Stoner Guide; The Importance Of Decarb
Making edibles and extracts is a great way for patients who can’t smoke to medicate. Ingesting cannabis also has a better effect on pain problems in the body, much like Tylenol and Aspirin. Taking cannabis in one of these forms lets your lungs take a break and you avoid inhaling any chemicals that marijuana gathers when it is is smoked. What people don’t realize is that you shouldn’t just be throwing bud in to a recipe and cooking away… You’re not getting the full potential of the cannabis in your food.
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that makes you get high. This substance, however, is not present in the cannabis plant. Instead, it is THCA, a form of THC but as an acid. In order to get the THC to activate when the plant is in flower form, heat must be added. We don’t realize that this process takes place when we smoke or vape our weed because the heat is obviously added, either by a lighter or a heating mechanism.
By just grinding up regular bud and throwing it in the pot, there’s a process called decarboxylation. This is where the CO2 in the marijuana is released, changing the THCA in to THC. When making products such as oil and tincture, this step in extremely important. If you don’t decarb the bud before fusing it with the fat and sugars in the tinc/oil, you’re missing out on quality THC. If you’re making food rather than an extract, make sure that there is heat added to the marijuana somewhere in the steps of the recipe. If there is no heat, it’s smart to decarb the weed before you begin cooking.
There are many different suggestions online of how to decarb properly. The best one that I was able to find had lab results from the weed that had been decarboxylated and it showed the increase of THC from the raw flower to the weed that was used in the recipe. By going through this process, your end result will be stronger and more potent, as compared to ending up with something not so strong.
Here’s a link to the decarb process that I use when making cannabis tincture. I hope that it works as well for you as it does for me!
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