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by Doug Rawson | Feb 6, 2020

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The cannabis plant has a variety of compounds, known as cannabinoids. These compounds provide medical and therapeutic health benefits. But some are inactive until they are heated up.

Decarboxylation is a chemical process that converts one type of cannabinoid, for example CBD-A into CBD or THC-A into THC. This process helps unlock the full medical and therapeutic potential of these compounds.

So, if you want to make cannabis edibles or tinctures, decarboxylation is essential.

The Cannabis Decarboxylation Process

Although there may be benefits of cannabinoid acids in raw cannabis flowers, these compounds are generally thought of as being less active. On heating, the molecular structure of these “acidic” cannabinoids change. Heat removes a portion of the molecule called the “carboxyl group”. This is why this process is called “de-carboxyl-ation”.

Why do you need to Decarboxylate your Cannabis?

There are numerous receptors, in our body that can be thought of as “locks”. When a “key” interacts with these locks, it creates a response. When we decarboxylate cannabis, we are turning cannabinoids into a form that activates certain, specific receptors, to achieve a certain response.

You can easily Decarb Cannabis at Home.

Here are the three methods you can use.

#1 Decarboxylation in Oven

First things first! Ensure that you keep an eye on your cannabis during the process.

If you sense a burning smell or the cannabis turns brown too quickly, turn the temperature down. You can buy an oven thermometer if you are going to use this method regularly for a more accurate reading.

Tools you need:

  • Cannabis
  • Grinder
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and place the oven rack in the middle. Ovens remain colder at the bottom and hotter at the top. So putting the oven rack in the middle provides an ideal temperature for decarbing.

Step 2: While the oven heats, you can grind your cannabis flower into smaller pieces. Do not grind too fine as it will increase the risk of burning.

Step 3: Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. It minimizes the direct contact between cannabis and the baking sheet. Otherwise, the sheet can get hotter than the air in the oven.

Step 4: Spread your ground cannabis across the parchment paper in a single layer.

Step 5: Now, place the baking sheet in your oven. Cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring cannabis every 10 minutes.

Step 6: Once the cannabis turns darker in colour, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Let the activated cannabis cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. At this stage, your cannabis should look golden brown and lightly toasted.

Step 7: Now, store your decarboxylated cannabis into an airtight storage container.

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