Can You Eat Decarbed Weed?

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    Why You Should Care About Eating Decarbed Weed?

    I had a friend who claimed to have brought homemade marijuana edibles to a few parties. Notice, I say claimed as I personally never even felt a buzz off cupcakes. And, I rarely smoked then; so, my non-reaction was not because of tolerance.

    In hindsight, the reason for the disappointing effect was likely because he did not know about decarbed weed. This is understandable as he likely just baked his cupcakes in an oven like a regular batch of chocolate chip cookies and used raw marijuana instead of decarbed flower. Or, he might have simply forgotten to used decarboxylate weed for his weed edibles. Or, he could’ve been playing a sick joke on us. It doesn’t matter why it occurred. What does matter though is that, before baking weed edibles, you need to learn how to decarboxylate cannabis.

    Can You Eat Raw Weed?

    cannabis Bud
    A Plain Dried Bud Will Not Work For                                                Edibles

    The first Super Troopers is one of the most famous, post-2000 stoner movies. One of the most well-known scenes is when stoners are pulled over for speeding and one of the passengers starts munching down of fresh cannabis flower. Afterward, it shows him being soon stoned off of his ass. The scene though it fiction because in real life you have to decarb weed to get stoned.

    What You’ll Learn Here

    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.

    What is Decarbed Cannabis?

    I will go into this more in-depth later on. But, simply put decarbed weed allows you to feel the high from smoking weed, cannabis edibles, dabs, etc.

    Can You Eat Straight 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, infused butter, cooking oil, peanut butter, infused coconut oil, etc.

    The reason for this is that butter or oils dissolve the THC, 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 (“THCA”) and cannabinoid acids. (“CBDA”) CBDA and THCA both do not have a psychoactive effect. So, THCA will not get you stoned and CBDA will not perform any CBD associated benefits. 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 fresh cannabis or dried flower when making for your edibles.

    Basics Of The Decarboxylation Of Weed

    Decarboxylation removes carboxylic acid from a cannabis plant, which starts a chemical reaction to turn raw cannabis into a mind-altering substance. It is not necessary to know the exact scientific basis on how cannabis decarboxylation works as weed decarbonization is quite complicated. However, as a budding edible chef and/or ardent cannabis you should possess, at least, some knowledge of decarbed weed.

    How Do You Decarb Cannabis?

    All You Need For Decarbed Weed is a Baking Sheet and Parchment Paper
    Baking Sheet and Parchment Paper Is All That Is Need For Decarbing 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 are 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 the reason why microwaving buds is not recommended as a shortcut for drying weed.

    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 is grind the cannabis up, spread the ground-up weed across a parchment-covered baking sheet, and 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.

    Final Thoughts

    Decarbing isn’t rocket science. But, it also isn’t as simple as it seems. So, start with a small batch at first, using average 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.


    Appendix

    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
    • Pain
    • Nausea and No Appetite
    • Anti-inflammation
    • 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.

     


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