In the oven, you can use a higher temperature and a shorter time, or a lower temperature over a long time. Decarboxylation occurs at temperatures between 200 and 300 degrees. Many weed enthusiasts prefer to decarboxylate at lower temperatures for longer periods of time in order to keep terpenes from evaporating. Terpenes give the weed its smell and provide some therapeutic action.
They give the weed a quality of aromatherapy that is central to the action of weed. If you have ever noticed yourself getting high just from smelling your weed, this is the action of terpenes on your memory. Just as Pavlov’s dogs salivated on hearing the sound of the bell, you feel high just on smelling the terpenes in the weed. If you decarb in the microwave, cooking time is dramatically shortened. It only takes about 3 minutes to decarboxylate weed. This method is not preferred however because heating can be very uneven, and terpenoids may be evaporated. However, if you are on the go and need a quick fix, pop it in the microwave, throw it in some butter, and wolf it down for quick anti-inflammatory action and pain relief. With the sous vide method, a longer cook with a lower temperature is preferred.
You can use temperatures anywhere from 220 to 240 for 1 hour and 40 minutes. The longer time makes sure all of the weed is decarboxylated. The water immersion method makes sure everything is cooked evenly. The precision sous vide immersion circulator both heats and circulate the water. Just set the temperature and the time and you are ready to go. The vacuum sealing makes sure all the terpenoids and cannabinoids stay in the weed. You do not need to decarboxylate your weed before smoking it because smoking it decarboxylates it. However, some claim by decarboxylating it first, they get a more potent smoke. However, decarbing in the oven makes the weed too dry and the smoke harsh. Therefore, they heat it gently in the microwave or use the sous vide method so they get a nice decarbed weed which is not extra dry and the smoke is not harsh. If you want to try this method, just heat the weed in the microwave till the smell is extra potent, from 1 to 3 minutes. So you’ve probably heard the word “decarboxylation” being thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean exactly? Decarboxylation is the step before the infusion step where it is turned into a cannabis-infused butter or oil. It is highly recommended that you decarboxylate marijuana before you consume it through food. This process releases the molecule A from THC-A to become THC which makes it psychoactive. When you roll one up and smoke it, the heat from the flame causes decarboxylation . But when it comes to cooking and baking, it becomes a whole other process. Have no fear, it’s actually quite simple using the methods in this article. For a more in-depth explanation of the decarbing process and a quick cannabutter recipe, check out my previous article: https://myedibleschef.com/the-weed-decarboxylation-process/ The microwave method. Place your bud, whole or ground, in a microwave safe bowl & cover it with a turkey roasting bag. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, repeat 3 times . This method holds in all the flavors and aromas for a far superior flavor and also to prevent your house from smelling like a grow-op! The microwave is also the only oven that does not “brown” so it’s almost impossible to scorch your bud.
That’s right, you can put your ground weed in a vacuum-sealed bag. Place it in a 212°F/100°C water bath for about 1 hour and voilà! This method is very convenient since you can use a timer to set and forget it. You can also use the sous vide method to infuse your weed with fats or alcohol.
Kill two birds and get stoned with this all-in-one method. Lay out some graham crackers, split them in half, spread some nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, chocolate hazelnut, etc.) onto one half, then sprinkle the desired amount of ground up weed onto the nut butter. Sandwich with the second half of the graham cracker, individually wrap them in tin foil and bake them in a 325°F/160°C oven for 25-30 minutes . Experimentation is everything , there are many ways to decarb but these are just some of the quick, easy and less fuss methods.