What To Do If You Forget To Decarboxylate Your Weed?
The good news is that not all is lost if you forget to decarboxylate your Weed.
Decarbing your Weed will however make your edibles more potent and provide a more intense high than if you were eating or cooking with raw Weed.
What Does Decarbing Your Weed Mean?
The word decarboxylation is removing a carboxyl group and releasing carbon dioxide (CO2). When heat is applied, be it smoking, vaping, or even sunlight, the THC acid (THCA) is converted to THC, the psychoactive compound in Weed.
The concentration of THCA and THC is entirely dependent on the Cannabis strains, and it is possible to consume Weed without the psychoactive compound present.
Decarbing weed is a process that converts THCA into THC, which is the psychoactive compound in Cannabis.
Why Is It Important To Decarboxylate Weed For Edibles?
Decarboxylation is a process that removes an extra carboxyl group from a cannabinoid. This process activates the cannabinoid and allows it to bind with the receptors in our body.
The most notable cannabinoid that needs to be decarboxylated is THC. THC binds with CB1 receptors in our brain, responsible for feelings of euphoria and pain relief.
Decarbing weed before adding it to edibles ensures that you’re getting the most out of your cannabis experience!
How do Different Decarb Methods Affect the Final Product?
The decarboxylation process releases, among other things, the natural oils, and terpenes, that are found in the plant. You want to preserve the trichomes, terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids in the decarb process. Choosing the best suited decarb method is essential to get the most out of our Weed.
Sous Vide Decarboxylation Method
Also known as the Water Bath Method. You Weed placed in a tightly sealed Sous Vide bag or Ziploc bag and placed in a precisely controlled water bath for some time. The smell is concealed; terpenes, trichomes, and flavonoids are mostly protected.
Mason Jar Decarboxylation Method
The Mason Jar method is being done in the oven, stovetop, or even a Slow Cooker. Similar to the Sous Vide method, it preserves the terpenes, flavonoids, and some trichomes. It is also known to mask the smell, often a prerequisite in tiny homes.
Oven Bake Decarboxylation Method
Decarbing in the oven is easy to achieve. It is often the most popular as no special equipment is needed. You break the Weed flower into pieces, place it on a lined baking tray, and roast. You will notice a strong smell of Cannabis, but it’s not all bad, right?
Now that You Know How to Decarboxylate Weed – What To Do If You Forget To Decarboxylate Your Weed?
Being in this situation, is not fun. But don’t worry, there are some things that you can do to make the best of the problem.
The first thing to come to terms with is that you may not be able to convert as much THCA to THC as you’d hope. The quantity of THC will also be dependent on the strain used.
If you’re making butter or oil, increase the infusion time from the standard 3 – 4 hours to 6 – 8 hours. We experimented with making brownies with ground-up raw Cannabis, and while we still had some effect, it was not as potent as decarbing the Weed first.
When making Tincture, we suggest increasing the infusion time to 10 hours.
If baking or cooking with ground up, raw Weed flower direct, include ingredients with a higher fat content such as nut butter, butter, or oil as the cannabinoids attach to the far molecules.
Apply heat to allow some chemical processes, converting THCA to THC.