Why Do You Have To Decarboxylate Cannabis?
Simply stated, decarboxylation of cannabis is necessary before making edibles in order for you to get “high”.
What is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is the process of converting THCA (acid) to THC and converting CBDA (acid) to CBD. When cannabis is smoked, high temperatures activate the compounds in cannabis. In order to activate the compounds for edibles, you must preheat your cannabis. This ensures that the compounds are more bioavailable and you get the full effects of the cannabinoids.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis
- Break or cut dry cannabis into small pieces.
- Spread cannabis out evenly on a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven.
This is a simple process, so there is no need to feel intimidated.
Time and Temperature For Decarboxylation
For high THC strains, bake at 240°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
For high CBD strains or hemp, bake at 240°F for 45 minutes. It takes about 50% longer to convert CBDA to CBD.
Why Should You Decarboxylate Hemp if it Doesn’t Get You High?
Hemp is a rich source of CBD and contains only trace amounts of THC. CBD is anti-inflammatory, helps relieve pain and treats a myriad of symtoms. Decarboxylation of hemp increases bioavailability.
What is Bioavailability?
Bioavailability is the fraction of an administered dose of unchanged drug that reaches the systemic circulation.
Therefore, you should always decarboxylate hemp to get the full benefits of CBD.