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The word makes it all sound very confusing, but we promise it isn’t! All you need is good cannabis, heat, and time.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide. Cannabis flower, kief, and most concentrates contain THCA and CBDA, which won’t get us stoned. Decarboxylation, also called decarb or decarbing, removes the A and gives us THC and CBD. Those will get us high.
Our goal is to expose our weed to a low temperature and for the correct amount of time, so we don’t destroy any cannabinoids.
Be aware that using an oven or a crockpot for decarbing will make your place smell like weed. If that’s an issue, you might consider sous vide or a decarb/infusion machine.
Oven temperature and temperature fluctuation are important. We highly recommend that you pre-heat your oven for a full 45 minutes to an hour to make sure it’s nice and toasty in there without the heating element coming on a lot. Use an oven thermometer to ensure your oven’s actual temperature is what you set it to. For example, my crappy oven cooks around 50 degrees higher than its setting.
Not all concentrates need to be decarbed. Some are decarbed as part of their creation.
Concentrates that MUST be decarbed: shatter, wax, budder, crumble, hash and bubble hash, rosin, live resin.
Concentrates that SHOULD NOT be decarbed: distillate/clear, RSO, FECO, CO2 oil.
The Ardent FX is a decarboxylation and infusion machine that make the process of activating your weed incredibly easy! To decarb flower, kief, or concentrate in the Ardent FX, simply load your material into the machine’s chamber, put the lid on the chamber, and use the M button set the machine to either A1 (for THC activation) or A2 (for CBD activation). Press the power button to start. Once the light on the device shows solid green, your material is activated and ready!
The LEVO 2 is a decarboxylation and infusion machine that make the process of activating your weed incredibly easy! To decarb using the LEVO 2, add the dried and cured herb to the pod and place it in the machine. Set the machine to Activate. Press Start.
If the smell is a concern, or if you want the most gentle way to decarb and preserve all your terpenes, then sous vide may be for you. The sous vide method involves sealing your cannabis inside an air (and water)-tight bag and submerging it in temperature-controlled water for a couple of hours.
There’s no need to break up your cannabis. Submerge your sealed bag in 200°F water for two hours. Released gasses may cause your bag to float, so you may need to find a way to keep it submerged. After two hours, remove from the water bath and allow to cool. It’s now ready for infusion.
Decarbed weed can be kept in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place for around a month. Or, you can freeze it in an air-tight container or freezer bag for several months until you’re ready to use it. Studies have shown that THC and CBD do degrade a bit over time, so it’s best to use your decarbed material as soon as you can!