Cannabis, which is also known as Weed, is a type of psychoactive drug that is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant and is utilized for medicinal as well as relaxation purposes. Consequently, when you heat weed, the psychoactive content in it gets active. Well, if you are manufacturing edibles from cannabis, it is important to decarboxylate it first. In this article, we will discuss how to decarboxylate weed, its importance, and manufacturing process in detail.
What is Decarboxylation?
Well, the principal component that is responsible for the psychoactive property of the cannabis is THC, however, to activate the THC, it is important to provide some heat to it. Once you add some heat on the weed or cannabis, the psychoactive component of weed gets activated. The THC level in raw cannabis is limited although it includes THCA. Thus to activate it, it is better to heat it. Once you heat up the THCA in the raw herb, it is converted to THC.
Also, decarboxylating weed is not similar to cooking and unfortunately, it will not get converted in an edible form within your body’s digestive system itself. However, the decarboxylation of weed is a simplistic process. So, let’s discuss its production method in details.
Importance of Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation of weed is an important process, as this is the process that makes it edible and consumable. A question may arise on your mind, that if the weed is heated will it lose its potency? Well, the answer to this question is no. It will not decrease the potency of the weed. However, it is the opposite of it. That is if you don’t decarboxylate the weed, you may not feel its psychoactive property. Thus decarboxylation is a significant step for making the weed dietary.
Weed Crushing: Grinding of Weed
Before decarboxylating weed, the weeds need to be broken or grounded nicely, either by hands or by grinders. There is this uncertainty regarding the consumption of weed, although it is always better to break the weed in small bits for an efficient result.
Small Piece Weed
This process involves crushing weed with your bare hand. Well, there is nothing to get frightened of it as it can be easily done without any concerns. You can break it the same way the bits of broccoli are broken, apart from that all the bits of weed should be efficiently baked so that it can be easily crushed.
Grinding Of Weed
Crushing weed without bare hands is an effortless process as it can be done by any food processor and does not require any personal involvement. Nevertheless, the only issue with using grinder is that the weed might spill all over or some of them might deposit on the sides and can be quite complicated to eliminate. Hence, grinding is an effective way to obtain weed but you may face some of its loss due to spilling.
Ways To Decarboxylate Weed
Decarboxylation of weed requires crushing of the weed and baking it later. Thus, this process can be done through various techniques including natural method, oven bags, baking sheets as well as mason jars. Let’s discuss the techniques in particular.
The first and foremost way to decarboxylate weed is to do it naturally. This method involves leaving the weed as it is. With time the weed becomes edible itself and the THCA content transforms into THC, thus providing a psychoactive effect on the weed. With time, the weed becomes golden in colour and thus gets smokable without any issues. However, it is a time-consuming and lengthy process.
Steps To Decarboxylate Weed Naturally
To decarboxylate weed naturally, all you have to do is leave it as it is. Thus, if you want your weed early or in less time like before 1 year, it is better to avoid this method of preparation
The second way to decarboxylate the weed is by baking it on a baking sheet. The drawback of this process is that it is pretty stinky and generate a bad odour everywhere in your entire house. Therefore it is better to do this method in front of some fan, as with this method the odour may depreciate with time.
Things Required For Baking
- Baking Sheet
- Foil or Parchment paper (no wax paper)
How to Perform the Baking Process
Preheat your oven at 250°F and following that all you have to do is affix some foil or parchment paper on the baking sheet. Later, all the broken or ground weed is placed on the baking sheet and baked for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, once the bits of weed turns brown in colour, it is ready to consume.
It is easier to perform the method in Oven bags rather than the baking sheet. In this process, you don’t have to place any foil inside the oven bag. The complete method is done by placing the bits of cannabis inside the bag. However, the smell produced by it is very strong and much stinky than the baking sheet.
Things Needed For Oven Bag Process:
- Baking Sheet
- Oven bags (sometimes called turkey bags)
How to Produce Weed With Oven Bags
Firstly, preheat the oven for 240 °F, add the bits of weed inside the oven bag and tie a knot on it. Tieing a knot is important, as it keeps the smell and aroma inside the bag and does not let it spread it all over your place. After that, you have to wait for 30 minutes as this step involves baking. You can consume baked weed after 30 minutes. The colour of the weed should be changed into a brown colour.
Mason jars are considerably well-known equipment which exists in practically every household. It is capable of retaining the smell of the weed intact inside the jar. Also, it does not let it spread all over the house.
Things Needed For Oven Bag Process:
- Wide-mouth Glass Mason Jar
How to Produce Weed With Mason Jars
This involves, retaining bits of weed inside the mason jar. Once it is bolted in the mason jar, an oven is preheated for 240°F and then the weed is deposited in the oven. Thus, it is kept inside the oven for 30 minutes and cooked inside it. Once it gets baked, the colour of the bits should be transformed into brown colour.
In a Nutshell
Decarboxylating weed is a remarkable remedy to turn THCA into THC. Thus, transforming it from non-psychoactive to psychoactive content. However, it is important to convert the weed into bits and then cook it by diverse methods.
The weed can be broken with hand or grounded in the food processor. Either way, it gets, smelly and uncomfortable inside the entire house. After that, the preparation method can be done naturally, with baking sheets, oven bags as well as mason jars.
To transform weed to edible form, it is important to decarboxylate first. It involves supplying heat to the cannabis, which in turn helps in creating a psychoactive property.