Decarboxylation of CBD: why and how to do it?

Decarbo what? The least we can say is that the world of CBD hemp comes with a rich, unique… and sometimes complicated vocabulary. If you are here, it means that you have read or heard somewhere that it is important to decarboxylate a CBD flower before using it, for example in cooking or in infusion. Very good, but what is decarboxylation, what is it for and, above all, how to simply decarboxylate your CBD cannabis ? This is what we see right away.

Why decarboxylate CBD cannabis?

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Before being consumed, CBD cannabis must be decarboxylated

Cannabinoids are active ingredients naturally produced by hemp, or cannabis. Among the best known, we find the CBD of course, but also the THC (for marijuana) or the CBG. In all, more than 100 different cannabinoids have already been listed, and the list could well grow longer. One of the peculiarities of these cannabinoids is that the plant produces them under their acid form. Decarboxylation is the best way to “convert” them to their active form. It therefore activates the cannabinoids so that we can feel the effects during consumption. So the CBDA becomes CBD, the THCA becomes THC, CBGA becomes CBG. You understood the logic.

What is decarboxylation?

On the plan technical, decarboxylation is a chemical reaction in which we seek to remove (usually by heating) carbon dioxide (CO2). Hence its name. In doing so, it alters the chemical structure of the molecule. In the case of cannabinoids, this allows for different effects. Overall, a decarboxylation can also take place on all types of animal and plant tissues.

You would have understood it, decarboxylation is essential to benefit from the effects of CBD. Cannabis smokers may tell you that they've never heard of it and that their favorite weed always kicks in. They're right: decarboxylation takes place by heating cannabis. When it is smoked, it is therefore done automatically, releasing very active cannabinoids in the process. However, smoking CBD cannabis, even legal, remains prohibited. In addition to being harmful since combustion releases many toxins that are dangerous to health.

CBD is a healthy and legal molecule. To take advantage of its virtues, it is therefore advisable to opt for healthier modes of consumption, in particular infusion. Therefore, decarboxylation cannot be avoided to make the most of the properties of the plant (unless you vape, the temperature of the plant material spray takes care of the decarboxylation for you in this case). Especially since heating your CBD flowers longer and at a lower temperature than that necessary for combustion offers much better results.

If you want to use fresh or dried CBD cannabis for making an infusion, cooking or make your own cbd oil, it will have to be decarboxylated.

How ? We explain to you.

5 simple steps to properly decarboxylate your CBD

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The oven is CBD decarboxylation's best friend

The good news is that decarboxylating CBD cannabis is very simple and requires little equipment. It is ideal to have a four, the sheet of baking paper (or a baking dish) and a grinder. And of course, one or more CBD flowers ! What's next is only a matter of time.

  1. Preheat oven between 110 and 120 degrees Celsius (for a traditional oven, in convection, the oven dries more quickly, you can then lower the temperature to 90°C).
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely crumble your CBD flowers (or use our mix crumbs).
  3. Thinly roll out the crumbs on a baking sheet lined with baking paper (or in a dish).
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes turning the crumbs from time to time.
  5. That's all ! When opening the oven, the smell should be pungent: this is normal. If not, leave them a little longer, remembering to check every few minutes.

Tip: If you have a kitchen thermometer (such as those used to check meat doneness), use it. Household ovens can present fairly substantial temperature variations (around 15 degrees in the most critical cases). It would be a shame to roast your CBD by accident! If you don't have one, you can also limit the risks by lowering the temperature to around 90°C and roasting your flowers a little longer.

Once your CBD is decarboxylated, you can use it as you wish, for example by making your own cannabutter, your CBD cannabis honey, CBD cookies or by integrating it with other cooking recipes originals.

No oven? Decarboxylate your CBD in the microwave in 5 minutes!

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Always start by crumble CBD flowers

A little warning before you start: the microwave decarboxylation is not optimal. It is indeed much more difficult to control the temperature, which increases the risk of not drying enough or overdrying your grass. In the end, the cannabinoids can therefore be at least partly destroyed.

However, if you don't have an oven or are time-pressed, the microwave is a super fast and easy way to decarboxylate your CBD :

  1. Crumble your CBD flower (medium sized crumbs).
  2. Place them in a bowl and cover it.
  3. Run on medium power for one minute.
  4. Check how your CBD crumbs look and repeat until you get the desired effect (3 or 4 times).
  5. The smell should be pungent and the crumbs brown, without ever smelling burnt.

Now that you understand everything there is to know about decarboxylation, all you have to do is order your CBD flowers favourites. The shop is full of cult varieties, full of aromas and cannabidiol concentrations adapted to all desires and all needs.

On your marks ! Ready? Decarboxylate!