Decarbing for Beginners
When it comes to making edibles with cannabis, there is a step that is often ignored in quick guides, and that is the need to decarboxylate, or “decarb” as it is known in the industry. Decarbing is the process of converting the THCA that the plant naturally creates, and converting it to THC, the chemical responsible for the high you get from consuming cannabis. When we burn cannabis during normal consumption, we are doing this instantly, but through decarbing, we do it a lot slower, and with the aim of creating a more versatile use of the product itself.
What you’ll need:
1 – Baking tray (something pyrex or glass preferred)
2 – Aluminum foil or parchment paper
3 – cannabis of choice
While not necessary, if you have or can acquire an oven thermometer to help keep an eye on temperature.
Now some recipes wil have you decarb in hot butter, to speed up the effects and to produce cannabutter a lot quicker, though through our research we have come to realize this will reduce your wide array of uses and also can dilute flavour.
- Set your oven to 225°F (108°C) and allow it to heat. You will want to ensure the rack in your oven is set to the middle of the oven where heat will be the most consistent.
- Cut your aluminum foil to the size of your baking sheet and lightly crumple it. This is to avoid having the cannabis making direct contact with the baking sheet, which will assist in ensuring it does not burn.
- Break up your cannabis until it is the size of a grain of rice. If it is too fine, you will increase the chance of burning it. You will layer the cannabis on the foil as evenly as possible, then cover with another piece of foil.
- Bake for 45 minutes. You should keep an eye on it, if it smells like it is burning you can turn the oven down. If you have the oven thermometer, this will come in handy.
- Remove from the over after 45 minutes and let stand for 30 minutes. Your cannabis should look likely toasted and golden brown, not burnt.
- Once it is cool enough to handle, place in an airtight storage container and use in future cooking.
From here there are tons of recipes you can use this in, from butters to tinctures in mixed drinks. Our recipes will have many other things you can try with your new decarbed cannabis.