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De-Carboxylation: How to "activate" the cannabis in 6 steps

Cannabis in its natural form, before it is heated (smoking, steaming or cooking), contains almost no THC and CBD, but the acidic form of cannabinoids, THCA, and CBDA. In order to "activate" them to cause the desired effects, they must be heated to a precise temperature in a process called de-carboxylation. So do it right.

You must have met quite a few times with friends who disappointedly told how they invested in making brownie cookies with cannabis, but when the moment of truth came and everyone sat down to taste - the psychoactive effect was weak or not felt at all.

The reason this familiar script is repeated over and over again involves most people skipping one significant step before any cooking or baking with the cannabis plant: de-carboxylation.

What is de-carboxylation?

Carboxylation is a heating process that is performed to make the cannabinoids found in the plant psychoactive. Cannabis in its raw form (whether dry or fresh) contains very few psychoactive ingredients, if any, and especially the acid configurations of known cannabinoids - THCA, CBDA, and so on. The A symbolizes ACID, THC acid, or CBD acid.

De-carboxylation process - decomposition of cannabinoid acids, active cannabinoids - preparation of fresh cannabis for effective consumption
DeCarboxylation - THCA becomes the active cannabinoid THC

Therefore - even though this acidic configuration Is considered especially healthy And recommended for consumption in its natural form without psychoactive effect - until we pass on the same acids in the heating process that will make them known to influential cannabinoids, the business will not work as we wish.

In this process of de-carboxylation, the carbon molecules (and their associated molecules) are separated from the molecular chain of the material, thus breaking down the basic acids into active cannabinoids - any cannabinoids at another temperature:

Cannabinoids breakdown in cannabis
D - Carboxylation of cannabinoids - the temperature at which the active components of cannabis break down (click to enlarge)

Common consumer activities such as smoking or steaming do the heating process, so when you smoke a joint or a vapor in a vaporizer, the process takes place before we absorb the substances. As you probably understand, in the case of smoking the temperature is not accurate, and sometimes evaporated.

Why is it necessary?

Why should a heating process be done if it is done with smoking or evaporation? Because some people prefer cannabis to eat. Many of them customarily mix the bloom blossom directly into Cannabis butter recipe, Assuming that cannabis will undergo the process of de-carboxylation while baking. This is partly true - but not accurate and not enough.

In this case cannabinoids in the outer part of the dough may go through the process, but since the inside does not reach the appropriate temperature, the rest of the cannabis in the dough will contain only THCA (the compound from which the main active ingredient breaks down in cannabis - THC), so cookies will have no significant psychoactive effect.

Precisely because of this it is necessary to do de-carboxylation before any activity with cannabis in the kitchen.

How to De-Carboxylation

The simplest and quickest way to perform a de-carboxylation process is to spread the shredded pieces on a tray with baking paper and place the tray in the oven.

De - carboxylation - cannabis on tray

The process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, at a temperature of 120-140 ° C.

Ingredients: 28 g of grated cannabis inflorescence.
equipment: Baking paper, tray, grinder, oven.

Step one: Take cannabis thoroughly

De-Carboxylation - Stage One: Cannabis Reactions

Step two: Preheat the oven to 120 degrees

De-Carboxylation - Phase Two: Pre-directed furnace

Step three: Place the baking paper on the tray

De-Carboxylation - Stage Three: Baking Paper on Tray

Step four: Sprinkle a thin, equal layer of grated cannabis on the baking paper

De-Carboxylation - Stage Four: Sprinkle the inflorescence on the tray

Step five: Put the tray in the oven for 20 up to 30 minutes

De-Carboxylation - Step Five: Sprinkle the inflorescence on the tray

Step six: Remove the tray from the oven and let the cannabis cool down

De-Carboxylation - Stage Six: Inflorescence is ready

More tips:

  • You can "play" with the amount of cannabis specified in the recipe - the main thing is that it will be scattered in a thin layer, without being piled or spilled from the tray.
  • If this is a species that contains more CBD than THC - it is recommended to heat the oven to 135 degrees for about 45 minutes to allow cannabidiol to be expressed (CBD decay temperature is slightly higher).
  • If no tray is available, you can wrap the cannabis in aluminum foil and place it directly in the oven.
  • A true de-carboxylation process leaves the cannabis brown-golden.
  • Another indication that cannabis is about to be ready will be when it will begin to spread odor.

pay attention: The cannabinoids in the plant are not soluble in water - only in oil. For this reason, it is essential to include in any Cannabis recipe for cooking or baking a fatty component: milk, butter or even coconut oil will work fine. No water, and therefore a cup of tea with a flower Cannabis will not do the work, unless perhaps the need for the mixture also milk.

Chocolate Cannabis Pudding

Simple and fast recipe idea: After cannabis has undergone the process of de-carboxylation, you can simply mix it with any chocolate or fruit delicacy, or any other prepared food with an oily component - in appetite!

see also:
6 Tips for making fresh cannabis juice
The Green Refresher of the Summer: Marijuana Smoothie

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