Decarboxylation 101: How To Decarboxylate Weed For Edibles and Topicals

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Decarboxylation 101: How To Decarboxylate Weed For Edibles and Topicals

Decarboxylation 101: How to Decarboxylate Weed for Edibles and Topicals

Decarboxylation 101: How to Decarboxylate Weed for Concentrates

Decarboxylation is a crucial process in the production of medical quality edibles. Read here to learn what you need to know about how to decarboxylate weed.

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Getting into baking and cooking marijuana edibles requires a little time and thought. You could take the route of the quintessential stoner and whip up whatever you can, but creating quality edibles for medicinal or recreational purposes takes some understanding. 

One piece of that understanding is decarboxylation. It's a big word, we know, but we're here to help you unpack it and understand how it applies to making edibles. 

Understanding Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is the act of separating carboxylic acid from an organic compound. It seems a lot more scientific and complicated than it is in practice. To give you an idea, decarboxylation occurs when you smoke marijuana out of a pipe. 

Adding heat to cannabis starts the chemical process which activates the potential for psychoactive effects upon use. The process occurs in any pipe, vape, edible, or device used to consume marijuana.

We'll be focusing on "de-carbing" your marijuana to use in edibles.

De-Carbing for Edibles

In order to perform decarboxylation in preparation for edibles, you'll need a few things: an oven, a cooking pan or baking sheet, parchment paper, and, of course, weed.

If you're a person who vapes weed, a lot of the leftover bud you have after vaping can be used to bake in edibles. Different vapes will leave your bud in different shape after use, but give it a shot and you might be able to save a good deal of money when making edibles.

We're going to use 40 grams as a standard to use in this article. Put your weed through a grinder, and pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees. Lay your parchment down on the baking sheet and spread your ground marijuana across evenly. 

Make sure it's evenly spread and consistently ground. When the oven is preheated, place the prepared pan in the oven. The length of time that you bake marijuana depends on how moist it is.

For well-dried bud, the general timeframe is around 30 minutes before the batch is complete. As you get into moister bud, you'll need to bake it for progressively longer periods of time. 

With that said, the differences are going to be minimal if you're relatively close. As a general rule, bake moist bud for roughly 40-45 minutes. That is a happy medium between baking for too long and coming up short.

After you pull the batch out of the oven, make sure to let it cool all of the way down. You're then good to use it in whatever way you intend to!

Something to Keep in Mind

The process is not an exact science. Feel out your process and experiment a little to see how flavors and experiences change as you add more bud, change the temperature, or include your own ideas.

Want to Get More Tips and Tricks?

The ins and outs of marijuana are too numerous to describe in one article. Whether you're looking for new ways to consume marijuana or you're just interested in finding things to do while you're high, we've got you covered. 

To go beyond decarboxylation, visit our site.

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