This month is all about easy, fool-proof methods for making your own cannabis products at home. I'll teach you how to make infusions and tinctures, how to dose them, and ways to use them! It's going to be awesome.
But first, decarboxylation.
Decarbing is the process of heating raw cannabis to convert cannabinoids from their acid form to their more active form. Raw cannabis contains THCA and CBDA, heating them converts these to THC and CBD. Raw cannabis does have medicinal benefits. THCA has shown helpful for patients with epilepsy, nausea, and as an anti-inflammatory. CBDA may be used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and anti-cancer. So if psychoactivity isn’t your thing, consuming raw cannabis is an option. That said, you can customize the level of psychoactivity you get from decarbed cannabis also, more on that later when we cover dosing.
Here’s the thing about decarbing. It’s a complex process. You want to heat the plant material enough to convert all of the THCA to THC, without burning off valuable cannabinoids and terpenes. I’ve included the method that I use myself, it’s from wakeandbake.co. Corinne tried several at-home methods of decarboxylation and had the results lab-tested. This was the most effective method she tried.
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I use cured flower, but decarboxylating fresh flower preserves more terpenes, which have their own medicinal benefits.
Once you have decarbed, you can use your cannabis in so many ways! Use it to infuse oil, butter, honey, milk or cream. Make a tincture using alcohol or glycerin. Sprinkle it on food. Grind it up and put it in capsules. Smoke it. (That’s right, according to Ardent, decarbing before smoking will increase potency.) Or use it to make topicals.
A word of caution here, if you use the method below, it’s significantly smelly.
Okay, lets get decarbing!
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I am Jessica DaCosta, I'm a proud cannabis enthusiast, advocate, and mom of two.