The Importance of Decarbing

Are you making edibles at home but don’t know how to prep your flower to get all the effects of THC? DIY edibles take a little time and require some precision but the payoff is so, so worth it.  

Decarbing cannabis is an essential low, slow cooking process that turns your THCA into THC. Just like lighting a joint or heating up a dab rig, weed requires heat to activate the THC so that it can do its magic. That process of heating and activating the THC in your weed is called decarboxylation or decarbing. 

Start off with ⅛-¼ oz of your favorite strain and have your recipe ready for making infused cannabutter, oil or a grain alcohol based tincture. We use 1 cup of the chosen cooking fat per ⅛ oz (3.5g) of flower.

Preheat your oven to the absolute lowest temp you can. Keep in mind that not all ovens and toaster ovens are totally accurate so feel free to adjust accordingly. Cannabis should never ever be heated over 300F and generally, the less heat the better once it’s decarbed. 

Start by grinding (not pulverising) your cannabis and choosing your method of decarboxylation….

Crock Pot – Set your crock pot to about 220 or low and add your weed directly to the crock pot. Alternatively, using a small pyrex dish and water to make a double boiler. Close the lid and let it do its thing for an hour. By the end, the weed should look a little more brown then when it started – this is a good sign. 

Oven- Preheat your oven to 245ºF. Place ground cannabis buds in an oven safe tray or pyrex or whatever you have on hand. Cover the tray tightly with foil or a lid to prevent smells from seeping. Throw it in the oven and let that thc activate over the next 40 or so minutes. 

Sous Vide – Odor free and my personal favorite thanks to its simplicity and precision. Set your immersion circulator to 194 F (90C) and allow the water to come to temperature. Take your coarsely broken up bud and seal it very well in a foodsaver bag or a heat safe ziploc. Put your bag o’weed in the water and make sure it doesn’t float to the surface. Wait two hours and remove! 

When removing your cannabis from it’s cooking container, get absolutely as much resin (sticky residue) as you can. That’s the good stuff. Tip: if using a jar or sous vide plastic, pour your cooking fat right into the original container and reseal. No green gold should go to waste. 

Now your thc is activated and ready for consumption – while not the tastiest, you can technically eat this weed straight up and get all the fun effects of edibles. We recommend using this decarbed weed to infuse into things like cannabis oil, weed honey, cannabutter, or the of other weed infused recipes you can find on the site. 

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