Decarboxylation is one of the keys to making high potency cannabis edibles and tinctures. Thankfully, decarbing cannabis is very simple. Turn THCA into THC using just your oven, some trim, foil and a pyrex dish. Let it cool and use it in all of your favorite marijuana edibles recipes. You can find some of my favorites at http://wakeandbakecookbook.com.
If you’re curious about edibles or want to learn more, these posts can help:
Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil – http://bit.ly/1q71cmx
Decarboxylating Cannabis to Activate THC – http://bit.ly/1RtcTNu
How Much THC is in my Cannabutter (or cannaoil) – http://bit.ly/1XTY886
From the Decarb Blog Post
Why Should You Decarboxylate Your Weed?
There are several reasons why decarboxylating cannabis is so important when making potent and medicinal edibles, tinctures and topical treatments. When you decarboxylate your cannabis using controlled temperatures and times you:
fully activate the THC in your material making it readily psychoactive.
don’t risk the evaporation of the antitumoral (cancer-eating), anelgesic (pain fighting) and antianxiety (chilling out) compounds found in cannabis that can be lost if you overcook or overheat your cannabis.
get potent edibles, tinctures and topicals with all of the medicinal value in tact… every time.
How Long Should You Decarb Pot?
Thanks to Marijuana Growers HQ and their amazing decarb experiment, we actually know the answer to that question… the world really owes them a round of applause.
They tested keif and trim at 240• F for 30 minutes and 60 minutes and had the results tested for several different cannabinoids. Here’s what they found:
30 minutes was not quite enough to completely decarboxylate either the kief or the trim. At 30 minutes the kief was about 90% decarboxylated but the trim was only about 60% decarboxylated. This difference is likely because the trim had a higher starting moisture content. After 60 minutes however, both keif and trim samples were close enough to 100% decarboxylation for my satisfaction.
So there you have it. 240° F for 60 minutes should be enough to decarboxylate any cannabis with a reasonably low moisture content. For material with higher moisture content, the time can be extended but the temperature should not be increased. If you are concerned about losing organic compounds, lower heat can be used but the time should be extended to compensate.
Based on the the results of that experiment, I feel confident enough to decarb my trim at 240• F for one hour and my keif for 30 minutes at 240° F. Since I started doing so, my edibles and topicals have seen a dramatic increase in efficacy.
So now you know that decarboxylation is an important step in making cannabis infused products. Thankfully, it’s a super easy process that requires very little input from you. You can decarboxylate cannabis by dehydrating it, putting it in boil-able cooking bags and boiling it, and pretty much doing anything to it that will heat it up/dry it out completely. But the easiest way is probably in the oven.
1. Preheat oven to 240• F (116•C).
2. In a pyrex dish, evenly spread out:
Any amount of Buds, Trim, or Keif
3. Cover with tinfoil (optional).
4. Place pyrex into the oven and bake for 30 minutes for keif or 60 minutes for buds/trim.
5. Remove and allow to cool completely. Use immediately or store in a mason jar in the freezer.
Let me know if you have any questions!