How To Decarb Weed
Decarboxylating cannabis is a needed step in making super-potent edibles.
What does decarboxylation (decarbing) mean? Is it a way to take out extra carbohydrates from your incredibly nutritious, fresh buds to form a low-carb smoke or snack?
No, that isn’t its definition….
Decarboxylation is a technique used to change the compound known as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) making your regular weed into high-octane weed!
Why Should I Know How to Decarb Weed?
Consuming the seeds and leaves of cannabis in its natural, raw form will give you wonderful nutrients such as vitamins, fiber and minerals. But you will not have that feeling of elation that most consumers expect. In order to meet that goal, marijuana has to be heated. That is why many achieve that ultimate enjoyment by drying the cannabis out and smoking it.
However, many people experience mj in different ways other than smoking it. Some participants like to eat it in their favorite desserts. Knowing how to decarb cannabis makes that consciousness-expanding experience possible in your baked goods!
How Do Decarb Weed?
Now that you know what decarbing is and why you should do it, don’t you want to know how to decarb weed? Knowing how to decarb cannabis is essential for every edible bakers’ success in producing that ideal cake, cookie or brownie.
One of the methods for decarbing marijuana is using your fresh weed, a shallow baking dish, aluminum foil or butcher paper, a food processor, an oven thermometer and an oven.
After gathering up your materials, prepare the oven by placing the rack into the center of it to promote even heating of the marijuana. Since ovens can vary in temperature, be sure to hook your oven thermometer under the rack to ensure its proper thermal reading. Preheat it to 225 degrees Fahrenheit or 107.22 degrees Celsius.
Take off a portion of either aluminum foil or butcher paper and gently scrunch it up. Place the rumpled foil/paper in the baking dish. The rumpled foil/paper will ensure even baking of the marijuana.
Break up the cannabis with your hands or in a food processor. Don’t break them up too much or you may scorch your product! They shouldn’t be any smaller than a piece of rice.
Lay the weed in the shallow baking dish. Place a second piece of foil/butcher paper over the product. Be sure to check your baking thermometer to see if the oven is at the correct temperature. If the oven is at the proper temperature, then put the dish inside it. If it isn’t the right temperature, adjust the knobs until it is corrected. Remember, this is a delicate operation where you can burn your bud!
Bake for 45 minutes. When the 45 minutes are over, take the baking dish out of the oven. Inspect your marijuana. If it is a gorgeous golden brown, you have completed your mission! If it needs more baking, place it back into the oven and continue to cook it at 5 minute increments until you are satisfied.
Remove the decarbed cannabis from the oven. Let it chill out until it reaches room temperature for 30-60 minutes. Put it into an air-tight jar to use at a later date for baking edibles.
Some people may feel that this process is a big waste of time. However, there are advantages to decarbing your cannabis and making your own edibles. One advantage is that you know exactly what ingredients are used in them. Another advantage would be that people who can’t or don’t want to smoke can use them. Your edibles may even help someone in pain. It might take a minute, but this activity sounds like a fun way to spend your afternoon!