Decarboxylation of marijuana is an ideal chemical process that occurs during a proper curing and drying process which involves conversion of THC-A into THC. Decarboxylation could also occur when marijuana gets burned rapidly or when it gets heated evenly at a temperature 222 F or higher. There are several methods of decarboxylation of marijuana.
Why one should decarboxylase marijuana?
The reason is obvious and simple. By decarboxylation marijuana we could make it more psychoactive than how it would be in its natural state. We would be able to bring out most of its ability to offer a high effect when ingested. Cannabis is an unheated for of THCA which then converts to active THC through heat and over a period of time.
Though gradual and slow decarboxylation do occur even at room temperatures when it is drying and also during cutting stages when weed is prepared. It attains complete conversion of THCA into THC only at higher heats.
1. Declaring to maximize potency:
Though raw cannabis is quite beneficial with THCA and also its naturally present terrenes, when it is carboxylate its potential is enhanced manifold and it is found to have anti-cancer characteristics. Active CBD and THC have a number of anecdotal and clinical evidence that supports its cancer killing effects. Cannabis oil is the strongest in THC content and could be a most potent medicine used in treating cancer.
Raw cannabis in the form of unheated oils and juices are also useful in cancer treatment but would require large quantities for enhancing its therapeutic value. Raw and partially cooked oils would contain a set of elements that includes terrenes and cannabinoid acids which could get lost during the cooking process. But THC is the most essential cannabinoids that helps fighting cancer and thus one has to make sure that they decarb the medicine appropriately to enhance the potency of the medicine.
2. Using oven to decarb marijuana:
One best method of decarboxylation of marijuana that would be pretty effective would be to grind the material and then heat it over an oven. This is also the simplest method ever. Use a blender or coffee grinder to grind the marijuana as it would offer more surface area and remove any dense spots. While heating it in an oven lay it on aluminum foil and cover it with another sheet of the foil to be placed inside the oven. Heat it in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it get dry and no longer green.
3. Appropriate cooling:
It is important to cool the cannabis before the aluminum foil is unwrapped. An airtight foil would prevent terpenes and other constituents from getting evaporated into thin air thus cooling would preserve these vapors when the foil is opened.
4. Importance of maintaining ideal temperature:
It would be required to maintain an ideal temperature of 110c or even above for the entire decarboxylation process to get completed. It is also advisable to stay below 140c as this could result in loss of THC through vaporization or degradation.