If you make edibles or cook with marijuana, you must first decarboxylate the plant material. It is a complicated term for an easy process. Decarboxylation is actually only warming up your marijuana so that all effective substances are released. Read this article and learn all about decarboxylation of marijuana.
If you want to enrich food with cannabis, then decarboxylation is a must. You actually do the same with smoking or vaping marijuana: you heat it up. Have you ever lit a joint? Then you have already decarboxylated marijuana.
This process of decarboxylation is therefore essential when infusing food with cannabis. Without decarboxylating first, it will have no effect and the cannabinoids from the flower tops will not do their magic thing.
If you bake something with cannabis, a heating process will automatically take place. But if you want to get the most out of your buds, it is still a good idea to do a decarboxylation process first. The effect will then be stronger.
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First things first: what is decarboxylation of marijuana?
Marijuana consists of a carboxylic acid. This ensures you don’t experience a high from raw cannabis. However if you heat cannabis to smoke, vape or cook, the carboxylic acid disappears. This activates the cannabinoids and unblocks the psychoactive effects. Now you understand why the buds are dried and cured first, otherwise they cannot burn. And it is precisely because of the burning/heating that the chemical compositions of the cannabinoids change. For example, THCA becomes THC. THCA (before heating) is not psychoactive. But THC (after the heating) gets you psychoactive high.
How does decarboxylation take place?
It’s all very simple. You take a quantity of weed and grind it. Make sure that it is ground so finely that you can evenly distribute it over a baking tray. Place a sheet of baking paper on the baking tray and spread all the weed evenly. Now place the tray in the oven and bake the cannabis for about an hour at 100 degrees. If you bake for a long time at a low temperature, you will prevent it from burning, but you will ensure that all effective substances become active.
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