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In short, decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to “activate” THC (and other cannabinoids) in order to produce mental effects when consumed. Decarboxylation of hemp is an important step in the production of edible food.
This may seem like a fancy word, but it’s not that complicated. In fact, you have already decarboxylated the cannabis every time you light the cannabis or take a sip of the cannabis from the vaporizer!
But why do I need to activate THC? It turns out that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is only found in trace amounts in fresh (unheated) cannabis flowers. The most abundant cannabinoid in most cannabis varieties is actually THCA (tetrahydrocannabinoid acid).
Although THCA is not psychoactive, it has potential therapeutic applications that researchers have not discovered until recently. A study found that “THCA may be a more effective substitute for THC in the treatment of nausea and vomiting.”
So, if your goal is to get high, you need to decarboxylate cannabis before consuming it.
What is the best way to decarboxylate cannabis?
When deciding how to decarboxylate cannabis, you have a few different options. But the simplest and most common method of decarboxylation (or “decarb”) of cannabis is the oven and tray method.
For this decarboxylation method, you need:
- An oven
- A baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Dried cannabis flower
First, preheat the oven. Grind your hemp and spread it evenly on a tray lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven for 30-45 minutes, then remove and cool. Now, your decarbonized hemp is ready to be infused with high-fat substances and made into edible food!
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