


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