If you smoke weed, then you know how it gets you high. However, if you’re not aware of how to clean and decarb weed the proper way, then it can make your experience worse than it should be. When smoking marijuana flower or concentrates, there are two primary ways to get high: by smoking dry flowers and by eating oils or other concentrates.
Smoking dry flower buds is probably the most common way to consume marijuana because it’s easy and quick. But with dry flower buds being so popular, many people don’t realize that cleaning and decarbing them can actually increase their potency—and this means they won’t have to use as much bud per session or buy as much in order to achieve their desired effects!
Decarboxylating weed is a crucial step in the process of extracting THC, since decarbing activates the THC.
Decarboxylation is the process of removing a carboxyl group (a carbonyl with two oxygen atoms) and releasing carbon dioxide (CO2). The result is that THC, which has been inactive in its acid form, is activated and becomes psychoactive.
Decarboxylation converts THCA to THC by freeing up the CO2 molecule trapped inside the plant. This chemical reaction is also known as decarbing or activating weed.
The process is simple: It involves exposing your cannabis to heat. In other words, decarboxylation is a form of cooking.
The heat from the cooking process causes a chemical reaction that removes the carboxyl group from THCA and releases carbon dioxide, which changes THC-A into THC.
The most common way to decarboxylate cannabis is by baking it at 225°F for about 45 minutes. This will release the CO2 molecule but not activate all of it. If you want to achieve 100% activation, you can use a heat gun (hair dryer) or butane torch.
Do Not Grind Your Weed Before Decarbing!
You’re not going to want to use a grinder when you’re decarbing your cannabis. Grinding it will reduce the surface area of all those little buds, and this is bad because they need to stay intact so that they can absorb all the necessary compounds. If you grind them now and then roast them later, they won’t be as potent as if they were still whole.
However! You can definitely use a grinder after decarbing and before roasting—just make sure that you grind up only what you need for a session or two at a time so that you don’t lose any potency from over-grinding!
The optimal temperature for decarbing cannabis is around 230°F-240°F.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that occurs when cannabis is heated. It’s the process by which THC and other cannabinoids are activated, meaning they can be absorbed into your bloodstream more easily.
The optimal temperature for decarbing weed is around 230°F-240°F, but the exact temperature depends on how long you want to wait before smoking or consuming it.
The longer your weed stays at this temperature (and thus increases its potency), the better off you’ll be—but if you’re impatient enough not to wait around for hours before smoking up some bud, then don’t worry: there are ways around waiting patiently in order to enjoy potent medicine!
One way to speed up the decarboxylation process is to microwave your cannabis buds. Microwaving weed will not activate cannabinoids, but it will make them more bioavailable. To do this, preheat a glass bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so (until it’s hot). Then place your buds inside and heat for another 30-60 seconds on high power until they’re slightly browned.
You can also accomplish the same thing by placing your buds in a pan over medium heat. Just don’t leave them alone for too long, or else they’ll burn! Another way to speed up the decarboxylation process is to use an oven.
Preheat your oven to 230°F and place your cannabis buds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or aluminum foil). Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow them to cool before smoking or consuming them.
You can use a kitchen oven to decarb if you like but they don’t work as well as a specially made cannabis decarboxylation machine.
If you want to decarb weed in bulk, then a dedicated cannabis decarboxylation machine is highly recommended. These machines are easier to use and produce better results than using an oven or other device.
If you don’t have the budget for a dedicated cannabis decarboxylation machine, then your next best option is to use your kitchen oven. However, while this method works well enough on small quantities of weed at home, it can be very time-consuming if you’re trying to cook large batches of bud as part of a commercial operation or growing operation where there are several people involved in producing marijuana products like edibles or tinctures.
It’s okay to let your weed get really brown and crispy looking, but do not let it burn.
You might be tempted to let your weed get really brown and crispy looking, but don’t do that. If you let your cannabis become too dry, it will get a burnt taste and smell which is not pleasant at all. Just keep an eye on the temperature and make sure it doesn’t go over 240 degrees Fahrenheit for too long.
When you are done with the cooking process, let your weed sit in the oven for another five minutes. Then turn off the heat and remove your cannabis from the oven.
Decarboxylation is key to getting high when eating cannabis.
Here’s how decarboxylation works:
- Raw cannabis does not contain active THC. This means that you won’t get high eating raw marijuana. Instead of getting high, you’ll feel sleepy or nauseous due to the high amount of CBD in your system. Decarbing is the process of activating THC so that it can be absorbed by your body when you consume it through smoking or eating.
- The process requires heat and time, both of which are important when decarbing weed. If you don’t heat up cannabis enough during this process, then there won’t be enough heat to activate all of its cannabinoids (the compounds responsible for giving users a euphoric feeling). If you wait too long before consuming it after decarbing has been completed, then some THC may have been lost due to oxidation (aka deterioration).
We hope that you’ve found this article helpful. Decarboxylation is an essential step in the process of making edibles from your home-extracted THC, and it’s also just a fun experiment to do in order to learn more about how cannabis works! Just make sure not to burn your weed when decarbing and there should be no problem with getting high on your own extraction.