Decarb’ing Medical Cannabis without Smoke
The THC and CBD concentrations that the producers quote on their labels are actually potential values; we can only realize these values once we decarboxylate (decarb) or activate the raw bud. This process decarbs the bud in the oven to produce a ready-to-eat dry herb.
We tried a few batches to find the optimal roasting of canna-caps for our purposes. Your equipment may differ. Roasting too long turns THC to CBN, which will likely make you sleepy.
- Measure out the amount of MMJ required. For consistent doses, start with the following basic formula:
(Tg + Cg) / (T% + C%) * Q = Bg
Where: Tg = THC per dose
Cg = CBD per dose
T% = THC rate
C% = CBD rate
Q = doses per batch
Bg = dried bud per batch
- Use a grinder to break the bud apart to increase surface area. It doesn’t need to be as fine as for a joint but shouldn’t have any big lumps. We recommend an electric (coffee) grinder for large quantities.
- Place the ground bud in a pan and cover over with foil or wrap it in a foil packet. If you don’t have a non-stick pan, spray it with cooking oil. Pinch the edges together to keep all vapours inside the pan.
- Roast 30-32 minutes at 250 F.
- Remove from heat; do NOT open foil for at least one hour. We have left it for 20+ hours with little difference noted, although after a week it did seem like it had lost something.
- Grind the roasted bud with any seasoning to produce a fine powder. You can cook with this like any other herbs, add it to baking, or use it in canna-caps (recipe coming soon).