Set Oven to 245
Grind Plant Material
Use Cookie Sheet W/ Parchment Paper
Spread Evenly Over Area
Place in Oven for 60 minutes
Did you know that it's possible for you to buy cannabis at a dispensary and it has 0% THC? Yes, all cannabis has very little to no THC until the process of decarboxylation, or decarb, takes place.
Initially, cannabis contains a cannabinoid known as THCa (note the "a" is lower case). This is the first understanding of decarboxylation. To "decarb" your cannabis, simply place it in a temperature range to make the lower case "a" dissipate by causing it to evaporate. Once your cannabis reaches a temperature of 220° THCa becomes THC. This is why you can't eat raw cannabis and expect to feel its effects. Until heat is applied, there is no presence of active Delta 9-THC, which is the cannabinoid that creates the psychoactive or euphoric feeling.
It is very important to decarb your cannabis BEFORE infusing with butter or oil. Just like infusing, there are two factors to correctly decarb your cannabis: time and temperature.
It is important to understand both time and temperature to achieve a successful decarboxylation of your cannabis.
Temperature is important because decarbing your cannabis is nothing more than playing a scientist. 220°F and 245°F are two temperatures you should always remember. 220°F is the temperature that causes the lower case "a" to evaporate. 315°F is when THC evaporates and goes away. If you place cannabis in an oven at 215°F, nothing will happen. If your oven is above 260°, you can scorch the THC. If your oven is above 315°, the THC will evaporate completely and you will have wasted time and money. It is best to set your oven at 240°F. This allows a few degrees above and below to achieve a successful conversion. Even though THC evaporates at 315°, you NEVER want to set your oven above 255°F. It is ideal to keep your oven between 225 and 240°.
Time is the other factor that must be considered when infusing. You can't put 22% THCa into an oven at 240° for 10 minutes and expect all the THCa to transform to THC. You must keep your cannabis plant material in the oven for 60 minutes to ensure maximum conversion to THC.
Using the CANNALATOR App, follow the steps below to successfully decarb your cannabis at home:
Set oven to 240°.
Weigh the amount of plant material to infuse.
Place cannabis on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil. Do not grind or break up plant material.
Place in the center of the oven at 240° for 60 minutes.
Remove from oven and set to cool.
Once your cannabis plant material has cooled, you can begin to infuse it into the butter or oil.