What You Need To Know About Eating Decarbed Weed
I had a friend who claimed to have brought homemade edible cannabis cupcakes to a few parties. Notice, I say claimed as I personally never even felt a buzz off his edibles. And, I rarely smoked then; so, my non-reaction was not because of tolerance.
In hindsight, I do not know if he was joking with us or if he did not know how to properly cook edibles. If if it is the latter, it is understandable as he likely just baked his cupcakes in an oven as you would for a regular batch of chocolate chip cookies by using straight-up fresh cannabis.
I am assuming, he likely forgot or did not know that only decarbed weed and not raw cannabis flower will only work for edibles. So, the moral of the story is that you need to learn the decarboxylation process before you attempt to learn how to cook any type of cannabis infused food.
This article will first quickly answer if you can eat decarboxylated raw cannabis. It will then examine, the in-depth reasons for decarboxylation, the overall decarboxylation process, and how decarboxylation is done.
Can You Eat Decarboxylated Weed?
If you came here for the answer to the above question, the answer is yes. Decarboxylated weed can be eaten raw. However, for much better results, you should infuse decarboxylated cannabis with, butter, oils, peanut butter, infused coconut oil, etc. The reason for this that adding butter or whatever you are using dissolves the THC in cannabis, which results in a more effective high.
On the other hand, plain decarbed bud with a water chaser only partially dissolves THC, which means a less satisfactory high and overall less potency.
Why Should You Care About Decarboxylation?
Simply put, if you want to get high and enjoy some of the benefits of CBD you will care about cannabis decarboxylation. (AKA “Decarb”)
Raw cannabis leaf contains, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (”THCA”) and cannabidiolic acid. (”CBDA”) CBDA and THCA both do not have a psychoactive effect. So, THCA will not get you stoned and CBDA will not perform most of the benefits that are associated with CBD. Decarbed cannabis though changes the THCA to THC, and CBDA turns into CBD, which means good times!
You will not get high if you try to use raw weed and not decarbed bud for your edibles.
Basics Of The Decarboxylation Of Weed
Decarboxylation removes carboxylic acid from a cannabis plant. The removal starts a chemical reaction that turns raw cannabis into a mind-altering substance.
The scientific process behind decarbing weed is quite complicated. It is not necessary that the average person knows the exact scientific basis on how cannabis decarboxylation works.
I do not think this is a brash assumption, you likely do no care about the exact reason why decarboxylation works. However, it is helpful that you have some knowledge on how raw cannabis is turned into the mind-altering treat that you love.
How Do You Decarb Cannabis?
Because cannabinoids and terpenes differ from strain to strain, decarbing isn’t a one size fits all deal. However, the process, from strain to strain, is essentially the same, and learning this info will help you understand the importance of decarboxylated cannabis.
Decarbing Weed 101
The decarboxylation temperature should be between approximately 220 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. If you at a lower temperature than 220F the CBDA and THCA will not fully convert to THC and CBD.
On the other hand, when heat exceeds 300 degrees, the terpenes will begin to evaporate, the flavor and smell will start degrading and your THC percentage will be lessened.
That is reason why microwaving bud is not recommended for drying
Decarbing Bud For Smoking
As I stated, the heat starts a chemical reaction that results in decarbing. So, every time you light up a pipe or take a bong hit you are decarbing. This means that if you regularly smoke pot you’ve already decarbed hundreds of times already.
Decarbing for Baking
Decarbing dried bud to cook edibles is a bit more challenging as you must walk the fine line, when cooking, between it being not hot enough or too hot.
Decarbing weed for edibles is done the same way as when you are smoking. You apply heat (from 220 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit) to the raw cannabis. Except instead of a lighter for heating an oven is used instead.
How To Do It
All you have to do grind the cannabis up spread the ground up weed across a parchment-covered baking sheet, and then bake in the oven for around 30 to 45 minutes.
Afterward, you can then start combining the finished product with butter, oil, or whatever you use for your edible baked goods.
Decarbing isn’t rocket science. But, it also isn’t as simple as it seems. So, start with a small batch at first (also don’t use top-shelf weed) and see how it turns out. Then once you have had some success, try decarbing more, and eventually you will have this essential skill mastered.
What is THCA?
Unlike THC, the general public does not know much about THC or even that THCA exists. THCA is what is in a raw cannabis leaf and also a hemp seed oil extract.
THCA will not get you high. However, many use THCA as a superfood substitute. Some of the benefits that it may provide relief from are the following:
- Muscle Spasms
- Nausea and No Appetite
- Prostate Cancer Treatment
Does THCA show up on Drug Test?
Yes, it can according to a late 1990’s study. The subjects in the study took hemp seed oil and then took a drug test.
Per this study, depending upon if you are a light or heavy pot smoker, THCA ingestion (like hemp seed extract) can result in a failed drug test up to three to four weeks after last use. So, if you are drug tested, even though hemp is legal in all 50-states, be wary about taking any form of hemp.