The decarboxylation process involves using low heat in extended time in order to convert the THCA into THC, the compound, or cannabinoid that causes the psychoactive effects. Without the decarboxylation process, the effect of the edibles may become lackluster or weak. Being a main supplement in growing cannabis, growers always find ways on how to decarb weed successfully.
Decarboxylation is an important step in cooking your cannabis.
It involves using low heat in extended time in order to convert the THCA into THC, the compound, or cannabinoid that causes the psychoactive effects. Without the decarboxylation process, the effect of the edibles may become lackluster or weak.
Why is Decarboxylation Important?
It is important to decarb because it is what makes the edible work. The decarboxylation process is one of the most important steps if you are making edibles because it is what makes your weed feel like weeds if you eat it.
It may sometimes be counterintuitive when you cook your weed alone. Some may think that it would burn all the good stuff in it and turn it into less potent. However, this is not true. This will not reduce the potency of your edibles as long as you know all the guidelines. The truth is, if you do not decarb your buds before eating them, you will not have the psychoactive effects of your cannabis. You can consume a lot of raw buds, and what you will be left off is a breath that smells just like a dispensary.
How to Decarb Your Weed
Decarbing your weed will need to expose your cannabis in hot temperatures for an extended time. For instance, to make sure that the THCA is converted to THC, you will have to expose the flowers of your cannabis to a temperature of about 105–116°C in a span of thirty to forty-five minutes. Some may suggest high temperatures of about 120°C, but this is already considered the ceiling. It is very important not to decarb it longer than the suggested period so that it can preserve the necessary terpenes, which give your cannabis a great flavor. Both terpenes and cannabinoid may degrade at a temperature which is above 150°C, so a temperature of about 105°C will make sure that it will preserve its potency and taste.
These temperatures may be reached by using some methods and may depend on what you favor and what you have access to. Below are some of the ways that have been tested and tried in decarbing your weed:
- Method 1: Decarbing using an Oven
A lot of people have an oven in their kitchen, and using this method is one of the most practical in decarbing your weed.
- To start off, preheat your oven to a temperature of about 105°C. While you are waiting for your oven to fully warm-up, get your plant matter and tear it down into smaller pieces using scissors or your hands until it becomes small chunks.
- After that, put a baking paper sheet in your baking tray and place your weed spreading out evenly into it. Put it in the oven for about thirty to forty-five minutes.
- Remove the weed from your oven. It must turn into golden brown and must be crumbly when you touch it. Let it cool down and make use of a food processor or grinder to turn your weed in a coarse grain. This is then ready for extraction and cooking.
- Method 2: Decarb your Weed using the Microwave
Making use of a microwave is one of the quickest and easiest ways to decarb your weed, but this method has some tradeoffs. Some people say that using microwaves can cause degradation in the terpenes and cannabinoids. But at the end of the decarbing process, the smell at the end will convince you that there are still a lot of desired chemicals that remain. This method is said to be faster compared to others and can also minimize the chances of having your stash be burned.
- To start decarbing your weeds in the microwave, break up your cannabis first in small chunks using scissors, grinder, or your hands.
- Place the processed buds on a plate that is suitable inside the microwave. Close the door of your microwave and time it for about 2-3 minutes. You can flip the buds half-way through during the process
- That’s how simple decarbing your weed using a microwave. Your cannabis is then ready for extraction and cooking.
- Method 3: The Sous Vide Method (Can Decarb your Weeds Evenly)
The sous vide method makes use of a vacuum-sealing in plastic bags and lets you put your cannabis in a cooking pot that is filled with water. This method can thoroughly and evenly decarb your cannabis and can protect it from having burnt during the process. This method will require a vacuum sealing machine. Sous vide precision cooker, weed grinder, and cooking pot.
- To start off, grind down your weed until it becomes a coarse grain.
- After that, seal the ground flowers in a plastic bag by using your vacuum sealer.
- Fill your pot with water and put the sous vide cooker in the pot, and set the temperature at about 95°C.
- As soon as the water had reached the temperature, place the bag of weed in the pot for about an hour.
- After that, remove the bag from the pot and remove all the buds from the bag.