Decarboxylation, or “decarbing,” is the process of heating cannabis to activate the THC and other cannabinoids. This is necessary when making edibles, tinctures, or other cannabis-infused products. Here is a simple method for decarbing weed:
- Cannabis flower or trim
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Preheat your oven to 240°F (115°C).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Break up the cannabis flower or trim into small pieces and spread them out in a single layer on the parchment paper.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on the freshness and moisture content of the cannabis. Check the cannabis every 10 minutes and gently stir it to ensure even heating.
- When the cannabis is golden brown and dry to the touch, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool.
- Once the cannabis has cooled, it can be used in your desired recipe or stored in an airtight container.
- Decarbing cannabis at a higher temperature or for a longer time can degrade the cannabinoids and result in a less potent product.
- Be sure to use a timer and monitor the cannabis closely to prevent it from burning or overheating.
- Decarbed cannabis can be quite potent, so be sure to use it in small amounts and test the potency of your product before consuming a full dose.