THC is the most well-known chemical found in cannabis, but it doesn’t occur naturally. In fact, a lesser-known cousin, THCA, is the most common component of natural cannabis. However, THCA readily converts to THC when exposed to heat. This conversion process is known as decarboxylation, or decarbing/decarb weed for short.
What Is Decarboxylation?
Decarbing weed is what converts the THCA into THC. Without this conversion, your weed wouldn’t do much for you.
Decarboxylation Only Occurs at Specific Temperatures:
Decarbing weeds doesn’t happen at room temperature. When you smoke cannabis, it happens while you burn it. However, if you’d like to make edibles, you’ve got to decarb some other time.
How to Decarb Weed as Home: 3 Methods
You can decarb weed at home rather easily. Any of the following three methods ought to do the trick. Each of them has its own benefits too. For example, if you’re worried about the smell, might we recommend checking out the sous vide. That method produces the least smell of them all.
|Mason Jar:||Cooking the bud in an airtight container helps in a few ways. You’ll have a lot less smell in the house. Plus, terpenes collect on the sides of the jar.|
|Oven:||Using an oven would be the most straightforward way. With just an oven and bud, you can decarb your weed today.|
|Sous Vide:||Sous vide would be the stealthiest way to decarb your weed. If you’d like to decarb on the down-low, this would be the way to go.|
Decarbing Weed in the Oven
Since using an oven would be the simplest approach, we’ll start by showing you how to do it this way. First, let’s make sure you’ve got all the right equipment.
|Oven:||Hopefully, your oven has a timer and digital temperature gauge. Set the temperature to 225 degrees F while gathering everything else.|
|Grinder:||You could grind up the weed by hand. However, we’ve found grinders tend to produce better results.|
|Timer:||Timing is essential in order to decarb weed. If you let things cook for too long, it could ruin everything.|
|Marijuana:||We’d suggest starting with a relatively small amount at first. That way, even if you make mistakes, you won’t have much to lose.|
|Parchment Paper:||Parchment paper is great because it prevents your weed from sticking to the pan.|
|1) Preheat the Oven to 225 Degrees.|
|2) Grind Up the Weed Using the Grinder. Most of the time, you’ll want your weed to be about the size of rice. You might need to put it through your grinder more than once to get it this small.|
|3) Line the Pan With the Parchment Pape.|
|4) Cover the Parchment Paper With a Layer of Freshly-Ground Weed|
|5) Once the Oven Finished Preheating, Toss the Pan Into It. Aim for the middle rack so that the heat exchanges evenly.|
|6) Wait for 30 Minutes. You can take a look at the weed throughout the process. If it starts to turn too brown, pull it out of the over early. Since ovens cook at varying temperatures, things might happen quicker than you’d like.|
|7) Stir Up the Weed.|
|8) Wait Another 20 Minutes.|
|9) Take Everything Out of the Oven. If everything’s been done correctly, the weed should look slightly brown. However, it should still have some tint of green in it. Overly-brown weed would be a sign that you’ve overcooked things a bit.|
Decarbing Weed in an Air-Tight Container
Perhaps, you’d like to cook using the oven. However, since you’ve got neighbors, you’d rather not permeate the home with the scent of weed. To decarb without smelling up the place, we’d suggest using an airtight jar.
Similar to the Process Listed Above, But You’ll Use a Mason Jar Instead of a Pan:
You’ll follow the same procedure as the one we listed above. However, instead of putting the weed on a pan, place it inside of a jar.
Lock the Ground Weed Into an Oven-Safe Mason Jar:
Once you’ve got the weed in the jar, put it in the over.
Shake the Jar Every 20 Minutes:
Gently stir the weed every so often. After about an hour, it should be ready to come out.
Using a Jar Preserves the Terpenes, so You Can Use Them for Concentrates:
You should see the terpenes coating the sides of the jar once you pull it out of the oven. Use this jar to make concentrates with even more terpenes, creating a better flavor.
Decarbing Weed by Sous Vide
Sometimes, you’d rather do things discretely. Decarb weed without bothering anyone. You could use a sous vide and no one would be any the wiser. Plus, immersion circulators tend to cost under 100$.
|Immersion Circulator:||This device warms up the water while also creating a current. It ensures things cook evenly while submerged.|
|Ziplock Bag:||Put your weed in the ziplock bag before placing it into the water.|
Nobody Will Smell Anything This Way:
To cook using a sous vide, everything stays submerged in the water. Thus, if you’ve got neighbors, no one ought to notice you’ve been cooking. Set the sous vide for the same temperature you would’ve used with an oven. The weed should stay in the contraption for about an hour overall. Once it’s ready, you can use it to make edibles.