22 Apr Decarbing Weed: The Right Way
We’ve all seen Super Troopers.
We all know the scene where the guys in the car see that they’re getting pulled over and decide to eat all the weed and shrooms that they have. Hilarity ensues. But did you know you won’t actually feel that much after you eat a bag of weed? You might feel awful, but you won’t really get high.
In order to consume cannabis and get the effects of THC, you’ll need to decarb your weed.
This is especially important information to know if you want to make some tasty treats with your bud. We’ll take you through the right ways to decarb weed and what you need to make brownies, gummies, and other delicious treats.
Why Do You Need to Decarb Weed?
You know what THC is – it’s the cannabinoid that gets you high. But THC is only found in small amounts of raw cannabis. It’s more present as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is THC attached to a carboxyl ring (COOH.)
THCA is a great cannabinoid, and although researchers still have a lot of work to do surrounding this compound, it promises some great benefits. Early research on THCA has already shown serious potential for treating the following conditions:
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Prostate cancer
- Appetite loss
These are all well and good, but none of these effects result in the couch lock that you’re looking for. In order to get the psychoactive effects of THC, you’ll have to remove the carboxyl ring from THCA to form THC. This sounds like a crazy wild process, but you’re not splitting an atom.
It’s actually quite easy to decarb weed. All you need is to dry or apply heat to the cannabis.
Turns Out, You’ve Already Decarbed Weed Before
If you’ve ever smoked or vaped weed (which we’re assuming you have,) you’ve already decarbed weed before. The temperatures of the vape or your lighter are so high that weed “decarbs” instantly. That’s why you just eat raw weed, you’re not going to feel the effects of THC. Aka, you won’t get high.
We know what you’re saying: “But I love eating weed in edibles!” We know you do. Edibles are delicious and hit you hard. But the edibles that you buy online have decarbed weed in them. If you want to make your own edibles, you’ll have to decarb weed yourself.
What To Do With Decarbed Weed
Most people who decarb weed don’t just eat the decarbed flower after. That would be kind of weird.
So what can you do with decarbed weed? We have a few suggestions:
- Pop it in your tea
- Make cannabis capsules
- Make tinctures
- Blend them up again in a smoothie or a protein shake
- Infuse the decarbed cannabis with coconut oil to make a balm for pain relief or lotion
The list goes on and on – feel free to get creative with your decarbed weed. You can also make a cannabis butter at the same time that you are decarbing your weed, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
So we’ve talked about what to do with decarbed weed. Now let’s talk about how to decarb weed. Luckily, this process is very easy. All you need is an oven, parchment paper, and about 45 minutes of your time.
How to Decarb Weed In the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 235 degrees. This is a little higher than the minimum temperature needed to decarb weed, but we want to be safe here. Don’t set it higher than this temperature – a rushed job at temperatures over 300 could be harmful to your bud. (And trust us, you don’t want to harm your bud.)
- Grind your weed finely and spread it evenly across the parchment paper. Put all of this on a baking tray.
- Pop the tray in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes!
How to Decarb Weed in a Slow Cooker
If you want to make cannabutter (a great thing to have on toast, put in brownies, or even swirl around your coffee,) consider using this method. Using the slow cooker takes more time (obviously,) but many argue that this helps to preserve the terpenes that give your weed its flavor and affects.
- Grind up your weed finely. You’ll need about an ounce to make this work.
- Place weed, one pound of butter (about four sticks,) and one cup of water into the slow cooker.
- Heat on low for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. If the mixture starts to look a little thirsty, top it up with a splash of water.
- Remove the mix and strain it through a cheesecloth. Remove any pieces that escaped until you are left with only liquid.
- Pop the mixture into a small tub and put in the fridge until solid. Enjoy!
What Are Decarb Ovens?
If you don’t want to devote a whole day to decarbing, or have other uses for your oven, you can still decarb your weed. There are small decarb ovens on the market that are portable and easy to use. All you have to do is pop your cannabis into the oven, press a button, and wait. You can also infuse cannabis into butter or oil with these products.
The nice thing about these products is that it is designed specifically for decarbing weed. If you forget to take your weed out of the oven, or your oven malfunctions and gets hotter than you want, you could lose a whole lot of weed. You don’t have to worry about that with a portable decarb oven, but you will have to set aside a bit of your weed budget to purchase one.
Ready to Make Some Edibles?
Once you decarb your weed, or make it into cannabutter, it’s time to get baking. Cannabutter is the base ingredient for most edible treats. (Other recipes use tinctures or cannabis oil.) We’ve got all the edibles you need to become the star of your next party (or the shame of your next family gathering.)
Love weed brownies? We’ve got 10 recipes that you can try out.
If you prefer gummies and candy, we’ve got you covered here.
Last but not least, you can check out our guide to edibles for newbies. It explains how to properly ingest edibles (spoiler: wait an hour before upping your dosage) and other recipes.