Decarbing cannabis is vital to properly prepare cannabis-infused edibles. It's the only way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your cannabis.
Cannabis-infused edibles are very fun to make, and decarbing kief and using it as an ingredient is a great way to prepare them.
Making cannabis-infused butter or oil takes much longer to prepare and can be quite messy with a lot of cleanup required.
Decarbing kief is much faster and easier. If you haven't done it before, you should really consider giving it a try.
What is decarbing cannabis?
Decarboxylation, or decarbing, is a process by which a chemical reaction removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide.
All cannabinoids of raw cannabis flowers have an extra carboxyl group or ring and when a certain amount of heat is applied over a certain amount of time THCA becomes THC.
Most people decarb cannabis using the stove in their kitchen or with another device that serves the same function.
If you do not decarb cannabis flower prior to using it to make butter or oil it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't feel any effects, but you don't get the most out of your cannabis.
The same can be said about cannabis kief as well.
What exactly is cannabis kief?
Many people already know what kief is, but for newbies or people that are coming back to cannabis after a long break the term may be unfamiliar.
Kief is a name for the shiny crystals that cover cannabis flowers. If you break up enough cannabis you will get it on your fingers or accumulate it in your grinder.
It takes quite a bit of time to accumulate enough kief to use in cannabis recipes, but consumers can purchase kief boxes and other contraptions and methods to shake off the kief from cannabis flower.
In many legal states, kief can now be purchased at local dispensaries like any other cannabis product.
How do you decarb kief?
Below are the steps to decarb kief:
- Acquire the required amount of kief for the particular recipe you are using.
- Spread out the kief on an oven-safe dish.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the dish in the oven and bake it for about 20 minutes.
- That's it, your kief is ready to be used!
By decarbing your kief you make your edibles more potent and you get the most out of the kief you are using.
Making edibles can be much more cost effective than going to a dispensary, plus you get to control the potency.
Be aware that oven temperatures can fluctuate 10 degrees in either direction, especially older ovens, so feel free to experiment with the temperature accordingly to see what gives you the best results!
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