How do you Decarboxylate Cannabis to Activate THC?

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Decarboxylated Cannabis in Toronto

First it is important to point out that cannabis in it’s raw bud or extracted concentrate form contains THCA, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This means you can eat your marijuana buds, as much as you want, but won’t receive any mental buzz or stimulation. Many medical patients get relief from the psychoactive effects of cannabis and want to ensure they get their desired results. This is best done by heating the cannabis at a low temperature (below vaporization) for a certain length of time. This converts THCA (non-psychoactive) into THC. (psychoactive) This process is referred to as decarboxylation.

Small cannabis bugs ready for decarboxylation

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Buds

It is best to break your bud into pieces, about the size of the end of your pinky, and spread it out on a baking sheet. This makes it easy for the heat to penetrate into the center of the buds to ensure everything is activated. Put the baking sheet with buds in the oven for 30 minutes at 122°C (252°F). If it is important for you to keep the smell down, I recommend covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil. This will help contain the smell, but getting your kitchen smelling like cannabis for a bit (2-3 hours after completion) is inevitable. Once your cannabis is activated, you can then grind your herb for use in edibles or keep it intact for use later on. I always recommend keeping your weed in bud form until you plan on using it. If you want, you can even eat your cannabis in this raw form and will experience mental stimulation.

Different varieties of cannabis concentrates

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis Concentrates

It is best to spread your concentrate thinly over a piece of parchment paper on a plate. You can cover the plate with aluminum foil, but concentrates don’t give off as much of a smell as buds do. Once again, 30 minutes at 122°C (252°F) will work great. Once your concentrate has been activated, it is ready to be put in any food product you want. The simplest edible you can make is by putting your activated oil into a gelatin capsule for discreet medicating.

Graph of THCA to THC conversion over time

If you prefer a visual tutorial, you can follow along with my video, below, where I show you how to activate raw cannabis buds. I also take you through the next steps of infusing it into a coconut oil and sealing it into gelatin capsules. Enjoy and best of luck experimenting!


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About Toronto Toker

I am a medical marijuana patient and youtuber, and have been for a few years. I am very passionate and knowledgable about cannabis. I want to help share my knowledge with inexperienced patients through Dankr, and review products to ensure there is a standard in the community.

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