Cannabis in its natural form, before it undergoes heating (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 were disappointed with how they invested in making brownies 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 present 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.
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 turn them into known known cannabinoids, the business will not work as we want.
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 same basic acids into active cannabinoids - any cannabinoids at another temperature:
Conventional consumer actions such as smoking or steaming perform the heating process in question, so when you smoke a joint or Mars 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 true in part - but not accurate and not enough.
In this case, the cannabinoids on the outer part of the dough may undergo the process, but since the inside does not reach the proper 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 not have significant psychoactive effects.
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.
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 the cannabis thoroughly
Step two: Preheat the oven to 120 degrees
Step three: Place the baking paper on the tray
Step 4: Sprinkle a thin, equal layer of grated cannabis on the baking paper
Step five: Put the tray in the oven for 20 up to 30 minutes
Step six: Remove the tray from the oven and let the cannabis cool down
- 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 the cannabidiol to be expressed (the decay temperature of the CBD is slightly higher).
- If no tray is available, you can wrap the cannabis with aluminum foil and place it directly in the oven.
- A proper 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 every recipe for cooking or baking a fatty component: milk, butter or even coconut oil will work fine. Water is not, so a cup of tea with a flower Cannabis will not do the work, unless perhaps the need for the mixture also milk.
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!