February 26, 2020
While a Medical Marijuana Card can help you get some raw buds from the dispensary. That’s not all you need to achieve the medical benefits of marijuana. Especially, If you are one who prefers ingesting marijuana or infusing your food with it. There is one important step that you need to know: Decarboxylation.
We know that THC is the main cannabinoid of Marijuana. It is what reacts with your receptors and gives you those psychoactive effects. But, your raw marijuana flower does not contain this cannabinoid as it is. Instead of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), this cannabinoid is present as THCA ( tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). Which is a non-psychoactive component. So you must activate THC to achieve the health benefits of Marijuana. And decarboxylation does this for you.
In simple words, Decarboxylation involves a conversion of THCA or CBDA into THC and CBD, respectively. And this process requires the right amount of heat. This is why smoking gives you instant effects as it is naturally exposed to heat for decarboxylation to happen.
But, in the case of oral consumption or topical use or if you are using marijuana at home. You must decarboxylate marijuana before consumption. So now, you need heat and time to activate those Cannabinoids.
Now, decarboxylation can happen either naturally or by artificially exposing raw marijuana to heat. And the best part is that you can do it at your home. Now, before you move onto the process of decarboxylation. Keep these tips in mind.
Using an oven is the most convenient way of decarboxylating at home. Especially for beginners. However, it can go wrong if not done with care. So keep checking on your marijuana at regular intervals.
Now, onto the steps.
If you don’t have an oven, you can also use your microwave for this process. However, using a microwave for decarboxylation can be tricky. So, follow these steps.
The success and duration of decarboxylating your marijuana in a microwave are highly dependent on the smell. Keep going until you get a pungent smell but stop if it starts smelling burnt.
If you let your marijuana stay out in open. Decarboxylation will begin on its own after some time. THC can also degrade to CBN over time. However, this process can be incredibly long. So you may have to consider using an oven or a microwave for decarboxylation.
Cost-effective: Marijuana products in stores can be expensive. But you can save that money by making your own product at home.
Potency: You can easily control the potency of your dose.
Products: You can use your decarboxylated marijuana in whichever way you like. From delicious edibles to creams.
So, decarboxylate your marijuana at home and start using it for your next dose.
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