Cannabis users who are planning on cooking with marijuana any time in the near future need to learn one all-important trick: decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is the process by which consumers heat cannabis through vaporization or flame to release the psychoactive compounds within the plant. This allows people to enjoy the psychoactive properties of cannabis and put together tastier and more potent homemade edibles. Here's what you need to know about the decarboxylation process.
When cannabis is in its raw state, it contains a great deal of a compound called THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), which has a variety of medical benefits but doesn't produce psychoactive effects. When cannabis is heated, however, it goes through the process of decarboxylation, which releases the carbon dioxide within the compound, turning THCA to psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This allows consumers to enjoy the full range of psychoactive effects that cannabis has to offer, and is a necessary step for those who intend to cook with marijuana.
When beginning the decarboxylation process, one of the most important things to keep in mind is temperature. While marijuana needs heat in order to decarboxylate properly, too much heat can damage the delicate compounds within cannabis, burning it and making it smell and taste charred and bitter. Because of this, low, slow heat is best. Lower temperatures allow the cannabis to decarboxylate properly without compromising the delicate terpenes (the compounds and oils that give different strains of cannabis their distinct tastes and smells) contained within it.
In addition to providing a satisfactory olfactory and oral experience for marijuana aficionados, terpenes also possess a wide range of benefits, from stress relief to increased focus. Heating marijuana on a flame that's too high can damage the terpenes enough to destroy those rare and sought-after health benefits.
While decarboxylation may seem like a difficult process, it's easy to do at home using simple tools and your own oven. Just follow these directions:
In order to ensure you're decarboxylating your marijuana properly, follow these tips:
While decarboxylation isn't a word found in many novice cannabis users' vocabularies, this simple process is an important tool to transform the non-psychoactive compounds of cannabis into psychoactive ones. Decarboxylation is a must for anyone who intends to cook with cannabis, as it allows consumers of edibles to reap all of the medical and psychoactive properties of cannabis in a tasty package. For experienced cannabis consumers and novices alike, decarboxylation is an important tool for every cannabis lover to have in his or her toolbox.